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500 S
Edition
First edition.
Descript.
x, 350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Nationality/regional group: nat New Yorkers (New York State) lcdgt
Occupational/field of activity group: occ University and college faculty members lcdgt
Occupational/field of activity group: occ Philosophy teachers lcdgt
Gender group: gdr Men lcdgt
Bibliog.
Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-329) and index.
Contents
Introduction: the knowledge machine -- The great method debate. Unearthing the scientific method -- Human frailty -- The essential subjectivity of science -- How science works. The iron rule of explanation -- Baconian convergence -- Explanatory ore -- The drive for objectivity -- The supremacy of observation -- Why science took so long. Science's strategic irrationality -- The war against beauty -- The advent of science -- Science now. Building the scientific mind -- Science and humanism -- Care and maintenance of the knowledge machine.
Summary
"A paradigm-shifting work that revolutionizes our understanding of the origins and structure of science. Captivatingly written, interwoven with tantalizing illustrations and historical vignettes ranging from Newton's alchemy to quantum mechanics to the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy, Michael Strevens's wholly original investigation of science asks two fundamental questions: Why is science so powerful? And why did it take so long, two thousand years after the invention of philosophy and mathematics, for the human race to start using science to learn the secrets of nature? The Knowledge Machine's radical answer is that science calls on its practitioners to do something irrational: by willfully ignoring religion, theoretical beauty, and, especially, philosophy-essentially stripping away all previous knowledge-scientists embrace an unnaturally narrow method of inquiry, channeling unprecedented energy into observation and experimentation. Like Yuval Harari's Sapiens or Thomas Kuhn's 1962 classic, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, The Knowledge Machine overturns much of what we thought we knew about the origins of the modern world"-- Provided by publisher.
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ISBN/ISSN
9781631491375 (hardcover)
1631491377 (hardcover)
Call #
153.4 A
Edition
First edition.
Descript.
xiii, 219 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note
Includes index.
Summary
Presents a humorous look at a series of common everyday problems, describing the pros and cons of each situation and offering a possible rational solution.
Subject
ISBN/ISSN
9780062379993 (pbk.)
0062379992 (pbk.)
Call #
155.92 B
Edition
1st ed.
Descript.
xiii, 206 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliog.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary
A journey into the hidden psychological influences that derail our decision-making. Why is it so difficult to end a doomed relationship? Why do we listen to advice just because it came from someone "important"? Why are we more likely to fall in love when there's danger involved? Here, organizational thinker Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, answer these questions and more. Drawing on research from the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational behavior, Sway reveals forces that influence every aspect of our personal and business lives, including loss aversion, the diagnosis bias, and the "chameleon effect." The Brafmans not only uncover rational explanations for a wide variety of irrational behaviors, but also point readers toward ways to avoid succumbing to their pull.--From publisher description.
Contents
A rash decision on the runway -- The swamp of commitment -- The hobbit and the missing link -- Michael Jordan and the first-date interview -- The bipolar epidemic and the chameleon effect -- In France, the sun revolves around the earth -- Compensation and cocaine -- Dissenting justice.
Subject
Alt Author
Brafman, Rom.
ISBN/ISSN
9780385524384
0385524382
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