People as Living Things

The Psychology of Perceptual Control

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Author: Philip Julian Runkel

Publisher: Living Control Systems Publ

ISBN: 0974015504

Category: Psychology

Page: 523

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Runkel links Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) thinking to psychological literature and discusses it against that background.

Perceptual Control Theory

An Overview of the Third Grand Theory in Psychology—Introductions, Readings, and Resources

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Author: William T. Powers

Publisher: Living Control Systems Publ

ISBN: 1938090128

Category: Psychology

Page: 424

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These introductions and readings provide a comprehensive range of information for the study of Perceptual Control Theory—papers, books, book reviews, resources on-line, demos and tutorial programs for your computer. Perceptual Control Theory, PCT, results from one man's curiosity, expertise, creativity and determination. The articles, books, and tutorial programs introduced in this volume would not have been written, certainly not this way, if it were not for William T. (Bill) Powers's seminal insight and tireless efforts across more that sixty years. The PCT explanation for what behavior is, how it works and what it accomplishes is well documented. It lays a foundation for a new natural science and can handle behavioral phenomena within a single testable concept of how living systems work. You can demonstrate it yourself with functioning computer simulations. Whether you are interested in improving education, resolving chronic psychological stress, understanding what is going on with an inconsolable baby, understanding the basis for our universal sense of justice, getting a different take on what emotions are, resolving conflict in general, becoming a better parent, manager, sales person, friend or lover, you will find fascinating insight when you review these readings and study this new explanatory concept with care.

Living As God's People

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Author: Doug Allen

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1640826645

Category: Religion

Page: 472

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A life application exegesis of a book of the Bible is different and often hard to find, especially of one of the Epistles. Life application is not a historical document, nor is it a purely theological writing. It is the taking of the Word of God and applying to the daily life of the believer in order that the Christian may “live Christ” in his walk so that those around him may see God “lived out” and thus come to know him. As the believer becomes more adept at doing this, the Holy Spirit will be able to place that believer in more and more circumstances where he can use the believer, often without the believer even knowing that he is being used. It becomes natural to the believer. Jesus puts it this way. He said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit.” All we have to do is hang in there. Jesus does the rest through his Holy Spirit. That is what life-application exegesis is all about. It is about living experiences of life with Christ so we may learn what Jesus wants to do in our lives to touch others. Just think—Jesus wants to use us to touch others. Blows your mind, doesn’t it?

Groundwater Economics

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Author: Charles A. Job

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439809013

Category: Nature

Page: 687

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From the western United States to the Indian subcontinent, water issues have always been economic issues. Considered ubiquitous under the continents, groundwater varies considerably in depth, quality, accessibility, and availability. A unified discussion of groundwater and its economic importance, Groundwater Economics explores the application of economic evaluation and cost/benefit analysis for the use, protection, remediation and conservation of groundwater. The book reviews the major economic uses of and demand for groundwater, provides an ecosystem context for resource withdrawals, discusses the application of economics to groundwater policy and decisions, and explores the economics of groundwater sustainability. It examines the legal basis for groundwater use and access, then addresses drinking water, irrigation, and waste disposal. The author considers micro- and macro-economic factors, cost-benefit tools, sustainability, transboundary considerations, climate change and policy evaluation, ease of policy implementation, and societal acceptance. He synthesizes key points into practical steps for future application, describing ways to evaluate the economics of groundwater use in the context of the larger ecosystem and the natural capital it provides. The comprehensive approach taken by this book addresses a full range groundwater topics building on other supporting disciplines, rather than focusing solely on how to evaluate the economics of remediation of contaminated sites or of a single resource use. This multidisciplinary course is a more current way to address this complex issue, compared to the single-discipline approach that addresses groundwater as a physical resource on the one hand and its economics on the other. This unified approach presents an array of tools and factors for the evaluation of the economics of proposals for future groundwater use in relation to the ecosystem and its sustainability.

