1 edition of A dangerous idea found in the catalog.
A dangerous idea
Written in English
Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-123) and index.
|Statement||Peter Metcalfe with Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy|
|LC Classifications||E78.A3 M47 2014|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xxiii, 134 pages|
|Number of Pages||134|
|LC Control Number||2014011901|
The use of zero is largely a plot device to organize the information Seife wants to communicate. But that is the whole point. In public life, imagine someone saying that we should not do research into global warming or energy shortages because if it found that they were serious the consequences for the economy would be extremely unpleasant. This is known as the Halting Problem, and there is a Godel-style proof that it is insoluble. Both take commitment, dedication, and sustained work.
Despite its methodical approach, this thoughtful exploration is not for A dangerous idea book. Besides helping you to process and understand your own thoughts and impressions, it helps you recollect the small anecdotes and interesting tidbits you hear throughout the day, many of which could be the germs of novel ideas. From all this, Seife then goes for the big stuff: how concepts of zero help us navigate both the incredibly tiny quantum world and the world of massive, cosmological events: from the very beginning of the universe to its end, taking in along the way such phenomena as black holes, which could be said to be points in the universe where something is being divided by zero. This might even be easier than the ideaphobes fear. You also get graphs, Riemann spheres, and those depictions of the space-time continuum which represent it as an elastic sheet.
At a time when Protestants will soon cease to be the predominant faith tradition in the United States, McGrath's landmark reassessment of the movement and A dangerous idea book future is well-timed. While it doesn't require a technical background, it is not going to be easy reading for those without a basic sympathy for Dennett's way of looking at the world: I would recommend having read at least Dawkins' The Selfish Gene before tackling Darwin's Dangerous Idea. Instant access to over 20, book summaries Email:. This prompted a bit of soul-searching on my part and some rereading of Gould's works, but I think that Dennett is wrong about this. That is to say, beautiful in its essence, but complex in its details.
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An Idea is Born Natural selection would inevitably produce adaptation, as the summary makes clear, and under the right circumstances, he argued, accumulated adaptation would create speciation.
Becoming a great storyteller starts with a burning curiosity about the world around you. What if a cure for a major virus was found but pharmaceutical companies refused to produce it out of fear of losing profits? Tradition would say it comes from some psychic force called willpower, but this just names the phenomenon and postpones explanation.
Yes, say I with Nietzsche. I assisted at the birth of Victor Hugo! But if you can breed cattle for milk yield, horses for running speed and dogs for herding skill, why on earth should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability? He sees it as a basis for assigning value to diversity, whether artistic, cultural, or biological.
All these non-functional features come for free in the real, concrete world—and they play a crucial role in evolution. Ultimately she strikes a bargain with Hades whereby she can have A dangerous idea book daughter for three quarters of the year.
Here's what the ratings mean: 5 —Solid. In a brief final chapter Dennett explains how Darwin's dangerous idea has influenced his political and ethical beliefs.
In part three of Darwin's Dangerous Idea Dennett looks at how the extension of evolutionary ideas outside biology has been resisted in fields like linguistics, philosophy, and A dangerous idea book.
This might even be easier than the ideaphobes fear. Just because you weave your actions into a story with yourself at its centre does not make them any less deterministic and inevitable. One ideology is that humans are blank slates and that social problems can be handled only through government programs that especially redress the perfidy of European males.
Why does 'pro life' always mean A dangerous idea book human life. Should people have the right to clone themselves, or enhance the genetic traits of their children? They are magnificent sources of insight into human nature, and into the possibilities of ethical codes.
Even so the atmosphere or feelings evoked by music A dangerous idea book pull you in other interesting directions than your current creative frame of mind. Book ideas: 12 inspiring sources Book ideas: 12 inspiring sources January 24, Book ideas come to authors via many conduits. All the different forms of heterochrony Gould discusses in Ontogeny and Phylogenyfor example, are clearly cranes, and if he is more complimentary than some to historical figures who were clearly looking for skyhooks, that says more about his historiographical sensibilities than his own philosophy.
This is illustrated by a brief look at the Aquatic Ape Theoryas an example of an unestablished, controversial, but interesting adaptionist hypothesis.
Punctuated equilibrium is next against the wall, along with Gould's analysis of the Burgess Shale in Wonderful Life and his arguments for the contingency of evolution.
When writing a short story, ask yourself: Can I expand this idea into a full-length novel? He has produced a vastly more sophisticated version of the bonfire the positivists wanted to make of the cobwebs of metaphysics and any philosopher who wants to talk sensibly about design or meaning must pass through its flames.
Time and again people have invested factual claims with ethical implications that today look ludicrous. There's danger to vested interests whose amour propre might be threatened.
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Through history or current events. If not I'll have to say it myself, although only to pull back in a hurry. Should we treat some ideas as dangerous? It cuts across disciplines. The fear that the structure of our solar system has grave moral consequences is a venerable example, and the foisting of "Intelligent Design" on biology students is a contemporary one.Access a free summary of Darwin's Dangerous Idea, by Daniel C.
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Prices are subject to change."Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea" by Charles Seife is more pdf just a math book; it's a history of zero and infinity, which the author constantly reminds readers of their resemblances from their birth, the controversial, and the indecisiveness of mathematicians, scientists, philosopher and theologians.4/5.Christianity's Dangerous Idea is the first book that attempts to define this core element of Protestantism and the religious and cultural dynamic that this dangerous idea unleashed, culminating in the remarkable new developments of the twentieth century.Christianity's Dangerous Idea is the first ebook that attempts to define this core element of Protestantism and the religious and cultural dynamic that this dangerous idea unleashed, culminating in the remarkable new developments of the twentieth century.