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'Følelser med fornuft' giver en systematisk, konkret og praktisk indføring i den kognitive metodes brede anvendelighed. Bogen igennem følger vi fem personer, der hver især lider af forskellige ubehagelige og uhensigtsmæssige symptomer. Den samme kognitive tankegang og metode benyttes i forhold til alle personernes symptomer, og samtidig bliver læseren indført i, hvordan man selv kan bruge metoden, selvom man ikke har de samme symptomer som de fem personer. Endelig giver de to forfattere en let forståelig og overskuelig indsigt i generelle og almene psykologiske problemstillinger.Hvert kapitel ledsages af øvelser og for at få det optimale udbytte af bogen, er det vigtigt, at læseren gennemfører øvelserne og giver sig den tid, der skal til, for at øve sig i de færdigheder, der bliver beskrevet og gennemgået.Følelser med fornuft gennemgår bl.a.:Hvordan man kan ændre de negative automatiske tanker, der bl.a. forårsager problemer med selvværdet, humøret og forholdet til andre mennesker.Hvordan ændringerne i tanker, humør og følelser kan genkendes og følges ved hjælp af skemaer, der er enkle og overskuelige at bruge.Hvordan nye handlingsmønstre kan indlæres, så livskvaliteten forbedres.
Der vil altid være støj, der gør det svært for enhver at foretage vurderinger og træffe beslutninger. Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony og Cass R. Sunstein viser i denne bog, hvordan støj er årsagen til, at der begås fejl inden for alle områder - herunder lægevidenskab, jura, sundhed, patenter, økonomi, retsmedicin, strategi og ansættelsesprocesser. Selvom støj findes overalt, hvor der træffes beslutninger, ignorerer både enkeltpersoner og organisationer dens betydning - ofte med store omkostninger til følge. Med enkle midler udforsker denne banebrydende bog, hvad vi kan gøre for at træffe bedre beslutninger.Forestil dig to læger, der stiller forskellige diagnoser til patienter med samme sygdom. Eller to dommere ved samme domstol, der giver forskellige domme til mennesker, der har begået identiske forbrydelser. Forestil dig, at beslutningerne afhænger af, om det er morgen eller eftermiddag, om det er mandag eller onsdag, eller om det er lige før eller efter frokost. Det er eksempler på støj: variationer i beslutninger, der burde være identiske.
What does it mean to be intelligent? Is it something unique to humans - or do we share it with other beings? Recent years have seen rapid advances in 'artificial' intelligence, which increasingly appears to be something stranger than we ever imagined. At the same time, we are becoming more aware of the other intelligences which have been with us all along, unrecognized. These other beings are the animals, plants, and natural systems that surround us, and are slowly revealing their complexity and knowledge - just as the new technologies we've built are threatening to cause their extinction, and ours. In Ways of Being, writer and artist James Bridle considers the fascinating, uncanny and multiple ways of existing on earth. What can we learn from these other forms of intelligence and personhood, and how can we change our societies to live more equitably with one another and the non-human world? From Greek oracles to octopuses, forests to satellites, Bridle tells a radical new story about ecology, technology and intelligence. We must, they argue, expand our definition of these terms to build a meaningful and free relationship with the non-human, one based on solidarity and cognitive diversity. We have so much to learn, and many worlds to gain.
An exhilarating, genre-bending exploration of curiosity's powerful capacity to connect ideas and people.Curious about something? Google it. Look at it. Ask a question. But is curiosity simply information seeking? According to this exhilarating, genre-bending book, what's left out of the conventional understanding of curiosity are the wandering tracks, the weaving concepts, the knitting of ideas, and the thatching of knowledge systems-the networks, the relations between ideas and between people. Curiosity, say Perry Zurn and Dani Bassett, is a practice of connection: it connects ideas into networks of knowledge, and it connects knowers themselves, both to the knowledge they seek and to each other. Zurn and Bassett-identical twins who write that their book "e;represents the thought of one mind and two bodies"e;-harness their respective expertise in the humanities and the sciences to get irrepressibly curious about curiosity. Traipsing across literatures of antiquity and medieval science, Victorian poetry and nature essays, as well as work by writers from a variety of marginalized communities, they trace a multitudinous curiosity. They identify three styles of curiosity-the busybody, who collects stories, creating loose knowledge networks; the hunter, who hunts down secrets or discoveries, creating tight networks; and the dancer, who takes leaps of creative imagination, creating loopy ones. Investigating what happens in a curious brain, they offer an accessible account of the network neuroscience of curiosity. And they sketch out a new kind of curiosity-centric and inclusive education that embraces everyone's curiosity. The book performs the very curiosity that it describes, inviting readers to participate-to be curious with the book and not simply about it.
