The Crown of Thorns

Author:Michael A Britt

Publisher:Simon and Schuster

ISBN:1440597081

Total Pages:272

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Psychology's most famous theories--played out in real life! Forget the labs and lecture halls. You can conduct your very own psych experiments at home! Famous psychological experiments--from Freud's ego to the Skinner box--have changed the way science views human behavior. But how do these tests really work? In Psych Experiments, you'll learn how to test out these theories and experiments for yourself...no psychology degree required! Guided by Michael A. Britt, creator of popular podcast The Psych Files, you can conduct your own experiments when browsing your favorite websites (to test the "curiosity effect"), in restaurants (learning how to increase your tips), when presented with advertisements (you'd be surprised how much you're influenced by the color red), and even right on your smartphone (and why you panic when you can't find it). You'll even figure out how contagious yawning works! With this compulsively readable little book, you won't just read about the history of psychology--you'll live it!

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Le Test du marshmallow

Author:Walter Mischel

Publisher:JC Lattès

ISBN:2709643286

Total Pages:300

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Quels sont les ressorts de la volonté ? Lors d’un test, on donne le choix à des enfants : soit manger un marshmallow tout de suite, soit attendre et en obtenir deux plus tard. Que décideront-ils ? Avec quelles conséquences sur le reste de leur vie ?Grâce à son désormais célèbre Test du marshmallow, Walter Mischel a prouvé que savoir attendre est une compétence critique pour réussir sa vie : le self-control est corrélé avec de meilleurs résultats aux concours d’entrée à l’université, à un meilleur fonctionnement cognitif et social et à une meilleure confiance en soi. Il aide aussi à mieux gérer le stress, à poursuivre efficacement ses objectifs et à surmonter les émotions éprouvantes. Mais est-il inné ou peut-on l’améliorer ? Dans son livre révolutionnaire, le docteur Mischel résume plusieurs décennies d’études et de tranches de vie fascinantes, afin de cerner les ressorts de la volonté et d’en identifier les mécanismes mentaux. Il montre comment les mettre en application au quotidien pour suivre un régime, arrêter de fumer, tourner la page après un chagrin d’amour, prendre de grandes décisions ou préparer sa retraite. Par son impact profond sur nos pratiques parentales et éducatives, sur les politiques publiques et sur notre santé, Le Test du marshmallow changera votre point de vue sur ce que nous sommes et sur notre devenir. Traduit de l'anglais par Isabelle Crouzet

Obedience to Authority

Author:Stanley Milgram

Publisher:HarperCollins

ISBN:0062803409

Total Pages:304

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A part of Harper Perennial’s special “Resistance Library” highlighting classic works that illuminate our times: A special edition reissue of Stanley Milgram’s landmark examination of humanity’s susceptibility to authoritarianism. “The classic account of the human tendency to follow orders, no matter who they hurt or what their consequences.” — Washington Post Book World In the 1960s, Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram famously carried out a series of experiments that forever changed our perceptions of morality and free will. The subjects—or “teachers”—were instructed to administer electroshocks to a human “learner,” with the shocks becoming progressively more powerful and painful. Controversial but now strongly vindicated by the scientific community, these experiments attempted to determine to what extent people will obey orders from authority figures regardless of consequences. “Milgram’s experiments on obedience have made us more aware of the dangers of uncritically accepting authority,” wrote Peter Singer in the New York Times Book Review. With an introduction from Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, Obedience to Authority is Milgram’s fascinating and troubling chronicle of his classic study and a vivid and persuasive explanation of his conclusions.

The Use and Misuse of the Experimental Method in Social Psychology

Author:Augustine Brannigan

Publisher:Routledge

ISBN:1000209458

Total Pages:216

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This book critically examines the work of a number of pioneers of social psychology, including legendary figures such as Kurt Lewin, Leon Festinger, Muzafer Sherif, Solomon Asch, Stanley Milgram, and Philip Zimbardo. Augustine Brannigan argues that the reliance of these psychologists on experimentation has led to questions around validity and replication of their studies. The author explores new research and archival work relating to these studies and outlines a new approach to experimentation that repudiates the use of deception in human experiments and provides clues to how social psychology can re-articulate its premises and future lines of research. Based on the author’s 2004 work The Rise and Fall of Social Psychology, in which he critiques the experimental methods used, the book advocates for a return to qualitative methods to redeem the essential social dimensions of social psychology. Covering famous studies such as the Stanford Prison Experiment, Milgram’s studies of obedience, Sherif's Robbers Cave, and Rosenhan's exposé of psychiatric institutions, this is essential and fascinating reading for students of social psychology, and the social sciences. It’s also of interest to academics and researchers interested in engaging with a critical approach to classical social psychology, with a view to changing the future of this important discipline.

Pourquoi j'ai toujours raison. Et les autres ont tort

Author:Carol Tavris,Elliot Aronson

Publisher:Flammarion

ISBN:208140527X

Total Pages:416

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D’où vient notre besoin de justifier nos idées stupides, nos mauvaises décisions ? Pourquoi avons-nous tant de mal à reconnaître nos propres erreurs ? Lorsque nous faisons fausse route, nous invoquons les circonstances, nous rejetons la faute sur les autres, ou nous refusons tout simplement de l’admettre. Ainsi, nous persistons dans notre erreur, et les conséquences peuvent se révéler désastreuses. À l’aide d’une foule d’exemples, Carol Tavris et Elliot Aronson nous éclairent sur le fonctionnement de l’autojustification et son rôle décisif dans des domaines aussi divers que la politique, la justice, la médecine et les relations de couple. Comprendre le mécanisme psychologique de l’autojustification pour ne plus être condamnés à la subir : tel est le but de ce livre.

L'hypothèse du bonheur

Author:Jonathan Haidt

Publisher:Primento

ISBN:2804701417

Total Pages:336

Viewed:1987

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Entre philosophie et psychologie, une série de leçons pour être heureux. D’un côté : dix grandes idées, découvertes à différents moments et différents endroits par les civilisations qui peuplent notre Terre. De l’autre : les plus récentes avancées scientifiques en matière de psychologie. De cette confrontation entre philosophie, religion et psychologie, Jonathan Haidt propose de tirer un ensemble de leçons qui peuvent s’appliquer à notre vie de tous les jours. Partant des résultats de la recherche moderne sur le bonheur, illustrés par des anecdotes de la vie quotidienne, Haidt décrit la manière dont nous fonctionnons avec les autres, mais aussi avec nous-mêmes. Il nous guide habilement dans ce voyage entre passé et présent tout en commentant avec humour et pédagogie les méandres des théories psychologiques. Une exploration dont on conclura que la meilleure des vies est, sans doute, celle où l’on parvient à équilibrer les contraires. Un guide pratique philosophique pour que chaque instant de votre vie quotidienne soit un moment de bonheur. CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE Une passionnante introduction à la psychologie moderne et à la question des conditions favorisant le bonheur. – Jacques van Rillaer, Journal de thérapie comportementale et cognitive Partant des sagesses anciennes pour arriver aux théories psychologiques actuelles, Jonathan Haidt condense à merveille les grandes idées liées au bonheur. – Femmes d’Aujourd’hui Au fil de pages extrêmement bien documentées, Jonathan Haidt montre bien que le bonheur est certes lié à nos conditions de vie, à nos tendances optimistes ou pas, mais qu’il est aussi heureusement possible de le construire au quotidien, à travers sa vision du monde et son investissement dans des activités ou des relations amicales ou amoureuses. – Véronique Janzyk, Équilibre À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR Jonathan Haidt est Professeur de psychologie à l’Université de Virginie. Il a été l’un des premiers chercheurs à attirer l’attention du monde scientifique sur l’importance des émotions dans tout ce qui touche à la moralité.

The Social Psychology of Good and Evil, Second Edition

Author:Arthur G. Miller

Publisher:Guilford Publications

ISBN:1462525423

Total Pages:542

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This timely, accessible reference and text addresses some of the most fundamental questions about human behavior, such as what causes racism and prejudice and why good people do bad things. Leading authorities present state-of-the-science theoretical and empirical work. Essential themes include the complex interaction of individual, societal, and situational factors underpinning good or evil behavior; the role of moral emotions, unconscious bias, and the self-concept; issues of responsibility and motivation; and how technology and globalization have enabled newer forms of threat and harm. New to This Edition *Many new authors; extensively revised with the latest theory and research. *Section on group perspectives, with chapters on bystanders to emergencies, remembering historical victimization, organizational dynamics, and globalization and terrorism. *Chapters on free will, conscious versus unconscious processes, media violence, dehumanization, genocide, and sexual violence. *Chapters on false moral superiority, compassionate goals in relationships, and moral emotions in incarcerated offenders.

Social Psychology

Author:Connor Whiteley

Publisher:CGD Publishing

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Do you want to learn why groups behaviour like they do? Do you want to learn how our groups influence us? Do you want to learn how our culture impacts our behaviour? If the answer to any of these questions and more is yes, then this is the book for you! In this book, you’ll learn about social and cultural psychology and how this affects our behaviour. By the end of this book, you’ll learn: · What is social psychology? · How our culture impacts our behaviour? · Why groups behave as they do? · How persuasion works and why it can fail? · The psychology of aggression · And more. BUY NOW TO READ AOUT THIS AMAZING AREA OF PSYCHOLOGY! Social Psychology Content: Introduction Part One: Introduction to Social Psychology Chapter 1: History of Social psychology Chapter 2: How Do You do social psychology? Chapter 3: What Groups for The Individuals? Chapter 4; The Social Cure Hypothesis Chapter 5: The Self and Self-Awareness Chapter6: Theories of The Self Chapter 7: Self-Esteem Chapter 8: Attitudes and Social Cognition Chapter 9: Cognitive Dissonance Chapter 10: Social Identity Theory Chapter 1: Individual and Collective Narcissism Chapter 12: Social Cognitive Theory Part Two: The Social Group Chapter 13: The Social Group Chapter 14: Formation of The Group Chapter 15: Roles, Gender and More. Chapter 16: Negatives of Social Groups and Why social Groups Can Be Bad For Us? Chapter 17: Group Decision Making and The Hidden Profile Chapter 18: Why the Hidden Profile Profiles and How to Overcome the Hidden Profile? Chapter 19: Group Memory and The Group Think Phenomenon. Part Three: Intergroup Relations Chapter 20: Intergroup Relations Chapter 21: The Outgroup Chapter 22: Ideologies Chapter 23: Introduction to Sexism Chapter 24: Sexism Chapter 25: Ideologies Of Meritocracy And Why Ideologies Are Important? Chapter 26 Categorisation Approaches, Intergroup Contact and Intergroup Apology Chapter 28: Collective Action Part Four: Social Influence Chapter 29: Social Influence Chapter 30: Milgram 91965,1975) Chapter 31: Why People Conform Chapter 32: Controversies of The Experiments Part Five: Persuasion Chapter 33: Persuasion Chapter 34: The Message Chapter 35: The Method and Models Of Persuasions Chapter 36: Persuasion Techniques and When Persuasion Doesn’t Work? Part Six: Aggression and Cultural Psychology Chapter 37: Aggression, What Causes Aggression and Aggression in Sport Games Chapter 38: Cultural Dimensions Chapter 39: Enculturation and Acculturation Chapter 40: Globalisation

Oxford IB Diploma Programme: IB Course Preparation Psychology

Author:Darren Seath,Lee Parker

Publisher:Oxford University Press - Children

ISBN:1382004931

Total Pages:N.A

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Directly linked to Oxford's bestselling DP Psychology resources, this new Course Preparation resource thoroughly prepares students to meet the demands of IB Diploma Programme Psychology. Ideal for students who have studied non-IB courses at pre-16 level, the text introduces learners to the IB approach, terminology and skills. The focus for this resource is to build understanding of the key concepts and skills and use the DP content to introduce and articulate the bigger concepts and skills so that students are prepared for their Diploma course. Topics and concepts will be introduced and covered using reals world examples, case studies and applications. Content will be formally scaffolded to help students both build skills and content knowledge so that they are well prepared for their course and absorb DP knowledge more effectively. This book does not replace the course book content for DP but is in line with the latest DP syllabus updates including assessment details, subject terminology and syllabus content.

Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction

Author:Jonathan Lazar,Jinjuan Heidi Feng,Harry Hochheiser

Publisher:Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN:0128093439

Total Pages:560

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Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction is a comprehensive guide to performing research and is essential reading for both quantitative and qualitative methods. Since the first edition was published in 2009, the book has been adopted for use at leading universities around the world, including Harvard University, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Washington, the University of Toronto, HiOA (Norway), KTH (Sweden), Tel Aviv University (Israel), and many others. Chapters cover a broad range of topics relevant to the collection and analysis of HCI data, going beyond experimental design and surveys, to cover ethnography, diaries, physiological measurements, case studies, crowdsourcing, and other essential elements in the well-informed HCI researcher's toolkit. Continual technological evolution has led to an explosion of new techniques and a need for this updated 2nd edition, to reflect the most recent research in the field and newer trends in research methodology. This Research Methods in HCI revision contains updates throughout, including more detail on statistical tests, coding qualitative data, and data collection via mobile devices and sensors. Other new material covers performing research with children, older adults, and people with cognitive impairments. Comprehensive and updated guide to the latest research methodologies and approaches, and now available in EPUB3 format (choose any of the ePub or Mobi formats after purchase of the eBook). Expanded discussions of online datasets, crowdsourcing, statistical tests, coding qualitative data, laws and regulations relating to the use of human participants, and data collection via mobile devices and sensors New material on performing research with children, older adults, and people with cognitive impairments, two new case studies from Google and Yahoo!, and techniques for expanding the influence of your research to reach non-researcher audiences, including software developers and policymakers

Quirkology

Author:Richard Wiseman

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

ISBN:0330526057

Total Pages:240

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Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected? You need some Quirkology in your life. While other scientists beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest the general public as well as the scientific community, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread. Comparable to Freakonomics, but British, far more populist, and a lot funnier. Findings include: How does your surname influence your life? What does the way you walk reveal about your personality? Why should women have men write their personal ads? What is the funniest joke in the world?

Histoire d'un mensonge

Author:Thibault LE TEXIER

Publisher:Zones

ISBN:2355221243

Total Pages:285

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De renommée équivalente à celle de Milgram, l'" expérience de Stanford sur la prison " demeure pourtant l'un des meilleurs exemples de mise en scène scientifique. Rassemblant archives et entretiens inédits, Thibault Le Texier mène une enquête haletante sur l'une des plus grandes supercheries intellectuelles du XX e siècle. Conduite en 1971 par le professeur Philip Zimbardo, l'" expérience de Stanford sur la prison " a vu vingt-deux étudiants volontaires jouer les rôles de gardiens et de prisonniers au sein d'une fausse prison installée dans l'université Stanford. L'expérience devait durer deux semaines mais elle fut arrêtée au bout de six jours, résume Zimbardo, car " les gardiens se montrèrent brutaux et souvent sadiques et les prisonniers, après une tentative de rébellion, dociles et accommodants, même si la moitié d'entre eux furent si perturbés psychologiquement qu'ils durent être libérés plus tôt que prévu ". Devenue presque aussi célèbre que l'expérience de Stanley Milgram sur l'obéissance et souvent citée en exemple de l'influence des situations sur nos comportements, l'expérience de Stanford est pourtant plus proche du cinéma que de la science : ses conclusions ont été écrites à l'avance, son protocole n'avait rien de scientifique, son déroulement a été constamment manipulé et ses résultats ont été interprétés de manière biaisée. Rassemblant archives et entretiens inédits, Thibault Le Texier mène une enquête haletante sur l'une des plus grandes supercheries scientifiques du XXe siècle, entre rivalités académiques, contre-culture et déploiement du complexe militaro-industrialo-universitaire.

Biologism – The Consequence of an Illusion

Author:Manfred Velden

Publisher:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN:3862340864

Total Pages:148

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Die oft als »Biologismus« bezeichnete Vorstellung, dass die menschliche Psyche nicht nur eine biologische Grundlage hat, sondern darüber hinaus auch über biologische Prozesse erklärt werden kann, hat in den letzten Jahrzehnten einen besonderen Auftrieb erhalten, insbesondere durch spektakuläre Erfolge der biologischen Wissenschaft. Es wird dargelegt, dass diese Vorstellung in einer alten Misskonzeption der Psychologie ihre Wurzeln hat, nämlich dass sich psychische Prozesse generell im Sinne einer Naturwissenschaft, also in Form allgemeinverbindlicher Regeln (Gesetze), beschreiben lassen.

