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Books > Social sciences > Psychology > Philosophy & theory of psychology

Human Development For Students In South Africa (Paperback): Dap Louw, Anet Louw Human Development For Students In South Africa (Paperback)
Dap Louw, Anet Louw
R550 R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Save R48 (9%) Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

This book is a duology consisting of Child and Adolescent Development (2nd ed.) and Adult Development and Ageing (2nd ed).

Owing to the topics covered, there is some overlapping, but this is relatively minimal.

Psychology - Themes and Variations South African Edition (Paperback, 3rd edition): Wayne Weiten Psychology - Themes and Variations South African Edition (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Wayne Weiten
R725 R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Save R98 (14%) In stock

Psychology Themes and Variations continues to offer a superb thematic organisation together with practical applications and South African examples that help students see beyond research to big-picture concepts. The text surveys psychology's broad range of content with three aims: to illuminate the process of research and its relationship to application, to show both the unity and diversity of psychology's subject matter, and to help students master the basic concepts and principles of psychology .

Social Psychology and SA supplement (Paperback, 14th edition: Global): Robert A. Baron, Nyla R. Branscombe Social Psychology and SA supplement (Paperback, 14th edition: Global)
Robert A. Baron, Nyla R. Branscombe
R772 R643 Discovery Miles 6 430 Save R129 (17%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

For courses in Social Psychology. Show how the ever-changing field of Social Psychology is useful in students' everyday lives. Social Psychology, Fourteenth Edition retains the hallmark of its past success: up-to-date coverage of the quickly evolving subject matter written in a lively manner that has been embraced by thousands of students around the world. Authors Nyla Branscombe and Robert Baron-both respected scholars with decades of undergraduate teaching experience-generate student excitement by revealing the connections between theory and real-world experiences. The Fourteenth Edition offers updated content to engage students, as well as new "What Research Tells Us About..." sections in each chapter that illustrate how research findings help answer important questions about social life.

Personnel Psychology - An Applied Perspective (Paperback, 2nd Edition): M. Coetzee, D. Schreuder Personnel Psychology - An Applied Perspective (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
M. Coetzee, D. Schreuder
R659 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R103 (16%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

This textbook focuses on the connections between psychological theory and human resource management within the South African context.

Features:

  • South African text with local examples and case studies makes text more accessible and easier for students to relate
  • Review questions challenge students to analyse material with the aim of broadening their understanding of content
  • Suitable activities for class discussion and written assignments Easy reference for key concepts and themes
  • New case studies, new examples and updated references
  • Research trends and practices in the field
Psychology - Themes & Variations, A South African Perspective (Paperback, 2nd edition): Wayne Weiten Psychology - Themes & Variations, A South African Perspective (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Wayne Weiten 3
R747 R644 Discovery Miles 6 440 Save R103 (14%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Psychology: Themes and Variations is a truly South African version of the landmark text by Wayne Weiten. Editor Junaid Hassim leads a team of respected academics and practising professionals in psychology and related disciplines across South Africa. Together they address complex topics and a range of approaches to provide a comprehensive but accessible introduction to the field.

Psychological assessment in South Africa - Research and applications (Paperback): Sumaya Laher, Kate Cockcroft Psychological assessment in South Africa - Research and applications (Paperback)
Sumaya Laher, Kate Cockcroft
R649 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R156 (24%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

This book provides an overview of the research related to psychological assessment across South Africa. The thirty-six chapters provide a combination of psychometric theory and practical assessment applications in order to combine the currently disparate research that has been conducted locally in this field. Existing South African texts on psychological assessment are predominantly academic textbooks that explain psychometric theory and provide brief descriptions of a few testing instruments. Psychological Assessment in South Africa provides in-depth coverage of a range of areas within the broad field of psychological assessment, including research conducted with various psychological instruments. The chapters critically interrogate the current Eurocentric and Western cultural hegemonic practices that dominate the field of psychological assessment. The book therefore has the potential to function both as an academic text for graduate students, as well as a specialist resource for professionals, including psychologists, psychometrists, remedial teachers and human resource practitioners.

Dreams - Unlock Inner Wisdom, Discover Meaning, and Refocus your Life (Hardcover): Rosie March-Smith Dreams - Unlock Inner Wisdom, Discover Meaning, and Refocus your Life (Hardcover)
Rosie March-Smith 1
R460 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R185 (40%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Learn how to interpret your dreams and use your unconscious mind as a tool for self-help with this in-depth guide to dream analysis. Have you ever dreamt you were being chased? How about a dream that your teeth were falling out? With an open mind and some clear guidance you'll be able to shed light on how the images and emotions we experience in sleep can be deeply connected to waking life. Explore the psychological function and meaning of dreams, and learn to unlock their power for self-improvement. With interpretations of key dream images and themes, Dreams will show you how you can interpret and control your dreams to address issues and imbalances in your life, as well as improve your psychological wellbeing. Find out how, when, and why we dream. Discover how to keep a dream diary, the significance of nightmares and recurring dreams, and the secrets of lucid dreams. Dream interpretation has been practised around the world for millennia, and now you can learn how to decode your own dreams to find the deeply personal messages within, using your own dream journal. Bursting with insights and facts and with beautiful illustrations throughout, Dreams will open your eyes to this ancient practice of self-help.

Cool It! (Paperback): Mark Potter, Colin Northmore Cool It! (Paperback)
Mark Potter, Colin Northmore
R60 R56 Discovery Miles 560 Save R4 (7%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

One of the greatest challenges that teachers face when starting out in their careers is learning how to deal with unruly and badly behaved learners so that the rest of the class can get on with the lesson. Teachers often say that they are not paid to discipline learners, they are paid to teach them. However, without discipline there can be little learning.

The Collected Schizophrenias (Paperback): Esme Weijun Wang The Collected Schizophrenias (Paperback)
Esme Weijun Wang
R267 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R111 (42%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'I've inherited a love of a writing and a talent for the visual arts from my mother, as well as her long and tapered fingers; I've also inherited a tendency for madness' Esme Weijun Wang was officially diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2013, although the hallucinations and psychotic episodes had started years before that. In the midst of a high functioning life at Yale, Stanford and the literary world, she would find herself floored by an overwhelming terror that 'spread like blood', or convinced that she was dead, or that her friends were robots, or spiders were eating holes in her brain. What happens when your whole conception of yourself is turned upside down? When you're aware of what is occurring to you, but unable to do anything about it? Written with immediacy and unflinching honesty, this visceral and moving book is Wang's story, as she steps both inside and outside of her condition to bring it to light. Following her own diagnosis and the many manifestations of schizophrenia in her life, she ranges over everything from how we label mental illness to her own use of fashion and make-up to present herself as high-functioning, from the failures of the higher education system to how factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease compounded her experiences. Wang's analytical, intelligent eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with haunting personal narrative. The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core and provides unique insight into a condition long misdiagnosed and much misunderstood.

Artificial You - AI and the Future of Your Mind (Hardcover): Susan Schneider Artificial You - AI and the Future of Your Mind (Hardcover)
Susan Schneider
R467 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R100 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A sober-minded philosophical exploration of what AI can and cannot achieve Humans may not be Earth (TM)s most intelligent species for much longer: the world chess, Go, and Jeopardy! champions are now all AIs. Given the rapid pace of progress in AI, many predict that AI could advance to human-level intelligence within the next several decades. From there, it could quickly outpace human intelligence. What do these developments mean for the future of the mind? In Artificial You, Susan Schneider urges that it is inevitable that AI will take intelligence in new directions, but it is up to us to carve out a sensible path forward. As AI technology turns inward, reshaping the brain, as well as outward, potentially creating machine minds, it is crucial to beware. Homo sapiens, as mind designers, will be playing with "tools" they do not understand how to use: the self, the mind, and consciousness. Schneider argues that an insufficient grasp of the nature of self, consciousness, and mind could undermine the use of AI and brain enhancement technology, bringing about the demise or suffering of conscious beings. To flourish, we must grasp the philosophical issues lying beneath the algorithms. At the heart of her exploration is a sober-minded discussion of what AI can truly achieve: Can robots really be conscious? Can we merge with AI, as tech leaders like Elon Musk and Ray Kurzweil, suggest? Is the mind just a program? Examining these thorny issues, Schneider proposes ways we can test for machine consciousness, questions whether consciousness is an unavoidable byproduct of sophisticated intelligence, and considers the overall dangers of creating machine minds.

Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology - A practical guide for the undergraduate researcher (Paperback,... Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology - A practical guide for the undergraduate researcher (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Ron McQueen, Christina Knussen
R1,032 Discovery Miles 10 320 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This second edition has been substantially revised and expanded to form a truly comprehensive, practical guide to research methods and statistical analysis. The text retains the successful student-centred approach, assuming no background knowledge. Logically and intuitively organised, the book introduces key terms and concepts, progressing through the process of selecting a study and analysing results right through to the final point of preparing a report. This edition has been extensively revised to offer more detailed coverage - including more depth on topics such as power, meta-analysis, ethics, the literature review, questionnaire design, small sample research, and graphing techniques. Coverage of qualitative methods has been expanded to include more on software tools and IPA. The book offers a range of support focused on essential concepts, practicalities, and a new feature to highlight important research from the scientific literature. The examples have been increased and updated to help clarify concepts and further support the reader in developing both a conceptual and practical understanding of research and analysis. The book relates to the most recent version of PASW statistics (previously SPSS).

T A Today - A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Ian Stewart, Vann Joines T A Today - A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Ian Stewart, Vann Joines
R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This title, now in its second edition, is an introduction to the psychological system known as transactional analysis (TA). It is aimed at the general reader as well as at TA trainees and practitioners.

Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa - A holistic approach (Paperback, 4td ed): Christiaan Bezuidenhout Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa - A holistic approach (Paperback, 4td ed)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
R475 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R34 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 10 working days

South Africa has a broad and complex history that has greatly influenced the unique, diverse and democratic country that we know today. One of the many challenges South Africa faces is crime, with those crimes committed by youthful offenders being the most distressing it is sadly not unusual to hear of youths who have been involved in murder, rape or robbery. In addition, sexual offences among children are occurring more frequently, and the number of child victims of abuse and domestic violence is also on the rise. An added and escalating danger for children is falling prey to ruthless traffickers and being used as sex workers or slaves. Despite specific laws having been promulgated to protect them, many children are still growing up in unforgiving environments that never allow them the opportunity to develop morally according to the prescriptions of a democratic society.

Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa addresses the complex and poorly understood phenomenon of youth misbehaviour. It discusses and analyses various theories on the nature and causes of deviant behaviour, and assesses them critically with regard to their applicability to South Africa. The book presents the relevant legal processes pertaining to young people, and reinforces theoretical explanations with research and real-world examples. The female youth offender is also discussed in depth in this edition.

Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa is aimed at enabling both practitioners and students to address the plight of the South African youth in a constructive way so they can become part of creating a safer South Africa for all its people.

Professor Christiaan Bezuidenhout holds a BA (Criminology), BA Honours (Criminology), MA (Criminology), DPhil (Criminology) and an MSc (Criminology and Criminal Justice) from the University of Oxford. He is currently attached to the Department of Social Work and Criminology, University of Pretoria, where he teaches psychocriminology, criminal justice and contemporary criminology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Attention Seeking (Paperback): Adam Phillips Attention Seeking (Paperback)
Adam Phillips 1
R179 R106 Discovery Miles 1 060 Save R73 (41%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A short, fascinating introduction to the concept of attention, from the author of Missing Out and On Kindness 'Everything depends on what, if anything, we find interesting: on what we are encouraged and educated to find interesting, and what we find ourselves being interested in despite ourselves. There is our official curiosity and our unofficial curiosity (and psychoanalysis is a story about the relationship between the two)...' Based on three connected talks on the subject of attention, this pocket-sized book is a quirky and memorable introduction to idea of our attention - how we spend it, and what it might tell us about ourselves. From Britain's pre-eminent psychoanalyst, this is an essential new addition to the Adam Phillips canon.

