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The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius

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The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius by Nancy C. Andreasen
English | 2005-11-30 | ISBN: 1932594078 | PDF | 197 pages | 1,1 MB

The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius
Michelangelo was raised in a rustic village by a family of modest means. Shakespeare's father was a middle-class businessman. Abraham Lincoln came from a family of itinerant farmers. Yet all these men broke free from their limited circumstances and achieved brilliant careers as creative artists and leaders. How such extraordinary creativity develops in the human brain is the subject of renowned psychiatrist Nancy Andreasen's The Creating Brain.
Andreasen explains here how the brain produces creative breakthroughs in art, literature, and science, revealing that creativity is not the same thing as intelligence. She scrutinizes the complex factors involved in the development of creativity, including the role of patrons and mentors, "non-standard" educations, and the possession of an "omnivorous" vision. A fascinating interview with acclaimed playwright Neil Simon sheds further light on the creative process.The relationship between genius and insanity also plays an important role in Andreasen's examination. Drawing on her studies of writers in the Iowa Writers' Workshop and other scientific evidence, Andreasen asserts that while creativity may sometimes be linked to mental disorders and may be partially due to familial/genetic factors, neither is inevitable nor needed for creativity to flourish.
Scientist's increasing understanding of the brain's plasticity suggests even more possibilities for nurturing the creative drive, and Andreasen looks ahead to exciting implications for child-rearing and education. The Creating Brain presents an inspiring vision for a future where everyone-not just artists or writers-can fulfill their creative capacity.
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Restoration: Charles II and His Kingdoms, 1660-1685

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Restoration: Charles II and His Kingdoms, 1660-1685 By Tim Harris
Publisher: Pen..guin Glo..bal 2006 | 528 Pages | ISBN: 0140264655 | EPUB | 7 MB

Restoration: Charles II and His Kingdoms, 1660-1685
The late seventeenth century was a period of extraordinary turbulence and political violence in Britain, the like of which has never been seen since. Beginning with the Restoration of the monarchy after the Civil War, this book traces the fate of the monarchy from Charles II's triumphant accession in 1660 to the growing discontent of the 1680s. Harris looks beyond the popular image of Restoration England revelling in its freedom from the austerity of Puritan rule under a merry monarch and reconstructs the human tragedy of Restoration politics where people were brutalised, hounded and exploited by a regime that was desperately insecure after two decade of civil war and republican rule.
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Facing the Catastrophe: Jews and Non-Jews in Europe during World War II

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Facing the Catastrophe: Jews and Non-Jews in Europe during World War II (Occupation in Europe) by Beate Kosmala and Georgi Verbeeck
English | 2011-02-15 | ISBN: 1845204719, 1845208250 | PDF | 256 pages | 2 MB

Facing the Catastrophe: Jews and Non-Jews in Europe during World War II
Covering Western and Eastern Europe, this book looks at the Holocaust on the local level. It compares and contrasts the behavior and attitude of neighbors in the face of the Holocaust. Topics covered include deportation programs, relations between Jews and Gentiles, violence against Jews, perceptions of Jewish persecution, and reports of the Holocaust in the Jewish and non-Jewish press.
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Facing the Catastrophe: Jews and Non-Jews in Europe during World War II

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Facing the Catastrophe: Jews and Non-Jews in Europe during World War II (Occupation in Europe) by Beate Kosmala and Georgi Verbeeck
English | 2011-02-15 | ISBN: 1845204719, 1845208250 | PDF | 256 pages | 2 MB

Facing the Catastrophe: Jews and Non-Jews in Europe during World War II
Covering Western and Eastern Europe, this book looks at the Holocaust on the local level. It compares and contrasts the behavior and attitude of neighbors in the face of the Holocaust. Topics covered include deportation programs, relations between Jews and Gentiles, violence against Jews, perceptions of Jewish persecution, and reports of the Holocaust in the Jewish and non-Jewish press.
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Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?

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Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? by Philip E. Tetlock
English | 2006 | ISBN: 0691128715, 0691123020 | 352 pages | EPUB | 5 MB

Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?
The intelligence failures surrounding the invasion of Iraq dramatically illustrate the necessity of developing standards for evaluating expert opinion. This book fills that need. Here, Philip E. Tetlock explores what constitutes good judgment in predicting future events, and looks at why experts are often wrong in their forecasts.

Tetlock first discusses arguments about whether the world is too complex for people to find the tools to understand political phenomena, let alone predict the future. He evaluates predictions from experts in different fields, comparing them to predictions by well-informed laity or those based on simple extrapolation from current trends. He goes on to analyze which styles of thinking are more successful in forecasting. Classifying thinking styles using Isaiah Berlin's prototypes of the fox and the hedgehog, Tetlock contends that the fox–the thinker who knows many little things, draws from an eclectic array of traditions, and is better able to improvise in response to changing events–is more successful in predicting the future than the hedgehog, who knows one big thing, toils devotedly within one tradition, and imposes formulaic solutions on ill-defined problems. He notes a perversely inverse relationship between the best scientific indicators of good judgement and the qualities that the media most prizes in pundits–the single-minded determination required to prevail in ideological combat.

