You Must Be Very Intelligent

The PhD Delusion

Author: Karin Bodewits

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319593218

Category: Science

Page: 339

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You Must be Very Intelligent is the author’s account of studying for a PhD in a modern, successful university. Part-memoir and part-exposé, this book is highly entertaining and unusually revealing about the dubious morality and desperate behaviour which underpins competition in twenty-first century academia. This witty, warts-and-all account of Bodewits ́ years as a PhD student in the august University of Edinburgh is full of success and failure, passion and pathos, insight, farce and warm-hearted disillusionment. She describes a world of collaboration and backstabbing; nefarious financing and wasted genius; cosmopolitan dreamers and discoveries that might just change the world... Is this a smart people’s world or a drip can of weird species? Modern academia is certainly darker and stranger than one might suspect... This book will put a wry, knowing smile on the faces of former researchers. And it is a cautionary parable for innocents who still believe that lofty academia is erected upon moral high ground...
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The AI Delusion

Author: Gary Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192557807

Category: Computers

Page: 256

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We live in an incredible period in history. The Computer Revolution may be even more life-changing than the Industrial Revolution. We can do things with computers that could never be done before, and computers can do things for us that could never be done before. But our love of computers should not cloud our thinking about their limitations. We are told that computers are smarter than humans and that data mining can identify previously unknown truths, or make discoveries that will revolutionize our lives. Our lives may well be changed, but not necessarily for the better. Computers are very good at discovering patterns, but are useless in judging whether the unearthed patterns are sensible because computers do not think the way humans think. We fear that super-intelligent machines will decide to protect themselves by enslaving or eliminating humans. But the real danger is not that computers are smarter than us, but that we think computers are smarter than us and, so, trust computers to make important decisions for us. The AI Delusion explains why we should not be intimidated into thinking that computers are infallible, that data-mining is knowledge discovery, and that black boxes should be trusted.
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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Symptom Validity Assessment and Malingering

Author: Dominic A. Carone, Ph.D.

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826109160

Category: Psychology

Page: 448

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This authoritative volume is the first book specifically devoted to symptom validity assessment with individuals with a known or suspected history of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). It brings together leading experts in MTBI, symptom validity assessment, and malingering to provide a thorough and practical guide to the challenging task of assessing the validity of patient presentations after an MTBI. The book describes techniques that can drastically alter case conceptualization, treatment, and equitable allocation of resources. In addition to covering the most important symptom validity assessment methods, this timely volume provides guidance to clinicians on professional and research issues, and information on symptom validity testing in varied populations. The book covers MTBI assessment in such specific settings and populations as clinical, forensic, sports, children, gerontological, and military. It also addresses professional issues such as providing feedback to patients about symptom validity, ethical issues, and diagnostic schemas. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury will provide neuropsychologists, referring health care providers, courts, disability insurance companies, the military, and athletic teams/leagues with the in-depth, current information that is critical for the accurate and ethical evaluation of MTBI. Key Features: Provides in-depth, expert coverage of one of the most critical topics for clinical neuropsychologists Includes contributions from the leading authorities on both MTBI/post-concussive syndrome and malingering/symptom validity Covers assessment in such contexts as civil forensics, sports, military/veterans, and gerontological settings
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Skeptics And True Believers

Author: Chet Raymo

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448129893

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He ilustrates his arguement with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the Red Knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn't happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. 'Miracles are explainable, ' Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, 'it is the explanations that are miraculous'. For anyone drawn to reflect on life's meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo's uncomprimising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire.
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Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses, The

Author: John Breeding, PH.D. PH.

Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd

ISBN: 1847470661

Category:

Page: 206

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DescriptionWhat to do when your child is labelled a problem by the schools. The truth about Ritalin, ADHD and other 'disruptive behavioral disorders'.In this revised and expanded Chipmunka edition, John Breeding sends out a powerful message and strong support for adults who want to encourage the spirited development of our children. The book calls for a halt to the epidemic drugging of young people for so-called ADHD and other alleged mental illnesses. This book shows us how to counsel our children and insists we must not forsake the great gift of viewing them with the 'eyes of delight!' John is a clear, strong advocate for young people and a great ally to parents wanting support to repond to their children in a positive way.About the AuthorJohn Breeding PhD is a counselling psychologist from Austin, Texas USA. John is director of 'Texans For Safe Education', a citizen's group dedicated to challenging the ever-increasing role of psychiatry, especially psychiatric drugs, in schools. He is also active on other challenges of psychiatric oppression, and is a steering committee member of the Coalition for the Abolition of Electroshock in Texas (CAEST), whose website is www.endofshock.com . His personal website, www.wildestcolts.com, is a great resource on parenting, psychology and psychiatry.Dr. Breeding obtained his doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Texas. He is the author of three Chipmunka books, 'The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses', 'The Necessity of Madness and 'Eyes Wide Open'. He has written several other books on a variety of subjects. John is the father of two teenagers, Eric and Vanessa
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The Shroud Codex

