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People as Living Things

The Psychology of Perceptual Control

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.

The Oldest Living Things in the World

Author: Rachel Sussman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022605764X

Category: Nature

Page: 170

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The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space. Over the past decade, artist Rachel Sussman has researched, worked with biologists, and traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Spanning from Antarctica to Greenland, the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback, the result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient organisms unlike anything that has been created in the arts or sciences before, insightfully and accessibly narrated by Sussman along the way. Her work is both timeless and timely, and spans disciplines, continents, and millennia. It is underscored by an innate environmentalism and driven by Sussman’s relentless curiosity. She begins at “year zero,” and looks back from there, photographing the past in the present. These ancient individuals live on every continent and range from Greenlandic lichens that grow only one centimeter a century, to unique desert shrubs in Africa and South America, a predatory fungus in Oregon, Caribbean brain coral, to an 80,000-year-old colony of aspen in Utah. Sussman journeyed to Antarctica to photograph 5,500-year-old moss; Australia for stromatolites, primeval organisms tied to the oxygenation of the planet and the beginnings of life on Earth; and to Tasmania to capture a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub that’s the last individual of its kind. Her portraits reveal the living history of our planet—and what we stand to lose in the future. These ancient survivors have weathered millennia in some of the world’s most extreme environments, yet climate change and human encroachment have put many of them in danger. Two of her subjects have already met with untimely deaths by human hands. Alongside the photographs, Sussman relays fascinating – and sometimes harrowing – tales of her global adventures tracking down her subjects and shares insights from the scientists who research them. The oldest living things in the world are a record and celebration of the past, a call to action in the present, and a barometer of our future.

That's why We Don't Eat Animals

A Book about Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things

Author: N.A

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1556437854

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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An introduction to vegetarianism and veganism features an endearing cast of animals shown in both their natural state and in the terrible conditions of the factory farm, describing the negative effects that eating meat has on the environment.

Going Solo

The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

Author: Eric Klinenberg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143122770

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

View: 3099

A sociologist explores the demographic rise in people who are living alone, including interviews with young professionals, middle-aged singles, the divorced and the elderly and discovers that they are more engaged in social and civic life than their married counterparts. 25,000 first printing.

Living Control Systems III

The Fact of Control

Author: William Treval Powers

Publisher: Benchmark Publications Incorporated

ISBN: 9780964712188

Category: Psychology

Page: 204

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Is It a Living Thing?

Author: Bobbie Kalman

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780778732303

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 8469

Describes the characteristics that define living things, including cells, the need for energy, the need for a place to live, and growth and change.

A Student of Living Things

Author: Susan Richards Shreve

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440696060

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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The Frayn family of Washington, D.C., is coping pretty well with twenty-first century realities of life?snipers, bomb threats, natural disasters, etc. Then, in the moment it takes Claire Frayn to dig for her umbrella, her politically outspoken brother Steven is shot down right next to her on the library steps. Steven?s murder shatters the tightly knit Frayn family, and his sister Claire becomes determined to unravel the mystery of why her brother was killed. Searching for answers, Claire meets Victor, an enigmatic stranger who claims to know who killed Steven. Claire begins an unusual correspondence with the suspected assassin, but instead of uncovering the truth of her brother?s death, she finds herself drawn to this man, and increasingly apprehensive about cooperating with Victor?s plans to avenge Steven?s death. A gripping family drama with an unusual love story at its center, this is an intimate portrait of grief, the futility of revenge, and the miracle of forgiveness.

The Secret Clocks

Time Senses of Living Things

Author: Seymour Simon,Jan Brett

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486488667

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 74

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Examines why some plants blossom only in daylight, how birds know when and where to migrate, and other intriguing aspects of human and animal biological clocks.

Lighten Up

Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less

Author: Peter Walsh

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439155151

Category: House & Home

Page: 304

View: 9427

Offers advice on how to enjoy life with less, explaining the methods for achieving a balance between an affordable and a desirable life.

The Social Machine

Designs for Living Online

Author: Judith Donath

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262027011

Category: Computers

Page: 432

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New ways to design spaces for online interaction -- and how they will change society.

The Restless Clock

A History of the Centuries-Long Argument Over What Makes Living Things Tick

Author: Jessica Riskin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022630292X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 548

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A core principle of modern science holds that a scientific explanation must not attribute will or agency to natural phenomena.The Restless Clock examines the origins and history of this, in particular as it applies to the science of living things. This is also the story of a tradition of radicals—dissenters who embraced the opposite view, that agency is an essential and ineradicable part of nature. Beginning with the church and courtly automata of early modern Europe, Jessica Riskin guides us through our thinking about the extent to which animals might be understood as mere machines. We encounter fantastic robots and cyborgs as well as a cast of scientific and philosophical luminaries, including Descartes and Leibnitz, Lamarck and Darwin, whose ideas gain new relevance in Riskin's hands. The book ends with a riveting discussion of how the dialectic continues in genetics, epigenetics, and evolutionary biology, where work continues to naturalize different forms of agency.The Restless Clock reveals the deeply buried roots of current debates in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and evolutionary biology.

