Psychology & Philosophy
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Dean Kowalski (Editor)
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (2012, May 8th).
A lighthearted meditation on the philosophical quandaries of the hit television show The Big Bang TheoryEver wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" Andmost importantlywhether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga!This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. You might find other philosophy books on science and cosmology, but only this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Sam Harris
Publisher: Four Elephants Press (2013, Nov 5th).
As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruptioneven murder and genocidegenerally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.In Lying, best-selling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on "white" liesthose lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfortfor these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: John Brockman
Publisher: Harper Perennial (2013, Oct 29th).
BrainPickings"Thinking is excellent and mind-expanding in its entirety." Kirkus Reviews2013-10-01 Another compendium derived from the online salon Edge.com, this time essays from its section called "Mind." Literary agent and Edge founder Brockman (editor: moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Paul Bloom
Publisher: Crown (2013, Nov 12th).
A leading cognitive scientist argues that a deep sense of good and evil is bred in the bone. From John Locke to Sigmund Freud, philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates. Many of us take for granted that babies are born selfish and that it is the role of society—and especially parents—to transform them from little sociopaths into civilized beings. In Just Babies, Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality. Drawing on groundbreaking research at Yale, Bloom demonstrates that, even before they can speak or walk, babies judge the goodness and badness of others’ actions; feel empathy and compassion; act to soothe those in distress; and have a rudimentary sense of justice. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Matthew Hertenstein
Publisher: Basic Books (2013, Nov 12th).
Every day we make predictions based on limited information, in business and at home. Will this company’s stock performance continue? Will the job candidate I just interviewed be a good employee? What kind of adult will my child grow up to be? We tend to dismiss our predictive minds as prone to bias and mistakes, but in The Tell, psychologist Matthew Hertenstein reveals that our intuition is surprisingly good at using small clues to make big predictions, and shows how we can make better decisions by homing in on the right details.Just as expert poker players use their opponents’ tells to see through their bluffs, Hertenstein shows that we can likewise train ourselves to read physical cues to significantly increase our predictive acumen. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability