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              The Blue Commons: Rescuing the Economy of the Sea
                

              The Blue Commons: Rescuing the Economy of the Sea (Hardback)

              By Standing, Guy

              • RRP: $50.00
              • $39.00
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              • Pub Date
                5 Oct 22

              The blue commons are our oceans- they feed us all, link our continents, provide a natural economy on coasts around the world and are a crucial part of our ecosystem. But in recent years the oceans have been plundered. They are currently undergoing an existential crisis that deman...ds a global response. Why have our oceans been so overlooked in the conversation about the climate catastrophe? This book exposes the corrosion of the blue commons through six trends - encroachment or destruction, enclosure, social forgetting, commodification, privatisation and colonisation. The commoners - mainly small-scale fisheries and coastal communities - have fought back, with some inspiring and positive results. It provides a road-map for reviving the concept of the blue commons, as belonging to us all, protected from plunder by businesses and nations seeking profit at the expense of everyone.
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              ISBN 9780241475874
              Released NZ 5 Oct 2022
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              How Religion Evolved: And Why It Endures
                

              How Religion Evolved: And Why It Endures (Hardback)

              By Dunbar, Robin

              • RRP: $55.60
              • $55.60
              • Internationally sourced

              When did humans develop spiritual thought? What is religion's evolutionary purpose? And in our increasingly secular world, why has it endured? Every society in the history of humanity has lived with religion. In How Religion Evolved, evolutionary psychologist Professor Robin Dunb...ar tracks its origins back to what he terms the 'mystical stance' - the aspect of human psychology that predisposes us to believe in a transcendent world, and which makes an encounter with the spiritual possible. As he explores world religions and their many derivatives, as well as religions of experience practised by hunter-gatherer societies since time immemorial, Dunbar argues that this instinct is not a peculiar human quirk, an aberration on our otherwise efficient evolutionary journey. Rather, religion confers an advantage- it can benefit our individual health and wellbeing, but, more importantly, it fosters social bonding at large scale, helping hold fractious societies together. Dunbar suggests these dimensions might provide the basis for an overarching theory for why and how humans are religious, and so help unify the myriad strands that currently populate this field. Drawing on path-breaking research, clinical case studies and fieldwork from around the globe, as well as stories of charismatic cult leaders, mysterious sects and lost faiths, How Religion Evolved offers a fascinating and far-reaching analysis of this quintessentially human impulse - to believe.
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              ISBN 9780241431788
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              Around the World in 80 Books
               

              Around the World in 80 Books (Hardback)

              By Damrosch, David

              • RRP: $48.00
              • $37.44
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              Inspired by Jules Verne's hero Phileas Fogg, David Damrosch, chair of Harvard's Department of Comparative Literature and founder of Harvard's Institute for World Literature, set out to counter a pandemic's restrictions on travel by exploring eighty exceptional books from around t...he globe. Following a literary itinerary from London to Venice, Tehran and points beyond, and via authors from Woolf and Dante to Nobel prizewinners Orhan Pamuk, Wole Soyinka, Mo Yan and Olga Tokarczuk, he explores how these works have shaped our idea of the world, and the ways the world bleeds into literature. To chart the expansive landscape of world literature today, Damrosch explores how writers live in two very different worlds- the world of their personal experience, and the world of books that have enabled great writers to give shape and meaning to their lives. In his literary cartography, Damrosch includes compelling contemporary works as well as perennial classics, hard-bitten crime fiction as well as haunting works of fantasy, and the formative tales that introduce us as children to the world we're entering. Taken together, these eighty titles offer us fresh perspective on perennial problems, from the social consequences of epidemics to the rising inequality that Thomas More designed Utopia to combat and the patriarchal structures within and against which many of these books' heroines have to struggle, from the work of Murasaki Shikibu a millennium ago to that of Margaret Atwood today. Around the World in 80 Books is a global invitation to look beyond ourselves and our surroundings, and to see our world and its literature in new ways.
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              ISBN 9780241501023
              Released NZ 16 Nov 2021
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Pelican books
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              The Meaning of Science

              The Meaning of Science (Paperback)

              By Lewens, Tim

              • RRP: $24.00
              • $19.20
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              Drawing on the insights of towering figures like Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn, this book shows how key questions in science matter, often in personal, practical and political ways.

