Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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Philosophy bites

By Edmonds, David

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 100

Call Number: 109.2 EDM

Edmonds and Warburton challenged some of the world's leading philosophers to hold forth on their favorite topics for their podcast, Philosophy bites. The result is a book that give unexpected insights into hot topics spanning ethics, politics, metaphysics, aesthetics, and the meaning of life.

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Mind: a brief introduction

By Searle, John R.

Publishing Date: 2004

Classification: 100

Call Number: 128.2 SEA

A fascinating look at the philosophy of the human mind skillfully deconstructs the most famous and influential theories on the subject and examines and comes to grip with the twelve basic problems inherent in the study of the mind. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Lastingness: the art of old age

By Delbanco, Nicholas

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 100

Call Number: 155.672 DEL

One of the country's leading literary scholars explores the fascinating question of why some people's creative talents flourish with age while others' fade.

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A guide to the good life: the ancient art of Stoic joy

By Irvine, William Braxton

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 100

Call Number: 171.2 IRV

"In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a road map for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable firsthand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. We learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have." "Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows us how to become thoughtful observers of our own lives. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life."--Jacket.

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Wisdom: from philosophy to neuroscience

By Hall, Stephen S.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 100

Call Number: 179.9 HAL

A compelling investigation into one of the most coveted and cherished ideals, "Wisdom" also chronicles the efforts of modern science to penetrate the mysterious nature of this timeless virtue.

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Wonderful and dark is this road: discovering the mystic path

By Griffin, Emilie

Publishing Date: c2004

Classification: 200

Call Number: 248.22 GRI

The award-winning author of several books on spirituality deals with the question of mysticism in this fascinating, informal introduction. Using biblical and early Christian sources as well as modern examples, Griffin draws a picture of the mystical life, focusing on how Christian mysticism parallels to other world religions.

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A world without Islam

By Fuller, Graham E.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 297.09 FUL

This book will reshape the way we think about Islam's relationship with the West. What if Islam never existed? To some, it's a comforting thought: no clash of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists. Here, political scientist and expert on the Muslim world Graham E. Fuller guides us through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether or not Islam is indeed the cause of some of today's most emotional and important international crises. Fuller takes us from the birth of Islam to the fall of Rome to the rise and collapse of the Ottoman Empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the conflict in Israel, and the role of Islam in supporting and energizing the anti-imperial struggle. Provocatively, he finds that contrary to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and soldiers, a world without Islam might not look vastly different from what we know today.--From publisher description.

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The art of non-conformity: set your own rules, live the life you want, and change the world

By Guillebeau, Chris

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.372 GUI

Based on Guillebeau's popular online manifesto "A Brief Guide to World Domination," this work explains to readers how to set their own rules, live the life they want, and change the world.

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A History of the Internet and the Digital Future

By Ryan, Johnny

Publishing Date: Sept. 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.4834 RYA

Chronicles developments in the Internet from the 1960s to the present, and discusses how it has influenced a dramatic shift in power from the state to individuals in areas such as politics, business, and the military. - (Baker & Taylor)

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A paradise built in hell: the extraordinary communities that arise in disaster

By Solnit, Rebecca

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.485 SOL

Explores the phenomenon through which people become resourceful and altruistic after a disaster and communities reflect a shared sense of purpose, analyzing events ranging from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to Hurricane Katrina.

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The great disruption: why the climate crisis will bring on the end of shopping and the birth of a new world

By Gilding, Paul

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 304.2 GIL

According to the author, the Great Disruption started in 2008, with spiking food and oil prices and dramatic ecological changes, such as the melting ice caps. It is not simply about fossil fuels and carbon footprints. The author claims we have come to the end of Economic Growth, Version 1.0, a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond the means of our planet's ecosystems and resources. He sees the predicted crisis as a rare chance to replace our addiction to growth with an ethicof sustainability in which we will measure "growth" not by quantity of stuff but by quality and happiness of life.

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The world in 2050: four forces shaping civilization's northern future

By Smith, Laurence C.