Behave - The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Paperback): Robert M. Sapolsky Behave - The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Paperback)
Robert M. Sapolsky 1
R235 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R50 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

***'Awe-inspiring... You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of' Henry Marsh THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER / WINNER OF THE 2017 LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE 'One of the best scientist-writers of our time' Oliver Sacks Why do human beings behave as they do? We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over the other? Every act of human behaviour has multiple layers of causation, spiralling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, even centuries, right back to the dawn of time and the origins of our species. In the epic sweep of history, how does our biology affect the arc of war and peace, justice and persecution? How have our brains evolved alongside our cultures? This is the exhilarating story of human morality and the science underpinning the biggest question of all: what makes us human?

The Power of Habit - Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change (Paperback): Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit - Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change (Paperback)
Charles Duhigg 2
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Why do we do develop habits? And how can we change them? We can always change. In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg translates cutting-edge behavioural science into practical self-improvement action, distilling advanced neuroscience into fascinating narratives of transformation. Why can some people and companies change overnight, and some stay stuck in their old ruts? The answer lies deep in the human brain, and The Power of Habits reveals the secret pressure points that can change a life. From Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps to Martin Luther King Jr., from the CEO of Starbucks to the locker rooms of the NFL, Duhigg explores the incredible results of keystone habits, and how they can make all the difference between billions and millions, failure and success - or even life and death. The Power of Habit makes an exhilarating case: the key to almost any door in life is instilling the right habit. From exercise to weight loss, childrearing to productivity, market disruption to social revolution, and above all success, the right habits can change everything. Habits aren't destiny. They're science, one which can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Keys To Educational Psychology (Paperback): Irma Eloff, Liesel Ebersohn Keys To Educational Psychology (Paperback)
Irma Eloff, Liesel Ebersohn
R515 R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Save R95 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

If you are curious about educational psychology, this title is for you. You can read the chapters in any sequence, or you can start at the beginning, because this title provides myriad keys to the wonderful variety of themes in educational Psychology today. This title focuses on all the positive constructs in educational Psychology and reflects on the wide range of strengths, assets and resources available to the educational psychologist. Each chapter presents an integrated overview, cutting-edge definitions of key concepts, quotations from professionals and students, and reflective questions to guide your practice. This title is particularly relevant to the local environment and presents practical application strategies. Indigenous knowledge is infused with international perspectives, and equal emphasis is placed on the learner and on the social context, on assessment and intervention, and on theory and practice. Keys to educational psychology is extremely accessible to students, but will also be invaluable for teachers, psychologists, researchers, and health professionals.

The Case Against Reality - How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes (Hardcover): Donald D. Hoffman The Case Against Reality - How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes (Hardcover)
Donald D. Hoffman 1
R530 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R215 (41%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A groundbreaking examination of human perception, reality and the evolutionary schism between the two Do we see the world as it truly is? In The Case Against Reality, pioneering cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman says no? we see what we need in order to survive. Our visual perceptions are not a window onto reality, Hoffman shows us, but instead are interfaces constructed by natural selection. The objects we see around us are not unlike the file icons on our computer desktops: while shaped like a small folder on our screens, the files themselves are made of a series of ones and zeros - too complex for most of us to understand. In a similar way, Hoffman argues, evolution has shaped our perceptions into simplistic illusions to help us navigate the world around us. Yet now these illusions can be manipulated by advertising and design. Drawing on thirty years of Hoffman's own influential research, as well as evolutionary biology, game theory, neuroscience, and philosophy, The Case Against Reality makes the mind-bending yet utterly convincing case that the world is nothing like what we see through our eyes.

