The Plausibility Problem

Author: Ed Shaw

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 1783592087

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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It's all very well to say that the Bible is clear when it talks about homosexuality. But is it realistic? Isn't it unrealistic and unfair to those who struggle with this issue? Doesn't it condemn them to loneliness, a lack of fulfilment and the loss of basic human satisfactions like sex and marriage? Is what the church teaches a plausible way of life? Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to what the Bible says and what the church has always taught about marriage and sex. In this honest book, he shares his pain in dealing with these issues - but, at the same time, shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full. He shows that the Bible's teaching seems unreasonable not because of its difficulties, but because of missteps that the church has often taken in its understanding of the Christian life. We have been shaped by the world around us, and urgently need to re-examine the values that drive our discipleship. Only by doing this in the light of the Bible, can we make sense of its call on the lives of those who are attracted to their own sex. We have so often made Jesus' way sound like a bad deal. Only by reclaiming the reality of gospel discipleship, can we truly see and appreciate that life in Christ is the best way for any human life to be lived - whomever we are attracted to

Minding the Brain

A Guide to Philosophy and Neuroscience

Author: Georg Northoff

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137406054

Category: Philosophy

Page: 596

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This book explores how the relationship between philosophy and the brain can inform neuroscience, the mind-brain problem and debates about consciousness. Written in a lively style with extensive pedagogy to explain complex concepts, this is interesting reading for students and researchers of psychology, neuroscience and philosophy.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Author: William Wainwright

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198031580

Category: Reference

Page: 560

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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion contains newly commissioned chapters by 21 prominent experts who cover the field in a comprehensive but accessible manner. Each chapter is expository, critical, and representative of a distinctive viewpoint.

Cognitive Technology: Instruments of Mind

4th International Conference, CT 2001 Coventry, UK, August 6-9, 2001 Proceedings

Author: Meurig Beynon,Chrystopher L. Nehaniv,Kerstin Dautenhahn

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540424067

Category: Computers

Page: 524

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Cognitive Technology: Instruments of Mind Cognitive Technology is the study of the impact of technology on human cog- tion, the externalization of technology from the human mind, and the pragmatics of tools. It promotes the view that human beings should develop methods to p- dict, analyse, and optimize aspects of human-tool relationship in a manner that respects human wholeness. In particular the development of new tools such as virtual environments, new computer devices, and software tools has been too little concerned with the impacts these technologies will have on human cog- tive and social capacities. Our tools change what we are and how we relate to the world around us. They need to be developed in a manner that both extends human capabilities while ensuring an appropriate cognitive t between organism and instrument. The principal theme of the CT 2001 conference and volume is declared in its title: Instruments of Mind. Cognitive Technology is concerned with the interaction between two worlds: that of the mind and that of the machine. In science and engineering, this - teraction is often explored by posing the question: how can technology be best tailored to human cognition? But as the history of technological developments has consistently shown, cognition is also fashioned by technology. Technologies as diverse as writing, electricity generation, and the silicon chip all illustrate the profound and dynamic impact of technology upon ourselves and our conceptions of the world.

The President Is Missing

Roman (dt. Ausgabe)

Author: Bill Clinton,James Patterson

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426452502

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Das Buchereignis 2018: Bill Clinton und James Pattersons »The President Is Missing« ist ein hochspannender Thriller über Ereignisse, die wirklich so eintreffen können – eine Geschichte am Puls der Zeit, die man sich auf keinen Fall entgehen lassen darf. »The President Is Missing« handelt von einer Bedrohung so gigantischen Ausmaßes, dass sie nicht nur das Weiße Haus und die Wall Street in Aufruhr versetzt, sondern ganz Amerika. Angst und Ungewissheit halten die Nation in ihrem Würgegriff. Gerüchte brodeln – über Cyberterror und Spionage und einen Verräter im Kabinett. Sogar der Präsident selbst gerät unter Verdacht und ist plötzlich von der Bildfläche verschwunden. In der packenden Schilderung dreier atemberaubend dramatischer Tage wirft »The President Is Missing« ein Schlaglicht auf die komplizierten Mechanismen, die für das reibungslose Funktionieren einer hoch entwickelten Industrienation wie Amerika sorgen, und ihre Störanfälligkeit. Gespickt mit Informationen, über die nur ein ehemaliger Oberbefehlshaber verfügt, ist dies wohl der authentischste, beklemmendste Roman jüngerer Zeit, eine Geschichte – von historischer Tragweite und zum richtigen Moment erzählt –, die noch jahrelang für Zündstoff sorgen wird.

