My book concerns the understanding of the notion of free will and whether or not our prima facie belief that we possess it is justified. Specifically, I will argue that our belief that we possess free will is not justified. My overall strategy will be an argument by process of elimination to the effect that once the most promising theories and arguments in favor of free will are eliminated, the rational conclusion to reach is that we do not have free will. The book has six chapters, two devoted to general argumentation and overview, and four devoted to incisive analysis. My first task is to examine arguments against compatibilism, which then motivates my examination of the incompatibilist libertarian theories.
J.T. Ismael's book will be the first to truly examine the question of what physics actually tell us about whether or not we are free to act. Her conclusions are surprising and engaging, and importantly show that physics does actually not say that we are not free.
"It was the seventh day of the storm. We didn't know where we were. Everyone on the ship believed that death was very near". The Robinson family do not die at sea; they find their way to a small island. But what can they do now? Where will they live? What will they eat? Luckily, the father and their mother have useful skills and they can teach their four young sons. But how long will they be there, on the island?
‘It was the seventh day of the storm. We didn’t know where we were. Everyone on the ship believed that death was very near. The Robinson family do not die at sea; they find their way to a small island. But what can they do now? Where will they live? What will they eat? Luckily, the father and their mother have useful skills and they can teach their four young sons. But how long will they be there, on the island?
Overloaded? I’ll bet you are. We all lead busy lives. You fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day, feeling that you’ve got a lot done. Perhaps you are getting lots done. But is it stuff that really matters? Or is it just stuff? It’s time to wise up. You will never clear that list. Get used to the idea that some things will never get done. Not delayed. Not rescheduled. Not re-prioritized. But simply dropped. And from now on, instead of trying to clear that endless to-do list, you’re going to do a much smarter thing. You’re going to just do the important stuff. And the brilliant thing is, you already have the power to do this. That power is to do less. Soon enough, you’ll have the space to enjoy the moment, be creative, find new or better ways of doing things, get ideas, and spot opportunities you would have missed when you were running around. In short – you’ll be happier. Much happier. As soon as you stop doing, the power of doing less will begin to flow.
The main idea of this paper could be summarized by the Latin proverb: Audiatur et altera pars - literally, hear the other side. One of my greatest concerns is that history is studied from only one perspective; as the well known saying goes history is written by the winners. This paper will be controversial because I explore the positive side of the Canadian Indian residential schools. I am fully aware of the fact that residential schools were about suffering, pain and often about sexual abuse. I do not intend to question the survivals’ account of horror or call in doubt their validity. On the other hand, in order to do justice to all former students of residential schools I consider it essential to show the other side of the coin. We were taught by history books which were written from one perspective and it was said that if we want to understand residential schools we will have to read more about them to have a clear view. But books are often edited from one perspective. Whose perspective is it? Are we entitled to neglect the other side? Do we have the right to decide even if the the other side is not known...
I am stressed out!! I have a lot of stress!! All these words have become an integral part of our everyday life. But do we actually know what stress is? Do we know the cause of it? If we know it is present, do we actually do anything about it?? When I ask people these questions most of them answered NO. So I decided to come up with a book that explains stress. I did not want to write about various theories with a lengthy treatment procedure so I came up with “Effective Stress Control Techniques: A 7 day Mantra to a Stress-Free Life”. I present to you a practical mantra to manage stress effectively in 7 days that teaches one to understand one’s own stress, techniques to overcome it, and finally ways to lead a stress free life. I believe this book works like a balm. When you go through the activities, you will understand your stress quotient & what works best for you. It will also empower you with the ability to identify stress in others and help them deal with it better.