For more than 40 years, hardcore and punk have promised to offer an alternative to what is perceived as the norm and the mainstream. Hardcore Research: Punk, Practice, Politics provides a comprehensive insight into some of the most active, outspoken, and widely received scholarly positions in the academic discourses on hardcore and punk and combines them with a variety of new and emerging voices. The book brings together scholars with personal ties to past and present hardcore and punk scenes, who present both insightful and critical examinations of the rich and varied histories of this subcultural phenomenon and its current reverberations at the intersection of cultural practice and academic research.
The American cultural imaginary is hungry for death, and thus representations of death are prominently repeated and serialized in US literature and media. Stella Castelli shows how American culture fetishizes death as part of a repetition compulsion which stems from the inability of language to satisfactorily grasp death. Taking an intermedial approach, she investigates the forms and tropes born from this preoccupation with death and conceptualizes its imagination alongside an appetite which manifests as repetitive encoding. These metaphors of food consumption provide a hermeneutic framing for analyzing representations of death across American literature and media.
What role can the humanities play in shaping our common future? What are the values that guide us in the 21st century? How can we unleash the potential the humanities offer in a time of multiple crises? This volume tackles some of these fundamental questions, acknowledging and developing the changing role of academic discourse in a turbulent world. This timely book argues that the humanities engender conceptual tools that are capable of reconciling theory and practice. In a bold move, we call for the humanities to reach beyond the confines of universities and engage in the most urgent debates facing humanity today - in a multidisciplinary, transformative, and constructive way. This is a blueprint for how societal change can be inclusive and equitable for the good of humans and non-humans alike.
The African museum landscape is changing. A new generation of scholars and curators is setting international standards for the reappraisal and revision of colonial collections, the conception of curatorial spaces, and the integration of new groups of actors. In the face of the ghostly survival of colonial epistemologies in archives, displays, and architectures, it is a matter of breaking up institutional encrustations and infrastructures, inventing new museum practices, and bringing archives to life. Scholars and museum experts predominantly working in Africa and South America discuss the post/colonial history of museums, their political-economic entanglements, the significance of diasporic objects, as well as the prospects for restitution and its consequences. The contributions to this issue of ZfK are all presented in English.Based on the works of Waverly Duck and Anne Rawls, the debate section is devoted to forms of everyday racism and the way interaction orders of race are institutionalized.
"A profoundly illuminating account of how the brain works . . . Rebecca Schwarzlose is a neuroscientist with a novelist's literary flair." -Cass R. Sunstein, author of Too Much Information A path-breaking journey into the brain, showing how perception, thought, and action are products of maps etched into your gray matter-and how technology can use them to read your mind Your brain is a collection of maps. That is no metaphor: scrawled across your brain's surfaces are actual maps of the sights, sounds, and actions that hold the key to your survival. Scientists first began uncovering these maps over a century ago, but we are only now beginning to unlock their secrets-and comprehend their profound impact on our lives. Brain maps distort and shape our experience of the world, support complex thought, and make technology-enabled mind reading a modern-day reality, which raises important questions about what is real, what is fair, and what is private. They shine a light on our past and our possible futures. In the process, they invite us to view ourselves from a startling new perspective. In Brainscapes, Rebecca Schwarzlose combines unforgettable real-life stories, cutting-edge research, and vivid illustrations to reveal brain maps' surprising lessons about our place in the world-and about the world's place within us.