Alles Licht, das wir nicht sehen

Roman

Author: Anthony Doerr

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 340666752X

Category: Fiction

Page: 519

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Saint-Malo 1944: Marie-Laure, ein junges, blindes Mädchen, ist mit ihrem Vater, der am "Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle" arbeitet, aus dem besetzten Paris zu ihrem kauzigen Onkel in die Stadt am Meer geflohen. Einst hatte er ihr ein Modell der Pariser Nachbarschaft gebastelt, damit sie sich besser zurechtfinden kann. Nun ist in einem Modell Saint-Malos, der vielleicht kostbarste Schatz aus dem Museum versteckt, den auch die Nazis jagen. Werner Hausner, ein schmächtiger Waisenjunge aus dem Ruhrgebiet, wird wegen seiner technischen Begabung gefördert, auf eine Napola geschickt und dann in eine Wehrmachtseinheit gesteckt, die mit Peilgeräten Feindsender aufspürt, über die sich der Widerstand organisiert. Während Marie-Laures Vater von den Deutschen verschleppt und verhört wird, dringt Werners Einheit nach Saint-Malo vor, auf der Suche nach dem Sender, über den Etienne, Marie-Laures Onkel, die Résistance mit Daten versorgt & Kunstvoll und spannend, mit einer wunderschönen Sprache und einem detaillierten Wissen um die Kriegsereignisse, den Einsatz des Radios, Widerstandscodes, Jules Verne und vieles andere erzählt Anthony Doerr mit einer Reihe unvergesslicher Figuren eine Geschichte aus dem zweiten Weltkrieg, und vor allem die Geschichte von Marie-Laure und Werner, zwei Jugendlichen, deren Lebenswege sich für einen folgenreichen Augenblick kreuzen.

The Quest for the Plausible Jesus

The Question of Criteria

Author: Gerd Theissen,Dagmar Winter

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664225377

Category: Religion

Page: 344

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Should the dissimilarity between Jesus and early Christianity or between Jesus and Judaism be the central criteria for the historical Jesus? Gerd Theissen and Dagmar Winter argue that the criterion of dissimilarity does not do justice to the single most important result of more than two-hundred years of Jesus research: that the historical Jesus belongs to both Judaism and Christianity. The two authors propose a criterion of historical plausibility so that historical phenomenon under question can be considered authentic so long as it can be plausibly understood in its Jewish context and also facilitates a plausible explanation for its later effects in Christian history. This book is a cooperative project between Dagmar Winter and Gerd Theissen and represents the fruit of many years of their research on the historical Jesus.

Melancholy Duty

The Hume-Gibbon Attack on Christianity

Author: S.P. Foster

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401722358

Category: Philosophy

Page: 362

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This book studies the complementary features of the thought of David Hume and Edward Gibbon in the complete range of its confrontation with eighteenth-century Christianity. The ten chapters explore the iconoclasm of these two philosophical historians - Hume as the premier philosopher, Gibbon as the consummate historian - as they labored to `naturalize' the study of Christianity, particularly with attention to its social and political dimensions. No other work deals as comprehensively or thoroughly with the attempt of philosophical history's challenge to Christianity. Belief in miracles and the afterlife, the dimensions of fanaticism and superstition, and the nature of religious persecution were the themes that occupied Hume and Gibbon in the making of their critique of Christianity. This book makes a valuable contribution to scholarship in a number of fields including the history of ideas, religious studies, and philosophy. It will be of interest to philosophers of religion, historians of ideas, eighteenth-century intellectual historians, scholars of the Scottish Enlightenment, and Hume and Gibbon scholars.

Ladivine

Author: Marie NDiaye

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518737015

Category: Fiction

Page: 444

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Einmal im Monat besucht Malinka ihre Mutter Ladivine Sylla in Bordeaux. Von Malinkas Existenz mit Mann und Kind, ihrem wohlgeordneten, bürgerlichen Leben ahnt die Mutter nichts. Ebenso wenig weiß Malinkas Familie von den Besuchen in Bordeaux, denn sie schämt sich der afrikanischen Herkunft von Ladivine. Und doch hängt sie an ihr mit zärtlicher, verzweifelter Liebe. Die Güte und Freundlichkeit, die Malinka gegen jedermann zeigt, verbergen nur ihre Schuldgefühle vor sich selbst – und setzen gerade dadurch fatale Ereignisse in Gang. Von der französischen Provinz nach Afrika und Berlin führen die verzweigten Wege in Marie NDiayes Roman. Mit der gewohnten sprachlichen Leichtigkeit und Virtuosität entfaltet sie die Innenperspektive ihrer Figuren und spürt die geheimen Fäden auf, die Menschen untereinander verbinden, bis sie durch ein Verhängnis zerrissen werden.