L'art de la niaque

Author:Angela Duckworth

Publisher:JC Lattès

ISBN:2709657961

Total Pages:350

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Comment la passion et de la persévérance forgent les destins et comment la cultiver ? La psychologue Angela Duckworth démontre aux parents, étudiants, enseignants, sportifs et entrepreneurs – aguerris ou néophytes – que le secret d’un succès éclatant ne réside pas dans de quelconques prédispositions mais dans ce qu’elle entend par « pugnacit頻 : la passion alliée à la persévérance. Enseignante-chercheuse de renom, Angela Duckworth évoque ici ses passages successifs par l’enseignement, le conseil aux entreprises et les neurosciences pour étayer son hypothèse que le succès ne s’explique pas par le « génie » mais un dosage unique de passion et d’opiniâtreté. Au fil des pages, elle conduit le lecteur auprès de sportifs, d’artistes, de militaires, de grands hommes d’affaires, d’enseignants qui leur livrent comment ils ont développé leur pugnacité. Dénichant des pépites dans l’histoire de la psychologie, elle suggère quelles leçons tirer des travaux les plus récents sur ceux qui excellent dans leur domaine. Vous apprendrez entre autres : Pourquoi le moindre effort en vue d’atteindre votre objectif compte double. Comment s’acquiert la pugnacité indépendamment du QI ou des circonstances. Comment aider nos enfants à se concentrer durablement sur leurs activités ? Quelle part d’un entraînement optimal implique de la souffrance et quelle part mène à l’extase. Ce qui vaut mieux pour un enfant, d’un soutien inconditionnel ou d’un haut niveau d’exigence. Vous y découvrirez ce qui se passe dans votre esprit quand vous butez contre un obstacle, et que tout part de là – plutôt que du talent ou de la chance. Traduit de l’anglais par Marie Boudewyn

Applying Psychology

Author:Orla Lynch,Carmel Joyce

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:1118835328

Total Pages:176

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This volume investigates the application of psychological theory to the case of terrorism and political violence. This book offers a framework for approaching psychological research on terrorism that encourages an explicit orientation to the issues that have acted as road blocks to the potential for psychology as a discipline to meaningfully contribute to terrorism research. The framework encourages researchers to define the research parameters in clear concise terms, devoid of theoretical jargon and rooted in an understanding of real world social problems. Furthermore, researchers are encouraged to be explicit about the vantage point through which the problem is being viewed (i.e., is it a problem for participants themselves? For broader society, for policy-makers and other stakeholders?) and what the intended outcome of the research might be. Furthermore, this volume aims to demonstrate how to apply existing psychological theory to terrorist related phenomenon. In doing so, researchers are asked to consider whether the research problem is psychological in nature and if so, what existing theories can help explain, if not alleviate the problem. As such, researchers in psychology are encouraged to dig deep, to tap into the wealth of knowledge available in psychology to understand terrorist related phenomenon as embedded within normal psychological processes, albeit manifesting in what can be considered exceptional situations and circumstances. Applying Psychology: The Case of Terrorism and Political Violence will appeal to academics, students, and professionals interested in applied psychology, terrorism studies, sociology, international security, and international relations.

Motivation, Altruism, Personality and Social Psychology

Author:M. Babula

Publisher:Springer

ISBN:1137031298

Total Pages:206

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Motivation, Altruism, Personality and Social Psychology takes up the debate around altruism and the acceptance in society that self-interest is a healthy guiding principle in life, and argues that helping behaviour can lead to self-fulfilment and happiness and is beneficial to psychological health and society in general.

