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Chance Developments

Chance Developments

Chance Developments

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Publisher: Knopf Canada

Isbn 10: 0345811682

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 240

Number of Views: 547

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WITH A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR TO HIS CANADIAN READERS It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, McCall Smith casts his eye over five “orphaned” photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad? What emerges are surprising and poignant tales of love and friendship in a variety of settings an estate in the Highlands of Scotland, a travelling circus in Canada, an Australian gold-mining town, a village in Ireland, and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. A dapper, roguish-looking man perching on a lady’s knee sparks the story of a ventriloquist and an animal handler who work in a circus, and who, under the most delightfully unexpected circumstances, fall in love. The image of a woman haloed by light in a train station becomes the lighthearted tale of a nun’s decision to leave the sisterhood and discover what and whom the big city has to offer. Some will find joy and fulfillment; others would prefer happier endings. Each of them, though, will find love, and that is ultimately what matters. Romantic, wistful and poignant, Chance Developments brims with flourishes of grace and humor that could only come from the pen of Alexander McCall Smith.


The Existence of God and the Faith-instinct

The Existence of God and the Faith-instinct

The Existence of God and the Faith-instinct

Author: Howard P. Kainz

Publisher: Susquehanna University Press

Isbn 10: 1575911434

Category: Philosophy

Number of Pages: 152

Number of Views: 384

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Responding to the rash of books supporting a "new atheism" in recent years, some excellent rebuttals and refutations by Berlinski, Novak, Hart, Day, and others have also been published. The present book, however, is not a continuation of these critical salvos against the likes of Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, and Harris, but engages in a fresh reexamination of several important aspects of the "God-question," along with an exploration of the theory of the "faith-instinct"---a theory that emerges from a respectably long tradition, but in recent years has been largely relegated to the sidelines in theology and philosophy. In the first chapter, scientific, metaphysical, and theological approaches are utilized and integrated in relationship to the question of God's existence. The second chapter is devoted to the "problem of evil," differentiated into the special categories often lumped into that all-too-generic term---moral evils, natural evils, suffering as an evil. Chapter 3 concerns the obvious follow-up question concerning what sort of characteristics, personal or otherwise, we can attribute to God---going beyond the question of God's mere "existence," even if and when we are intellectually convinced of this existence. In the second half of the book, the various meanings of "faith" are considered; and the apparent discrepancy of many New Testament descriptions of faith with the conventional Catholic and Protestant concepts of faith is investigated. Some "family resemblances" of supernatural faith seem to emerge. Then a monograph by Tubingen theologian Max Seckler, Instinkt und Glaubenswille ("Instinct and the Will to Believe"), which comments on thought-provoking texts concerning a "faith-instinct" in the works of Thomas Aquinas, is considered; Seckler brings out the philosophical and theological basis for this concept, as well as its reverberations for modern theology. The theory of a faith-instinct, however, leads to the question of the proper and improper, real or substitute, "objects," of the proposed instinct. Finally, if this instinct is, as hypothesized, implanted in human nature itself, for all places and all times, what is the function of the various religions in "activating" or placing obstacles to, the activation of this instinct? How are "false prophets," who may be instrumental in redirecting or misdirecting this instinct, to be recognized? Is faith bolstered or hindered by miracles---do miracles have any important relationship to faith? The book ends with a final consideration of the probable mental outlook of the atheist confronted with claims by theists of varying persuasions.


Chance or Providence

Chance or Providence

Chance or Providence

Author: Louise Hickman

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Isbn 10: 144387101X

Category: Religion

Number of Pages: 170

Number of Views: 1942

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Belief in some sort of providence is widespread, even among those who do not profess any kind of conventional religious faith. The belief that some sort of benevolent divine force directs the events of the universe is one that has shaped our philosophical and theological convictions, together with our economic and social political landscape. The 2013 conference of the Science and Religion Forum was convened to discuss some of the most pressing questions that arise from a consideration of providence: Is a belief in providence compatible with freedom? What of the suffering of non-human creatures? Should providence be thought of as general or as special intervention? How might a belief in providence be squared with the challenges raised by scientific naturalism and the theory of evolution? This book presents chapters that originated from that conference, and explores a variety of responses to these critical questions. Insights from both science and theology are drawn together by some of the leading thinkers in this field. The result is a contribution to the theology of providence which will be of substantial value to all those interested in the conversation between science and religion.


