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Why Buddhism Is True - The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Paperback, UK Edition): Robert Wright Why Buddhism Is True - The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Paperback, UK Edition)
Robert Wright 2
R285 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From one of America's most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer-and the reason we make other people suffer-is that we don't see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this "sublime" (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life-how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright's landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world's most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is "provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding" (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

A Memoir of General James Oglethorpe - One of the Earliest Reformers of Prison Discipline in England and the Founder of Georgia... A Memoir of General James Oglethorpe - One of the Earliest Reformers of Prison Discipline in England and the Founder of Georgia in America (Paperback)
Robert Wright
R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Why Buddhism is True - The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Paperback): Robert Wright Why Buddhism is True - The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Paperback)
Robert Wright 1
R381 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R57 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From one of America's most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer-and the reason we make other people suffer-is that we don't see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this "sublime" (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life-how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright's landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world's most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is "provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding" (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

The Image Is Everything Presidency - Dilemmas In American Leadership (Hardcover): Richard W. Waterman, Gilbert K. St.Clair,... The Image Is Everything Presidency - Dilemmas In American Leadership (Hardcover)
Richard W. Waterman, Gilbert K. St.Clair, Robert Wright
R3,116 Discovery Miles 31 160 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Image is everything. Today, our television and movie stars, our athletes, and our politicians carefully craft images for public consumption. Even our country's Executive Chief is not immune to a bit of image manipulation. If presidents can not always actually satisfy the public's excessive, contradictory, and unrealistic expectations, they can at l

One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe (Hardcover, Ed): Robert Wright One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe (Hardcover, Ed)
Robert Wright
R908 R742 Discovery Miles 7 420 Save R166 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Like its current citizens, the United States was born in debt-a debt so deep that it threatened to destroy the young nation. Thomas Jefferson considered the national debt a monstrous fraud on posterity, while Alexander Hamilton believed debt would help America prosper. Both, as it turns out, were right.

"One Nation Under Debt" explores the untold history of America's first national debt, which arose from the immense sums needed to conduct the American Revolution. Noted economic historian Robert Wright, Ph.D. tells in riveting narrative how a subjugated but enlightened people cast off a great tyrant-"but their liberty, won with promises as well as with the blood of patriots, came at a high price." He brings to life the key events that shaped the U.S. financial system and explains how the actions of our forefathers laid the groundwork for the debt we still carry today.

As an economically tenuous nation by Revolution's end, America's people struggled to get on their feet. Wright outlines how the formation of a new government originally reduced the nation's debt-but, as debt was critical to this government's survival, it resurfaced, to be beaten back once more. Wright then reveals how political leaders began accumulating massive new debts to ensure their popularity, setting the financial stage for decades to come.

Wright traces critical evolutionary developments-from Alexander Hamilton's creation of the nation's first modern capital market, to the use of national bonds to further financial goals, to the drafting of state constitutions that created non-predatory governments. He shows how, by the end of Andrew Jackson's administration, America's financial system was contributing to national growth while at the same time new national and state debts were amassing, sealing the fate for future generations.

Following the Way of Jesus (Paperback): Michael B. Curry Following the Way of Jesus (Paperback)
Michael B. Curry; Contributions by Megan Castellan, Kellan Day, Nora Gallagher, Broderick Greer, …
R255 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The New Church's Teaching series has been one of the most recognizable and useful sets of books in The Episcopal Church. With the launch of the Church's Teachings for a Changing World series, visionary Episcopal thinkers and leaders have teamed up to write a new set of books, grounded and thoughtful enough for seminarians and leaders, concise and accessible enough for newcomers, with a host of discussion resources that help readers to dig deep. Michael Curry leads off this volume with a clarion call for Episcopalians to join the Jesus Movement. A team of the church's brightest stars follow up with reflections on the practice of ministry in light of the movement: Nora Gallagher on encountering the "other," Rob Wright on adaptive leadership, Broderick Greer on reconciliation, Anthony Guillen on new ministries, Megan Castellan on evangelism, and Kellan Day on ministry with young people. Michael Curry closes with a word on making the world whole. Christians have been following Jesus together for some 2000 years - these leaders help to illuminate how we follow him in our time.

