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The Grand Delusion by Steve Hagen Summary

This is a fun, unique book that goes deep into the great mysteries of knowing—something like Lawrence Krauss's A Universe From Nothing (Atria) meets Sam Harris's Waking Up (S&S) (Both S&S bestsellers). Or: Sam Harris and Stephen Hawking meet Socrates. Robert Pirsig wrote of Steve Hagen’s first book, Why the World Doesn’t Seem to Make Sense, “For those who are certain that objectivity and intellect are the ground floor of all knowledge, this can be a valuable trip to the sub-basement.” Now, in The Grand Delusion, Hagen drills deeper, into the most basic assumptions, strengths, and limitations of religion and belief, philosophy and inquiry, science and technology. In doing so, he shines new light on the question Why is there Something rather than Nothing?—and shines this light from an entirely unexpected (and largely unexplored) direction. Using a provocative mix of examples from physics, philosophy, religion, myth, neuroscience, and mathematics—and a clever conversational exploration between Hagen and his interlocutor, “ANYONE”—this book also offers a fresh perspective on other questions that science, philosophy, and religion have long grappled with. Such topics include: - What does it mean to exist? - What is consciousness? - What is reality? - What is the nature of truth? Layer by layer, Hagen examines the questions we ask, the way we ask them, the assumptions and beliefs we hold dear, and the ways in which we separate ourselves from the very answers we seek. In the process, he draws on sources that include Huang Po, Richard Feynman, Sir Arthur Eddington, Hui-Neng, Susan B. Anthony, Daniel Dennett, Joseph Campbell, Dogen, Emily Dickinson, Nagarjuna, Ikkyu, William I. McLaughlin, Sam Harris, and Henry David Thoreau. Ultimately, this book reveals how all of these fundamental questions—and many, many more—stem from a single error, a single unwarranted belief, a single Grand Delusion. The Grand Delusion helps readers move past this delusion into insight that can settle these age-old and seemingly intractable questions.

The Grand Delusion: Multiculturalism in Ireland and Beyond

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The Grand Delusion: Multiculturalism in Ireland and Beyond by Salah Haddad Summary

Throughout our human history it would be difficult to find many societies that have not been marked by significant cultural diversity. This fact becomes more and more obvious in the global multicultural age and it is hard for anyone to ignore it, let alone deny it. However, this book tells us that answering only one question can help to fully understand what the contemporary term 'multiculturalism' means and what its policy and strategy is. The question is: how has Western colonialism dealt with the cultural diversity since 1492?

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Grand Delusion by Gabriel Gorodetsky Summary

A history of the German invasion of Russia in 1941, in the light of archival material. It challenges the view that Stalin was about to invade Germany when Hitler made a pre-emptive strike, arguing that Stalin was actually negotiating for peace in order to redress the European balance of power.

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The Grand Delusion by Sterling Whitaker Summary

Culled from the author's personal interviews with band members, record company executives, management, friends and fans, 'The Grand Delusion' is the first biography of the superstar rock group Styx. Beginning with 'Lady' in 1974, Styx delivered a string of hits including 'Come Sail Away', 'Fooling Yourself', 'Miss America', 'Renegade', 'Blue Collar Man', 'Babe', 'The Best Of Times', 'Too Much Time On My Hands', 'Don't Let It End', 'Show Me The Way' and 'Mr. Roboto'. Styx has sold more than 35 million albums in a career that spans three decades. 'The Grand Delusion' tells the unauthorized story of one of the true superstar acts of the rock era.

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The Grand Delusion by Heath Sommer Summary

Loner Addy Siwel only wanted answers when she signed up for a freshman course in theology-what she got was the attention of a murderer. In The Grand Delusion, Dr. Heath Sommer brings to life the precursor stories of characters John Joe, Addy Siwel, and Merci Bowku, who were introduced to the world in the 2009 contemporary mystery The Manufactured Identity. Terror-struck, the three protagonists vie against a backdrop of ironic evil as they are stalked by an unidentified villain who breaks all the rules and sends Chief of police and reluctant clairvoyant Frank Murphy scrambling against the clock in a murder mystery showdown that leaves all questioning what is real and what is beyond this world. 'A fascinating story of psychological intrigue.' Mystery and Suspense Novel Review 'Intimate moments of struggle, frustration, and some of life's most daunting questions come to life by such real characters.' Mountain West Book Review

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A Grand Delusion by Eberhard Kienle Summary

The recent history and politics of Egypt illuminates the tortuous and often contradictory relationship between liberalization and democracy in Third World countries. Eberhard Kienle argues that the much-vaunted reform and liberalization of Egypt's economy has been partial and selective, far from benefiting everybody. The author looks at how economic reform and liberalization have failed to produce a greater degree of political democracy: notions of elective pluralism, political accountability, clean elections, a genuinely free press, and the containment of police powers, which have turned out to be a great delusion masking restrictions on political participation and civil liberties. This book will shed much light on the dilemma between political and economic reform faced by so many developing countries today.

