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Energy Of Delusion

Author : Виктор Шкловский
ISBN : 9781564784261
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Perhaps because he is such an unlikely Tolstoyan, Viktor Shklovsky's writing on Tolstoy is always absorbing and often brilliant." Russian Review

The Biofuel Delusion

Author : Mario Giampietro
ISBN : 9781136573651
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Faced with the twin threats of peak oil and climate change, many governments have turned for an answer to the apparent panacea of biofuels. Yet, increasingly, the progressive implementation of this solution demonstrates that the promise of biofuels as a replacement to fossil fuels is in fact a mirage that, if followed, risks leaving us short of power, short of food and doing as much damage to the climate as ever -- let alone the consequent impact on biodiversity due to additional loss of habitat for agricultural production and on rural development due to the additional stress on traditional farming systems. Worse still, these risks are being ignored. In this definitive expos, Mario Giampietro and Kozo Mayumi present a theoretical framework and exhaustive evidence for the case against large scale biofuel production from agricultural crops. This book will be vital, sobering reading for anyone concerned with energy or agricultural policy, or bioenergy as a complex system.

The Delusion Of Progress

Author : Pierre Chomat
ISBN : 9781599429861
Genre : Business & Economics
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In The Delusion of Progress Pierre-Auguste Chomat portrays a young individual who gradually becomes an unconditional believer in progress and a full member of an industrial society that sets almost no limits to its material development. The case presented by the author defines Western Society as a whole. Industrialized countries take for granted that Progress characterizes Man and is a natural movement of his being. We have faith in Progress. We do not question its values. Progress "exists" the way God "exists." We have become fundamentalists of Progress. Our societal behavior has some severe flaws. Most critically, it is exhausting the resources on which it is based and the damage that it is inflicting on Earth is often irreversible, putting life as we know it in jeopardy. The momentum that maintains our civilization is suicidal. We are on the brink of an ecosystem and economic planetary crisis never before seen in human history. Chomat thrusts upon us quintessential questions. Why, in the name of Progress, do we behave like an irresponsible species? Will we be able to exist outside our cybernetic world? Do we still know how to live in a sustainable manner? How to be a being?

Writing Literary History

Author : Darko Dolinar
ISBN : UCBK:C093313969
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Proceedings of an international conference held in Ljubljana in autumn, 2002.

Reminiscences On Tolstoy

Author : Kalpana Sahni
ISBN : STANFORD:36105039016030
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Dams Displacement And The Delusion Of Development

Author : Allen F. Isaacman
ISBN : 9780821444504
Genre : History
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Cahora Bassa Dam on the Zambezi River, built in the early 1970s during the final years of Portuguese rule, was the last major infrastructure project constructed in Africa during the turbulent era of decolonization. Engineers and hydrologists praised the dam for its technical complexity and the skills required to construct what was then the world’s fifth-largest mega-dam. Portuguese colonial officials cited benefits they expected from the dam — from expansion of irrigated farming and European settlement, to improved transportation throughout the Zambezi River Valley, to reduced flooding in this area of unpredictable rainfall. “The project, however, actually resulted in cascading layers of human displacement, violence, and environmental destruction. Its electricity benefited few Mozambicans, even after the former guerrillas of FRELIMO (Frente de Libertação de Moçambique) came to power; instead, it fed industrialization in apartheid South Africa.” (Richard Roberts) This in-depth study of the region examines the dominant developmentalist narrative that has surrounded the dam, chronicles the continual violence that has accompanied its existence, and gives voice to previously unheard narratives of forced labor, displacement, and historical and contemporary life in the dam’s shadow.

The Undergrowth Of Science Delusion Self Deception And Human Frailty

Author : Walter Gratzer
ISBN : 9780191500206
Genre : Science
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Walter Gratzer's themes in the stories he relates in this book are collective delusion and human folly. Science is generally seen as a process bound by rigorous rules, which its practitioners must not transgress. Deliberate fraud occasionally intrudes, but it is soon detected, the perpetrators cast out and the course of discovery barely disturbed. Far more interesting are the outbreaks of self-delusion that from time to time afflict upright and competent researchers, and then spread like an epidemic or mass-hysteria through a sober and respectable scientific community. When this happens the rules by which scientists normally govern their working lives are suddenly suspended. Sometimes these episodes are provoked by personal vanity, an unwillingness to acknowledge error or even contemplate the possibility that a hard-won success is a will o' the wisp; at other times they stem from loyalty to a respected and trusted guru, or even from patriotic pride; and, worst of all, they may be a consequence of a political ideology which imposes its own interpretation on scientists' observations of the natural world. Unreason and credulity supervene, illusory phenomena are described and measured, and theories are developed to explain them - until suddenly, often for no single reason, the bubble bursts, leaving behind it a residue of acrimony, recrimination, embarrassment, and ruined reputations. Here, then, are radiations, measured with high precision yet existing only in the minds of those who observed them; the Russian water, which some thought might congeal the oceans; phantom diseases that called for heroic surgery; monkey testis implants that restored the sexual powers of ageing roues and of tired sheep; truths about genetics and about the nature of matter, perceptible only to Aryan scientists in the Third Reich or Marxist ideologues in the Soviet Union; and much more. The Undergrowth of Science explores, in terms accessible to the lay reader, the history of such episodes, up to our own time, in all their absurdity, tragedy, and pathos.

