Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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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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