Genealogy of American Finance (Hardcover): Robert Wright, Richard Sylla Genealogy of American Finance (Hardcover)
Robert Wright, Richard Sylla; Foreword by Charles Royce
R1,383 R1,138 Discovery Miles 11 380 Save R245 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this unique, well-illustrated book, readers learn how fifty financial corporations came to dominate the U.S. banking system and their impact on the nation's political, social, and economic growth. A story that spans more than two centuries of war, crisis, and opportunity, this account reminds readers that American banking was never a fixed enterprise but has evolved in tandem with the country. More than 225 years have passed since Alexander Hamilton created one of the nation's first commercial banks. Over time, these institutions have changed hands, names, and locations, reflecting a wave of mergers, acquisitions, and other restructuring efforts that echo changes in American finance. Some names, such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo, will be familiar to readers. The origins of others, including Zions Bancorporation, founded by Brigham Young and owned by the Mormon Church until 1960, are surprising. Exploring why some banks failed and others thrived, this book wonders, in light of the 2008 financial crisis, whether recent consolidations have reached or even exceeded economically rational limits. A key text for navigating the complex terrain of American finance, this volume draws a fascinating family tree for projecting the financial future of a nation.

The Evolution of God (Paperback): Robert Wright The Evolution of God (Paperback)
Robert Wright
R452 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R56 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this sweeping narrative that takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest. And this previously unrecognized evolutionary logic points not toward continued religious extremism, but future harmony. Nearly a decade in the making, The Evolution of God is a breathtaking re-examination of the past, and a visionary look forward.

Readings from the Daily Office for the Early Church (Paperback): J. Robert Wright Readings from the Daily Office for the Early Church (Paperback)
J. Robert Wright
R853 R789 Discovery Miles 7 890 Save R64 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A collection of readings selected from early Christian writers to accompany the 453 liturgical days in the Daily Office Lectionary of The Book of Common Prayer. This serves as an excellent introductory course in the theology of the early Church as well as a way to deepen one's understanding of the Church's doctrinal tradition based in Holy Scripture.

Ruby Red and the Wolf (Paperback): Sherrie Wright Ruby Red and the Wolf (Paperback)
Sherrie Wright; Illustrated by Sherrie Wright; Robert Wright
R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Why Buddhism is True - The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Hardcover): Robert Wright Why Buddhism is True - The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Hardcover)
Robert Wright 1
R622 R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Save R98 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

New York Times Bestseller From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain. But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly-and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people. In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true-which is to say, a way out of our delusion-but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

The Moral Animal - The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology  (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed): Robert Wright The Moral Animal - The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed)
Robert Wright
R412 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R53 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics--as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies. Illustrations.

NonZero - The Logic of Human Destiny (Paperback): Robert Wright NonZero - The Logic of Human Destiny (Paperback)
Robert Wright
R410 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R58 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In his bestselling The Moral Animal, Robert Wright applied the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of the human mind. Now Wright attempts something even more ambitious: explaining the direction of evolution and human history–and discerning where history will lead us next.

In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright asserts that, ever since the primordial ooze, life has followed a basic pattern. Organisms and human societies alike have grown more complex by mastering the challenges of internal cooperation. Wright's narrative ranges from fossilized bacteria to vampire bats, from stone-age villages to the World Trade Organization, uncovering such surprises as the benefits of barbarian hordes and the useful stability of feudalism. Here is history endowed with moral significance–a way of looking at our biological and cultural evolution that suggests, refreshingly, that human morality has improved over time, and that our instinct to discover meaning may itself serve a higher purpose. Insightful, witty, profound, Nonzero offers breathtaking implications for what we believe and how we adapt to technology's ongoing transformation of the world.

The Moral Animal - Why We Are The Way We Are (Paperback, New Ed): Robert Wright The Moral Animal - Why We Are The Way We Are (Paperback, New Ed)
Robert Wright
R398 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In this work, Robert Wright examines a science that has emerged from the work of evolutionary biologists and social scientists. Taking the life and work of the evolutionist Charles Darwin as his context, Wright seeks to demonstrate how Darwin's ideas have stood the test of time and retells - from the perspective of evolutionary psychology - the stories of Darwin's marriage, family, life and career. From this paradigm, Wright draws conclusions about the structure of our most basic preoccupations - sex, ambition, politics, justice - aiming to throw light on the background of these fundamental instincts, and to show why they are so important to us. The work poses questions about not only the biological bases for morality, but also the biological bases for amorality.

