Just Smoke and Mirrors

Religion, Fear and Superstition in Our Modern World

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Author: Dr. W. Sumner Davis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469702738

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 140

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What is it about mythology, mysticism and pseudoscience that has such a vast appeal to us? From dark roomed seances, to Tarot cards and Ouija boards, to Astrology and Rune stones, American Culture seems fascinated by the paranormal. Has our society lost faith in the age old institutions of religion? Or are we attempting to escape what many feel is a mundane reality? In this latest book, we will explore this search for wonder, and examine its negative effects on true science and critical thought.

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How Science Reflects Reality

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Author: James Robert Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134873573

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

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Realism is an enlightening story, a tale which enriches our experience and makes it more intelligible. Yet this wonderful picture of humanity's best efforts at knowledge has been badly bruised by numerous critics. James Robert Brown in Smoke and Mirrors fights back against figures such as Richard Rorty, Bruno Latour, Michael Ruse and Hilary Putnam who have attacked realist accounts of science. But this volume is not wholly devoted to combating Rorty and others who blow smoke in our eyes; the second half is concerned with arguing that there are some amazing ways in which science mirrors the world. The role of abstraction, abstract objects and a priori ways of getting at reality are all explored in showing how science reflects reality. Smoke and Mirrors is a defence of science and knowledge in general as well as a defence of a particular way of understanding science. It is of interest to all those who wish or need to know how science works.

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Globalized Terrorism and the Illusion of Multilateral Security

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Author: Frank P. Harvey

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802089489

Category: Political Science

Page: 342

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Frank P. Harvey mounts a powerful case for American unilateralism. He addresses the relationship between globalization, terrorism, and unilateralism, and provides a systematic explanation for, and defense of, Washington's response to threats of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755379977

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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The storytelling genius of Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Stardust, is one dazzling display in the variety of Smoke and Mirror's original and brilliant short pieces. 'A very fine and imaginative writer' The Sunday Times. If you love Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected or Terry Pratchett, Smoke and Mirrors is highly recommended. An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

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Colombia's Demobilization of Paramilitary Groups

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Human Rights Watch

ISBN: N.A

Category: Colombia

Page: 64

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Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century

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Author: Burton Richter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107673720

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 379

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This book is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist's assessment of options for switching to sustainable energy provision to avert potentially disastrous consequences of climate change.

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Author: Lesley Choyce

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781554886098

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 200

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Short-listed for the 2005 CLA Young Adult Canadian Book Award Sixteen-year-old Simon has always been considered odd. Three years ago, a skateboarding accident caused some minor brain damage and made him a little stranger. His career-driven parents mostly leave him alone, and he spends much of his time living in his imagination. When Andrea, whom no one else can see, appears to Simon in class, he is fascinated by her and strikes up a friendship, even though he knows she may be pure hallucination - he’s had imaginary friends before. Andrea says she is there to "help" him, but before the story ends, Simon discovers that it is he who needs to help Andrea, not the other way around.

Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors

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Author: Randy Roach

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467038407

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 728

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The research for this extensive, two volume project. represents a comprehensive effort to establish a complete context from which the sport of bodybuilding arose. "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is the rise and fall of what was truly once an extraordinary discipline associated with a term known as "Physical Culture." Experience what bodybuilding was originally and learn just exactly what "Physical Culture" really is. See what growing philanthropic power flexed its financial and political muscles to foster its corporate agenda, compromising human health internationally. Read how the merger of technology and politics culminated in the industrialization, commercialization, federalization, internationalization and finally the STERILIZATION of a nation's food supply, rendering it suspect not only to the general public; but also to the most elite of athletes. Whether you are a novice, an elite bodybuilder or simply sports-nutrition minded, learn how the emerging forces of the Iron Game evolved. Ultimately, the factions of this industry would grow powerful and manipulative while fighting for control over the Game. It took the running of several parallel histories on bodybuilding, nutrition, supplements and the role of drugs to offer a complete, first-time unraveling of the web of confusion and politics that still permeates the sport into the 21st century! Volume I of "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is truly the untold stories surrounding "Bodybuilding's Amazing Nutritional Origins."

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Author: Eluki Bes Shahar

Publisher: Boulevard

ISBN: 9781572972919

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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When research uncovers a way to reverse the genetic mutation responsible for mutant powers, the government tries to use the procedure to eliminate the X-Men, who soon discover that the procedure's true source is their enemy, Sinister. Original.

