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Seeing Double: Shared Identities in Physics, Philosophy, and Literature

By Pesic, Peter

Publishing Date: 2002

Classification: 100

Call Number: 111.82 PES

This delightful treatise addresses questions having to do with identity, individuality, and distinguishability. Trained as a physicist, Pesic (tutor and musician-in-residence, St. John's College) takes his readers on a dazzling ride through history, literature, physics, chemistry, and philosophy. When the ship in which the Athenians sailed every year to the isle of Delos to pay homage to Apollo needed repair and the Greek citizens decided to replace worn parts with identical pieces, would the ship, though indistinguishable from its original, still be the same ship after every part had been replaced? If electrons cannot be distinguished from one another, how is it possible to count them? In what lies the identity of an object if not in its individuality, i.e., its distinguishability from all others? Pesic offers no final answers to these riddles, but the implications are staggering. Does the absence of individuality at the quantum level apply at the macro level? If so, how is the cloned animal distinguished from the original? In the last two pages Pesic touches on the issue of identity in humans and suggests that perhaps individuals gain their identity through participation in the existence of the other. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above in psychology and a variety of disciplines. Copyright 2002 American Library Association

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What makes your brain happy and why you should do the opposite

By DiSalvo, David

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 100

Call Number: 152.42 DIS

Years of neuroscience research have led to the current understanding of the brain as a prediction machine. The problem is that our brains' evolved capacity for avoiding and defending against threats has a slew of by-products, all tightly woven into our day-to-day thinking and behavior, that ensnare us while making our threat-anticipating brains "happy."

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The moral landscape: how science can determine human values

By Harris, Sam

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 100

Call Number: 171.2 HAR

Bestselling author Sam Harris dismantles the most common justification for religious faith--that a moral system cannot be based on science.

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Supernatural selection: how religion evolved

By Rossano, Matthew J.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 200.9 ROS

In 2006, scientist Richard Dawkins published a blockbuster best-seller, The God Delusion. This atheist manifesto sparked a furious reaction from believers, who have responded with numerous books of their own. By pitting science against religion, however, this debate overlooks what science can tell us about religion. According to evolutionary psychologist Maul Rossano, what science reveals is that religion made us human. --

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Jesus and Muhammad: parallel tracks, parallel lives

By Peters, F. E.

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 200

Call Number: 200.922 PET

"Jesus and Muhammad are two of the best known and revered figures in history, each with a billion or more global followers. Now, in this intriguing volume, F.E. Peters offers a clear and compelling analysis of the parallel lives of Jesus and Muhammad, the first such in-depth comparison in print." "Like a detective, Peters compiles "dossiers of what we do and do not know about the lives and portraits of these towering figures, drawing on the views of modern historians and the evidence of the Gospels and the Quran. With erudition and wit, the author nimbly leads the reader through drama and dogma to reveal surprising similarities between the two leaders and their messages Each had a public career as a semi-sucessful preacher Both encountered opposition that threatened their lives and those of their followers. Each left a body of teaching purported to be their very words, with an urgent imperative that all must become believers in the face of the approaching apacalypse. Both are symbols of hope on the one hand and of God's terrible judgment on the other. They are bringers of peace--and the sword. There is, however a fundamental difference. Muslims tevere Muhammad ibn Abdullah of Mecca as a mortal prophet. Although known as a prophet in his day, the Galilean Jew Jesus was and is believed by his followers to have been the promised Messiah, indeed the son of God The Quran records revelations received by Muhammad as the messenger of God, whereas the revelations of the Gospels focus on Jesus and the events of his life and death." "A lasting contribution to interfaith understanding, Jesus and Muhammad offers lucid, intelligent answers to questions that underlie some of the world's most intractable conflicts."--BOOK JACKET.

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American grace: how religion divides and unites us

By Putnam, Robert D.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 201 PUT

Examines the impact of religion on American life and how that impact has changed in the last half-century.

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Atoms and Eden: conversations on religion and science

By Paulson, Steve

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 202.4 PAU

A series of interviews, conducted by Paulson, each preceeded by a short introduction.

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Radical: taking back your faith from the American Dream

By Platt, David

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 261.109 PLA

Examines the ways in which the gospel is contradicted by the American dream and challenges Christians to join in a one-year experiment in authentic discipleship that promises spiritual transformation through the word of God.

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The abacus and the cross: the story of the Pope who brought the light of science to the Dark Ages

By Brown, Nancy Marie

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 200

Call Number: 270.3092 BRO

Traces the achievements of medieval Pope Sylvester II, revealing his lesser-known role in promoting scientific awareness throughout turn-of-the-first-millennium Catholicism and his introduction of Arabic numerals to Europe.

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The only negotiating guide you'll ever need: 101 ways to win every time in any situation

By Stark, Peter B.

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 300

Call Number: 302.3 STA

Identifies a set of simple principles for negotiating in any situation, sharing one-page lessons designed to take the dread out of persuasion and to minimize the risks in important relationships. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Alone together: why we expect more from technology and less from each other

By Turkle, Sherry

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.4833 TUR

In "Alone Together," MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for--and sacrificing--in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.