Religious Objects in Museums

Private Lives and Public Duties

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Author: Crispin Paine

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 085785299X

Category: Art

Page: 192

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In the past, museums often changed the meaning of icons or statues of deities from sacred to aesthetic, or used them to declare the superiority of Western society, or simply as cultural and historical evidence. The last generation has seen faith groups demanding to control 'their' objects, and curators recognising that objects can only be understood within their original religious context. In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the role religion plays in museums, with major exhibitions highlighting the religious as well as the historical nature of objects. Using examples from all over the world, Religious Objects in Museums is the first book to examine how religious objects are transformed when they enter the museum, and how they affect curators and visitors. It examines the full range of meanings that religious objects may bear - as scientific specimen, sacred icon, work of art, or historical record. Showing how objects may be used to argue a point, tell a story or promote a cause, may be worshipped, ignored, or seen as dangerous or unlucky, this highly accessible book is an essential introduction to the subject.

Reality Inspector

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Author: John Caris

Publisher: Westgate House

ISBN: 9780960732005

Category: Chess

Page: 163

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A world championship chess match is the backdrop for this intriguing science fiction detective story. The main computer of the Federal Reserve is being tampered with and the results can destroy the U.S. economy. Actual chess games are used, and they act as launching pads for journeys into strange and challenging worlds.

Growth and Replication of Cells and Other Living Organisms

Fundamental Physical Mechanisms that Govern Nature's Evolvement

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Author: Yuri K. Shestopaloff

Publisher: AKVY PRESS

ISBN: 0980966736

Category: Science

Page: 82

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This book studies the role of physical mechanisms in the growth and replication of living organisms. It introduces mathematical model of the growth and replication phenomenon and derives the main growth equation. Modeling of real growth phenomena for Amoeba, pigs, and Drosophila, and comparison to experimental data confirms the validity of the proposed mathematical model. Presently, the growth and replication phenomena are overwhelmingly considered as biological, genetic, and biochemical, which is much true. However, natural phenomena exist in a real world that does not have purely physical or biological boundaries, which subjectively imposed by excessive human desire for classification and clustering of everything. Physical laws influence such universal phenomena as growth and replication too. The book presents an interesting hypothesis, and its convincing proofs, with regard to existence of such fundamental physical mechanisms shaping the organisms' growth and replication. The derived general mathematical equation of the growth of living organisms, illustrated by numerical examples, gives much credibility to the results. The material is presented in such a way that it is accessible to any person interested in the subject.

The Ways of Thinking of Eastern Peoples

India-China-Tibet-Japan

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Author: Hajime Nakamura

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824800789

Category: Philosophy

Page: 712

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"There is hardly any book equal to Ways of Thinking of Eastern Peoples in terms of its thorough and systematic presentation of the intricate thought patterns of Asian peoples. The book not only is an essential reference for the student of Asian culture, but also for students of philosophy, religion, anthropology, and art, as it is an excellent source for aiding the student in gaining a deeper understanding of each facet of Oriental thought." --Isshi Yamada, Northwestern University "The clearest discussion and analysis of these complex subjects that I have found. My advanced undergraduate students find this work to be 'stimulating', 'challenging' and comprehensible.' The organization of the text enhances the usefulness of this volume, but it is the high quality of the scholarship that makes Ways of Thinking a most valuable addition to Asian studies and to the academic training of upper division students." --Ann B. Radwan, University of North Florida "I find Ways of thinking a most provocative source for exploring with my students certain basic themes in Eastern religion and culture. Used carefully, it is a most stimulating and effective source for tapping Eastern 'ways' at a fundamental level of inquiry." --Wilbur M. Fridell, University of California, Santa Barbara

Every Living Thing

Daily Use of Animals in Ancient Israel

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Author: Oded Borowski

Publisher: AltaMira Press

ISBN: 1461700396

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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The agricultural world of Old Testament Israel swarmed with animals—birds, insects, fish, pack animals, pets, animals for hunting, and domesticated herds of sheep, goats, and cattle. Using information from the Bible, Ancient Near Eastern documents, anthropology, and archaeology, Borowski synthesizes what we know about the use of animals in biblical times for food, clothing, transportation, and even cultic practices. This comprehensive catalog is a convenient desk resource for any reader_whether biblical scholar, archaeology student, or layperson. Essays on pastoral systems, cult, and agricultural economics, makes this also an important tool for researchers.