Scientific Information Systems

Author: Robert W. Holt

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 498

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This book discusses how to blend scientific methods with the broad capabilities a computer database information systems. This synthesis will aid anyone who is trying to explain, predict, or change the behavior of a complex system involving humans. While developed in research on information systems in the aviation industry, the principles and methods are universal. The examples clarify the advantages of this type of information system and the enormous potential power for understanding a target system completely and accurately. This book provides conceptual guidance for the construction and use of such systems in other domains.

Modularity in Development and Evolution

Author: Gerhard Schlosser,Günter P. Wagner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226738550

Category: Science

Page: 600

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Modularity in Development and Evolution offers the first sustained exploration of modules from developmental and evolutionary perspectives. Contributors discuss what modularity is, how it can be identified and modeled, how it originated and evolved, and its biological significance. Covering modules at levels ranging from genes to colonies, the book focuses on their roles not just in structures but also in processes such as gene regulation. Among many exciting findings, the contributors demonstrate how modules can highlight key constraints on evolutionary processes. A timely synthesis of a crucial topic, Modularity in Development and Evolution shows the invaluable insights modules can give into both developmental complexities and their evolutionary origins.

Data and Evidence in Linguistics

A Plausible Argumentation Model

Author: András Kertész,Csilla Rákosi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107009243

Category: Computers

Page: 297

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The question of what types of data and evidence can be used is one of the most important topics in linguistics. This book is the first to comprehensively present the methodological problems associated with linguistic data and evidence. Its originality is twofold. First, the authors' approach accounts for a series of unexplained characteristics of linguistic theorising: the uncertainty and diversity of data, the role of evidence in the evaluation of hypotheses, the problem solving strategies as well as the emergence and resolution of inconsistencies. Second, the findings are obtained by the application of a new model of plausible argumentation which is also of relevance from a general argumentation theoretical point of view. All concepts and theses are systematically introduced and illustrated by a number of examples from different linguistic theories, and a detailed case-study section shows how the proposed model can be applied to specific linguistic problems.

The Plausibility of Life

Resolving Darwin's Dilemma

Author: Marc W. Kirschner,John C. Gerhart,John Norton

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300119770

Category: Science

Page: 314

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Two eminent biologists tackle and provide exhilarating new answers to what they argue is the central, unresolved question of evolution

Die drei Sonnen

Roman

Author: Cixin Liu

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641173078

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

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Die Science-Fiction-Sensation aus China China, Ende der 1960er-Jahre: Während im ganzen Land die Kulturrevolution tobt, beginnt eine kleine Gruppe von Astrophysikern, Politkommissaren und Ingenieuren ein streng geheimes Forschungsprojekt. Ihre Aufgabe: Signale ins All zu senden und noch vor allen anderen Nationen Kontakt mit Außerirdischen aufzunehmen. Fünfzig Jahre später wird diese Vision Wirklichkeit – auf eine so erschreckende, umwälzende und globale Weise, dass dieser Kontakt das Schicksal der Menschheit für immer verändern wird.

Evil Beyond Belief

Author: James M. Petrik

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765602831

Category: Philosophy

Page: 171

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An introduction to and overview of the entire problem of evil, from a philosophical perspective. The text aims to be introductory and inclusive, both by familiarizing students with the main contours of the intellectual terrain, and by pointing them in the direction of further resources.

Computer hardware description languages and their applications

proceedings of the IFIP WG 10.2 Eighth International Conference on Computer Hardware Description Languages and Their Applications, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 27-29 April, 1987

Author: Mario R. Barbacci,Cees-Jan Koomen,IFIP WG 10.2,IFIP TC-10,IBM Nederland

Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 405

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The symposium on which this book is based has become established as the focal point for the meeting of experts in the field of formal descriptions of hardware and their use in analysis and synthesis of digital systems. The papers reflect the gradual shift from the original emphasis on the uses of language design to describe hardware, toward more formal techniques for specification and verification.