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Aging in America

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 300

Call Number: 305.26

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Untouchables: my family's triumphant journey out of the caste system in modern India

By Jadhav, Narendra

Publishing Date: 2005

Classification: 300

Call Number: 305.5688 JAD

Jadhav, head of economic research for the Reserve Bank of India, is a member of India's Dalits--or untouchables--a group that numbers 165 million. His moving memoir is a tribute to his parents, who made it their goal to educate their children, especially his father, Damu, who stood up to the caste system. Jadhav paints a sweeping picture of the twentieth-century human-rights movement led by Babasaheb Ambedkar, leader of the Dalit movement and Damu's lifelong inspiration. Hearing Babasaheb's urging to "educate, organize, agitate," Damu finds the courage to defy his role as the village servant, a tradition dating back 3,500 years. Jadhav embellishes his tale of politics and the rights movement with poignant glimpses into his parents' everyday lives: how their hut leaked during the monsoons, shelling tamarind pods for pennies a day, the devastation of the plague on families packed into tenements. One of his most surprising revelations is that even today he is asked about his caste, which remains "an inseparable part" of his identity. ((Reviewed September 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews

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The invisible line: three American families and the secret journey from black to white

By Sharfstein, Daniel J.

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 305.8 SHA

This work is a multigenerational saga of three American families crossing the racial divide. In America, race is a riddle. The stories we tell about our past have calcified into the fiction that we are neatly divided into black or white. It is only with the widespread availability of DNA testing and the boom in genealogical research that the frequency with which individuals and entire families crossed the color line has become clear. In this history, the author unravels the stories of three extraordinary families from different eras of American history to represent the complexity of race in America and to force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are. The Gibsons were wealthy landowners in the South Carolina backcountry who became white in the 1760s, ascending to the heights of the Southern elite and, ultimately, to the United States Senate. The Spencers were hardscrabble farmers in the hills of eastern Kentucky, joining an isolated Appalachian community in the 1840s and for the better part of a century hovering on the line between white and black. The Walls were fixtures of the rising black middle class in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., only to give up everything they had fought for to become white at the dawn of the twentieth century. Together, their interwoven and intersecting stories uncover a forgotten America in which the rules of race were something to be believed, but not necessarily obeyed. Defining their identities first as people of color and later as whites, the families provide a lens for understanding how people thought about and experienced race and how these ideas and experiences evolved, how the very meaning of black and white changed over time. This work cuts through centuries of myth and amnesia and poisonous racial politics and change how we talk about race, racism, and civil rights.

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The ramen king and I: how the inventor of instant noodles fixed my love life : a memoir

By Raskin, Andy

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.7 RAS

"The Ramen King and I" is Raskin's memoir about how despair and a series of bizarre adventures at Japanese restaurants led him to confront the truth of his romantic past, and how billionaire Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen, became his unlikely spiritual guide.

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A vindication of the rights of woman, with strictures on political and moral subjects

By Wollstonecraft, Mary

Publishing Date: 1995

Classification: 300

Call Number: 323.34 WOL

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Death to the dictator: a young man casts a vote in Iran's 2009 election and pays a devastating price

By Moqadam, Afsaneh

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 324.955 MOQ

A description of the protests after the Iranian election of 2009 focuses on young Mohsen Abbaspour, who votes in the election and joins the protests when his candidate loses, actions for which he is jailed, tortured, and raped.

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Aldo Leopold: a fierce green fire

By Lorbiecki, Marybeth

Publishing Date: 1999

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.72 LOR

This brief biography traces Leopold's development as a leader in the conservationist movement; explores his environmental writings, achievements, and philosophy; and examines his life as a husband and father. Leopold's daughter contributes her own personal reflections and many family photos. Lorbiecki has written numerous books and articles about environmental issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) - (Book News)

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Reclaiming the American West

By Berger, Alan

Publishing Date: c2002

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.73 BER

This beautifully produced book is an exploration of landscapes of the American West that have been transformed by the work of humans during the extraction of minerals. Berger (Harvard Univ.) first sets the context for his exploration by describing the reasons and history of our landscape alteration. Following this are a series of chapters about "reclaiming" the land, both in aesthetic and functional senses. The whole book is itself an aesthetic experience, from the layout to the superb photographs of disturbed lands. Many unique illustrations hybridize information graphics with abstract-techno art. These are intriguing to view but may be frustrating to the reader who is more interested in extracting information than in having an artistic experience. However, the book, which is presented in the context of landscape architecture, is a unique and intriguing combination. For the reader with an interest in humans and their impact on the land, it is an enjoyable read. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; faculty; researchers; professionals. Copyright 2003 American Library Association

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The secret of Chanel No. 5: the intimate history of the world's most famous perfume

By Mazzeo, Tilar J.

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 338.7 MAZ

"From Tilar Mazzeo, the author of the bestselling The Widow Clicquot, a captivating new book that shares her journey to discover the secret behind the creation, iconic status, and extraordinary success of Chanel No. 5, the world's most famous perfume"--Provided by publisher.

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