Handbook of Entrepreneurial Cognition (Paperback): J. Robert Mitchell, Ronald K Mitchell, Brandon Randolph-Seng Handbook of Entrepreneurial Cognition (Paperback)
J. Robert Mitchell, Ronald K Mitchell, Brandon Randolph-Seng
R898 Discovery Miles 8 980 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Entrepreneurial cognition research is at a crossroads, where static views give way to dynamic approaches. This Handbook draws on a variety of perspectives from experts in the field of entrepreneurial cognition to highlight the key elements in a socially-situated view, where cognition is action-oriented, embodied, socially-situated, and distributed. It provides readers with some of the most up-to-date approaches to entrepreneurial cognition research and is designed to be an invaluable and timesaving companion for entrepreneurial cognition researchers. With insights from leading entrepreneurial cognition researchers the Handbook offers a comprehensive literature review of the field. Readers seeking to better understand and participate in some of the most up-to-date approaches to entrepreneurial cognition research will find this Handbook to be especially helpful in their research. Established scholars who are new to the research area will also be interested in this book. University libraries with research-focused business schools will also benefit from this Handbook.

Moonwalking with Einstein - The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (Paperback): Joshua Foer Moonwalking with Einstein - The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (Paperback)
Joshua Foer 2
R270 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R110 (41%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein is an astonishing journey through the mind, and secrets of how our memory really works. Can anyone get a perfect memory? Joshua Foer used to be like most of us, forgetting phone numbers and mislaying keys. Then he learnt the art of memory training, discovering the mnemonic ancient 'memory palace' technique first practiced by Simonides of Ceos over 2,500 years ago. And only year later, Foer found himself in the finals of the US Memory Championships, alongside 'mental athletes' who could memorise the precise order of ten shuffled decks of cards in under an hour. From the man who can recall nine thousand books to another who constantly forgets who he is, from the ancient world to the cutting edge of neuroscience, Joshua Foer discovers a truth we often forget: that memory is the key to everything we are. 'Passionate and deeply engrossing ... The more we challenge ourselves, the greater our capacity. It's a fact that every teacher, parent and student would do well to learn. The lesson is unforgettable' Washington Post 'Captivating ... Engaging ... Mr. Foer writes in these pages with fresh enthusiasm. His narrative is smart and funny' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times 'Delightful...empathetic, thought-provoking and...memorable' Elizabeth Pisani, Prospect 'An endearingly geeky world ... witty and revelatory' Oliver Burkeman, Guardian 'A charming book ... interwoven with informed exposition about the psychological science of memory' Professor Larry R Squire, Nature 'Great fun and hugely readable' Mark Turner, Independent Joshua Foer studied evolutionary biology at Yale University and is now a freelance science journalist, writing for National Geographic and The New York Times among others. Researching an article on the US Memory Championships, Foer became intrigued by the potential of his own memory. After just one year of training, he won the following year's Championship.

The Right Life - Human Individuality and its role in our development, health and happiness (Hardcover): Remo H. Largo The Right Life - Human Individuality and its role in our development, health and happiness (Hardcover)
Remo H. Largo 1
R475 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R111 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

How do we find the life that's right for each of us? More and more of us are feeling overwhelmed by the everyday struggle to lead the lives to which we aspire. Children are placed under unbearable pressure to achieve; adults fight a constant battle to balance family life with work and economic demands; old people suffer from social isolation and a lack of emotional security. People of every age are feeling increasingly at odds with the world, and less able to live a life that corresponds to their individual needs and talents. At the root of this problem, argues internationally renowned child development expert Remo Largo, is a mistaken idea of what makes us human. A distillation of forty years of research and medical experience, The Right Life sets out a new theory of human thriving. Tracing our development as individuals from the beginnings of evolution to the twenty-first century, he sets out his own theory, the 'Fit Principle', which proposes that every human strives to live in harmony with their fellow humans and their environment. Rather than a ceaseless quest for self-improvement and growth, he argues, our collective goals should be individual self-acceptance, as we embrace the unique matrix of skills, needs and limitations that makes each of us who we are. Not only, Largo suggests, can a true understanding of human thriving help people find their way back to their individuality; it can help us to reshape society and economy in order to live as fully as possible.