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Grand Delusion by Dualta Carolan Summary

Mitian is a nomad on his way to Yojaief to trade bolts of silk.He is going to tell Dariad a story...... but she has envisoned his doom.

Pour en finir avec Dieu

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Pour en finir avec Dieu by Richard DAWKINS Summary

Plus de deux millions d'exemplaires vendus dans le monde, best-seller aux États-Unis, en Angleterre et en Allemagne : l'essai qui crée l'événement. " Imaginez, avec John Lennon, un monde sans religion... Pas de bombes suicides, pas de 11 Septembre, pas de Croisades, pas de chasses aux sorcières, pas de Conspiration des poudres, pas de partition de l'Inde, pas de guerres israélo-palestiniennes, pas de massacres de musulmans serbo-croates, pas de persécution de juifs, pas de " troubles " en Irlande du Nord, pas de " crimes d'honneur ", pas de télévangélistes au brushing avantageux et au costume tape-à-l'oeil. Imaginez, pas de talibans pour dynamiter les statues anciennes, pas de décapitations publiques des blasphémateurs, pas de femmes flagellées pour avoir montré une infime parcelle de peau... " R. D. Dans une attaque frontale contre la religion et la barbarie qu'elle a trop souvent engendrée, Richard Dawkins dénonce " l'illusion de Dieu ". Jugeant que de trop nombreux scientifiques " s'inclinent lâchement devant les théologiens ", il estime que l'hypothèse de Dieu doit être analysée avec les mêmes outils rationnels et le même scepticisme que n'importe quelle autre. Il s'attache donc à faire la démonstration de la " probabilité extrêmement faible de son existence ". Amoureux de la nature, le scientifique invite son lecteur à se tourner vers la splendeur du monde réel. Comprendre le monde du vivant, apprécier son extrême richesse expliquée avec une " élégance irrésistible " par la sélection naturelle de Darwin, voilà qui, selon Richard Dawkins, devrait permettre d'abandonner toutes les formes de superstition. Et notamment celles remises au goût du jour par le créationnisme qui sévit dans de nombreux pays, en particulier aux États-Unis. Le réquisitoire d'un grand scientifique contre la religion.

Zen-Brain Horizons

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Zen-Brain Horizons by James H. Austin Summary

A neurologist and Zen practitioner clarifies the benefits of meditative training, drawing on classical Buddhist literature and modern brain research. In Zen-Brain Horizons, James Austin draws on his decades of experience as a neurologist and Zen practitioner to clarify the benefits of meditative training. Austin integrates classical Buddhist literature with modern brain research, exploring the horizons of a living, neural Zen. When viewed in the light of today, the timeless wisdom of some Zen masters seems almost to have anticipated recent research in the neurosciences. The keen attentiveness and awareness that we cultivate during meditative practices becomes the leading edge of our subsequent mental processing. Austin explains how our covert, involuntary functions can make crucial contributions to the subtle ways we learn, intuit, and engage in creative activities. He demonstrates why living Zen means much more than sitting quietly indoors on a cushion, and provides simplified advice that helps guide readers to the most important points.

