Going to Extremes

How Like Minds Unite and Divide

Author: Cass R. Sunstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199754128

Category: Political Science

Page: 199

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Why do people become extremists? What makes people become so dismissive of opposing views? Why is political and cultural polarization so pervasive in America? In Going to Extremes, renowned legal scholar and best-selling author Cass R. Sunstein offers startling insights into why and when people gravitate toward extremism. Sunstein marshals a wealth of evidence that shows that when like-minded people gather in groups, they tend to become more extreme in their views than they were before. Thus when liberals group get together to debate climate change, they end up more alarmed about climate change, while conservatives brought together to discuss same-sex unions become more set against same-sex unions. In courtrooms, radio stations, and chatrooms, enclaves of like-minded people are breeding ground for extreme movements. Indeed, Sunstein shows that a good way to create an extremist group, or a cult of any kind, is to separate members from the rest of society, either physically or psychologically. Sunstein's findings help to explain such diverse phenomena as political outrage on the Internet, unanticipated "blockbusters" in the film and music industry, the success of the disability rights movement, ethnic conflict in Iraq and former Yugoslavia, and Islamic terrorism. Providing a wealth of real-world examples--sometimes entertaining, sometimes alarming--Sunstein offers a fresh explanation of why partisanship has become so bitter and debate so rancorous in America and abroad. Praise for the hardcover: "A path-breaking exploration of the perils and possibilities created by polarization among the like-minded." --Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-author of unSpun and Echo Chamber "Poses a powerful challenge to anyone concerned with the future of our democracy. He reveals the dark side to our cherished freedoms of thought, expression and participation. Initiates an urgent dialogue which any thoughtful citizen should be interested in." --James S. Fishkin, author of When the People Speak

Going to Extremes

Author: Nick Middleton

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447232275

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 394

In Going to Extremes writer, presenter and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton visits Oymyakon in Siberia, where the average winter temperature is -47 degrees and 40% of the population have lost their fingers to frostbite while changing the car wheel. Next he travels to Africa in Chile where there have been fourteen consecutive years without a drop of rain and so fog is people's only source of water. From the driest to the wettest: Mawsynram in India which annually competes for the title with its neighbour Cherrapunji. However, Nick discovers that during the dry season there is water shortage and one entrepreneur has started selling it bottled! Finally his journey takes him to Dalol in Ethiopia known as the 'hell hole of creation' where the temperature remains at 94 degrees year round. Here Nick will join miners who work all day with no shade, limited water and no protective clothing. The book and series consider how and why people lives in these harsh environments. How does Nick's body react to these contrasting extremes? He looks at the geographical and meteorological conditions. He meets local characters and discover the history of these settlements to find out how they ever became populated. He looks at the way both the population, and the flora and fauna, have adapted physically to the climate, and also considers the psychological impact of living under such conditions.

Going to Extremes

Project Blizzard and Australia's Antarctic Heritage

Author: Jonathan Chester

Publisher: N.A


Category: Antarctica

Page: 308

View: 3715


Going to Extremes

The Adventurous Life of Harry de Windt

Author: Stephen Wade

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473863570

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 9035

Harry de Windt (1856–1933) was a man who, by any standards, was a personality, a marked presence in the world of Victorian and Edwardian literature and social life. He was a member of the literary circle around Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Bosie (Lord Alfred Douglas); he was active in the world of the turf; and he travelled – he took on dangerous journeys with relish, crossing vast tracts of the British and Russian empires for the sheer thrill of it. This book traces his life and adventures, at home and abroad, and also gives an account of his early work on military service in Sarawak, Malaysia, his expert knowledge of the Russian prison system, and his later Great War role running a POW camp. Many of his books reflect epic journeys against the odds: From Paris to New York by Land, Savage Europe, Siberia As It Is and others. His autobiographical work, My Restless Life, perhaps sums up his nature. Interesting facts: * Harry de Windt was brother to the Ranee of Sarawak and fought against rebels there in his early career * He visited the penal colony on the Russian island of Sakhalin close to the same time that Anton Chekhov went there * He appeared as a witness in the trial for libel of Lord Alfred Douglas, as he blamed Winston Churchill for the heavy losses in the Battle of Jutland * On his travels he met a host of interesting people – from murderers to statesmen

Going to Extremes

Author: N.A

Publisher: James Lawrence Powell

ISBN: 1621542335


Page: N.A

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Going to Extremes

Author: Amanda Stevens

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459228502

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 2191

MAN OF ACTION Aidan Campbell instinctively flew into the fray when the authorities rallied the troops to catch a gang of escaped convicts. Yet, as the adventurous bounty hunter scoured the storm-swept terrain with his teammates, he unexpectedly found himself rescuing a blond beauty dangling precariously from a cliff. His protective nature kicked into high gear when Kaitlyn Wilson's fragmented memories recalled a grisly crime carried out by the very militia members he hunted. After Aidan spirited the fiercely independent investigative reporter away to a safe house, it seemed pointless to battle their potent attraction in the passionate afterglow. But when Kaitlyn's nose for the news lured her to trouble, could a heroic, high-speed helicopter chase prevent a full-scale catastrophe?