Because of the position taken by both India and Pakistan, many people believe that Kashmir is a "territorial dispute" between the both countries. This is not true. Kashmir is not, I repeat, not a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan. The Kashmir issue is about the basic human rights of the Kashmiri people, including the right to determine their own future. The people of Kashmir do not want to be treated like cattle, that others can decide our future. We are not in a business of selecting masters. We want to be masters of our own destiny. That means we want to live like a nation. We want to be independent of both India and Pakistan. It must be made clear to both India and Pakistan that we are fighting for our independence and we will not accept any decision to be forced upon us. We cannot allow the bureaucrats of Islamabad and New Delhi to decide the future of Kashmir. If any such decision is taken, we will resist it. We cannot and will not accept the division of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Icebound Land is the third thrilling book in John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series – over seven million sold worldwide. Will, trust in your friends, we will not let you down. You have been kidnapped by a fearsome wolfship captain, and are trapped on a ship headed to the icebound land of Skandia. Your future looks dark, as you face a life of backbreaking slavery. But you must be strong. Remember your training, and know that your friends will do anything to rescue you, even if they have to defy the King.
What do we do with all the information available to us? Do we take advantage of it? Can the weather forecast be used differently besides predicting the temperatures and whether we have to take an umbrella or not?Are the prices for electricity only used to find out how much we have to pay for the energy bill? The Smart Grid Simulator is a computer software which has as the main purpose to lower the energy bill in an optimized price efficient way for private households, companies or energy providers. It combines the energy provided by a number of solar modules and wind turbines with the consumption of one household or a cluster of nearby households and information regarding weather conditions and energy prices in order to predict the amount of energy that can be produced by renewable energy sources and the amount of energy that will be bought from the distributor for the following day. The user of the system will not only be able to minimize his expenditures on energy bills, but also he will be informed about his hourly consumption, electricity prices fluctuation and money spent for energy bought as well as how much money he saved each day and since he installed the system.
Have you read a book from beginning to end and then realized that none of the ideas in the book can be directly used in the real world? This may be acceptable in some fields, but not in the area of expert systems, which is inherently practical. You cannot really understand what expert systems are unless you have implemented one. In writing this book we have tried to ensure that readers get practical knowledge, which will help them not only to understand expert systems technology, but also to implement expert systems. We have been teaching courses on expert systems for many years. We have evaluated many books for use with these courses. We found that most books currently available do not provide a satisfactory introduction to expert systems programming. Books we looked at were either too full of detail, or too abstract. Basic concepts were completely left out in some books. It would be valuable to combine practical work using an expert system shell (such as CLIPS, a shell developed at NASA), with the study of this book. While the case studies and examples used in the book are primarily based on Vidwan, they can easily be converted to run on other rule based expert system shells.
Either we know it, or not, we all have an ontology. If we do not know it, then for sure, it is simply by default, without any particular name attached to it, and acquired by us rather accidentally while still too young and inexperienced regarding such a most fundamental issue. Then of course come those less numerous whose ontology does have a name, say, atheism, agnosticism, materialism, spiritualism, mysticism, and quite a few like that. Yet the point - so often missed - is not the specific "ism" we worship, but the practical, everyday, and why not, moment by moment effect which our ontology may, and in fact does, have upon our life. And the quality of an ontology is in no way related to the sophistication and length of its formulation. This fact may disturb more than one philosopher, and yet it is true. A proof of it is given by the remarkable German philosopher Leibniz, according to whom "This is the best of all possible Worlds." And clearly, that statement was his ontology, and it was so more than anything else. But then, he is not unique. Euripides is credited to have stated that "Unto the noble everything is good." Well, such and related issues are discussed in this book.
With an innovative format that includes interstitial documents, such as flyers, postcards, and handwritten notes, Away We Go is an often funny, honest look at the struggles of first love and tragic heartbreak that will resonate with fans of the critically acclaimed Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith, and Noggin, by John Corey Whaley. Westing is not your typical school. For starters, you have to have one very important quality in order to be admitted—you have to be dying. Every student at Westing has been diagnosed with PPV, or the Peter Pan Virus, and no one is expected to live to graduation. What do you do when you go to a high school where no one has a future or any clue how to find meaning in their remaining days? From the author of the acclaimed The Paradox of Vertical Flight, an Indie Next Pick.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… We are in charge of our attitude. This book is intended to improve our attitude and approach to life in addition, enhance our grammar. One might excel failure in English language in exams by mere reading only the section on ‘REFRESHER COURSE ON BASIC GRAMMAR’. In much more than that, this book is devoted to build a magnificent house for God and empower the indigent women in the church.