              ISBN 9780141977423
              Released NZ 21 Oct 2015
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              Parenting the First Twelve Years: What the Evidence Tells Us

              Parenting the First Twelve Years: What the Evidence Tells Us (Paperback)

              By Cooper, Victoria; Montgomery, Heather; Sheehy, Kieron

              • RRP: $28.00
              • $21.84
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              Why is parenting so fraught and so difficult in today's society? There has never been a time when advice was so readily available, and yet there is also a prevailing sense that parents are getting it wrong. This book examines the arguments and counter-arguments supported by resea...rch on how best to parent children, from birth to twelve years. By taking an impartial approach to the evidence and, by discussing case studies from across the world and from a number of academic disciplines, this book is designed to show how good parenting comes in many shapes and forms.
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              ISBN 9780241270509
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2018
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Pelican books
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              Covid By Numbers: Making Sense of the Pandemic with Data
                

              Covid By Numbers: Making Sense of the Pandemic with Data (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Spiegelhalter, David; Masters, Anthony

              • RRP: $25.99
              • $20.19
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              • Pub Date
                5 Sep 23

              How many people have died because of COVID-19? Which countries have been hit hardest by the virus? What are the benefits and harms of different vaccines? How does COVID-19 compare to the Spanish flu? How have the lockdown measures affected the economy, mental health and crime? Th...is year we have been bombarded by statistics - seven day rolling averages, rates of infection, excess deaths. Never have numbers been more central to our national conversation, and never has it been more important that we think about them clearly. In the media and in their Observer column, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter and RSS Statistical Ambassador Anthony Masters have interpreted these statistics, offering a vital public service by giving us the tools we need to make sense of the virus for ourselves and holding the government to account. In Covid by Numbers, they crunch the data on a year like no other, exposing the leading misconceptions about the virus and the vaccine, and answering our essential questions. This timely, concise and approachable book offers a rare depth of insight into one of the greatest upheavals in history, and a trustworthy guide to these most uncertain of times.
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              ISBN 9780241541074
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              Feminisms: A Global History
               

              Feminisms: A Global History (Hardback)

              By Delap, Lucy

              • RRP: $48.00
              • $37.44
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              How has feminism developed? What have feminists achieved? What can we learn from the global history of feminism? Feminism is the ongoing story of a profound historical transformation. Despite being repeatedly written off as a political movement that has achieved its aim of female... liberation, it has been continually redefined as new generations of women campaign against the gender inequity of their age. In this absorbing book, historian Lucy Delap challenges the simplistic narrative of 'feminist waves' - a sequence of ever more progressive updates -- showing instead that feminists have been motivated by the specific concerns of their historical moment. Drawing on an extraordinary range of examples from Japan to Russia, Egypt to Germany, Delap explores different feminist projects to show that those who are part of this movement have not always agreed on a single programme. This diverse history of feminism, she argues, can help us better navigate current debates and controversies. A real tour de force from an award-winning expert, Feminisms shows that a rich relationship to the past can infuse today's activism with a sense of possibility and inspiration.
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              ISBN 9780241398142
              Released NZ 9 Oct 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              Who Governs Britain?

              Who Governs Britain? (Paperback)

              By King, Anthony

              • RRP: $17.99
              • $14.03
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              The British system of government has changed dramatically in recent decades, and far more than most of us realise. This book offers the first general overview of the British political system in many years. It features an accessible primer that will provide the much-needed context... to the 2015 election.
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              ISBN 9780141980652
              Released NZ 27 May 2015
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              How Religion Evolved: And Why It Endures
                

              How Religion Evolved: And Why It Endures (Paperback)

              By Dunbar, Robin

              • RRP: $32.50
              • $25.25
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              • Pub Date
                6 Apr 23
              ISBN 9780241431795
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Pelican books
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              Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 6 Apr 2023
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              Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

              Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans (Paperback)

              By Mitchell, Melanie

              • RRP: $24.00
              • $18.72
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              No recent scientific enterprise has been so alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. How intelligent are the best of today's AI programs? To what extent can we entrust them with decisions that affect our lives?... How human-like do we expect them to become, and how soon do we need to worry about them surpassing us in most, if not all, human endeavours? From leading AI researcher and award-winning author Melanie Mitchell comes a knowledgeable and captivating account of modern-day artificial intelligence. Flavoured with personal stories and a twist of humour, Artificial Intelligence illuminates the workings of machines that mimic human learning, perception, language, creativity and common sense. Weaving together advances in AI with cognitive science and philosophy, Mitchell probes the extent to which today's 'smart' machines can actually think or understand, and whether AI requires such elusive human qualities in order to be reliable, trustworthy and beneficial. Artificial Intelligence- A Guide for Thinking Humans provides readers with an accessible, entertaining and clear-eyed view of the AI landscape, what the field has actually accomplished, how much further it has to go and what it means for all of our futures.
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              ISBN 9780241404836
              Released NZ 1 Dec 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Pelican books
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