A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis (Paperback, UK ed.): Sigmund Freud A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis (Paperback, UK ed.)
Sigmund Freud; Introduction by Stephen Wilson; Series edited by Tom Griffith
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Sigmund Freud's controversial ideas have penetrated Western culture more deeply than those of any other psychologist. The 'Freudian slip', the 'Oedipus complex', 'childhood sexuality', 'libido', 'narcissism' 'penis envy', the 'castration complex', the 'id', the 'ego' and the 'superego', 'denial', 'repression', 'identification', 'projection', 'acting out', the 'pleasure principle', the 'reality principle', 'defence-mechanism' - are all taken for granted in our everyday vocabulary.
Psychoanalysis was never just a method of treatment, rather a vision of the human condition which has continued to fascinate and provoke long after the death of its originator. Its central hypothesis, that we live in conflict with ourselves and seek to resolve matters by turning away from reality, did not emerge from experimental science but from self-examination and the unique opportunities for observation presented by the psychoanalytic technique - in particular, from the confessions produced by 'free-association' in Freud's consulting room. Written during the turmoil of the First World War, "A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis" was distilled from a series of lectures given at Vienna University, but had to wait for the war to end before being made available to the English speaking world.

The Demon in the Machine - How Hidden Webs of Information Are Finally Solving the Mystery of Life (Hardcover): Paul Davies The Demon in the Machine - How Hidden Webs of Information Are Finally Solving the Mystery of Life (Hardcover)
Paul Davies 1
R466 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R152 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'A gripping new drama in science ... if you want to understand how the concept of life is changing, read this' Professor Andrew Briggs, University of Oxford When Darwin set out to explain the origin of species, he made no attempt to answer the deeper question: what is life? For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of this fundamental question. Life really does look like magic: even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it. And yet, huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. So can life be explained by known physics and chemistry, or do we need something fundamentally new? In this penetrating and wide-ranging new analysis, world-renowned physicist and science communicator Paul Davies searches for answers in a field so new and fast-moving that it lacks a name, a domain where computing, chemistry, quantum physics and nanotechnology intersect. At the heart of these diverse fields, Davies explains, is the concept of information: a quantity with the power to unify biology with physics, transform technology and medicine, and even to illuminate the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe. From life's murky origins to the microscopic engines that run the cells of our bodies, The Demon in the Machine is a breath-taking journey across the landscape of physics, biology, logic and computing. Weaving together cancer and consciousness, two-headed worms and bird navigation, Davies reveals how biological organisms garner and process information to conjure order out of chaos, opening a window on the secret of life itself.

Working Wonders - How to Make the Impossible Happen (Paperback): Ryszard Praszkier Working Wonders - How to Make the Impossible Happen (Paperback)
Ryszard Praszkier
R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The difference between what's possible and what's not is a construct of the human mind, a matter of perspective, and it's one that can be changed. Working Wonders explains the fundamentals that shape the mind: how it builds walls to protect itself and how a person can tear those walls down to tackle challenges that would have previously been discounted as unrealistic. This volume shares case studies featuring people making the impossible a reality and, in doing so, changing the world for the better. On a deeper level and yet still using non-technical language, the book identifies possible neurological and psychosocial mechanisms that limit the brain, and techniques that may open it up to exploring the seemingly unachievable. Praszkier also introduces the concept of 'possibilitivity', a personality trait that reflects the propensity to perceive insurmountable challenges as doable, and concludes by presenting a portfolio of 'Do It Yourself' techniques.

Happy Ever After - Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life (Paperback): Paul Dolan Happy Ever After - Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life (Paperback)
Paul Dolan 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Be ambitious; find everlasting love; look after your health ... There are countless stories about how we ought to live our lives. These narratives can make our lives easier, and they might sometimes make us happier too. But they can also trap us and those around us. In Happy Ever After, bestselling happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on a wealth of evidence to bust the common myths about our sources of happiness and shows that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting happiness. Some of these might involve not going into higher education, choosing not to marry, rewarding acts rooted in self-interest and caring a little less about living forever. By freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living.

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