The Impulse Society

Author: Paul Roberts
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608198146
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The Impulse Society from the Author: Paul Roberts. The author of The End of Food argues that today's technologically driven, high-speed consumer economy is preventing the advancement of society and recovery from the recession, tracing three decades of economic decline while identifying possible resolutions.

The Impulse Society

Author: Paul Roberts
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408839946
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The Impulse Society from the Author: Paul Roberts. What do soaring debt, endemic narcissism, road rage, political attack ads and killer drones share in common? All are symptoms of a society that moves, reflexively and relentlessly, to exploit the fastest, most efficient means to any end, without regard to cost. This is the 'impulse society' in which we live. In every facet of postindustrial society ? the way we eat, the way we communicate and entertain, the way we work, the way we court lovers and raise children, educate and govern ? technology and affluence has let us reach our goals with a speed and efficiency unimaginable even a generation ago. But the result is not all milk, honey, and gold. Companies now reflexively maximise short-term gain at the expense of long-term success. Politicians resort with ever-greater speed to nasty campaign tactics, and can count on their damaging claims to spread before the facts catch up with them. Consumers engage in serial over-indulgence and pursue instant gratification of every whim with speed and greed. The costs of living this way are substantial: financial volatility, health epidemics, environmental exhaustion and political paralysis, to say nothing of a growing, gnawing dissatisfaction. In this epoch-defining book, Paul Roberts traces the roots of this problem, damningly revealing how it has permeated society, and cogently argues how it may, perhaps, still be reversed.

Engineering Geology For Society And Territory Volume 8

Author: Giorgio Lollino
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319094084
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Engineering Geology For Society And Territory Volume 8 from the Author: Giorgio Lollino. This book is one out of 8 IAEG XII Congress volumes, and deals with the preservation of cultural heritage. In 1972, the World Heritage Convention linked in a single framework the concepts of nature conservation and the preservation of cultural sites. Since then, engineering geology is enlarging its contributions to national and international projects on this topic and is extending its interests to key issues like: safeguarding of monuments and sites from geotechnical perspectives; advanced monitoring; investigations on cultural landscapes; development of geo-databases for cultural heritage classification; studies on the interactions between humankind, natural landscape evolution and cultural heritage; analysis of weathering and deterioration of rock properties of monuments; risk analysis of sites affected by natural hazards and many others. With the contributions in this book, engineering geologists, conservation scientists and further experts from other natural, social and economic sciences, as well as representatives of international organizations and national and local administrative authorities exchange their ideas and practices on culture heritage preservation by presenting both local case studies and multidisciplinary international projects. The Engineering Geology for Society and Territory volumes of the IAEG XII Congress held in Torino from September 15-19, 2014, analyze the dynamic role of engineering geology in our changing world and build on the four main themes of the congress: Environment, processes, issues and approaches. The congress topics and subject areas of the 8 IAEG XII Congress volumes are: Climate Change and Engineering Geology. Landslide Processes. River Basins, Reservoir Sedimentation and Water Resources. Marine and Coastal Processes. Urban Geology, Sustainable Planning and Landscape Exploitation. Applied Geology for Major Engineering Projects. Education, Professional Ethics and Public Recognition of Engineering Geology. Preservation of Cultural Heritage.

The Impulse Society

Author: Paul Roberts
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408830469
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The Impulse Society from the Author: Paul Roberts. From the author of The End of Oil and The End of Food, a galvanizing look at our restless and overindulged 'impulse society'.

The Triple Package

Author: Jed Rubenfeld
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408852225
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The Triple Package from the Author: Jed Rubenfeld. Why do Jews win so many Nobel Prizes and Pulitzer Prizes? Why are Mormons running the business and finance sectors? Why do the children of even impoverished and poorly educated Chinese immigrants excel so remarkably at school? It may be taboo to say it, but some cultural groups starkly outperform others. The bestselling husband and wife team Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and Jed Rubenfeld, author of The Interpretation of Murder, reveal the three essential components of success – its hidden spurs, inner dynamics and its potentially damaging costs – showing how, ultimately, when properly understood and harnessed, the Triple Package can put anyone on their chosen path to success.

The Protestant Ethic And The Spirit Of Capitalism

Author: Max Weber
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486122379
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The Protestant Ethic And The Spirit Of Capitalism from the Author: Max Weber. Author's best-known and most controversial study relates the rise of a capitalist economy to the Puritan belief that hard work and good deeds were outward signs of faith and salvation.

Mere Christianity

Author: C. S. Lewis
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061947438
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Mere Christianity from the Author: C. S. Lewis. In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

Uncontrolled

Author: Jim Manzi
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 046502324X
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Uncontrolled from the Author: Jim Manzi. Outlines an approach to using applications of the scientific method to address economic and social issues, citing successes in randomized trials and explaining how adjustable experiments have the potential for formulating working solutions.

Atlas Shrugged

Author: Ayn Rand
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101137193
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Atlas Shrugged from the Author: Ayn Rand. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill. Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.