Consider the Earth: Environmental Activities for Grades 4 - 8

Environmental Activities for Grades 4 - 8

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Author: Julie M Gates

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313078521

Category: Education

Page: 246

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Each chapter begins with a clear explanation of the topic, followed by detailed lesson plans for activities, supplementary and alternative activities, vocabulary definitions, and discussion questions that enhance student understanding of key concepts. This revised edition features new chapters on oceans, global warming, the greenhouse effect, El Nino, and recycling. Packed with information and easy to use, this book swiftly immerses students in environmental processes and issues, and it teaches them important scientific concepts. The hands-on activities cover a wide range of environmental topics-water, soil, wildlife, plants, ecosystems, weather, environmental problems, and oceans. Each chapter begins with a clear explanation of the topic, followed by detailed lesson plans for activities, supplementary and alternative activities, vocabulary definitions, and discussion questions that enhance student understanding of key concepts. This revised edition features new chapters on oceans, global warming, the greenhouse effect, El Nino, and recycling. Updated information on environmental problems helps build student enthusiasm by exploring issues they already recognize as timely and important. Anyone who wants to learn more about their biophysical environment-in classrooms, with youth groups, in science clubs, or at home-will find this resource helpful.

Sharing Our Stories of Survival

Native Women Surviving Violence

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Author: Sarah Deer,Bonnie Clairmont,Carrie A. Martell

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759111257

Category: Social Science

Page: 362

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Sharing Our Stories of Survival is a comprehensive treatment of the socio-legal issues that arise in the context of violence against native women—written by social scientists, writers, poets, and survivors of violence.

The 100 Silliest Things People Say about Dogs

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Author: Alexandra Semyonova

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1904109187

Category: Dogs

Page: 264

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An internationally-acclaimed animal behaviourist debunks 100 myths about dogs and replaces them with the truth about canine nature.

Moving and Growing

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Author: Louise Spilsbury

Publisher: Evans Brothers

ISBN: 0237535203

Category:

Page: N.A

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This CD-ROM for whiteboard use is an electronic version of Moving and Growing from the hugely successful Step-Up Science series. All living things are able to move and grow. Moving and Growing describes how vertebrates - including humans - have bones, why they are needed, how they change and how they are related to growth and movement. It explains how a human skeleton differs from other animalskeletons and how invertebrates are able to protect themselves without a skeleton. This CDROM also shows how you can use a good diet and exercise to keep your bones healthy.

Love and Hope

Fromm and Education

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Author: Adir Cohen

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9782881242946

Category: Education

Page: 114

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First Published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Digital People

From Bionic Humans to Androids

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Author: Sidney Perkowitz

Publisher: Joseph Henry Press

ISBN: 0309096197

Category: Science

Page: 246

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Robots, androids, and bionic people pervade popular culture, from classics like Frankenstein and R.U.R. to modern tales such as The Six Million Dollar Man, The Terminator, and A.I. Our fascination is obvious â€" and the technology is quickly moving from books and films to real life. In a lab at MIT, scientists and technicians have created an artificial being named COG. To watch COG interact with the environment â€" to recognize that this machine has actual body language â€" is to experience a hair-raising, gut-level reaction. Because just as we connect to artificial people in fiction, the merest hint of human-like action or appearance invariably engages us. Digital People examines the ways in which technology is inexorably driving us to a new and different level of humanity. As scientists draw on nanotechnology, molecular biology, artificial intelligence, and materials science, they are learning how to create beings that move, think, and look like people. Others are routinely using sophisticated surgical techniques to implant computer chips and drug-dispensing devices into our bodies, designing fully functional man-made body parts, and linking human brains with computers to make people healthier, smarter, and stronger. In short, we are going beyond what was once only science fiction to create bionic people with fully integrated artificial components â€" and it will not be long before we reach the ultimate goal of constructing a completely synthetic human-like being. It seems quintessentially human to look beyond our natural limitations. Science has long been the lens through which we squint to discern our future. Although we are rightfully fearful about manipulating the boundaries between animate and inanimate, the benefits are too great to ignore. This thoughtful and provocative book shows us just where technology is taking us, in directions both wonderful and terrible, to ponder what it means to be human.

