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            Mass: The quest to understand matter from Greek atoms to quantum fields

            Mass: The quest to understand matter from Greek atoms to quantum fields (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Baggott, Jim

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            Jim Baggott explores how our understanding of the nature of matter, and its fundamental property of mass, has developed, from the ancient Greek view of indivisible atoms to quantum mechanics, dark matter, the Higgs field, and beyond. He shows how the stuff of the universe is prov...ing more elusive and uncertain than we ever imagined.
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            ISBN 9780198759720
            Released NZ 9 Jul 2020
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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            On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It
             

            On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It (Hardback)

            By Smith, David Livingstone

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            • Pub Date
              15 Jul 20

            The Rwandan genocide, the Holocaust, the lynching of African Americans, the colonial slave trade: these are horrific episodes of mass violence spawned from racism and hatred. We like to think that we could never see such evils again--that we would stand up and fight. But somethin...g deep in the human psyche--deeper than prejudice itself--leads people to persecute the other: dehumanization, or the human propensity to think of others as less than human. An award-winning author and philosopher, Smith takes an unflinching look at the mechanisms of the mind that encourage us to see someone as less than human. There is something peculiar and horrifying in human psychology that makes us vulnerable to thinking of whole groups of people as subhuman creatures. When governments or other groups stand to gain by exploiting this innate propensity, and know just how to manipulate words and images to trigger it, there is no limit to the violence and hatred that can result. Drawing on numerous historical and contemporary cases and recent psychological research, On Inhumanity is the first accessible guide to the phenomenon of dehumanization. Smith walks readers through the psychology of dehumanization, revealing its underlying role in both notorious and lesser-known episodes of violence from history and current events. In particular, he considers the uncomfortable kinship between racism and dehumanization, where beliefs involving race are so often precursors to dehumanization and the horrors that flow from it. On Inhumanity is bracing and vital reading in a world lurching towards authoritarian political regimes, resurgent white nationalism, refugee crises that breed nativist hostility, and fast-spreading racist rhetoric. The book will open your eyes to the pervasive dangers of dehumanization and the prejudices that can too easily take root within us, and resist them before they spread into the wider world.
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            ISBN 9780190923006
            Released NZ 15 Jul 2020
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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            Norse Mythology & the Modern Human

            Norse Mythology & the Modern Human (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Owen, Sara

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            This is a valuable study of a mythology that has as much to do with the future of human evolution as it does with these old stories of the Norse gods. Uehli moves systematically through the major figures in this ancient saga, reflecting on the deeper meaning and showing why they ...are so valuable for children, especially those in the fourth grade. It will provide insight for teachers, parents, and other adults who hope to answer some of the life questions of today
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            ISBN 9781888365139
            Released NZ 1 Dec 2003
            Publisher Awsna
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            The Power of Art
             

            The Power of Art (Hardback)

            By Gabriel, Markus

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              20 Jul 20

            We live in an era of aesthetics. Art has become both pervasive and powerful - it is displayed not only in museums and galleries but also on the walls of corporations and it is increasingly fused with design. But what makes art so powerful, and in what does its power consist? Acco...rding to a widespread view, the power of art - its beauty - lies in the eye of the beholder. What counts as art appears to be a function of individual acts of evaluation supported by powerful institutions. On this account, the power of art stems from a force that is not itself aesthetic, such as the art market and the financial power of speculators. Art expresses, in a disguised form, the power of something else - like money - that lies behind it. In one word, art has lost its autonomy. In this short book, Markus Gabriel rejects this view. He argues that art is essentially uncontrollable. It is in the nature of the work of art to be autonomous to such a degree that the art world will never manage to overpower it. Ever since the cave paintings of Lascaux, art has taken hold of the human mind and implemented itself in our very being. Thanks to the emergence of art we became human beings, that is, beings who lead their lives in light of an image of the human being and its position in the world and in relation to other species. Due to its structural, ontological power, art itself is and remains radically autonomous. Yet, this power is highly ambiguous, as we cannot control its unfolding. In this book, a leading proponent of New Realism applies this philosophical perspective to art to create a new aesthetic realism.
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            ISBN 9781509540969
            Released NZ 20 Jul 2020
            Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
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            The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard
             