J'ai voulu oublier ce jour

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"La jolie Gwen, sa voisine Mickey et les trois frères Halloran, Tim, Gordon et Sean. Cinq enfants, les meilleurs amis du monde à la fin des années soixante-dix à Dickeyville, une petite banlieue pavillonnaire de Baltimore. Après l’école, ils allaient jouer dans les bois, derrière Leakin Park, là où les parents ne vous embêtent pas et où l’on se sent vraiment libre. Mais là aussi où parfois, on fait des rencontres. Des rencontres qu’on aurait préféré ne jamais faire. Trente ans plus tard, Gordon vient de se tuer au volant de sa voiture. Les quatre autres se retrouvent pour la première fois après toutes ces années. Ce qui s’est passé cette nuit-là, ils n’ont jamais pu en parler. Ils n’ont pu que se séparer, s’enfuir au plus loin les uns des autres. Mais maintenant, la mort est là. Et le secret qu’ils ont enfermé dans un coin sombre de leurs mémoires pourrait bien revenir. Pour tout détruire... La jolie Gwen, sa voisine Mickey et les trois frères Halloran, Tim, Gordon et Sean. Cinq enfants, les meilleurs amis du monde à la fin des années soixante-dix à Dickeyville, une petite banlieue pavillonnaire de Baltimore. Après l’école, ils allaient jouer dans les bois, derrière Leakin Park, là où les parents ne vous embêtent pas et où l’on se sent vraiment libre. Mais là aussi où parfois, on fait des rencontres. Des rencontres qu’on aurait préféré ne jamais faire. Trente ans plus tard, Gordon vient de se tuer au volant de sa voiture. Les quatre autres se retrouvent pour la première fois après toutes ces années. Ce qui s’est passé cette nuit-là, ils n’ont jamais pu en parler. Ils n’ont pu que se séparer, s’enfuir au plus loin les uns des autres. Mais maintenant, la mort est là. Et le secret qu’ils ont enfermé dans un coin sombre de leurs mémoires pourrait bien revenir. Pour tout détruire... "

A letter to the Rev. the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford on the present state of theology in the universities and the Church of England, and on the causes of existing scepticism and infidelity. By Clericus

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Les Wang contre le monde entier

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Une odyssée pleine d'humour, de mordant et d'originalité pour aborder l'American dream, l'ambition, le racisme, les conflits familiaux ou encore le snobisme de la scène artistique new-yorkaise. Portée par un style ravageur, une découverte irrésistible. Aux États-Unis en 2008. Mauvais placements, effondrement de la Bourse et Charles Wang, jusqu'ici tycoon des cosmétiques à L.A., se retrouve sur la paille. Adieu la villa de Bel-Air, les écoles privées de ses deux plus jeunes enfants, les parures de bijoux et toilettes luxueuses de sa deuxième épouse, le mécénat pour la galerie new-yorkaise d'art contemporain et très conceptuelle de sa fille aînée. De la splendeur passée, il ne reste rien si ce n'est Ama, la vieille nourrice, et la somptueuse Mercedes vintage. Mais Charles Wang n'a pas dit son dernier mot : sa fortune, il sait où la récupérer. En Chine, sur les terres de ses ancêtres, confisquées par les communistes... En moins de temps qu'il n'en faut pour passer du rêve au cauchemar américain, voici la famille Wang au quasi-complet à bord de la Mercedes de collection, embarquée dans un road-trip sous haute tension. Direction New York d'où, si tout se passe bien, les Wang s'envoleront pour la terre de leurs ancêtres. Si tout se passe bien ? À voir. Car au gré des étapes de ce périple familial, les Wang n'ont pas fini de découvrir qu'ils sont désormais seuls, les Wang contre le monde entier...

Le Prisonnier

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Derrière les murs de Karachi Un soir de décembre, un journaliste américain est enlevé à Karachi. Ses geôliers ont l'intention de filmer son exécution puis de diffuser la vidéo le soir de Noël. Allié des États-Unis, le gouvernement pakistanais est en mauvaise posture. La course contre la montre est lancée. Seuls deux hommes peuvent la remporter : le commissaire D'Souza, chrétien placardisé devenu directeur de prison, et son acolyte d'autrefois, Akbar, un ancien policier détenu à la suite d'une affaire qui a mal tourné. Au coeur d'une société encrassée par la corruption, entre djihadistes et dignitaires véreux, prostituées au grand coeur et politiciens assoiffés de sang, le duo de choc reforme équipe. Et tente de venger les injustices du passé. Dépaysement garanti et immersion dans une des villes les plus dangereuses du globe avec ce thriller haletant, explosif et plus vrai que nature, qui met en scène deux flics davantage soucieux de loyauté que de légalité. S'inspirant de son expérience, Omar Hamid Shahid donne à voir un monde où la frontière entre les bons et les mauvais n'est jamais aussi claire qu'on ne le souhaiterait.