A Change of Fortune

A Change of Fortune

A Change of Fortune

Author: Deby Armando

Publisher: BookRix

Isbn 10: 3955001466

Category: Drama

Number of Pages: 330

Number of Views: 1918

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How much money is enough? Overnight, Monica Sage finds herself a multimillionaire. The complete freedom is both exhilarating and frightening, as her entire life changes. What about her dreams of revenge? She now has the means, but no longer the need. Yet, her son, Alec, feels driven to deliver payback on her behalf. Monica's best friend, Jayne, is ex-wife of billionaire, David Abraham. The millions she received in the divorce settlement could not heal the wound left by David's betrayal. When Jayne meets female detective, Zoe Dillard, she is dazed by the raw attraction between them. Monica's young friend, Katrina Dawson is from a poor bayou family, but her stunning beauty holds powerful men spellbound. Though engaged to an influential billionaire, how much money will it take to bury the memory of the bayou? Follow the drama, humor, friendship, and passion, as each life is altered by A Change of Fortune.


Uncertain Chances

Uncertain Chances

Uncertain Chances

Author: Maurice S. Lee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Isbn 10: 0199797676

Category: Literary Criticism

Number of Pages: 336

Number of Views: 997

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The role of chance changed in the nineteenth century, and American literature changed with it. Long dismissed as a nominal concept, chance was increasingly treated as a natural force to be managed but never mastered. New theories of chance sparked religious and philosophical controversies while revolutionizing the sciences as probabilistic methods spread from mathematics, economics, and sociology to physics and evolutionary biology. Chance also became more visible in everyday life, as Americans attempted to control its power through weather forecasting, insurance policies, military strategy, and financial dealings. Uncertain Chances shows how the rise of chance shaped the way nineteenth-century American writers confronted questions of doubt and belief. Poe's detective fiction critiques probabilistic methods; Melville's works struggle to vindicate moral action under conditions of chance; Douglass and other African American authors fight against statistical racism; Thoreau learns to appreciate the play between nature's randomness and order; and Dickinson works faithfully to render poetically the affective experience of chance-surprise. These and other nineteenth-century writers dramatize the inescapable dangers and wonderful possibilities of chance. Their writings even help to navigate extremes that remain with us today--fundamentalism and relativism, determinism and chaos, terrorism and risk-management, the rational confidence of the Enlightenment and the debilitating doubts of modernity.


Our Last Best Chance

Our Last Best Chance

Our Last Best Chance

Author: King Abdullah II of Jordan

Publisher: Penguin

Isbn 10: 1101190132

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Number of Pages: 400

Number of Views: 1193

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A newsbreaking memoir that tackles head-on the toughest challenge in the world today. When a dying King Hussein shocked the world by picking his son rather than his brother, the longtime crown prince, to be the next king of Jordan, no one was more surprised than the young head of Special Operations, who discovered his life was in for a major upheaval. This is the inspirational story of a young prince who went to boarding school in America and military academy in Britain and grew up believing he would be a soldier. Back home, he hunted down terrorists and modernized Jordan's Special Forces. Then, suddenly, he found himself king. Together with his wife, Queen Rania, he transformed what it meant to be a monarch, going undercover to escape the bubble of the court while she became the Muslim world's most passionate advocate of women's rights. In this exceptionally candid memoir, King Abdullah tackles the single toughest issue he faces head-on- how to solve the Israeli-Palestinian standoff- and reveals himself to be an invaluable intermediary between America and the Arab world. He writes about the impact of the Iraq war on his neighborhood and how best to tackle Iran's nuclear ambitions. Why would a sitting head of state choose to write about the most explosive issues he faces? King Abdullah does so now because he believes we face a moment of truth: a last chance for peace in the Middle East. The prize is enormous, the cost of failure far greater than we dare imagine.


