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Reviving the Living

Reviving the Living Book
Author : Yair Neuman
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2011-08-30
ISBN : 9780080560410
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Reviving the Living: Meaning Making in Living Systems presents a novel perspective that relates to current biological knowledge and issues. Written by polymath Dr. Yair Neuman, the book challenges the dogmas that frame our understanding of living systems and presents a radical alternative approach to understanding the world around us, one that avoids the pitfalls of non-scientific perspectives such as Vitalism and Creationism. In this thought provoking and iconoclastic manuscript, Neuman follows the footsteps of Gregory Bateson, Mikhail Bakhtin, Michael Polanyi and others, to suggest that living systems are meaning making systems. The book delves into the unique processes of meaning making that characterize organisms as a unique category of nature, and offers new and fascinating insights into a variety of enigmatic biological phenomena from immune memory to hidden life (cryptobiosis). It consists of four parts divided into 18 chapters and covers topics ranging from reductionism and its pitfalls to genetics; why organisms are irreducible; immunology; meaning making in language and biology; meaning-bridging the gap between physics and semantics; context and memory; and the poetry of living. Core concepts and themes are illustrated using examples based in current science. This text would be of high interest to biologists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, psychologists, and semioticians, as well as to any reflective individual who is willing to examine the realm of the living from a novel and fascinating perspective. * Presents a novel perspective that relates to current biological knowledge and issues * Poses thought provoking ideas for theoretical biologists, those studying philosophy of science and the mind, cognitive scientists, semioticians, and people involved with Artificial Intelligence. * Includes examples based in current science to illustrate core concepts and themes

Junkware

Junkware Book
Author : Thierry Bardini
Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
Release : 2011
ISBN : 0816667500
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The essential junkiness of our culture and biology.

Unifying Themes in Complex Systems VII

Unifying Themes in Complex Systems VII Book
Author : Ali A. Minai,Dan Braha,Yaneer Bar-Yam
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2012-12-22
ISBN : 3642180035
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS) creates a unique atmosphere for scientists of all fields, engineers, physicians, executives, and a host of other professionals to explore common themes and applications of complex system science. With this new volume, Unifying Themes in Complex Systems continues to build common ground between the wide-ranging domains of complex system science.

International Handbook of Semiotics

International Handbook of Semiotics Book
Author : Peter Pericles Trifonas
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2015-05-11
ISBN : 9401794049
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book provides an extensive overview and analysis of current work on semiotics that is being pursued globally in the areas of literature, the visual arts, cultural studies, media, the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Semiotics—also known as structuralism—is one of the major theoretical movements of the 20th century and its influence as a way to conduct analyses of cultural products and human practices has been immense. This is a comprehensive volume that brings together many otherwise fragmented academic disciplines and currents, uniting them in the framework of semiotics. Addressing a longstanding need, it provides a global perspective on recent and ongoing semiotic research across a broad range of disciplines. The handbook is intended for all researchers interested in applying semiotics as a critical lens for inquiry across diverse disciplines.

The New Alchemists

The New Alchemists Book
Author : Mariano Bizzarri
Publisher : WIT Press
Release : 2012
ISBN : 1845646622
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Fifteen years after the first genetically modified (GM) seeds and food, only four GM plants have achieved significant market positions: corn, cotton, rapeseed and soybeans. Most of the other new constructs have caused unsolved problems or are only at the project stage, demonstrating the complexity of the task facing biotech companies. Doubts are also emerging about the real economic and agronomic benefits of genetically modified organisms. Little is known about their potential for upsetting environmental biodiversity in an irreversible way. Worries about their impact on human health have not been dispelled but have increased with the evident incapacity of current international standards to ensure controls and enforcement. Reliable risk assessment models and methodologies have not yet been developed and cannot be expected soon: this makes it impossible to assess the nature (qualitative aspects) and extent (quantitative aspects) of the risks, and prevents estimates based on the risk/benefit ratio. In this situation it seems prudent to resort to the precautionary principle, defined in the Cartagena Protocol and incorporated in the Rio Declaration. The stakes are high and discussion needs to be brought to a level of scientific proof that leaves no room for ambiguity or alibis. Governments, companies and scientists must be called to respond to the specific questions raised by the vast scientific literature. There have been too many accusations of poor science and too many unproven claims and statements, symptomatic of conflicts of interest. It is time for fair debate with all sides on an equal footing.

Understanding Systems

Understanding Systems Book
Author : Heinz Von Foerster,Bernhard Poerksen
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2002
ISBN : 9783896702340
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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How real is reality? Are our images of the world mere inventions, or does an external reality correspond to them? Is it possible to know truth? These are the questions that physicist and philosopher Heinz von Foerster and journalist Bernhard Poerksen debate about in their conversations. Together, they explore the borders of our capacity for knowledge. They discuss the seeming objectivity of our sensual perception, the consequences of "truth terrorism" and the connections between knowledge and ethics, sight and insight.

