The Wisdom of Crowds

By James Surowiecki

During this interesting e-book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively uncomplicated suggestion: huge teams of individuals are smarter than an elite few, irrespective of how brilliant–better at fixing difficulties, fostering innovation, coming to clever judgements, even predicting the long run.

With boundless erudition and in delightfully transparent prose, Surowiecki levels throughout fields as diversified as pop culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, man made intelligence, army background, and politics to teach how this easy inspiration bargains vital classes for a way we are living our lives, decide on our leaders, run our businesses, and consider our international.

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In Defence of the Terror: Liberty or Death in the French Revolution

By Sophie Wahnich

For 2 hundred years after the French Revolution, the Republican culture celebrated the execution of princes and aristocrats, protecting the fear that the Revolution inflicted upon on its enemies. yet contemporary many years have introduced a marked switch in sensibility. The Revolution isn't any longer judged by way of ancient necessity yet really via “timeless” criteria of morality. during this succinct essay, Sophie Wahnich explains how, opposite to triumphing interpretations, the establishment of Terror sought to place a brake on valid renowned violence—in Danton’s phrases, to “be negative so one can spare the folk the necessity to be so”—and was once for that reason subsumed in a good judgment of struggle. the phobia was once “a strategy welded to a regime of well known sovereignty, the one choices being to defeat tyranny or die for liberty.”

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Endangering Our Families--and How to Save Them

By Drew Pinsky, S. Mark Young

The face of leisure has replaced notably during the last decade—and dangerously so. Stars like Britney, Paris, Lindsay, Amy Winehouse—and their media enablers—have altered what we ponder "normal" habit. in accordance with dependancy expert Dr. Drew Pinsky and company and leisure specialist Dr. S. Mark younger, a excessive share of celebrities be afflicted by qualities linked to medical narcissism—vanity, exhibitionism, entitlement, exploitativeness—and the remainder of us, specifically youth, are mirroring what we witness nightly on our television and computing device displays.

A provocative, eye-opening examine, The reflect Effect sounds a well timed caution, elevating very important questions on our altering culture—and presents insights for folks, children, and an individual who wonders what the cult of famous person is actually doing to America.

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The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World

By John Demos

With the imaginative and prescient of a historian and the voice of a novelist, prize?winning writer John Demos explores the social, cultural, and mental roots of the scourge that's witch-hunting, either within the distant previous and this day. The Enemy inside chronicles the main trendy witch-hunts of the Western world?women and males who have been precise by means of suspicious acquaintances and accused of committing awful crimes by way of supernatural means?and indicates how the phobia of witchcraft has fueled recurrent cycles of accusation, persecution, and purging. a distinct and interesting booklet, it illumines the darkish aspect of groups pushed to rid themselves of perceived evil, it doesn't matter what the human rate.

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Adbusters, Issue 58: Bar Code

AB58: Bar Code
(March/April 2005)

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported journal serious about the erosion of our actual and cultural environments via advertisement forces. due to the fact that 1989, the journal has been featured in enormous quantities of different and mainstream newspapers, magazines, tv and radio indicates. recognized around the world for sparking Occupy Wall road, Adbusters can be answerable for social media campaigns resembling purchase not anything Day and electronic Detox Week.

Included within the journal are incisive philosophical articles and activist observation, coupled with influence layout that seeks to unbound the normal journal structure. matters correct to our modern second, resembling media focus, weather switch and genetically converted meals are on a regular basis featured. We hunt down an international the place economic climate and ecology exist in concord. through difficult humans to develop into individuals in place of spectators, Adbusters takes objective at company disinformation, worldwide injustice and the industries and governments who actively pollute and wreck our actual and psychological commons.

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Nation

By Terry Pratchett

When an enormous wave destroys his village, Mau is the single one left. Daphne—a visitor from the opposite part of the globe—is the only real survivor of a shipwreck. Separated by means of language and customs, the 2 are united by way of disaster. Slowly, they're joined via different refugees. And as they try to guard the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, problem demise himself, and discover a long-hidden mystery that actually turns the area upside down.

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Nation

By Terry Pratchett

When an incredible wave destroys his village, Mau is the one one left. Daphne—a vacationer from the opposite facet of the globe—is the only real survivor of a shipwreck. Separated via language and customs, the 2 are united via disaster. Slowly, they're joined by means of different refugees. And as they try to guard the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, problem demise himself, and discover a long-hidden mystery that actually turns the realm upside down.

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