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            He Pou Hiringa: Grounding Science and Technology in Te Ao Maori
              

            He Pou Hiringa: Grounding Science and Technology in Te Ao Maori (Paperback)

            Edited by Amoamo, Maria; Kawharu, Merata; Ruckstuhl, Katharina

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              15 Nov 21

            Written by Maori from diverse disciplines, this book brings together writing on the big questions about the role of Maori, tikanga and matauranga in shaping science and technological innovation.

            ISBN 9781988587486
            Published NZ 15 Nov 2021
            Publisher Bridget Williams Books
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            Series BWB Texts
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            Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law
             

            Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law (Hardback)

            By Roach, Mary

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            Join America's funniest science writer (Peter Carlson, Washington Post), Mary Roach, on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet.

            ISBN 9781324001935
            Publisher WW Norton & Co
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            Projections: A Story of Human Emotions
             

            Projections: A Story of Human Emotions (Hardback)

            By Deisseroth, Karl

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            In this groundbreaking tour of the human mind, a renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist explores the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotions through poignant, and at times shocking, clinical stories. Karl Deisseroth has spent his life pursuing truths about the hum...an mind, both as a practicing clinical psychiatrist and as a researcher who created the revolutionary field of optogenetics, which allows us to decipher the brain's inner workings using light. In Projections, he combines his groundbreaking access to the brain's inner circuitry with a deep empathy for his patients to examine what mental illness reveals about the mind and the origin of human feelings--how the broken can illuminate the unbroken. An internationally acclaimed professor of bioengineering and psychiatry at Stanford, Deisseroth's true passion is clinical psychiatry, and it is the stories of his patients that form the backbone of Projections. Through these case studies, he tells the larger story of how we can understand the physical and biological origins of human emotion in the brain. As such, he describes vividly how humans experience feelings both in the simple and ancient circuits of our brains and in the poignant moments of suffering in our daily lives. The stories of Deisseroth's patients are rich with humanity and shine an unprecedented light on the self and the ways in which it breaks down. A young woman with an eating disorder reveals how the mind can rebel against the brain's most primitive drives of hunger and thirst; while an older gentleman, smothered into silence by depression and dementia, illuminates how humans evolved to feel joy and its absence; and a lonely Uyghur woman far from home teaches the importance of rich social bonds. An illuminating and essential work, Projections transforms the way we understand the brain as a biological and as an emotional object.
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            ISBN 9781984853691
            Publisher Random House
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            Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
             

            Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (Hardback)

            By Simard, Suzanne

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            A personal and scientific work on trees, forests, and the author's profound discoveries of tree communication --

            ISBN 9780525656098
            Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
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            Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life
              

            Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Gray, John

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            • Pub Date
              16 Nov 21

            The author of Straw Dogs, famous for his provocative critiques of scientific hubris and the delusions of progress and humanism, turns his attention to cats--and what they reveal about humans' torturous relationship to the world and to themselves. The history of philosophy has bee...n a predictably tragic or comical succession of palliatives for human disquiet. Thinkers from Spinoza to Berdyaev have pursued the perennial questions of how to be happy, how to be good, how to be loved, and how to live in a world of change and loss. But perhaps we can learn more from cats--the animal that has most captured our imagination--than from the great thinkers of the world. In Feline Philosophy, the philosopher John Gray discovers in cats a way of living that is unburdened by anxiety and self-consciousness, showing how they embody answers to the big questions of love and attachment, mortality, morality, and the Self: Montaigne's house cat, whose un-examined life may have been the one worth living; Meo, the Vietnam War survivor with an unshakable capacity for fearless joy; and Colette's Saha, the feline heroine of her subversive short story The Cat, a parable about the pitfalls of human jealousy. Exploring the nature of cats, and what we can learn from it, Gray offers a profound, thought-provoking meditation on the follies of human exceptionalism and our fundamentally vulnerable and lonely condition. He charts a path toward a life without illusions and delusions, revealing how we can endure both crisis and transformation, and adapt to a changed scene, as cats have always done.
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            ISBN 9781250800251
            Publisher Picador
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            Why Trust Science?