            The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard (Hardback, Main)

            By Pourriol, Ollivier; Translated by Stevenson, Helen

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            Whether it's the Protestant work ethic, or the capitalist need for productivity, most of us in the English-speaking world believe that in order to achieve anything worthwhile, we must first expend huge amounts of effort. In fact, just the opposite is true. In The French Art of No...t Trying Too Hard, Ollivier Pourriol shows how the best results in life, love, work, art and even sports come not from working harder, but from letting go. This is not a new idea in France: since Montaigne, philosophers have suggested that a certain je ne sais quoi is the key to a more creative, fulfilling and productive existence. We can see it in their laissez faire parenting, their chic style, their haute cuisine and enviable home cooking - the French barely seem to be trying, yet the results are world famous. Drawing lessons from French legends like Descartes, Stendhal and Francoise Sagan, Rodin and Zidane, Cyrano de Bergerac and Coco Chanel, Ollivier Pourriol explores how to be efficient a la francaise, and how to effortlessly reap the rewards.
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            ISBN 9781788163279
            Released NZ 25 Jun 2020
            Publisher Profile Books Ltd
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Making Sense: Conversations on Consciousness, Morality and the Future of Humanity
             

            Making Sense: Conversations on Consciousness, Morality and the Future of Humanity (Hardback)

            By Harris, Sam

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              12 Oct 20

            Civilization rests on a series of successful conversations. -Sam Harris Neuroscientist, philosopher, podcaster and bestselling author Sam Harris, has been exploring some of the greatest questions concerning the human mind, society, and the events that shape our world. Harris' sea...rch for deeper understanding of how we think has led him to engage and exchange with some of our most brilliant and controversial contemporary minds - Daniel Kahneman, Robert Sapolsky, Anil Seth and Max Tegmark - in order to unpack and understand ideas of consciousness, free will, extremism, and ethical living. For Harris, honest conversation, no matter how difficult or contentious, represents the only path to moral and intellectual progress. Featuring twelve conversations from the hit podcast, these electric exchanges fuse wisdom with rigorous interrogation to shine a light on what it means to make sense of our world today.
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            ISBN 9781787633797
            Released NZ 12 Oct 2020
            Publisher Transworld Publishers
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The Little Book of Humanism: Universal lessons on finding purpose, meaning and joy
             

            The Little Book of Humanism: Universal lessons on finding purpose, meaning and joy (Hardback)

            By Roberts, Dr. Alice; Copson, Andrew

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              25 Aug 20

            An approachable, uplifting guide to finding happiness and leading a fulfilling life through humanist belief and the wisdom of famous humanists from the past and present

            ISBN 9780349425467
            Released NZ 25 Aug 2020
            Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
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            Francis Bacon: Anatomy Of An Enigma
             

            Francis Bacon: Anatomy Of An Enigma (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Peppiatt, Michael

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              16 Jul 20

            This book, a biography on Francis Bacon, is inspired by the friendship the author had with Bacon and based on records of the conversations that took place since 1963. The book forms the first comprehensive account of the artist's life and his work.

            ISBN 9780367160401
            Released NZ 16 Jul 2020
            Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
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            After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
             

            After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Batchelor, Stephen

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            A renowned Buddhist teacher's magnum opus, based on his fresh reading of the tradition's earliest texts

            ISBN 9780300224344
            Released NZ 15 Apr 2017
            Publisher Yale University Press
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction
              

            Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

            By Gaukroger, Stephen

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            Objectivity is both an essential and elusive philosophical concept. This Very Short Introduction explores the theoretical and practical problems raised by objectivity, and also deals with the way in which particular understandings of objectivity impinge on social research, scienc...e, and art.
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            ISBN 9780199606696
            Released NZ 8 Jun 2012
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
            Interest Age 14+ years
            Series Very Short Introductions
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