Character and Environment

A Virtue-Oriented Approach to Environmental Ethics

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Author: Ronald L. Sandler

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511868

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

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Virtue ethics is now widely recognized as an alternative to Kantian and consequentialist ethical theories. However, moral philosophers have been slow to bring virtue ethics to bear on topics in applied ethics. Moreover, environmental virtue ethics is an underdeveloped area of environmental ethics. Although environmental ethicists often employ virtue-oriented evaluation (such as respect, care, and love for nature) and appeal to role models (such as Henry Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson) for guidance, environmental ethics has not been well informed by contemporary work on virtue ethics. With Character and Environment, Ronald Sandler remedies each of these deficiencies by bringing together contemporary work on virtue ethics with contemporary work on environmental ethics. He demonstrates the many ways that any ethic of character can and should be informed by environmental considerations. He also develops a pluralistic virtue-oriented environmental ethic that accommodates the richness and complexity of our relationship with the natural environment and provides effective and nuanced guidance on environmental issues. These projects have implications not only for environmental ethics and virtue ethics but also for moral philosophy more broadly. Ethical theories must be assessed on their theoretical and practical adequacy with respect to all aspects of the human ethical situation: personal, interpersonal, and environmental. To the extent that virtue-oriented ethical theory in general, and Sandler's version of it in particular, provides a superior environmental ethic to other ethical theories, it is to be preferred not just as an environmental ethic but also as an ethical theory. Character and Environment will engage any reader with an interest in environmental ethics, virtue ethics, or moral philosophy.

Phenomenological Psychology

Lectures, Summer Semester, 1925

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Author: Edmund Husserl

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401010838

Category: Philosophy

Page: 179

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THE TEXT In the summer semester of 1925 in Freiburg, Edmund Husserl delivered a lecture course on phenomenological psychology, in 1926127 a course on the possibility of an intentional psychology, and in 1928 a course entitled "Intentional Psychology. " In preparing the critical edition of Phiinomeno logische Psychologie (Husserliana IX), I Walter Biemel presented the entire 1925 course as the main text and included as supplements significant excerpts from the two subsequent courses along with pertinent selections from various research manuscripts of Husserl. He also included as larger supplementary texts the final version and two of the three earlier drafts of Husserl's Encyclopedia Britannica article, "Phenomenology"2 (with critical comments and a proposed formulation of the Introduction and Part I of the second draft by Martin Heidegger3), and the text of Husserl's Amsterdam lecture, "Phenomenological Psychology," which was a further revision of the Britannica article. Only the main text of the 1925 lecture course (Husserliana IX, 1-234) is translated here. In preparing the German text for publication, Walter Biemel took as his basis Husserl's original lecture notes (handwritten in shorthand and I Hague: Nijhoff, 1962, 1968. The second impression, 1968, corrects a number of printing mistakes which occur in the 1962 impression. 2 English translation by Richard E. Palmer in Journal o{ the British Society {or Phenomenology, II (1971), 77-90. 3 Heidegger's part of the second draft is available in English as Martin Heidegger, "The Idea of Phenomenology," tr. John N. Deely and Joseph A.

Rethinking the Fifth Discipline

Learning Within the Unknowable

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Author: Robert Louis Flood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134667132

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

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'Fifth Discipline' is one of the very few approaches to management that has attained position on the International Hall of Fame. Professor Flood's book explains and critiques the ideas in straight forward terms. This book makes significant and fundamental improvements to the core discipline - systemic thinking. It establishes crucial developments in systemic thinking in the context of the learning organisation, including creativity and organisational transformation. It is therefore a very important text for strategic planners, organisational change agents and consultants. The main features of the book include: * a review and critique of 'Fifth Discipline' and systemic thinking * an introduction to the gurus of systemic thinking - Senge, Bertalanffy, Beer, Ackoff, Checkland, and Churchman *a redefinition of management through systemic thinking *a guide to choosing, implementing and evaluating improvement strategies *Practical illustrations. Robert Flood is a renowned and authoritative expert in the field of management. He has implemented systemic management in a wide range of organisations in many continents and lectured by invitation in 25 countries, including Japan and the USA. Professor Flood has featured on many radio and TV programs. His book Beyond TQM was nominated for the 'IMC Management Book of the Year 1993'.