Institutional Change and Economic Development

Institutional Change and Economic Development

Institutional Change and Economic Development

Author: Ha-Joon Chang

Publisher: Anthem Press

Isbn 10: 0857286978

Category: Business & Economics

Number of Pages: 328

Number of Views: 703

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‘Institutional Change and Economic Development’ discusses not just theoretical issues but a diverse range of real-life institutions – political, bureaucratic, fiscal, financial, corporate, legal, social and industrial – in the context of dozens of countries across time and space, spanning Britain, Switzerland and the USA in the past to Botswana, Brazil, and China today.


Research and Development Management: From the Soviet Union to Russia

Research and Development Management: From the Soviet Union to Russia

Research and Development Management: From the Soviet Union to Russia

Author: Christoph M. Schneider

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Isbn 10: 3662303728

Category: Science

Number of Pages: 255

Number of Views: 1240

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In the past, intensive interest in Soviet research and development has been sporadic both in the West and in the USSR. The end of the 1980s coincided with the demise of the Soviet model of economic development. As a result, a surge of attention has been given to t~e factors driving the motor of Soviet growth and development, as well as R&D. The opening, first, of the Soviet and, subsequently, of the Russian economy, finally exposed it to global stan to scientific dards. The long period of international isolation with respect and technological exchanges made it difficult for scholars and policy makers at home and abroad to measure the status of Soviet advances. Consequently, some overrated the levels, while others underestimated them. Now it comes to light that, although the Soviets put the first satellite in space (Sputnik) and developed their own hydrogen bomb, these were more the exceptions of innovation from research results rather than the rule. Therefore, as the management of the entire economy increasingly malfunctioned, so did the management of R&D in contributing to economic growth and development. There is no denying the incredible investment of the former Soviet state in domestic science and research. The R&D community was one of the largest, if not the largest, in the world during the second half of the twentieth century. Now, Russia has inherited not only this enormous resource, but also the inadequate organization, management, and structure.


The True Countenance of Man

The True Countenance of Man

The True Countenance of Man

Author: Markus Hänsel-Hohenhausen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

Isbn 10: 3110320223

Category: Philosophy

Number of Pages: 217

Number of Views: 1637

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The forms in which we live and research in the sciences possess a unity. This unity is also visible in the duality of the possibility of knowledge, and thus in religion and science. The basic theme of this work is the mutual need of reason and faith, and their coordination. The basis of the author's proof rests on the current state of research in mathematics, biology, and physics. In spite of the holistic thesis, the argument remains strictly analytic and logical in its progression. It produces provocative conclusions: the coordination of the two great sources of knowledge, on the one hand scie.


Social Theory and Christian Thought (RLE Social Theory)

Social Theory and Christian Thought (RLE Social Theory)

Social Theory and Christian Thought (RLE Social Theory)

Author: Werner Stark

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 131765109X

Category: Social Science

Number of Pages: 258

Number of Views: 1570

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Almost all the great religious thinkers of the past have developed a social as well as theological doctrine, but their sociology was as a rule merely implicit in their work or at best half formulated so that careful study and analysis is needed to bring it out. This is the task which Dr. Stark has set himself in the present essays. He has searched the writings of St. Augustine, Paschal, Newman and Kierkegaard for the sociological ideas they contain and shows that their social philosophies were varied, profound, fascinating and surprisingly definite. Dr. Stark seeks the theological conceptions present in, and basic to, the teachings of some outstanding secular sociologists, economists and philosophers, such as Adam Smith, Kant, Hegel, Marx, the Darwinians, Bergson Scheler and Meinecke and proves that their systems were built around a religious centre even though they themselves were at times unaware of it.


The Philosophy of Human Nature

The Philosophy of Human Nature

The Philosophy of Human Nature

Author: Howard P. Kainz

Publisher: Open Court

Isbn 10: 0812699343

Category: Philosophy

Number of Pages: 192

Number of Views: 1765

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What, exactly, is human nature? What makes humans different from animals (if there is any difference)? In this book, Howard Kainz presents a philosophical analysis of the various concepts of human nature and the many controversies that have surrounded them for centuries. He explores issues such as whether human beings are truly free, whether human instincts differ from animal instincts, and the realities of human maturity.