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The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution

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Author: E. Melanie Dupuis

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814719619

Category: Law

Page: 360

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From the sixteenth to early-nineteenth century, four times more Africans than Europeans crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. While this forced migration stripped slaves of their liberty, it failed to destroy many of their cultural practices, which came with Africans to the New World. In Working the Diaspora, Frederick Knight examines work cultures on both sides of the Atlantic, from West and West Central Africa to British North America and the Caribbean. Knight demonstrates that the knowledge that Africans carried across the Atlantic shaped Anglo-American agricultural development and made particularly important contributions to cotton, indigo, tobacco, and staple food cultivation. The book also compellingly argues that the work experience of slaves shaped their views of the natural world. Broad in scope, clearly written, and at the center of current scholarly debates, Working the Diaspora challenges readers to alter their conceptual frameworks about Africans by looking at them as workers who, through the course of the Atlantic slave trade and plantation labor, shaped the development of the Americas in significant ways.

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Author: Jenna Mills

Publisher: Silhouette

ISBN: 145920395X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Undercover cop Cassidy Blake's top priority was to infiltrate mercenary millionaire Derek Mansfield's life—and take him down. Cass expected to find a ruthless criminal; instead she found a darkly magnetic man whose bone-melting intensity blurred the line between her duty and her own desires. Derek Mansfield had returned to Chicago to settle a score, not to become entangled in a seductive game of cat and mouse with the intriguing Cass. But the secrets in her eyes and her searing kisses had made him hungry for more than revenge. Could either of them risk their hearts in this perilous game of smoke and mirrors?

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The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure

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Author: Dan Baum

Publisher: Little Brown

ISBN: 9780316084123

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

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Argues that despite increasing levels of government action, illicit drugs are more readily available than ever, and analyzes the failure of our drug policy

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Author: Casey Daniels

Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 1780109008

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Introducing museum curator and amateur sleuth Miss Evie Barnum in the first of a deliciously quirky new historical mystery series. Evie Barnum is in charge of her brother’s museum, a place teeming with scientific specimens and “human prodigies” including a bearded woman and the lizard man. In this weird and whacky workplace, Evie hopes she can bury her secrets. But when an old friend shows up and begs for her help, she does all she can to stay away. The next time she sees him, he is dead in front of the exhibit of the Feejee Mermaid. Suspicion for the murder falls on Jeffrey, known as the Lizard Man, but Evie knows it isn’t possible. When Jeffrey also goes missing, Evie becomes determined to solve the mystery of her friend’s murder, even if it brings her face to face with her past...

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Author: K. D. Halbrook

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1534405062

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

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“The novel’s wistful prose and a relatable search for the Light will be rewarding for readers who can see in the Smoke any number of metaphors for the things that haunt us.” —BCCB (starred review) “A Wrinkle in Time-inspired adventure…Halbrook’s writing is artful.” —Kirkus Reviews “In K.D. Halbrook’s gorgeous prose, readers will be drawn immediately into the Cirque, but more importantly, they’ll be drawn into Sasha’s heart. This is a story to savor.” —Kathi Appelt, National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor–winning author of The Underneath and Keeper “Adventure and magic unfold in this captivating story.” —School Library Connection “A fairy-tale atmosphere wafts through Halbrook’s story of magic, love, belonging, and circus...Enchanting.” —Booklist Circus Mirandus meets Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms in this beautifully written fantasy novel about a girl who must face her fears in order to right a terrible wrong, confront what it means to be different, and discover her own power. Smoke has come to the Cirque Magnifique. And Sasha Brown is sure it is her fault. Sasha has always loved the Cirque, a place filled with sequined costumes, dazzling spotlights, and magnificent tents. But when she starts fifth grade with the Islanders—the ordinary folk from the other side of the Island—for the first time, she’s not so sure she wants to be a Cirque kid. She starts to question her home and her Cirque family. Is the magic real? Are the stories even true? As the bullying by the Island kids gets worse, swirling blue-gray Smoke appears. One night in the big tent, Sasha’s dad performs, twisting his body through the air as the lights dance. Sasha is supposed to be helping, but instead she sits beneath the bleachers, seething. She has wished for the Smoke to come and make it all disappear: the Cirque, her family, the Island with its mean Island kids. And the Smoke does come. As Sasha watches her dad, he flips and raises his arms out for the bar that is supposed to meet him, his bright grin confident and sure. But there is only air…and Smoke. Both of Sasha’s parents disappear that night, and it’s all Sasha’s fault. What can she do but try and find them?