Scientific Proof That God Exists

Author : Simon Richard Lee
ISBN : 9780244748562
Genre : Religion
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This book is an attempt at a radically different approach to the subject of its title - summarising the subject of Scientific Proof that God Exists from an unusual viewpoint with plenty of very surprising material. It has been largely superseded by my complete rewrite 'Now is the Dawning of the Time of the End'

Journal Of The American Medical Association

Author : American Medical Association
ISBN : HARVARD:32044103075743
Genre : American Medical Association
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Includes proceedings of the Association, papers read at the annual sessions, and list of current medical literature.

An Oration On The Extent And Power Of Political Delusion

Author : Abraham Bishop
ISBN : OSU:32435069597276
Genre : Campaign literature
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The Invisible Threads

Author : Gale Warner
ISBN : UOM:39015020644806
Genre : Social Science
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Looks at the struggles of some Soviet citizens who are working to humanize international relationships

The Energy Of Living Protoplasm

Author : Oscar Loew
ISBN : HARVARD:32044106193659
Genre : Protoplasm
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The Great Delusion

Author : Steven Stoll
ISBN : 9781429996198
Genre : Business & Economics
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Endless economic growth rests on a belief in the limitless abundance of the natural world. But when did people begin to believe that societies should—even that they must—expand in wealth indefinitely? In The Great Delusion, the historian and storyteller Steven Stoll weaves past and present together through the life of a strange and brooding nineteenth-century German engineer and technological utopian named John Adolphus Etzler, who pursued universal wealth from the inexhaustible forces of nature: wind, water, and sunlight. The Great Delusion neatly demonstrates that Etzler's fantasy has become our reality and that we continue to live by some of the same economic assumptions that he embraced. Like Etzler, we assume that the transfer of matter from environments into the economy is not bounded by any condition of those environments and that energy for powering our cars and iPods will always exist. Like Etzler, we think of growth as progress, a turn in the meaning of that word that dates to the moment when a soaring productive capacity fused with older ideas about human destiny. The result is economic growth as we know it, not as measured by the gross domestic product but as the expectation that our society depends on continued physical expansion in order to survive.

The Flower Ornament Scripture

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ISBN : UVA:X000928679
Genre : Buddhism
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The Back To Basics Handbook

Author : Abigail R. Gehring
ISBN : 9781616082611
Genre : Cooking
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Includes hundreds of projects for sustainable living--such as dyeing wool, grafting trees, raising chickens, crafting furniture with hand tools, making preserves and cheese, building a log cabin and much more, in a book that also has tips for down-home fun, as well as 500 full-color illustrations. Original.

Illusion And Delusion

Author : Charles Bray
ISBN : BL:A0022696519
Genre : Pantheism
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The Art Of Meditation

Author : Robert Elias Najemy
ISBN : 9780971011687
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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The Art of Meditation presents a step-by-step guide on how to meditate. Extremely clear and easily employable, it touches on all aspects of the philosophy and psychology of meditation. This book has already guided thousands through the often confusing path of inner awareness and contact with our inner power and wisdom. The wide variety of meditative techniques allows the reader to choose the one that suits him or her most. The scope, wisdom and ability to foresee the readers questions and problems are the result of the author's 30 years of experience in this field.

The Net Delusion

Author : Evgeny Morozov
ISBN : 9780141961828
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Does free information mean free people? At the start of the twenty-first century we were promised that the internet would liberate the world. We could come together as never before, and from Iran's 'twitter revolution' to Facebook 'activism', technological innovation would spread democracy to oppressed peoples everywhere. We couldn't have been more wrong. In The Net Delusion Evgeny Morozov destroys this myth, arguing that 'internet freedom' is an illusion, and that technology has failed to help protect people's rights. Not only that - in many cases the internet is actually helping authoritarian regimes. From China to Russia to Iran, oppressive governments are using cyberspace to stifle dissent: planting clandestine propaganda, employing sophisticated digital censorship and using online surveillance. We are all being manipulated in more subtle ways too - becoming pacified by the net, instead of truly engaging. This book is a wake-up call. It shows us how our misplaced faith in cyber-utopia means the West risks missing the real challenges. Morozov argues that we must look at other ways of promoting democracy abroad, and forces us - policymakers and citizens alike - to recognize that all our freedoms are at stake.

From School Delusion To Design

Author : Peter A. Barnard
ISBN : 9781475815368
Genre : Education
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This book explains how school organization by age (grade) alone, sets schools on a factory course that is harmful and ultimately self-defeating to all involved and to ecology. It returns us to three systems thinking concepts; purpose, measures, and method.

Nature And Experience In The Culture Of Delusion

Author : D. Kidner
ISBN : 9780230391369
Genre : Psychology
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While the historical development of symbolic power has benefitted humanity enormously, there is an insidious and seldom recognised price that goes beyond environmental degradation and cultural disintegration. With insights from both social and natural sciences, this book explores the changing character of subjectivity in contemporary life.

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