Secrets of the Sixth Edition

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Secrets of the Sixth Edition by Randall Hedtke Summary

Darwin's On the Origin of the Species was originally released in 1859, and by 1872, the sixth and last edition was published, becoming the defining text for evolutionists. This controversial work has become the foundation of modern textbooks for scientific studies in origins, though Darwin himself expressed deep doubts about his own speculations and suppositions. Secrets of the Sixth Editionby Randall Hedtke exposes the critical flaws of this landmark book by using Darwin's own words against him. Provides an examination of Darwin's research and the faulty basis of his scientific writings Filled with extensive documentation looking at the fatal flaws in Darwin's assumptions Addresses strategies for possible changes to curriculum to address weaknesses in the evolutionary hypothesis. Take an insightful look at Darwin's work and its inaccuracies from a fresh and logical perspective. You will discover the often ignored reasoning behind his own abandonment of some of the core mechanisms of evolution later in his life, though they remain unchallenged pillars of unquestioning science today. This informative and easy-to-read study boldly declares the powerful truth that only biblical creation can explain.

A Decade of Delusions

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A Decade of Delusions by Frank K. Martin Summary

The proven strategies rational investors require for success in an irrational market When the dot-com and real estate bubbles of the 1990s and 2000s burst, few were spared the financial fallout. So, how did an investment advisory firm located in Elkhart, Indiana—one of the cities hit hardest by the economic downturns—not only survive, but also thrive during the highly contagious speculative pandemics. By remaining rational. In A Decade of Delusions: From Speculative Contagion to the Great Recession, Frank Martin founder of Elkhart, Indiana's Martin Capital Management offers a riveting and real-time insider's look at the two bubbles, and reflects on how investors can remain rational even when markets are anything but. Outlines strategies the average investor can use to wade through the endless news, information, and investment advice that bombards them Describes the epidemic of market speculation that gradually infects feverish investors Details how investors can spare themselves the emotional devastation and accompanying paralysis resulting from shocking financial losses Investors are still reeling from the instability in the market. A Decade of Delusions: From Speculative Contagion to the Great Recession provides the information investors need to achieve safety, liquidity, and yield.

Critical Affairs

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Critical Affairs by Ned Rorem Summary

Acclaimed composer Ned Rorem delights and provokes with a fearless collection of vivid memories, critiques, and musings on life, music, and his world Pulitzer Prize–winning American composer Ned Rorem has been lauded for his art songs, symphonies, operas, and other orchestral works. With Critical Affairs, as with his other literary works, the great maestro once again demonstrates that he is a master of words as well as music. Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, Critical Affairs opens a window into the brilliant mind of a multi-talented artist and acute observer of the world around him. Rorem is fearless—sometimes shameless—in critiques of his contemporaries and their work. He gives glowing praise to those who merit it and tears down those he feels do not with a sharp and cunning wit. His remembrances of past challenges and conquests, both artistic and sexual, alternately scandalize and mesmerize, and his thoughts on everything from Walt Whitman to rock music carry weight and substance. Through it all, the author retains his unique charm and grace, whether he’s confidently confessing a shocking personal indiscretion or remembering with lyrical fondness a late musical giant who helped to shape his extraordinary career.

Safety Management Systems in Aviation

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Safety Management Systems in Aviation by Mr Carl D Halford,Mr John J Goglia,Professor Alan J Stolzer Summary

Although aviation is among the safest modes of transportation in the world today, accidents still happen. In order to further reduce accidents and improve safety, proactive approaches must be adopted by the aviation community. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has mandated that all of its member states implement Safety Management System (SMS) programs in their aviation industries. While some countries (Australia, Canada, members of the European Union, New Zealand) have been engaged in SMS for a few years, it's just now emerging in the United States, and is non-existent in most other countries. This timely and unique book covers the essential points of SMS. The knowledgeable authors go beyond merely defining it; they discuss the quality management underpinnings of SMS, the four pillars, risk management, reliability engineering, SMS implementation, and the scientific rigor that must be designed into proactive safety. This comprehensive work is designed as a textbook for the student of aviation safety, and is an invaluable reference tool for the SMS practitioner in any segment of aviation. The authors introduce a hypothetical airline-oriented safety scenario at the beginning of the book and conclude it at the end, engaging the reader and adding interest to the text. To enhance the practical application of the material, the book also features numerous SMS in Practice commentaries by some of the most respected names in aviation safety.