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration

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Author: Douglas S. Massey,Jorge Durand,Nolan J. Malone

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610443829

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Migration between Mexico and the United States is part of a historical process of increasing North American integration. This process acquired new momentum with the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, which lowered barriers to the movement of goods, capital, services, and information. But rather than include labor in this new regime, the United States continues to resist the integration of the labor markets of the two countries. Instead of easing restrictions on Mexican labor, the United States has militarized its border and adopted restrictive new policies of immigrant disenfranchisement. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors examines the devastating impact of these immigration policies on the social and economic fabric of the Mexico and the United States, and calls for a sweeping reform of the current system. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors shows how U.S. immigration policies enacted between 1986–1996—largely for symbolic domestic political purposes—harm the interests of Mexico, the United States, and the people who migrate between them. The costs have been high. The book documents how the massive expansion of border enforcement has wasted billions of dollars and hundreds of lives, yet has not deterred increasing numbers of undocumented immigrants from heading north. The authors also show how the new policies unleashed a host of unintended consequences: a shift away from seasonal, circular migration toward permanent settlement; the creation of a black market for Mexican labor; the transformation of Mexican immigration from a regional phenomenon into a broad social movement touching every region of the country; and even the lowering of wages for legal U.S. residents. What had been a relatively open and benign labor process before 1986 was transformed into an exploitative underground system of labor coercion, one that lowered wages and working conditions of undocumented migrants, legal immigrants, and American citizens alike. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors offers specific proposals for repairing the damage. Rather than denying the reality of labor migration, the authors recommend regularizing it and working to manage it so as to promote economic development in Mexico, minimize costs and disruptions for the United States, and maximize benefits for all concerned. This book provides an essential "user's manual" for readers seeking a historical, theoretical, and substantive understanding of how U.S. policy on Mexican immigration evolved to its current dysfunctional state, as well as how it might be fixed.

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The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society

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Author: Stephanie Urso Spina

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847695614

Category: Education

Page: 280

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Jacksonville, FL, USMC Facility, Time: 0643Each figure stood in the morning's darkness frozen and silhouetted by the defused rays of early sunlight, each man looked at the same distant point. Stricken into silence, Mitchell's eyes widened and unconsciously he wet his pants while stark fear covered each of the other's faces. While the terrified man evacuated, the surrounding figures took in the panoramic and held their breaths when seeing in the distance, outlined in Jacksonville's sky, a mushroom cloud.This is the day's beginning for a group of military and civilians finding after the horrific event, in order to survive they must learn to fight through the devastation now surrounding them. Coupled with driving off the escalating malevolence and lunacy of an instantly created new leader, the group must seek out clues to stop a suicidal and murderous traitor - a traitor whose only task is to right his bombing error and complete his timetable for laying the next nuclear device on them all.

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Author: Lisa E. Arlt

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459264169

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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She couldn't fool everyone… Who would have thought that beneath her severe business suits and proper demeanor lawyer Caris Johnson wore sexy lingerie and indulged in romantic fantasies. Certainly not her clients and co-workers—the people on whom her partnership depended. And she intended to keep it that way. But after being assigned to a case in the Texas hideaway of Navarro Island, she found that it was getting harder and harder to keep her dual identities separate. Perhaps it was the heat…the hot steamy nights… Or maybe it was suave and sexy Alex Navarro bringing out the worst—and the best—in her.

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Author: Barbara Michaels

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0380820048

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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When young Erin Hartsock joins the staff working on the senatorial campaign of charismatic ongresswoman Rosemary White Marshall, her idealism is turned upside down by the intrigue, romance, danger, and malevolence surrounding her and her colleagues. Reprint.

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Author: Tanya Huff

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101573120

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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When Tony and his TV crew find themselves shooting in an actual haunted house, all hell threatens to break loose. Locked into the house overnight, can Tony keep the diabolical controling spirit from turning the crew against one another in an orgy of blood?