They then relate theoretical issues to the results of their survey. An important finding is the distinction between objects valued for action and those valued for contemplation. The authors compare families who have warm emotional attachments to their homes with those in which a common set of positive meanings is lacking, and interpret the different patterns of involvement. They then trace the cultivation of meaning in case studies of four families. Finally, the authors address what they describe as the current crisis of environmental and material exploitation, and suggest that human capacities for the creation and redirection of meaning offer the only hope for survival.
A wide range of scholars - urban and family sociologists, clinical, developmental and environmental psychologists, cultural anthropologists and philosophers, and many general readers - will find this book stimulating and compelling. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews.
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Sort order. Feb 11, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was remarkable for a few reasons. First, I admire the political conviction of its authors. It's so rare to see academic books espouse a clear point of view in this case: materialism is bad. I guess academics were able to do as much in the s.
Maybe someday we'll be back there. Second, the book does a remarkable job looking at an understudied subject and treating it fully in-depth interviews!
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It doesn't strive toward broad generaliza This book was remarkable for a few reasons. It doesn't strive toward broad generalizations, but attempts to draw conclusions based on a huge amount of data in a way that both seems fair to the research subjects and not overambitious in terms of its actual results. And it does this while also clearly showing how the data is distributed, coded, and aggregated. I joked with Jason a bit that perhaps the reason this book isn't cited more often is due to the craziness of the first author's last name, but then I looked him up and found out he's remained famous and well-regarded he's the "flow" guy.
So, perhaps the real reason this book is so little cited is because people recognize the need to update the scholarship to contemporary times and can't bear the thought of embarking on such a study. It wouldn't be easy, but I imagine the results could be incredibly fruitful. In the meantime, I'll probably be able to use some of the actual data they cite regarding the importance of books as well as some of their more theoretical offerings regarding the motivations for assigning meaning to objects, particularly those in the home the latter includes discussions of cultivation and symbolic worth.
Feb 10, Brad Needham rated it really liked it. And, since the story of philosophy is incomplete without mention of the great philosophical traditions of India, China and the Persian-Arabic world, he gives a comparative survey of them, too. In his acclaimed columns in the London Times and Prospect, A. Grayling often responds to provocative questions posed by editors and readers. These questions serve as the basis for the essays in Thinking of Answers, among them searching examinations of the following: Are human beings especially prone to self-deception? If beauty existed only in the eye of the beholder, would that make it an unimportant quality?
The guy in email lost a lot of credibility because he spelled the name of an attribute with pointy-brackets around it. Janssen, and M. Davis, Wayne A. Three such types of cases are: i cases in which the speaker means p by an utterance despite knowing that the audience already believes p , as in cases of reminding or confession; ii cases in which a speaker means p by an utterance, such as the conclusion of an argument, which the speaker intends an audience to believe on the basis of evidence rather than recognition of speaker intention; and iii cases in which there is no intended audience at all, as in uses of language in thought. This ignores questions about the manifold injustices that have been endorsed by 'science' at various stages in its history, and the imperfect state of human knowledge. However, if you really have something to say that involves words, use the microphone.
Are human rights political? And more.
In a series of accessible and engaging short lectures delivered in the deep chocolate tones of reader Laurence Kennedy, 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know introduces and explains the problems of knowledge, consciousness, identity, ethics, belief, justice and aesthetics that have engaged the attention of thinkers from the era of the ancient Greeks to the present day. The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections like The Reason of Things and Thinking of Answers but this time to collect Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict.
In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds. We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time.
He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves. In this groundbreaking audiobook, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure.
Whether you're following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates. Few, if any, thinkers and writers today would have the imagination, the breadth of knowledge, and the literary skill to conceive of a powerful secular alternative to the Bible.
But that is exactly what A. Grayling has done, creating a nonreligious bible drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions, using the same techniques of editing, redaction, and adaptation that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions. By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives.
He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make. Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year.
And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures. Can it be fixed? What doesn't kill you makes you weaker. Always trust your feelings. Life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures.
And yet they have become increasingly woven into education, culminating in a stifling culture of 'safetyism' that began on American college campuses. In a world where wages are virtually stagnant, creative disruption is rocking every industry, global competition for jobs is fierce, and job security is a thing of the past, we're all on our own when it comes to our careers.
In the face of such uncertainty, the key to success is to think and act likes an entrepreneur: to be nimble and self-reliant, to be innovative, and to know how to network and stand out from the crowd. And this is precisely what Hoffman and Casnocha show you how to do in a book that is both inspirational and practical.
What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. I know in time, the extraordinary will take care of itself. I used to tell my mom that the worst thing in the world to be is just like everybody else.
To work a and follow all the rules of society and then just die without leaving something epic and grand behind. I just want to focus on making the ordinary things feel special. I want to find joy in breathing in the beautiful southern California weather. In walking on our beautiful campus. On buying the same salad every Tuesday from Seeds. On taking the Metro line to Santa Monica.
Notice that the things that fill your heart with warmth are things that you did not have to look far to find: phone calls with your mom, surrounding yourself with people that make you feel seen, your favorite lavenders in a jar, midnight talks heart to hearts, singing in the car. What if the only thing you left behind in your legacy was not a long list of accomplishments, but actual joy and love for life? I love your writing and your authentic voice, Erika.