            Why Trust Science? (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Oreskes, Naomi; Contributions by Edenhofer, Ottmar; Krosnick, Jon; Lindee, M. Susan; Lange, Marc

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            Why the social character of scientific knowledge makes it trustworthy Do doctors really know what they are talking about when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust sci...ence when our own politicians don't? In this landmark book, Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength--and the greatest reason we can trust it. Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to today, Oreskes explains that, contrary to popular belief, there is no single scientific method. Rather, the trustworthiness of scientific claims derives from the social process by which they are rigorously vetted. This process is not perfect--nothing ever is when humans are involved--but she draws vital lessons from cases where scientists got it wrong. Oreskes shows how consensus is a crucial indicator of when a scientific matter has been settled, and when the knowledge produced is likely to be trustworthy. Based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University, this timely and provocative book features critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo. -- New Scientist
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            ISBN 9780691212265
            Released NZ 1 Jul 2021
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
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            Series The University Center for Human Values Series
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            Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
              

            Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

            By Simard, Suzanne

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            A personal and scientific work on trees, forests, and the author's profound discoveries of tree communication --

            ISBN 9780593459423
            Publisher Diversified Publishing
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            The Science of Can and Can't: A Physicist's Journey through the Land of Counterfactuals
             

            The Science of Can and Can't: A Physicist's Journey through the Land of Counterfactuals (Hardback)

            By Marletto, Chiara

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            From a young British scientist, a groundbreaking exploration of a radically different approach to physics There is a vast class of things that science has so far almost entirely neglected. They are central to the understanding of physical reality both at an everyday level and at ...the level of the most fundamental phenomena in physics, yet have traditionally been assumed to be impossible to incorporate into fundamental scientific explanations. They are facts not about what is--the actual--but about what could be: counterfactuals. According to physicist Chiara Marletto, laws about things being possible or impossible may generate an alternative way of providing explanations. This fascinating, far-reaching approach holds promise for revolutionizing the way fundamental physics is formulated, but also for providing essential tools to face existing technological challenges, from delivering the next generation of information-processing devices, beyond the universal quantum computer, to designing AIs. Each chapter in the book delineates how an existing vexed open problem in science can be solved by this radically different approach; and it is augmented by short fictional stories that explicate the main point of the chapter. As Marletto demonstrates, contemplating what is possible can give us a more complete and hopeful picture of the physical world.
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            ISBN 9780525521921
            Publisher Penguin
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            Conversations with Einstein: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts
             

            Conversations with Einstein: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts (Hardback, New edition)

            By Calle, Carlos; Foreword by Penrose, Sir Roger

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            Imagined by a senior research physicist of NASA, this fictionalised conversation presents the essential biography of the one the key figures in Science.

            ISBN 9781786783844
            Publisher Watkins Media
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            Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters
             

            Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (Hardback)

            By Pinker, Steven

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            Can reading a book make you more rational? Can it help us understand why there is so much irrationality in the world? These are the goals of Rationality, Steven Pinker's follow-up to Enlightenment Now (Bill Gates's new favorite book of all time ). In the 21st century, humanity is... reaching new heights of scientific understanding--and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that developed vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, medical quackery, and conspiracy theorizing? Pinker rejects the cynical cliche that humans are an irrational species--cavemen out of time saddled with biases, fallacies, and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives, and discovered the benchmarks for rationality itself. Instead, he explains that we think in ways that are sensible in the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning our best thinkers have discovered over the millennia: logic, critical thinking, probability, correlation and causation, and optimal ways to update beliefs and commit to choices individually and with others. These tools are not a standard part of our educational curricula, and have never been presented clearly and entertainingly in a single book--until now. Rationality also explores its opposite: how the rational pursuit of self-interest, sectarian solidarity, and uplifting mythology by individuals can add up to crippling irrationality in a society. Collective rationality depends on norms that are explicitly designed to promote objectivity and truth. Rationality matters. It leads to better choices in our lives and in the public sphere, and is the ultimate driver of social justice and moral progress.. Brimming with insight and humour, Rationality will enlighten, inspire, and empower.
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            ISBN 9780525561996
            Publisher Penguin
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