With historical adherents as various as Mark Twain, Einstein, Freud, Philip Pullman, and Frank Zappa, Humanism’s central quest is to live with meaning with no need for the supernatural. Showing how humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience, and sensitivity, Cave emphasises that we can, and should, flourish without God. Lively, provocative, and refreshingly rant-free, this audiobook is essential listening for all - whether atheist, agnostic, believer, or of no view - who wish better to understand what it means to be human.
"A decent read"
This guide will teach you how to analyse arguments, speeches, and newspaper articles. It will help you discern faults in reasoning from sound arguments. It looks at the structure of language in order to demonstrate rules by which you can identify good analytical thinking, and will help you to formulate clear, defensible arguments. With real life newspaper extracts, a glossary, exercises and answers, and a guide to essay writing, this is an invaluable tool for both students and general readers.
In this lively and entertaining introduction to the philosophy of mind, Edward Feser explores the questions central to the discipline, and relates them not only to the human brain and its capacity for thought, but also to the increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence. This in-depth primer is an account of all the most important and significant attempts that have been made to answer the riddles of consciousness and thought.
A highly entertaining and accessible introduction to our planet from the best-selling author of Schrödinger's Cat, The Scientists, and In Search of the Multiverse. In this incredible expedition into the origins, workings, and evolution of our home planet, John Gribbin does what he does best: takes four and a half billion years of mind-boggling science and digs out the best bits. From the physics of Newton and the geology of Wegener, to the environmentalism of Lovelock, this is a must-listen for Earth's scientists and residents alike.
"A Good Review"
What is art? Why do we find some things beautiful but not others? Is it wrong to share MP3s? These are just some of the questions explored by aesthetics, the philosophy of art. In this sweeping introduction, Charles Taliaferro skilfully guides us through different theories of art and beauty, tackling issues such as who owns art and what happens when art and morality collide.From Plato on poetry to Ringo Starr on the drums, this is a perfect introduction for anyone interested in the fascinating questions art can raise.
"GreatIntroduction to Aesthetics"
With the ideology under more global scrutiny than ever in the wake of the war on Iraq and suspicions over election results, David Beetham offers new insights into democracy. He looks at real examples, such as the role of the citizen and how large corporations affect democracy. He also contemplates the future of democracy in the developed and developing worlds.
Today the Buddha is honoured throughout the world as one of the great religious figures in the history of humankind. In this authoritative biography, John Strong presents the story of Siddhartha Gautama the way Buddhists have told it - from accounts of his previous lives, and the story of his birth and upbringing, through to his enlightenment, deathbed deeds, and ongoing presence in the relics that he left behind.
Written by the world’s leading experts and campaigners, Modern Slavery: A Beginner’s Guide blends original research with shocking first-hand accounts from slaves themselves around the world to reveal the truth behind one of the worst humanitarian crises facing us today. Only a handful of slaves are reached and freed each year, but the authors offer hope for the future with a global blueprint that proposes to end slavery in our lifetime.
Feminism is arguably the most significant social movement of the last century and it is far from over. But what appears as a single, unified movement on behalf of women’s liberation is really a fascinating coalition of social and political causes, goals, and ideals. By highlighting the themes that form the enduring nexuses between the three ‘waves’, taking powerful examples from feminist campaigns, and tackling timely issues such as genocide and war rape, Scholtz invites us to join in with the lively debates.
"Informative, engaging and inspiring"
Can personality and intelligence be measured? How do babies learn to perceive and think? What happens when we sleep? Attempting to answer these important questions and more, psychology - the scientific study of human and nonhuman behaviour - has never been more popular. From TV experts to the amateur musings of your best friend, the language of psychology has permeated all aspects of everyday life.
Psychology - the scientific study of human and nonhuman behaviour - has never been more popular. From TV experts to the amateur musings of your best friend, the language of psychology has permeated all aspects of everyday life. Here, the author proves that modern psychology concerns far more than the everyday stereotypes of Freud, Jung, and "common sense" advice to provide a vibrant and witty examination of what it is to be human.
When we think of the word "censorship", we imagine blacked out words and authoritarian political regimes of the past. However, censorship is alive and well today, and just as pervasive in capitalist democracies as repressive regimes. Offering a potted history of the phenomenon from the execution of Socrates in 399 BC to the latest in internet filtering, Petley provides an impassioned manifesto for freedom of speech. This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in global media in the information age.
The equivalent of going to an estate agent for advice on buying a dream home, or buying a recipe book to learn to cook, this is the how-to guide to having great sex or reviving a flagging sex life. It takes readers from the underrated pleasures of making out through to the best positions for having that quickie in a forbidden place. It offers all the advice necessary on initiating sex, talking dirty, giving and getting great oral sex, enjoying casual safe sex, and making love to the same partner for a lifetime.
When you want to buy or rent your dream home, you go to an estate agent. When you want to learn to cook, you buy a recipe book from TV's latest celebrity chef. But who is there for you when you want to learn about having great sex? Or when you want to revive a flagging sex life? How to Have Great Sex is the answer. This step-by-step guide takes you from the underrated pleasures of a good snog through to the best positions for having that quickie in a forbidden place and gives you all the advice you need.