"If you've ever wondered why we keep secrets and what motivates us to spill them, look no further. Michael Slepian has spent the past decade studying the psychology of secrets, and is ready to reveal his findings to the world."-Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again Think of a secret that you're keeping from others. It shouldn't take long; behavioral scientist Michael Slepian finds that, on average, we are keeping as many as thirteen secrets at any given time. His research involving more than 50,000 participants from around the world shows that the most common secrets include lies we've told, ambitions, addictions, mental health challenges, hidden relationships, and financial struggles.Our secrets can weigh heavily upon us. Yet the burden of secrecy, Slepian argues, rarely stems from the work it takes to keep a secret hidden. Rather, the weight of our secrets comes from carrying them alone, without the support of others. Whether we are motivated to protect our reputation, a relationship, a loved one's feelings, or some personal or professional goal, one thing is clear: Holding back some part of our inner world is often lonely and isolating. But it doesn't have to be.Filled with fresh insight into one of the most universal-yet least understood-aspects of human behavior, The Secret Life of Secrets sheds a fascinating new light on questions like: At what age do children develop the cognitive capacity for secrecy? Do all secrets come with the same mental load? How can we reconcile our secrets with our human desires to relate, connect, and be known? When should we confess our secrets? Who makes for the ideal confidant? And can keeping certain types of secrets actually enhance our well-being?Drawing on over a decade of original research, Slepian reveals the surprising ways that secrets pervade our lives, and offers science-based strategies that make them easier to live with. The result is a rare window into the inner workings of our minds, our relationships, and our sense of who we are.
Slow Light - Seeking Darkness takes an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of light pollution, or to be more precise: the increasing need for darkness. Artists, researchers, people from social and cultural work, environmental and climate activists have engaged in a search for darkness and its fascination. The book presents their explorations as a journey through various artistic, cultural or natural spaces in the Alps-Adriatic region, with collaborative stops in Topolò (Italy), Tolmin in the Socatal (Slovenia), Hrelji (Croatia), Carinthia and Styria: photographs draw with low light, celebrate the inspiration of a night sky or experimental musical sounds at concerts and performances. Texts tell of mountain tours to find a dark night, of poetry and of climate change, of artistic processes and everyday encounters, of workshops and symposia. Slow Light - Seeking Darkness offers insights and reflections on the ideas of darkness, both physical and metaphorical. In gloomy times like the current ones, however, it is again about the question of light in the darkness, about places of remebrance and ideas of the future, about synergies between culture and ecology, between art and society, between human and nature.The book is largely written/translated in English.
INTRODUCTION & REVIEW OF LITERATURE We all grow older. This has and will always be the case. However, the extended life expectancy common today is a relatively new phenomenon. Both in Western societies and developing countries, the proportion of persons over the age of 65 is steadily increasing. This higher life expectancy reflects a positive development. However, it also brings new challenges. In particular, age-related diseases, such as cognitive impairments and dementia, have become more and more relevant for both individuals and for society. A dementia disorder affects most aspects of a person's life, and also has a great impact on the lives of the person's family and care-givers. Each developmental phase has its unique characteristic features, developmental tasks, virtues and realization points from the perspective of positive psychology. Old age is the final developmental phase which is adorned by folds of wisdom, generativity and ripened meaning of life for those who have aged successfully. Since the dawn of civilization, human beings have recognized a progression through the life course, from infancy through old age. One cannot fully understand what old age means unless one understands it as part of the entire course of human life, and this approach is called the life course or life-span perspective (Settersten, 2003). 1.1 Statement of the Problem As more and more people live to an advanced age with increasing life expectancy, the prevalence of dementia is likely to increase because primarily it is an illness of old age. In developing countries, where recent progress in public health services has extended longevity, the increase will be even more striking; for instance, Guatemala will have 357%, Mexico 324% and India 264% increase in their elderly population (Cummings,1995,
In this open access book, Carlos Montemayor illuminates the development of artificial intelligence (AI) by examining our drive to live a dignified life.He uses the notions of agency and attention to consider our pursuit of what is important. His method shows how the best way to guarantee value alignment between humans and potentially intelligent machines is through attention routines that satisfy similar needs. Setting out a theoretical framework for AI Montemayor acknowledges its legal, moral, and political implications and takes into account how epistemic agency differs from moral agency.Through his insightful comparisons between human and animal intelligence, Montemayor makes it clear why adopting a need-based attention approach justifies a humanitarian framework. This is an urgent, timely argument for developing AI technologies based on international human rights agreements.The ebook editions of this book are available open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence on bloomsburycollections.com. Open access was funded by Carlos Montemayor and San Francisco State University.
INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION There are physical, financial, social and spiritual needs of all men. Heredity plays an important part in helping people meet their designed needs, besides the immediate environment. As per World Health Organization (WHO), the whole of wellbeing is a mixture of the physical, the emotional, and the social facets of existence. The individual's understanding dictates wellbeing and one is expected, according to one's own subjective or rational interpretation, to be good or sick. On the other side, an individual may see poor health and be positive or safe. The dominant disease model has been taken into account in a biomedical model as deviations from a standard of measurable biological (somatic) variables. In medicine, psychologist Engel (1977) developed the bio-psychosocial model. This model includes psychological, biological, behavioral and elements such as social economy status, cultural relation as part of the individual (for instance beliefs, relationships, stress)). The significant fusion of biological, psychological and social components essentially determines the well-being of an individual. Psychological factors have an important effect on disease recovery and progression in disease and disease. Based on the BPS model, good health condition has strong relationships with a good quality of life. The long-term consequences (such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and rheumatic diseases) for individuals and their families that are required for several areas of life adjustment include social and psychological consequences. Adjustment heterogeneity varies among individuals and between various phases of the trajectory of the disease. DIABETES MELLITUS Diabetes is one among the first diseases to be identified as a 'too large urinary emptying' Egyptian manuscript of 1500 BC. The first cases designated are thought to be Type 1. Indian physicians identified the disease about the same period and classified it as madhumeha which means "honey urine." In 230 BCE, The Greek,
A short, accessible primer on human memory, its workings, feats, and flaws, by two leading psychological researchers.Why do we vividly recall a traumatic childhood event but forget where we left our keys five minutes ago? How can a scent take us back fifty years while a colleague’s name eludes us? In this compact introduction, two leading psychological researchers describe memory—how it works and why it sometimes doesn’t; how it can be tricked, trained, or improved; and what changes with time. In a manner as engaging as it is informative, Fergus Craik and Larry Jacoby explain the strengths and weaknesses of memory. They trace evolving ideas about memory’s function and present a down-to-earth account of modern views. Citing the latest research, they outline the processes for acquiring and retrieving memories and explore the distinction between conscious and unconscious processes. With insights into the workings of the brain, Craik and Jacoby also provide a succinct account of feats and failures of memory, emotion and false memories, and the effects of aging. Their book draws a clear picture, at once broad and concise, of current and classical views of memory, that most essential and often mysterious feature of human life.
An updated edition of Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide's popular dyslexia book with a wealth of new material and improved dyslexic-friendly font. What if we viewed dyslexia as a learning and processing style rather than as a learning disorder? Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide use their impressive backgrounds in neurology and education to debunk the standard deficit-based approach to dyslexia. People typically define “dyslexia” as a reading and spelling disorder. But through published research studies, clinical observations, and interviews with dyslexic individuals, the Eides prove that these challenges are not dyslexia’s main features but are instead trade-offs resulting from an entirely different pattern of brain organization and information processing that has powerful advantages. For example, dyslexic adults routinely outperform their non-dyslexic peers in studies on three-dimensional spatial reasoning and divergent creativity—one of the reasons why so many dyslexics are successful engineers. Approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population has dyslexia, and The Dyslexic Advantage shows how each one is predisposed to powerful skills called MIND strengths (Material, Interconnected, Narrative, and Dynamic Reasoning), leading them to possess incredible pattern detection, divergent thinking, episodic memory, problem solving, and prediction abilities. The revised and updated edition of The Dyslexic Advantage includes eighteen rich new profiles of remarkable individuals with dyslexia—such as several world-renowned scientists, a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, a world-record-setting memory specialist, three MacArthur “Genius” Award winners, the technical advisor for the Jurassic Park movies, and many more. Meanwhile, the enormous advances in dyslexia research over the last ten years provide valuable new insights for educators, employers, parents, dyslexic adults, and anyone interested in neurodiversity and human cognition. Blending personal stories with hard science, The Dyslexic Advantage (Revised and Updated) provides empowering advice on how to identify, understand, nurture, and enjoy the strengths of the dyslexic mind.