Molecular Driving Forces

Molecular Driving Forces Book
Author : Ken A. Dill,Sarina Bromberg
Publisher : Garland Science
Release : 2003
ISBN : 9780815320517
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This text shows how many complex behaviors of molecules can result from a few simple physical processes. A central theme is the idea that simplistic models can give surprisingly accurate insights into the workings of the molecular world. Written in a clear and student-friendly style, the book gives an excellent introduction to the field for novices. It should also be useful to those who want to refresh their understanding of this important field, and those interested in seeing how physical principles can be applied to the study of problems in the chemical, biological, and material sciences. Furthermore, Molecular Driving Forces contains a number of features including: 449 carefully produced figures illustrating the subject matter; 178 worked examples in the chapters which explain the key concepts and show their practical applications; The text is mathematically self-contained, with 'mathematical toolkits' providing the required maths; Advanced material that might not be suitable for some elementary courses is clearly delineated in the text; End-of-chapter references and suggestions for further reading.

When Voices Clash

When Voices Clash Book
Author : Jacob Mey
Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
Release : 1999
ISBN : 9783110158205
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS is a series of books that open new perspectives in our understanding of language. The series publishes state-of-the-art work on core areas of linguistics across theoretical frameworks, as well as studies that provide new insights by approaching language from an interdisciplinary perspective. TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS considers itself a forum for cutting-edge research based on solid empirical data on language in its various manifestations, including sign languages. It regards linguistic variation in its synchronic and diachronic dimensions as well as in its social contexts as important sources of insight for a better understanding of the design of linguistic systems and the ecology and evolution of language. TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS publishes monographs and outstanding dissertations as well as edited volumes, which provide the opportunity to address controversial topics from different empirical and theoretical viewpoints. High quality standards are ensured through anonymous reviewing.

Processes and Boundaries of the Mind

Processes and Boundaries of the Mind Book
Author : Yair Neuman,Yāʼîr Nôyman
Publisher : American Mathematical Soc.
Release : 2003
ISBN : 9780306481215
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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How is it that the world is conceived as exclusively populated by objects (e.g. books, cars, numbers, and people) while cognition is first and foremost a dynamic process? Inquiring into the `reified universe' Dr. Neuman explores questions of mind, reality, knowledge and signification in a provocative, stimulating and humorous way. Drawing on various domains such as systems research, semiotics, philosophy, and complexity sciences, Dr. Neuman is touching basic questions of our Being-in-the-World as cognate creatures, and presents a novel theory of the mind as a boundary phenomenon. Following the footsteps of Gregory Bateson and Valentine Volosinov, the book propagates a process-oriented theory of the mind, in a way that has never been presented before. In this context, new and creative solutions are presented for a variety of old philosophical problems such as: What is the Mind? Why do we use different signs for the same object across different cultures? and how is it possible to think on our thinking without getting into problems such as an infinite regression.

Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology

Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology Book
Author : Yair Neuman
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2014-02-06
ISBN : 1107729238
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Human psychology is deeply rooted in the culture in which people live. Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology introduces a revolutionary approach for studying cultural psychology. Drawing on novel computational tools and in-depth case studies, Professor Yair Neuman offers thought-provoking answers to questions such as: how are thought and language deeply related? How can computers help us to understand different cultures? How can computers assist military intelligence in identifying vengeful intentions? And how is our concept of 'love' rooted in our basic embodied experience? Written by a leading interdisciplinary researcher this book is a 'tour-de-force' which will be of interest to a variety of researchers, students and practitioners in psychology as well as an interdisciplinary audience with an interest in the intricate web weaved between the human psyche and its cultural context.

Sociological Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts Book
Author : Leo P. Chall
Publisher :
Release : 2001
ISBN :
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

Personal Motivation

Personal Motivation Book
Author : Robert P. Cavalier
Publisher : Praeger Pub Text
Release : 2000
ISBN :
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A new text for positive psychology, this book places the self as the decision maker at the center of the motivational process. Personal Motivation represents a new approach for student and scholar to consider motivation theory, self theory, and decision theory. It supports current thinking, which sees the self as possessing power for growth and change. Challenging traditional motivation and personality theories, it puts personality within the context of a new motivation model. It also challenges current thinking by distinguishing between choosing and deciding, and by describing the various characteristics of decision making as uniquely human. The self is reciprocally influenced by three motivational systems and is formed by the motivational process itself. A triarchic theory of motivation is proposed consisting of interdependent systems: formative, operational, and thematic. This book places the study of psychology back in the arena of life by developing a model of motivation and decision making immediately relevant to personal experience.

A New Handbook of Living Religions

A New Handbook of Living Religions Book
Author : John R. Hinnells
Publisher : Puffin Books
Release : 1998
ISBN :
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

An updated reference source surveying active twentieth-century religions offers complete and up-to-date information on the sources and history of different religions, recent developments in world religions, and other important topics. Reprint.

Evolution

Evolution Book
Author : Society for Experimental Biology (Great Britain)
Publisher :
Release : 1953
ISBN :
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Architect

The Architect Book
Author : N.A
Publisher :
Release : 1871
ISBN :
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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