Less than human : why we demean, enslave, and exterminate others / David Livingstone Smith
A revelatory look at why we dehumanize each other, with stunning examples from world history as well as today’s headlines. “Brute.” “Lice.” “Vermin.” “Dog.” These and other monikers are constantly in use to refer to other humans—for political, religious, ethnic, or sexist reasons. Human beings have a tendency to regard members of their own kind as less than human.
Brief : make a bigger impact by saying less / Joseph McCormack
Get heard by being clear and concise. The only way to survive in business today is to be a lean communicator. Busy executives expect you to respect and manage their time more effectively than ever. You need to do the groundwork to make your message tight and to the point.
Near-Death Experiences : Heavenly Insight or Human Illusion? / by Birk Engmann
The expression “Near-Death Experience” is associated in the popular understanding with access to knowledge about our transition between the states of life and death. But how should such experiences be interpreted? Are they verifiable with scientific methods? If so, how can they be explained?
The star factor / William Seidman and Richard Grbavac
Seidman, a specialist and consultant in executive decision making and performance improvement, and Grbavac, who has experience in sales, product development, organizational development, and consulting, outline a method for developing more and better leaders in all parts of an organization by using the current stars to transform others into leaders.
National healing : race, state, and the teaching of composition / Claude Hurlbert
In National Healing, author Claude Hurlbert persuasively relates nationalism to institutional racism and contends that these are both symptoms of a national ill health afflicting American higher education and found even in the field of writing studies.
The wrong kind of different : challenging the meaning of diversity in American classrooms / Antonia Randolph
Explores how teachers perceive students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and the unintended consequences of a kind of ‘colorblind multiculturalism.’ She unearths a hierarchy of acceptance and legitimacy that excludes most poor Black students and favors certain immigrant minorities.
A sneetch is a sneetch and other philosophical discoveries : finding wisdom in children’s literature / Thomas E. Wartenberg
This warm and charming volume casts a spell on adult readers as it unveils the surprisingly profound philosophical wisdom contained in children’s picture books, from Dr Seuss’s Sneetches to William Steig’s Shrek!. With a light touch and good humor, Wartenberg discusses the philosophical ideas in these classic stories, and provides parents with a practical starting point for discussing philosophical issues with their children.
Alcohol and its role in the evolution of human society / Ian S. Hornsey
Archaeologists and anthropologists (especially ethnologists) have for many years realized that man’s ingestion of alcoholic beverages may well have played a significant part in his transition from hunter-gatherer to agriculturalist. This unique book provides a scientific text on the subject of ‘ethanol’ that also aims to include material designed to show ‘non-scientists’ what fermentation is all about.
Confucian perfectionism : a political philosophy for modern times / Joseph Chan
Since the very beginning, Confucianism has been troubled by a serious gap between its political ideals and the reality of societal circumstances. Contemporary Confucians must develop a viable method of governance that can retain the spirit of the Confucian ideal while tackling problems arising from nonideal modern situations. The best way to meet this challenge, Joseph Chan argues, is to adopt liberal democratic institutions that are shaped by the Confucian conception of the good rather than the liberal conception of the right.
The mind within the brain : how we make decisions and how those decisions go wrong / A. David Redish
In The Mind within the Brain, David Redish brings together cutting edge research in psychology, robotics, economics, neuroscience, and the new fields of neuroeconomics and computational psychiatry, to offer a unified theory of human decision-making. Most importantly, Redish shows how vulnerabilities, or “failure-modes,” in the decision-making system can lead to serious dysfunctions, such as irrational behavior, addictions, problem gambling, and PTSD.