Going to Extremes

Meeting the Emerging Demand for Durable Polymer Matrix Composites

Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,National Materials Advisory Board,Committee on Durability and Life Prediction of Polymer Matrix Composites in Extreme Environments

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309097150

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 80

View: 1688

Advanced polymer matrix composites (PMC) have many advantages such as light weight and high specific strength that make them useful for many aerospace applications. Enormous uncertainty exists, however, in predicting long-term changes in properties of PMCs under extreme environmental conditions, which has limited their use. To help address this issue, the Department of Defense requested a study from the NRC to identify the barriers and limitations to the use of PMCs in extreme environments. The study was to focus on issues surrounding methodologies for predicting long-term performance. This report provides a review of the challenges facing application of PMCs in extreme environments, the current understanding of PMC properties and behavior, an analysis of the importance of data in developing effective models, and recommendations for improving long-term predictive methodologies.

Going to Extremes

The Highest, Longest, Toughest Trails from BACKPACKER Magazine

Author: BACKPACKER Magazine

Publisher: Active Interest Media


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 100

View: 7403

Going To Extremes Can you ever really have too much of a good thing? Once you’ve seen the biggest tree, largest glacier, and deepest canyon, nothing else compares. The Ten Most Dangerous Trails Do you value your life and limbs? Then you’d better get skilled mentally and physcially before tempting the reaper on these hikes. Are You Tough Enough? Every backpacker dreams of a glory job in the outdoors. The author heads to Mt. Rainier—and a grueling tryout with premier guide operation RMI--to find out what it takes to make the grade. The Toughest Outdoor Jobs Every backpacker dreams of a glory job in the outdoors. Here’s what it takes to make the grade for 8 of the toughest ones out there. The Hardest Dayhikes in the United States Push yourself from dawn to dusk on these challenging hikes. America’s Worst Trail: A Love Story Is the reward always equal to the effort? Uh...maybe, says this bloodied, bruised, and bandaged reader. How to Survive Desert Extreme Triple-digit temps by noon. Freezing at night. Scarce water. The desert is dangerous for unprepared hikers. Give yourself an edge and learn to survive this hostile territory. The Hardest Miles Survivors of the Bataan death march overcame one of history’s most grueling walks. What kept them on their feet? and could you do the same? Every year, more than 4,000 people hike through the New Mexico desert to find out. The Unlikeliest Mountaineer Take a fatherless herd boy from poverty-wracked Swaziland, endow him with an indomitable will and a few wealthy friends, give him the lungs of Ed Viesturs, and you have Sibusiso Emmanuel Vilane. The Long Way Home When Karl Bushby set out to hike 36,000 miles across four continents, he vowed he would only return to his native England on foot. Which could be a real problem if he ever wants to get there

Going to Extremes

Author: Joe McGinniss

Publisher: Epicenter Press

ISBN: 9781935347033

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 303

View: 4816

This is the fourth edition of a work that always has been controversial in Alaska. Yet, it is an important and highly readable classic work that captures a portrait frozen in time of a raw state in turmoil during the oil boom. McGinnis went north to find out if there was anything left of the "last frontier." He found "mind-bending contradictions," as a previous publisher put it--greed, waste, addictions, and racism, among other things, that contrasted with an awesome untamed natural beauty and an honest, open, and independent spirit of the people.

To the Last Breath

A Memoir of Going to Extremes

Author: Francis Slakey

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439198969

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 6949

A Georgetown University physics professor describes the rigidly scheduled and isolated existence he led before embarking on a life-risking effort to climb the world's highest mountains and surf every ocean, goals that pitted him against natural and human dangers while challenging his most passionate beliefs. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

Going to Extremes (Mills & Boon Blaze)

Author: Dawn Atkins

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 1472028724

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 8086

Ten days together is going to be sensual torture. Kathleen Valentine and Dan McAlister have been thrown together as a publicity stunt to promote their books written from very different viewpoints.