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 304.209 SMI

What kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Geoscientist Laurence Smith draws on the latest global modeling research to construct a sweeping thought experiment on what our world will be like in 2050. The result is both good news and bad: Eight nations of the Arctic Rim (including the United States) will become increasingly prosperous, powerful, and politically stable, while those closer to the equator will face water shortages, aging populations, and crowded megacities sapped by the rising costs of energy and coastal flooding. Smith combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data--everything from climate dynamics and resource stocks to age distributions and economic growth projections. But Smith offers more than a compendium of statistics and studies--he spent fifteen months traveling the Arctic Rim, collecting stories and insights that resonate throughout the book.--From publisher description.

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Early warming: crisis and response in the climate-changed North

By Lord, Nancy

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 304.2509 LOR

"In Shishmaref, Alaska, new seawalls are constructed while residents navigate the many practical and bureaucratic obstacles to moving their entire island village to higher ground. Farther south, inland hunters and fishermen set out to grow more of their own food--and to support the reintroduction of wood bison, an ancient species well suited to expected habitat changes. First Nations people in Canada team with conservationists to protect land for both local use and environmental resilience."--P. 2 of jacket.

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Authentic patriotism: restoring America's founding ideals through selfless action

By Kiernan, Stephen P.

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 323.6097 KIE

Analyzes American patriotism and honors individuals who the author believes live in accord with founding-father intents, from a minister's multicultural choir to a retiree who created a health-care plan for people without insurance.

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Plan B 4.0: mobilizing to save civilization

By Brown, Lester R.

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.7 BRO

"Plan B 4.0 explores both the nature of this transition to a new energy economy and how it will affect our daily lives."-back cover.

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Four fish: the future of the last wild food

By Greenberg, Paul

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.956 GRE

"Award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus -- salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna -- and investigating where each stands at this critical moment in time." -- Dust jacket.

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Anarchism: a collection of revolutionary writings

By Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich

Publishing Date: c2002

Classification: 300

Call Number: 335.83 KRO

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Jane Addams: spirit in action

By Knight, Louise W.

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 361.92 KNI

Jane Addams (1860-1935) was one of the leading figures of the Progressive era. This "pragmatic visionary," as Knight calls her, is best known as the creator of Hull House, a model settlement house offering training, shelter, and culture for Chicago's poor. Addams also involved herself in a long list of Progressive campaigns. Her rhetorical skills as both speaker and writer made her internationally recognized as a supporter of civil rights, woman suffrage, and labor reform.

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The PTSD breakthrough: the revolutionary, science-based compass reset program

By Lawlis, G. Frank

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 362.196 LAW

Presents the latest research on the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, discussing the psychological and biological components of the disorder and recommending a six-step process of healing.

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Smogtown: the lung-burning history of pollution in Los Angeles

By Jacobs, Chip

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.7392 JAC

"The smog beast wafted into downtown Los Angeles on July 26, 1943. Nobody knew what it was. Secretaries rubbed their eyes. Traffic cops seemed to disappear in the mysterious haze. Were Japanese saboteurs responsible, a reckless factory? The truth was much worse - it came from within, from Southern California's burgeoning car-addicted, suburban lifestyle." "Smogtown is the story of pollution, progress, and how an optimistic people confronted the epic struggle against aerial poisons barraging their hometowns. With wit, verve, and a new look at history through never-before-compiled sources, it highlights the bold personalities involved, the corporate-tainted science, the terrifying health costs, the Buck Rogers-like attempts at cleanup, and how the smog battle helped mold the modern-day culture of Los Angeles. There are scofflaws too and plenty of dirty deals, plus murders, suicides, spiritual despair, and an ever-present paranoia about a mass disaster." "With Southern California still the air pollution center of the planet, Smogtown is at once a cautionary tale for those who think global warming can be easily tamed. It holds lessons to be learned, many about the intractability of human behavior and culture itself." "Brimming with historic photographs, forgotten anecdotes, and new revelations about L.A.'s murky past, Smogtown is a journalistic classic for the modern age."--BOOK JACKET.

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