Author: Jerome R. Corsi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439190456

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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The priest. . . . Brought back to life on an operating room table after a horrific car crash, Father Paul Bartholomew is haunted by frightening visions—especially the moments when he seems to inhabit the body of Christ at Golgotha. The skeptics. . . . Dr. Stephen Castle, a New York City psychiatrist and renowned atheist, has built an international reputation for his book arguing that religion is a figment of human imagination. Professor Marco Gabrielli, an Italian religious researcher and chemist, has made a career of debunking supposed miracles, of explaining the unexplainable. The miracle. . . . For centuries, however, the Shroud of Turin has defied scientific explanation. Is this ancient remnant that bears such a vividly detailed pictorial representation truly the burial cloth that wrapped Christ after he was taken down from the cross? Or is it the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the Christian community? As Father Bartholomew—newly returned to his parish, the venerable St. Joseph’s Church in upper Manhattan—celebrates Mass, blood starts running down his arm. The horrified congregation watches him collapse to the ground, his vestments soaked with the blood pouring from wounds on his wrists. The phenomenon is known as stigmata, when a person appears to manifest the wounds that Christ suffered upon the cross. But in Father Bartholomew’s case there is a mysterious added dimension: he has been transformed to resemble in almost every physical aspect the Christ-like figure represented on the Shroud of Turin. Worried that Bartholomew’s case could be proved a hoax, the Vatican employs Dr. Castle and Professor Gabrielli to investigate. But for the well-known psychiatrist and the experienced man of science both, Father Bartholomew presents the most perplexing challenge either has ever faced. Dr. Castle watches in person while the priest appears to writhe in agony, blood spurting from wounds identical to those portrayed on the famous shroud, and he wonders if he too can have been sucked into some kind of shared hallucination. Meanwhile, Professor Gabrielli—confident that he can reproduce the shroud by using materials and methods available in the Middle Ages—works frantically to prove that the shroud is a medieval forgery. But when the priest’s uncanny resemblance to the crucified Christ on the Shroud prompts the two men to investigate the famous artifact itself, each is finally forced to face mysteries that cannot be explained by sheer reason alone. It will be the most unsettling—and eventually soul-wrenching—journey of discovery they have ever undertaken. From Jerome R. Corsi, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Obama Nation, comes a magnificent, thought-provoking first novel. Grounded in the same kind of in-depth, all-encompassing research that has distinguished Corsi’s nonfiction, The Shroud Codex plumbs the farthest reaches of science and the human spirit.
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Emotional Intelligence 101

Author: Moshe Zeidner, PhD,Gerald Matthews, PhD,Richard D. Roberts, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826105661

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

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As the first science-based introduction to the topic, this latest addition to The Psych 101 Series discusses one of the most pivotal new psychological concepts of the twenty-first century: emotional intelligence (EI). Concise yet comprehensive, it provides a critical but balanced account of this new research area, emphasizing what psychologists can learn from the emerging science of EI and how it may help treat mental illness and delinquency, among other issues. An appropriate text for students and practitioners alike, it presents an even-handed appraisal of EI programs, focusing on both their potential and their limitations. Key Features: Discusses how EI can improve student learning and enhance key work skills such as communication and teamwork Covers key research issues, including methods for measuring EI, its overlap with conventional ability and personality traits, and the validity of testing for EI Reviews applied studies and the contribution that research on EI may make to address real-world personal and societal problems Examines the main conceptual, measurement, and research issues identified in various lines of research, most conducted within the last ten years
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Descent Into Darkness

The Psychodynamics of Mental Ilness: an Introduction and Illustration In the Form of a Novel

Author: Richard D. Chessick

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453530495

Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

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