Going to Extremes

The U.S.-funded Aerial Education Program in Colombia

Author: Betsy A. Marsh

Publisher: N.A


Category: Colombia

Page: 48

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Going to Extremes

Adventures in Unknown New Zealand

Author: Derek Grzelewski

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781869538262

Category: Outdoor life

Page: 212

View: 4214

"Collection of my best non-fishing stories: climbing, cave diving, saving kakapo and kiwi, pioneering aviation and scuba diving for sunken treasures, epic journeys, ultra-running, lichens, avalanches, fire-fighting and more." -- author's web page.

Going to Extremes

Notes from a Divided Nation

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

Publisher: Granta Books (UK)


Category: Equality

Page: 235

View: 4368

A fiercely sardonic collection of pieces exposing the growing divide in American society, by the author of the bestselling 'Nickel and Dimed'.

I Go to Extremes

The Billy Joel Story

Author: Bill Smith

Publisher: Robson Books Limited


Category: Rock musicians

Page: 269

View: 6664

"I want the real story told, and I was hoping it would be done by someone like you that I trust" – Billy Joel Billy Joel's long-time friend, veteran writer Bill Smith has unprecedented access to the singer who has moved millions with his music and heartfelt performances. With hours of taped interviews with dozens of friends, lovers, ex-wives, industry executives and managers, he has all the material to write the consummate Billy Joel book. From Joel's early love of classical music and the first professional music jobs he took to supplement the family income, to becoming a multiple Grammy Award winner and being named by Columbia Records as their biggest-selling solo artist of the 20th century, 'I Go to Extremes' is the most comprehensive account available of Joel's remarkable career. Among the highlights are new insights into Joel's marriage to the supermodel Christie Brinkley and the birth of their daughter, Alexa Ray, collaborations with Ray Charles, Steve Winwood and Cyndi Lauper, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Joel's thoughts on being a favourite of former US president Bill Clinton.

Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology

Author: Jeff Greenberg,Sander Leon Koole,Thomas A. Pyszczynski

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781593850401

Category: Psychology

Page: 528

View: 8953

Social and personality psychologists traditionally have focused their attention on the most basic building blocks of human thought and behavior, while existential psychologists pursued broader, more abstract questions regarding the nature of existence and the meaning of life. This volume bridges this longstanding divide by demonstrating how rigorous experimental methods can be applied to understanding key existential concerns, including death, uncertainty, identity, meaning, morality, isolation, determinism, and freedom. Bringing together leading scholars and investigators, the Handbook presents the influential theories and research findings that collectively are helping to define the emerging field of experimental existential psychology.

$4 to $1: Public Library Benefits and Budgets

Author: Walt Crawford

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1304355888

Category: Education

Page: 214

View: 6154

A good public library is at the heart of any healthy community and deserves appropriate funding. While much of the true value of a library is hard to measure, even the measurable benefits usually return more than $4 in benefits for every $1 spent. This book offers a detailed overview of library benefits and spending in 2011 and how it's changed from 2009, to help libraries and their supporters understand where they are and how to tell the library story in order to sustain and improve funding.

Taking Sudoku Seriously

The Math Behind the World's Most Popular Pencil Puzzle

Author: Jason Rosenhouse,Laura Taalman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199913153

Category: Mathematics

Page: 226

View: 6129

Packed with more than a hundred color illustrations and a wide variety of puzzles and brainteasers, Taking Sudoku Seriously uses this popular craze as the starting point for a fun-filled introduction to higher mathematics. How many Sudoku solution squares are there? What shapes other than three-by-three blocks can serve as acceptable Sudoku regions? What is the fewest number of starting clues a sound Sudoku puzzle can have? Does solving Sudoku require mathematics? Jason Rosenhouse and Laura Taalman show that answering these questions opens the door to a wealth of interesting mathematics. Indeed, they show that Sudoku puzzles and their variants are a gateway into mathematical thinking generally. Among many topics, the authors look at the notion of a Latin square--an object of long-standing interest to mathematicians--of which Sudoku squares are a special case; discuss how one finds interesting Sudoku puzzles; explore the connections between Sudoku, graph theory, and polynomials; and consider Sudoku extremes, including puzzles with the maximal number of vacant regions, with the minimal number of starting clues, and numerous others. The book concludes with a gallery of novel Sudoku variations--just pure solving fun! Most of the puzzles are original to this volume, and all solutions to the puzzles appear in the back of the book or in the text itself. A math book and a puzzle book, Taking Sudoku Seriously will change the way readers look at Sudoku and mathematics, serving both as an introduction to mathematics for puzzle fans and as an exploration of the intricacies of Sudoku for mathematics buffs.