A concise and engaging exploration of how we understand happiness.What does it mean to feel happiness? As a state of mind, it's elusive. As a concept-despite the plethora of pop psychology books on the subject-it's poorly understood. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, psychologist Tim Lomas offers a concise and engaging overview of our current understanding of happiness. Lomas explains that although the field of positive psychology, which focuses on happiness, emerged only in the last twenty-five years, interest in the meaning of happiness goes back several millennia. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, from philosophy and sociology to economics and anthropology, Lomas offers an expansive vision of what happiness means, exploring a significant range of experiential territory. After considering such related concepts as wellbeing and flourishing, Lomas traces ideas of happiness from the ancient Buddhist notions of sukha and nirvana through Aristotle's distinction between hedonic and eudaemonic happiness to today's therapeutic and scientific approaches. He discusses current academic perspectives, looking at the breadth of happiness research across disciplines; examines the mechanics of happiness-the physiological, psychological, phenomenological, and sociocultural processes that make up happiness; explores the factors that influence happiness, both individual and social; and discusses the cultivation of happiness.
Wie verändern digitale, lernende Technologien unsere Arbeit, unser Zusammenleben und unsere Möglichkeiten der Selbstbestimmung?Begleitband zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung im Deutschen Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (November 2021 bis August 2022)Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) ist längst nicht mehr nur ein Thema der Science-Fiction. In unser aller Alltag steckt mehr KI, als es vielen bewusst ist: in Sprachassistenten und Navigationssystemen, auf Social-Media-Plattformen und Streamingdiensten, in Verwaltungsabläufen und Überwachungstechnologien.Um die Chancen und Risiken dieser noch jungen Technologie für Mensch und Gesellschaft ist eine heftige Debatte entbrannt: Welche Probleme können wir überhaupt mit KI lösen? Welche Entscheidungen wollen wir in die Hände von KI-Systemen legen? Wo wollen wir Grenzen ziehen?»Künstliche Intelligenz. Maschinen Lernen Menschheitsträume« lädt ein zu einem Streifzug durch die Welt des Maschinellen Lernens. An der Schnittstelle zwischen Wissenschaft, Kunst und Kultur betrachten die Autor*innen die mannigfaltigen Maschinenträume der Vergangenheit, die Möglichkeiten und Unmöglichkeiten unserer Gegenwart, und geben Auskunft über Visionen des Zusammenlebens mit KI.Mit Beiträgen von Dirk Baecker, Dominik Domhoff, Jessica Heesen, Martina Heßler, Pratyusha Kalluri, Andreas Knie, Susanne Krasmann, Cathérine Lehmann, Tilman Santarius, Lothar Schröder, Matthias L. Schroeter, Georg Seeßlen, Kathrin Seibert, Angela und Karlheinz Steinmüller, Gerfried Stocker und Karin Wolf-Ostermann; dazu Infografiken, Comic-Auszüge und eine dichtende KI.Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning Human DreamsEdited by Yasemin Keskintepe and Anke Woschech for the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum DresdenArtificial Intelligence (AI) has long ceased to be just a science fiction topic. Indeed, our everyday lives are packed with far more AI than most people realise. It is now found in smart virtual assistants and in navigation systems, on social media platforms and streaming services, in administrative procedures and surveillance technologies.The opportunities and risks of this relatively young technology both for human beings and society have sparked a heated debate. What sort of problems are we looking to solve with AI in the first place? What sort of decisions do we want to place in the 'hands' of AI systems? Where do we draw the line?Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning Human Dreams invites visitors to embark on a foray through the world of machine learning. At the interface between science, art, and culture, the authors consider the multifarious machine dreams of the past as well as the possibilities and impossibilities of our present, and provide details of their visions for our lives alongside AI.Featuring contributions by Dirk Baecker, Dominik Domhoff, Jessica Heesen, Martina Heßler, Pratyusha Kalluri, Andreas Knie, Susanne Krasmann, Cathérine Lehmann, Tilman Santarius, Lothar Schröder, Matthias L. Schroeter, Georg Seeßlen, Kathrin Seibert, Angela and Karlheinz Steinmüller, Gerfried Stocker and Karin Wolf-Ostermann; along with infografics, comic-strip excerpts, and an AI system that writes poetry.About the editors:Yasemin Keskintepe is an art scholar and works as a curator at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden. She was previously co-curator of the Open Codes exhibition at the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM) and has contributed to a number of international exhibition projects. She is curator of the exhibition Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning Human Dreams.Anke Woschech studied sociology and holds a doctorate in the history of technology. She is a member of the scientific research team working on the exhibition Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning Human Dreams at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden.
