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Paradoxical Life

Author : Andreas Wagner
ISBN : 9780300156379
Genre : Philosophy
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What can a fingernail tell us about the mysteries of creation? In one sense, a nail is merely a hunk of mute matter, yet in another, it's an information superhighway quite literally at our fingertips. Every moment, streams of molecular signals direct our cells to move, flatten, swell, shrink, divide, or die. Andreas Wagner's ambitious new book explores this hidden web of unimaginably complex interactions in every living being. In the process, he unveils a host of paradoxes underpinning our understanding of modern biology, contradictions he considers gatekeepers at the frontiers of knowledge. Though we tend to think of concepts in such mutually exclusive pairs as mind-matter, self-other, and nature-nurture, Wagner argues that these opposing ideas are not actually separate. Indeed, they are as inextricably connected as the two sides of a coin. Through a tour of modern biological marvels, Wagner illustrates how this paradoxical tension has a profound effect on the way we define the world around us. Paradoxical Life is thus not only a unique account of modern biology. It ultimately serves a radical--and optimistic--outlook for humans and the world we help create.

The Power Of Paradox Impossible Conversations

Author : Markus Locker
ISBN : 9789004398245
Genre : Philosophy
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In this book, Markus Locker demonstrates that the paradox behind each truth claim opens a channel of communication of truths.

The Next Ten Minutes

Author : Andrew Peterson
ISBN : 1439195234
Genre : Self-Help
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Law In The Time Of Oxymora

Author : Rostam J. Neuwirth
ISBN : 9781351170185
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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What do different concepts like true lie, bad luck, honest thief, old news, spacetime, glocalization, symplexity, sustainable development, constant change, soft law, substantive due process, pure law, bureaucratic efficiency and global justice have in common? What connections do they share with innumerable paradoxes, like the ones of happiness, time, globalization, sex, and of free will and fate? Law in the Time of Oxymora provides answers to these conundrums by critically comparing the apparent rise in recent years of the use of rhetorical figures called "essentially oxymoronic concepts" (i.e. oxymoron, enantiosis and paradoxes) in the areas of art, science and law. Albeit to varying degrees, these concepts share the quality of giving expression to apparent contradictions. Through this quality, they also challenge the scientific paradigm rooted in the dualistic thinking and binary logic that is traditionally used in the West, as opposed to the East, where a paradoxical mode of thinking and fuzzy logic is said to have been cultivated. Following a review of oxymora and paradoxes in art and various scientific writings, hundreds of "hard cases" featuring oxymora and a comprehensive review of the legal literature are discussed, revealing evidence suggesting that the present scientific paradigm of dualism alone will no longer be able to tackle the challenges arising from increasing diversity and complexity coupled with an apparent acceleration of change. Law in the Time of Oxymora reaches the surprising conclusion that essentially oxymoronic concepts may inaugurate a new era of cognition, involving the ways the senses interact and how we reason, think and make decisions in law and in life.

Animal Welfare And International Environmental Law

Author : Werner Scholtz
ISBN : 9781788113946
Genre : Law
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At a time when the planet’s wildlife faces countless dangers, international environmental law continues to overlook its evolving welfare interests. This thought-provoking book provides a crucial exploration of how international environmental law must adapt to take account of the growing recognition of the intrinsic value of wildlife.


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ISBN : UCSC:32106021251472
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Author : Peter Murphy
ISBN : IND:30000127077828
Genre : Education
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Advancement in the arts and sciences is a primary driver of economic production and social policy in post-industrial societies. Imagination steps back and asks `what advances the arts and sciences?' This book explores the collective, social and global dimension of human imagining---and the ambivalent relationship of social institutions, including universities, schools, economies, media and culture industries, to the collective imagination. Basic discovery requires high levels of creative thinking: Imagination looks at the social conditions that make path-breaking thought possible on a large scale. It examines the role of aesthetic, pictorial, digital, paradoxical and other imaginative styles of thinking, and the times and places in which such styles become socially prominent and a significant force in economic and cultural production. It looks at successful societies as they are approaching their peak, when new ideas are driving them forward. "Imagine three intellectuals with a plank. Imagine them standing on the plank, looking under it, to see what is holding it up. Imagine them designing and building a new plank. It resembles a Hawaiian invention, and it might be a surfboard. Scramble on back, and hold tight, for this will be some ride. In an academic culture which is often hollow and repetitious, this book offers something that is really new. It does not merely argue, but shows imagination by example. It innovates both in content and form. This is a major achievement."---Professor Peter Beilharz, Professor of Sociology, La Trobe University "This collection provides original and often counter-intuitive insights into central issues facing public institutions, particularly universities, in a globalizing and increasingly knowledge-based economy. It is almost head-spinning in its challenges to prevailing orthodoxies from across the intellectual spectrum, and the capacity to crash-merge ideas that have traditionally inhabited distinct realms to generate original knowledge syntheses." Terry Flew, Professor of Media and Communication, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia "By turns informative, infuriating and inspirational, Murphy, Peters and Marginson's Imagination is clearly the most critical of the three volumes in the series. Perhaps as a result, it is very good to think with." Andrew Miler, Professor of Cultural Studies, Monash University

New Statesman

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105132680831
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Official Meeting Program

Author : Ecological Society of America. Meeting
ISBN : STANFORD:36105132965562
Genre : Ecology
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International Socialist Review

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ISBN : MINN:319510012339086
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