L'homme qui prenait sa femme pour un chapeau, et autres récits cliniques

Author:Oliver Sacks

Publisher:Média Diffusion

ISBN:2021415554

Total Pages:N.A

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Oliver SACKS décrit dans ce livre les affections les plus bizarres, celles qui atteignent un homme non seulement dans son corps, mais dans sa personnalité la plus intime et dans l'image qu'il a de lui-même. Il nous fait pénétrer dans un royaume fantastique, peuplé de créatures étranges : un marin qui, ayant perdu le sens de la continuité du temps, vit prisonnier d'un instant perpétuel ; une vieille dame qui caricature dans la rue les expressions des passants, jusqu'à les rendre grotesques et terribles ; un homme qui se prend pour un chien et renifle l'odeur du monde ; deux jumeaux arriérés mentaux, capables de calculs numériques prodigieux, qui vivent dans des paysages de chiffres ; ce musicien qui, ayant perdu la capacité de reconnaître les objets, prend pur un chapeau la tête de sa femme, et bien d'autres. Tentatives aussi pour poser les jalons d'une médecine nouvelle, plus complète, qui, traitant le corps, ne refuserait pas de s'occuper de l'esprit, et même de l'âme.

Behind the Shock Machine

Author:Gina Perry

Publisher:Scribe Publications

ISBN:1921942533

Total Pages:432

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The true story of the most controversial psychological research of the modern era. In the summer of 1961, a group of men and women volunteered for a memory experiment to be conducted by young, dynamic psychologist Stanley Milgram. None could have imagined that, once seated in the lab, they would be placed in front of a box known as a shock machine and asked to administer a series of electric shocks to a man they’d just met. And no one could have foreseen how the repercussions of their actions, made under pressure and duress, would reverberate throughout their lives. For what the volunteers did not know was that the man was an actor, the shocks were fake, and what was really being tested was just how far they would go. When Milgram’s results were released, they created a worldwide sensation. He reported that people had repeatedly shocked a man they believed to be in pain, even dying, because they had been told to — he linked the finding to Nazi behaviour during the Holocaust. But some questioned Milgram’s unethical methods in fooling people. Milgram became both hero and villain, and his work seized the public imagination for more than half a century, inspiring books, plays, films, and art. For Gina Perry, the story of the experiments never felt finished. Listening to participants’ accounts and reading Milgram’s unpublished files and notebooks, she pieced together an intriguing, sensational story: Milgram’s plans went further than anyone had imagined. This is the compelling tale of one man’s ambition and of the experiment that defined a generation.

Abominable Science!

Author:Daniel Loxton,Donald R. Prothero

Publisher:Columbia University Press

ISBN:0231526814

Total Pages:434

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“A sharp analysis of the quest for unreal critters―cryptids, as they are called―and the people who pursue them . . . entertaining and thoroughly documented.” —The Wall Street Journal Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After examining the nature of science and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero take on Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its highly publicized sightings; the evolution of the Great Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They conclude with an analysis of the psychology behind the persistent belief in paranormal phenomena, identifying the major players in cryptozoology, discussing the character of its subculture, and considering the challenge it poses to clear and critical thinking in our increasingly complex world. “As valuable for its analysis of the hunted as it is for the light it shines on the still-hopeful hunters.” —Publishers Weekly “Highly recommended for readers looking for scientific but accessible evaluations of the existence of five notable cryptids that have captured our imaginations.” —Library Journal (starred review)

Permissible Progeny?

Author:Sarah Hannan,Samantha Brennan,Richard Vernon

Publisher:Oxford University Press

ISBN:0199378134

Total Pages:352

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This volume contributes to the growing literature on the morality of procreation and parenting. About half of the chapters take up questions about the morality of bringing children into existence. They discuss the following questions: Is it wrong to create human life? Is there a connection between the problem of evil and the morality of procreation? Could there be a duty to procreate? How do the environmental harms imposed by procreation affect its moral status? Given these costs, is the value of establishing genetic ties ever significant enough to render procreation morally permissible? And how should government respond to peoples' motives for procreating? The other half of the volume considers moral and political questions about adoption and parenting. One chapter considers whether the choice to become a parent can be rational. The two following chapters take up the regulation of adoption, focusing on whether the special burdens placed on adoptive parents, as compared to biological parents, can be morally justified. The book concludes by considering how we should conceive of adequacy standards in parenting and what resources we owe to children. This collection builds on existing literature by advancing new arguments and novel perspectives on existing debates. It also raises new issues deserving of our attention. As a whole it is sure to generate further philosophical debate on pressing and rich questions surrounding the bearing and rearing of children.