I Am a Living Thing

Author: Bobbie Kalman

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780778732297

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 7668

Describes the characteristics that make humans living things, including being made of cells; needing water, air, sunlight, and energy; and growing and changing.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Author: Harold S. Kushner

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307430205

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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The #1 bestselling inspirational classic from the nationally known spiritual leader; a source of solace and hope for over 4 million readers. When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that meant the boy would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. In these pages, Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.

The Way Things Are

A Living Approach to Buddhism

Author: Lama Ole Nydahl

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1780998457

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 7917

This seminal work offers the liberating and powerful methods of Diamond Way Buddhism for readers seeking to incorporate Buddhist practice into their daily lives.

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

Author: Fumio Sasaki

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393609049

Category: House & Home

Page: 288

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The best-selling phenomenon from Japan that shows us a minimalist life is a happy life. Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo—he’s just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn’t absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In Goodbye, Things Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki’s humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism’s potential.

Perceptual Control Theory

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

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.

How We Live Now

Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century

Author: Bella DePaulo

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1582704791

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

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A close-up examination and exploration, How We Live Now challenges our old concepts of what it means to be a family and have a home, opening the door to the many diverse and thriving experiments of living in twenty-first century America. Across America and around the world, in cities and suburbs and small towns, people from all walks of life are redefining our “lifespaces”—the way we live and who we live with. The traditional nuclear family in their single-family home on a suburban lot has lost its place of prominence in contemporary life. Today, Americans have more choices than ever before in creating new ways to live and meet their personal needs and desires. Social scientist, researcher, and writer Bella DePaulo has traveled across America to interview people experimenting with the paradigm of how we live. In How We Live Now, she explores everything from multi-generational homes to cohousing communities where one’s “family” is made up of friends and neighbors to couples “living apart together” to single-living, and ultimately uncovers a pioneering landscape for living that throws the old blueprint out the window. Through personal interviews and stories, media accounts, and in-depth research, How We Live Now explores thriving lifespaces, and offers the reader choices that are freer, more diverse, and more attuned to our modern needs for the twenty-first century and beyond.

Living with the Monks

What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus

Author: Jesse Itzler

Publisher: Center Street

ISBN: 1478993413

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 1186

Equal parts memoir and road map to living a less stressful and more vibrant life, bestselling author Jesse Itzler offers an illuminating, entertaining, and unexpected trip for anyone looking to feel calmer and more controlled in our crazy, hectic world. Entrepreneur, endurance athlete, and father of four Jesse Itzler only knows one speed: Full Blast. But when he felt like the world around him was getting too hectic, he didn't take a vacation or get a massage. Instead, Jesse moved into a monastery for a self-imposed time-out. In Living with the Monks, the follow-up to his New York Times bestselling Living with a Seal, Jesse takes us on a spiritual journey like no other. Having only been exposed to monasteries on TV, Jesse arrives at the New Skete religious community in the isolated mountains of upstate New York with a shaved head and a suitcase filled with bananas. To his surprise, New Skete monks have most of their hair. They're Russian Orthodox, not Buddhist, and they're also world-renowned German shepherd breeders and authors of dog-training books that have sold in the millions. As Jesse struggles to fit in amongst the odd but lovable monks, self-doubt begins to beat like a tribal drum. Questioning his motivation to embark on this adventure and missing his family (and phone), Jesse struggles to balance his desire for inner peace with his need to check Twitter. But in the end, Jesse discovers the undeniable power of the monks and their wisdom, and the very real benefits of taking a well-deserved break as a means of self-preservation in our fast-paced world.

The Blue Zones

Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest

Author: Dan Buettner

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9781426207556

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

View: 8046

An expert on human longevity reveals the sometimes unusual but effective secrets of diet, behavior, fitness, and attitude collected from long-lived communities around the world, revealing the critical everyday lifestyle choices and behavior that correspond to a longer, healthier life. Reprint.

The Four Things That Matter Most - 10th Anniversary Edition

A Book About Living

Author: Ira Byock

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476748535

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

View: 1929

Updated with stories from people who have been inspired by the original text, a guide to connecting with what matters most identifies four phrases for honoring relationships, letting go of unhealthy emotions, and living life fully.

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