Theorizing Narrativity

Theorizing Narrativity

Theorizing Narrativity

Author: John Pier,José Angel Garcia Landa

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

Isbn 10: 3110969807

Category: Literary Criticism

Number of Pages: 464

Number of Views: 1225

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Theorizing Narrativity is a collective work by an international array of leading specialists in narrative theory. It provides new perspectives on the nature of narrative, genre theory, narrative semiotics and communication theory. Most contributions center on the specificity of literary fiction, but each chapter investigates a different dimension of narrativity with many issues dealt with in innovative ways (including oral storytelling, the law, video games, causality, intertextuality and the theory of reading). There are chapters by Gerald Prince on narrativehood and narrativity, Meir Sternberg on the narrativity of the law-code, Werner Wolf on chance and Peter Hühn on eventfulness in fiction, Jukka Tyrkkö on kaleidoscope narratives, Marie-Laure Ryan on transfictionality and computer games, Ansgar Nünning and Roy Sommer as well as Monika Fludernik on the narrativity of drama, Beatriz Penas on (non)standard narrativities, David Rudrum on narrativity and performativity, Michael Toolan on textual guidance, John Pier on causality and retrospection, and José Ángel García Landa on retelling and represented narrations.


Predicting the Future

Predicting the Future

Predicting the Future

Author: Nicholas Rescher

Publisher: SUNY Press

Isbn 10: 1438417101

Category: Philosophy

Number of Pages: 224

Number of Views: 1904

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Develops a general theory of prediction that encompasses its fundamental principles, methodology, and practice and gives an overview of its promises and problems.


Surrealism: Key Concepts

Surrealism: Key Concepts

Surrealism: Key Concepts

Author: Krzysztof Fijalkowski,Michael Richardson

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 1317221915

Category: Philosophy

Number of Pages: 286

Number of Views: 1381

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Emerging from the disruption of the First World War, surrealism confronted the resulting ‘crisis of consciousness’ in a way that was arguably more profound than any other cultural movement of the time. The past few decades have seen an expansion of interest in surrealist writers, whose contribution to the history of ideas in the twentieth-century is only now being recognised. Surrealism: Key Concepts is the first book in English to present an overview of surrealism through the central ideas motivating the popular movement. An international team of contributors provide an accessible examination of the key concepts, emphasising their relevance to current debates in social and cultural theory. This book will be an invaluable guide for students studying a range of disciplines, including Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology and Cultural Studies, and anyone who wishes to engage critically with surrealism for the first time. Contributors: Dawn Ades, Joyce Cheng, Jonathan P. Eburne, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Guy Girard, Raihan Kadri, Michael Löwy, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Michael Richardson, Donna Roberts, Bertrand Schmitt, Georges Sebbag, Raymond Spiteri, and Michael Stone-Richards.


ProGenesis: 95 Theses Against Evolution

ProGenesis: 95 Theses Against Evolution

ProGenesis: 95 Theses Against Evolution

Author: Dr. jur. Dieter Aebi,Dr. med. Markus Bourquin,Prof. a.D. Dr. Ing. Werner Gitt,Roland Schwab,Dipl.Ing. Hansruedi Stutz,lic. theol. Marcel Wildi

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

Isbn 10: 1681810727

Category: Science

Number of Pages: N.A

Number of Views: 1331

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In the natural sciences today, research and teaching are often carried out on the assumption of evolution. The evolution theory is at present one of the main basic concepts of the scientific community. However, there are at least 75 scientific arguments that invalidate the evolution theory. 95 Theses Against Evolution makes it clear that alternative concepts are necessary, such as ID (intelligent design). This book shows that ID is much more credible than evolution. Though unresolved questions of detail are included, the model of the theory of evolution, primeval soup, and the Big Bang, is not called into question as a basic principle. This paradigm contains fundamental, non-provable extrapolations into the distant past as well as philosophical assumptions that are elevated to scientific dogmas. The assumption of evolution is so deeply rooted in science that only a massive change in thinking can lead to freer handling of questions of origin and development. The 95 Theses described here are intended to contribute to this discussion. Today’s situation is similar to that in the 16th century, when Dr. Martin Luther with his 95 Theses, invited debate on church practices of the time. Hopefully, this publication will have a similar effect.