Herbert Paul Grice' bahnbrechender Aufsatz von 1957 bildet einen der wichtigsten Bezugspunkte für Debatten darüber, was Bedeutung genau ist. Grice bietet eine Semantik bzw. Bedeutungslehre an, die von Intentionen ausgeht, also die Reaktion des Adressaten einer Mitteilung in den Blick nimmt: Der Aufsatz stellt so einen wichtigen Orientierungspunkt für die Sprachphilosophie dar, aber auch für Semiotik, Kognitionswissenschaft und Linguistik.Der Grundlagentext wird hier zusammen mit dem Originaltext in neuer Übersetzung und mit einem Kommentar herausgegeben, der das sprachphilosophische Problem rekonstruiert und sein Fortwirken bis in die Gegenwart verfolgt.Die Reihe »Great Papers Philosophie« bietet bahnbrechende Aufsätze der Philosophie:- Eine zeichengenaue, zitierfähige Wiedergabe des Textes (links das fremdsprachige Original, rechts eine neue Übersetzung).- Eine philosophiegeschichtliche Einordnung: Wie dachte man früher über das Problem? Welche Veränderung bewirkte der Aufsatz? Wie denkt man heute darüber?- Eine Analyse des Textes bzw. eine Rekonstruktion seiner Argumentationsstruktur, gefolgt von einem Abschnitt über den Autor sowie ein kommentiertes Literaturverzeichnis.
Wie funktionieren Kooperationen in einem per se interdisziplinären Umfeld mit verschiedenen Herangehens- und Arbeitsweisen, Fragestellungen, Erwartungen und Zielvorgaben und welche Erfahrungen wurden damit im jeweiligen Projekt gesammelt? Der erste Band des Netzwerks für digitale Geisteswissenschaften und Citizen Science fragt nach der praktischen Ausgestaltung kooperativer Forschungsprozesse im Zusammenspiel von Geisteswissenschaft, Digital Humanities, Informatik und weiteren Akteuren. Ausgehend von einer konkreten Projekt- und/oder institutionellen Perspektive richtet sich der Blick auf den Aspekt der Kooperation als inhaltliche, organisatorische und forschungspraktische Klammer der beteiligten Wissenschaftskulturen. Ein besonderer Fokus liegt auf den Erfolgsfaktoren für eine Projektarbeit, in der es gelingt, sich auf die unterschiedlichen (fach-)spezifischen und methodischen Ansätze, Arbeits- und Denkweisen des Kooperationspartners einzulassen und in andere Sichtweisen auf das gleiche Projekt einzudenken. How do co-operations function in a per se interdisciplinary environment with different methods, approaches, questions, expectations and goals? What kind of experiences have been made in the respective projects? The first volume of the network for Digital Sciences and Citizen Science focuses on the practical design of co-operative research processes in connection with Human Sciences, Digital Humanities, Information Technology and other research fields. On the basis of an existing project and / or institutional perspective it concentrates on the aspect of co-operations as topical, organisational and research-practical frame of the parties involved. The volume also focuses on the success factors of a project, in which it is possible to adapt to various specific and methodical approaches of cooperation partners and to understand different perspectives within one project.