Clearly written and impeccably researched, the book fills a huge void in the literature on evaluating expert opinion. It will appeal across many academic disciplines as well as to corporations seeking to develop standards for judging expert decision-making.
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Implementing Sustainability: The New Zealand Experience

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Implementing Sustainability: The New Zealand Experience (RTPI Library Series) by Caroline L. Miller
English | 2011-02-03 | ISBN: 0415495504, 0415495512 | PDF | 248 pages | 7,6 MB

Implementing Sustainability: The New Zealand Experience
New Zealand's Resource Management Act (RMA) was hailed as a radical new approach to planning that would both achieve better environmental outcomes and benefit developers by working rapidly and more efficiently.

This book examines the lessons that can be learned by planning practitioners across the world. It focuses on the realities of implementing the RMA for the planning profession, the community and the political system within which planning must always operate.
Offering a practitioner's insight, the book looks at those strategies and techniques that have proved successful, and spells out what can be applied to the planning systems of other countries.
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Implementing Sustainability: The New Zealand Experience

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Implementing Sustainability: The New Zealand Experience (RTPI Library Series) by Caroline L. Miller
English | 2011-02-03 | ISBN: 0415495504, 0415495512 | PDF | 248 pages | 7,6 MB

Implementing Sustainability: The New Zealand Experience
New Zealand's Resource Management Act (RMA) was hailed as a radical new approach to planning that would both achieve better environmental outcomes and benefit developers by working rapidly and more efficiently.

This book examines the lessons that can be learned by planning practitioners across the world. It focuses on the realities of implementing the RMA for the planning profession, the community and the political system within which planning must always operate.
Offering a practitioner's insight, the book looks at those strategies and techniques that have proved successful, and spells out what can be applied to the planning systems of other countries.
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Opus Vino

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Opus Vino by Jim Gordon
English | 2010 | ISBN: 0756667518 | 800 pages | PDF | 114 MB

Opus Vino
The world of wine has changed since Hugh Johnson's groundbreaking World Atlas of Wine was published in the 1970s. countries are producing fine wine and wine professionals have moved away from the view that geography alone determines quality of fine wine and winemaking.

Written by a new generation of wine critics with up-to-date, in-depth knowledge of the different wine regions, the wineries and their wines, provides greater coverage to the wine world than any other illustrated wine book. Organized by country, and then broken down into regions, districts, and wineries, the book looks at than 4,500 individual wineries, identifies each region's top producers and its rising stars, and entries cover the owner, grapes, wine styles, and their best wines.

At 800 pages, takes wine publishing to new heights and gives both professionals and amateur enthusiasts a wine reference fit for the 21st century.
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Building Louisiana: The Legacy of the Public Works Administration

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Building Louisiana: The Legacy of the Public Works Administration by Robert D. Leighninger Jr.
English | 2007 | ISBN: 1578069459 | 298 Pages | PDF | 4 MB
Robert D. Leighninger, Jr., believes there may be a model for municipal building projects everywhere in the ambitious and artful structures erected in Louisiana by the Public Works Administration. In the 1930s, the PWA built a tremendous amount of infrastructure in a very short time.

Building Louisiana: The Legacy of the Public Works Administration
Most of the edifices are still in use, yet few people recognize how these schools, courthouses, and other great structures came about. Building Louisiana documents the projects one New Deal agency erected in one southern state and places these in social and political context. Based on extensive research in the National Archives and substantial field work within the state, Leighninger has gathered the story of the establishment of the PWA and the feverish building activity that ensued. He also recounts early tussles with Huey Long and the scandals involving public works discovered during the late New Deal. The book includes looks at individual projects of particular interest–"Big Charity" hospital, the Carville leprosy center, the Shreveport incinerator, and the LSU sugar plant. A concluding chapter draws lessons from the PWA's history that might be applied to current political concerns. Also included is an annotated inventory of every PWA project in the state. Finally, this composite picture honors those workers and policymakers who, in a time of despair, expressed hope for the future with this enduring investment.
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Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction

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Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction by David Cottington
English | 2005-05-26 | ISBN: 0192803646 | PDF | 152 pages | 3,6 MB

Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction
Public interest in modern art continues to grow, as witnessed by the spectacular success of the Tate Modern in London and the Bilbao Guggenheim. engages general readers, offering them not only information and ideas about modern art, but also explaining its contemporary relevance and history. The book focuses on interrogating the idea of "modern" art by asking such questions as: What makes a work of art qualify as modern, or fail to? How has this selection been made? What is the relationship between modern and contemporary art? Is "postmodernist" art no longer modern, or just no longer modernist? In either case, why–and what does this claim mean, both for art and the idea of "the modern?"
Cottingham examines many key aspects of this subject, including the issue of controversy in modern art, from Manet's Dejeuner sur L'Herbe (1863) to Picasso's Les Demoiselles, and Tracey Emin's Bed (1999). He also looks at the role of the dealer from the main Cubist art dealer Kahnweiler, to Charles Saatchi.
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