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PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

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LACAN AGAINST THE HISTORICISTS
Written by JOAN COPJEC

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 06/09/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68888-5

In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and those of Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern disciplines—psychoanalysis and historicism. Ordinarily, these modes of thinking only cross paths long enough for historicists to charge psychoanalysis with an indifference to history, but here psychoanalysis, via Lacan, goes on the offensive. Refusing to cede history to the historicists, Copjec makes a case for the superiority of...

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HUMANITY'S EXPANDING VIEW OF THE COSMOS
Written by VICTOR J. STENGER

Format: Hardcover, 447 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14970-3

Cosmologists have reasons to believe that the vast universe in which we live is just one of an endless number of other universes within a multiverse—a mind-boggling array that may extend indefinitely in space and endlessly in both the past and the future. Victor Stenger reviews the key developments in the history of science that led to the current consensus view of astrophysicists, taking pains to explain essential concepts and discoveries in accessible terminology. The author shows that...

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SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
Written by JONATHAN SACKS

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-805-21250-1

National Jewish Book Awards 2012, Finalist
Dorot Foundation Award for
Modern Jewish Thought and Experience

Impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned, The Great Partnership argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.

“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “whose methodology consists of criticizing religion without understanding it, quoting texts...

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VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SCIENCE
Written by KEITH PARSONS

Format: Trade Paperback, 429 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14929-1

Is science more rational or objective than any other intellectual endeavor? Are scientific theories accurate depictions of reality or just useful devices for manipulating the environment? These core questions are the focus of this unique approach to the philosophy of science. Unlike standard textbooks, this book does not attempt a comprehensive review of the entire field, but makes a selection of the most vibrant debates and issues.

The author tackles such stimulating questions as: Can...

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Written by PZ MYERS

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-73980-3

On his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most popular writings, giving the religious fanaticism of our times the gleeful disrespect it deserves by skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical...

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WHY ORDINARY CHILDHOOD BEHAVIOR IS MISTAKEN FOR ADHD, BIPOLAR DISORDER, AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Written by ENRICO GNAULATI

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/17/2013

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-07334-6

A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions.
 
In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control reveal a 41 percent increase in rates of ADHD diagnoses over the past decade and a forty-fold spike in bipolar disorder diagnoses. Similarly, diagnoses of...

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A CRITIQUE OF RELIGION AND THE PARANORMAL
Written by PAUL KURTZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 09/10/2013

Price: $21.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14827-0

In this widely acclaimed and highly controversial book, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary.

According to the Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking - the “transcendental temptation” - which undermines critical judgment and paves the way for willful beliefs. He explores in detail the three major monotheistic religions -...

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HEALING THE DESTRUCTIVE DIVIDE BETWEEN PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Written by KENNETH WORTHY

Format: Trade Paperback, 396 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 08/06/2013

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14763-1

Amidst all the wondrous luxuries of the modern world–smartphones, fast intercontinental travel, Internet movies, fully stocked refrigerators–lies an unnerving fact that may be even more disturbing than all the environmental and social costs of our lifestyles. The fragmentations of our modern lives, our disconnections from nature and from the consequences of our actions, make it difficult to follow our own values and ethics, so we can no longer be truly ethical beings. When we buy a computer...

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ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS IN A CULTURE OF EASY ANSWERS
Written by CURTIS WHITE

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 05/28/2013

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19200-0

One of our most brilliant social critics–author of The Middle Mind–presents a scathing critique of the “delusions” of science alongside a rousing defense of the tradition of Romanticism and the “big” questions.

With the rise of religion critics such as Richard Dawkins, and of pseudo-science advocates such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer, you’re likely to become a subject of ridicule if you wonder “Why is there something instead of nothing?” or “What is our purpose on earth?” Instead, at...

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THINGS THAT GAIN FROM DISORDER

Format: Hardcover, 544 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 11/27/2012

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06782-4

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world.

Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls “antifragile” is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order...

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THE NEW FIGHT OVER WHO OWNS THE EARTH
Written by FRED PEARCE

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 05/29/2012

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00324-4

An unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world’s wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world. The scale is astounding: parcels the size of small countries are being gobbled up across the plains of Africa, the paddy fields of Southeast Asia, the jungles of South America, and the prairies of Eastern Europe. Veteran...

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THE MEDICATION GENERATION GROWS UP

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 04/10/2012

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00134-9

Over the last two decades, we have seen a dramatic spike in the number of young people taking psychiatric medication--but, despite a heated debate on the issue, we haven’t heard directly from the “medicated kids” themselves. In Dosed, Kaitlin Bell Barnett, who was diagnosed with depression as a teenager, weaves together stories from members of this “medication generation,” exploring their experiences at home, in school, and with the psychiatric profession. For many, taking meds has proved...

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