Race and Educational Reform in the American Metropolis

Race and Educational Reform in the American Metropolis

Race and Educational Reform in the American Metropolis

Author: Dan A. Lewis,Kathryn Nakagawa

Publisher: SUNY Press

Isbn 10: 9781438410760

Category: Social Science

Number of Pages: 211

Number of Views: 1955


Encyclopedia of Environmental Change

Encyclopedia of Environmental Change

Encyclopedia of Environmental Change

Author: John A Matthews

Publisher: SAGE

Isbn 10: 1446264882

Category: Nature

Number of Pages: 1496

Number of Views: 1975

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Accessibly written by a team of international authors, the Encyclopedia of Environmental Change provides a gateway to the complex facts, concepts, techniques, methodology and philosophy of environmental change. This three-volume set illustrates and examines topics within this dynamic and rapidly changing interdisciplinary field. The encyclopedia includes all of the following aspects of environmental change: Diverse evidence of environmental change, including climate change and changes on land and in the oceans Underlying natural and anthropogenic causes and mechanisms Wide-ranging local, regional and global impacts from the polar regions to the tropics Responses of geo-ecosystems and human-environmental systems in the face of past, present and future environmental change Approaches, methodologies and techniques used for reconstructing, dating, monitoring, modelling, projecting and predicting change Social, economic and political dimensions of environmental issues, environmental conservation and management and environmental policy Over 4,000 entries explore the following key themes and more: Conservation Demographic change Environmental management Environmental policy Environmental security Food security Glaciation Green Revolution Human impact on environment Industrialization Landuse change Military impacts on environment Mining and mining impacts Nuclear energy Pollution Renewable resources Solar energy Sustainability Tourism Trade Water resources Water security Wildlife conservation The comprehensive coverage of terminology includes layers of entries ranging from one-line definitions to short essays, making this an invaluable companion for any student of physical geography, environmental geography or environmental sciences.


Financial Markets and Organizational Technologies

Financial Markets and Organizational Technologies

Financial Markets and Organizational Technologies

Author: A. Kyrtsis

Publisher: Springer

Isbn 10: 0230283179

Category: Computers

Number of Pages: 253

Number of Views: 1430

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This book is a valuable companion for everyone who is interested in the historical context of the co-evolution of financial markets and information technologies in the last 30 years. The contributors analyze system architectures and solution technologies in banking and finance by focusing on the particularities of certain practices and risks.


Ethnic Englishes, Indigenous and Migrant Languages

Ethnic Englishes, Indigenous and Migrant Languages

Ethnic Englishes, Indigenous and Migrant Languages

Author: Gerhard Leitner

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

Isbn 10: 3110906023

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Number of Pages: 355

Number of Views: 1418

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Australia is host to many languages - English, indigenous, migrant, and contact. Its multilingualism, the sociopolitical changes that have been impacting upon them, and its wide-ranging language policy efforts are well-known. What has been missing so far is a comprehensive, integrative study of the entire 'habitat' of languages - the contacts and interactions that have been taking place from the beginning of colonization to the present day with their linguistic outcomes. This book and its companion, Australia's Many Voices. Australian English - The National Language, develop and apply such an approach. The present book deals with non-mainstream varieties of English, indigenous, migrant, and contact languages. Based on census and other data to 2003, it addresses themes such as language demographics, language shift, and socio-psychological factors that bear upon it. Language change is discussed from the angle of the uprooting of indigenous languages from their original context, of transplantation, and of contact with English. Pidgins and creoles are located inside the Pacific context of the nineteenth century. This study provides an analysis of language and language-education policies to 2003 and connects this theme with the role of Australian English, the national language. It suggests that Australia's habitat is reaching a new stage of plurilingual tolerance. The book is of interest for specialists from a wide range of language and policy disciplines. Its discursive, non-technical style makes it accessible to non-specialists with no background in linguistics.


A Companion to Western Historical Thought

A Companion to Western Historical Thought

A Companion to Western Historical Thought

Author: Lloyd Kramer,Sarah Maza

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Isbn 10: 0585470936

Category: History

Number of Pages: 536

Number of Views: 1455

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This broad survey introduces readers to the major themes, figures,traditions and theories in Western historical thought, tracing itsevolution from biblical times to the present. Surveys the evolution of historical thought in the WesternWorld from biblical times to the present day. Provides students with the background to contemporaryhistorical debates and approaches. Serves as a useful reference for researchers andteachers. Includes chapters by 24 leading historians.


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