"A Cherry Dress" is the memoir of a Viennese born dancer driven into exile. In her late 70s and 80s, Anita Bild wrote about her extraordinary life at her son's request. The main aim was to give her much-loved grandchildren a personal picture of the Viennese family she was born into, her sometimes exotic experiences as a dancer and choreographer in German language theatre, her escape from Nazi Austria and her early adventures in exile in London.Fleeing to London in February 1939, with a visa permitting her to work only as a domestic servant, she managed in just a few months, despite her lowly status, to arrange her parents' flight to London just weeks before the outbreak of World War. She describes with fascinating details how she drifted from household to household and how new-found friends provided a social network enabling her to visit London's leading high-court judge to plead, successfully, for her parents to be allowed into the UK. Those new friends even found her a generous, fascinating and eccentric Englishman happy to give her British citizenship via a marriage of convenience, thus enabling her to resume her stage career.Full of humour and vivid descriptions of people and events as she saw them, this very personal memoir is also a document of wider public interest. A series of academic essays and articles by members of her family provide historical context to accompany and to complement Anita Bild's charming memories of a charmed life lived to the full. She was the living proof that reflections on one's history are a source of wisdom and that variety is, indeed, the spice of life. This is a book that both charms in its personal reminiscences and illuminates events of a troubled, turbulent century.The texts in the volume are bilingual, mainly written in English.
The Bible is the bestselling book of all time. It has been venerated -or excoriated,as God's word, but so far no one has read the Bible for what it is: humanity's diary, chronicling our ancestors' valiant attempts to cope with the trials and tribulations of life on Earth.In The Good Book of Human Nature , evolutionary anthropologist Carel van Schaik and historian Kai Michel advance a new view of Homo sapiens' cultural evolution. The Bible, they argue, was written to make sense of the single greatest change in history: the transition from egalitarian hunter-gatherer to agricultural societies. Religion arose as a strategy to cope with the unprecedented levels of epidemic disease, violence, inequality, and injustice that confronted us when we abandoned the bush,and which still confront us today.Armed with the latest findings from cognitive science, evolutionary biology, archeology, and religious history, van Schaik and Michel take us on a journey through the Book of Books, from the Garden of Eden all the way to Golgotha. The Book of Genesis, they reveal, marked the emergence of private property,one can no longer take the fruit off any tree, as one could before agriculture. The Torah as a whole is the product of a surprisingly logical, even scientific, approach to society's problems. This ground-breaking perspective allows van Schaik and Michel to coax unexpected secrets from the familiar stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, Abraham and Moses, Jesus of Nazareth and Mary. The Bible may have a dark side, but in van Schaik and Michel's hands, it proves to be a hallmark of human indefatigability.Provocative and deeply original, The Good Book of Human Nature offers a radically new understanding of the Bible. It shows that the Bible is more than just a pillar for religious belief: it is a pioneering attempt at scientific inquiry.
Bis heute ist die Gottesmutter Alans tägliche Begleiterin, die ihm mit Rat und Tat zur Seite steht, gerade auch in schweren Lagen. Diese Worte der Mutter Gottes wurden zusammgestellt für dieses Buch, das in kleinen Schritten den Weg der Tugend zeigt und mitgeht. Illustriert wird es durch einige Rückblicke der Gottesmutter auf Situationen, die sie mit dem kleinen Jesus und mit Josef erlebte. Die Sammlung dieser täglichen kurzen Worte ist ein Angebot, Marias Wesen und die Tiefe ihrer Zuneigung zu jedem einzelnen von uns selbst zu erleben. Die von ihr angesprochenen Themen umfassen spirituelle Aspekte wie Gebetsleben, Sakramente, Himmel, aber auch Worte zum Umgang mit Angst, Tod, Leiden, ebenso Ratschläge zu Themen wie Geld, Kindererziehung, Sexualität, New Age, Theologie, Wissenschaft, Zukunft, Kriege, Tierliebe u.v.m. Ein Buch für jeden, der praktisch umsetzbare Worte der Weisheit von der Frau sucht, die Jesus Christus erzogen hat.