Bureaucrats, Politics And the Environment (Paperback): Richard Waterman, Amelia A. Rouse, Robert Wright Bureaucrats, Politics And the Environment (Paperback)
Richard Waterman, Amelia A. Rouse, Robert Wright
R801 Discovery Miles 8 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The bureaucracy in the United States has a hand in almost all aspects of our lives, from the water we drink to the parts in our cars. For a force so influential and pervasive, however, this body of all nonelective government officials remains an enigmatic, impersonal entity. The literature of bureaucratic theory is rife with contradictions and mysteries. Bureaucrats, Politics, and the Environment attempts to clarify some of these problems. The authors surveyed the workers at two agencies: enforcement personnel from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and employees of the New Mexico Environment Department. By examining what they think about politics, the environment, their budgets, and the other institutions and agencies with which they interact, this work puts a face on the bureaucracy and provides an explanation for its actions.

Extinction Effect - Zombie Run (Paperback): Robert Wright Extinction Effect - Zombie Run (Paperback)
Robert Wright
R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Bailouts - Public Money, Private Profit (Paperback, New): Robert Wright Bailouts - Public Money, Private Profit (Paperback, New)
Robert Wright
R389 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R46 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Today's financial crisis is the result of dismal failures on the part of regulators, market analysts, and corporate executives. Yet the response of the American government has been to bail out the very institutions and individuals that have wrought such havoc upon the nation. Are such massive bailouts really called for? Can they succeed?

Robert E. Wright and his colleagues provide an unbiased history of government bailouts and a frank assessment of their effectiveness. Their book recounts colonial America's struggle to rectify the first dangerous real estate bubble and the British government's counterproductive response. It explains how Alexander Hamilton allowed central banks and other lenders to bail out distressed but sound businesses without rewarding or encouraging the risky ones. And it shows how, in the second half of the twentieth century, governments began to bail out distressed companies, industries, and even entire economies in ways that subsidized risk takers while failing to reinvigorate the economy. By peering into the historical uses of public money to save private profit, this volume suggests better ways to control risk in the future.

Additional Columbia / SSRC books on the privatization of risk and its implications for Americans:

Health at Risk: America's Ailing Health System--and How to Heal ItEdited by Jacob S. Hacker

Laid Off, Laid Low: Political and Economic Consequences of Employment InsecurityEdited by Katherine S. Newman

Pensions, Social Security, and the Privatization of RiskEdited by Mitchell A. Orenstein

Nonzero - History, Evolution & Human Cooperation (Paperback, New Ed): Robert Wright Nonzero - History, Evolution & Human Cooperation (Paperback, New Ed)
Robert Wright
R346 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R26 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In a book sure to stir argument for years to come, Robert Wright challen+ges the conventional view that biological evolution and human history are aimless. Ingeniously employing game theory – the logic of ‘zero-sum’ and ‘non-zero-sum’ games – Wright isolates the impetus behind life’s basic direction: the impetus that, via biological evolution, created complex, intelligent animals, and then via cultural evolution, pushed the human species towards deeper and vaster social complexity. In this view, the coming of today’s independent global society was ‘in the cards’ – not quite inevitable, but, as Wright puts it, ‘so probable as to inspire wonder’. In a narrative of breathtaking scope and erudition, yet pungent wit, Wright takes on some of the past century’s most prominent thinkers, including Isaiah Berlin, Karl Popper, Stephen Jay Gould, and Richard Dawkins. Wright argues that a coolly specific appraisal of humanity’s three-billion-year past can give new spiritual meaning to the present and even offer political guidance for the future. This book will change the way people think about the human prospect.
 

Prideful Sin (Paperback): Sherrie Wright Prideful Sin (Paperback)
Sherrie Wright; Robert Wright
R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Into the Light - Demon Child: Book 2 (Paperback): Robert Wright Into the Light - Demon Child: Book 2 (Paperback)
Robert Wright
R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Walk the Galaxy (Paperback): Sherrie Wright Walk the Galaxy (Paperback)
Sherrie Wright; Robert Wright Jr
R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Lustful Sin (Paperback): Robert Wright Jr Lustful Sin (Paperback)
Robert Wright Jr
R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mummy in the Museum (Paperback): Robert Wright Jr Mummy in the Museum (Paperback)
Robert Wright Jr; Robert Wright Jr
R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Life of Major-General James Wolfe - Founded on Original Documents (Paperback): Robert Wright The Life of Major-General James Wolfe - Founded on Original Documents (Paperback)
Robert Wright
R742 Discovery Miles 7 420 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Monster in the Morning (Hardcover): Thomas McDonnell Monster in the Morning (Hardcover)
Thomas McDonnell; Illustrated by Robert Wright; Designed by Mark Donnelly
R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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