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The World Beyond Your Head

The World Beyond Your Head

How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction

  • Author: Matthew Crawford
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0241959454
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 320
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From Matthew Crawford, 'one of the most influential thinkers of our time' (Sunday Times), comes The World Beyond Your Head - a hugely ambitious manifesto on flourishing in the modern world. In this brilliant follow-up to The Case for Working with Your Hands, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. With ever-increasing demands on our attention, how do we focus on what's really important in our lives? Exploring the intense focus of ice-hockey players, the zoned-out behaviour of gambling addicts, and the inherited craft of building pipe organs, Crawford argues that our current crisis of attention is the result of long-held assumptions in Western culture and that in order to flourish, we need to establish meaningful connections with the world, the people around us and the historical moment we live in. Praise for The Case for Working With Your Hands: 'The best book I have read for ages . . . a profound exploration of modern education, work and capitalism' Telegraph 'Full of interesting stories and thought-provoking aperçus enlivened with humour . . . Important, memorable and enjoyable' The Times 'Masterly' Economist Matthew Crawford is a philosopher and mechanic. He has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Chicago and served as a postdoctoral fellow on its Committee on Social Thought. Currently a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, he also runs Shockoe Moto, a motorcycle repair shop.

The World Beyond Your Head

The World Beyond Your Head

On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

  • Author: Matthew B. Crawford
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 0374708444
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 320
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A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood as the coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security to the rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life.

Why We Drive

Why We Drive

On Taking Back Control

  • Author: Matthew Crawford
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape
  • ISBN: 9781847925114
  • Category:
  • Page: 368
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Why We Drive is a rebellious and daring celebration of the human spirit and the competence of ordinary people by the bestselling author of The Case for Working with Your Hands, 'one of the most influential thinkers of our time' (Sunday Times). Once we were drivers, the open road alive with autonomy and adventure. Today we are as likely to be in the back seat of an Uber as behind the wheel. As we hurtle toward a shiny, happy 'self-driving' future, are we destined to become passengers in our own lives too? Driving, it turns out, offers a near-perfect embodiment of the broader changes being wrought by government and technology throughout our lives. In Why We Drive, the philosopher and mechanic Matthew Crawford shows the driver's seat to be one of the few remaining places where we still regularly take risk, exercise skill and enjoy freedom. But it is here too that we discover what we are losing to automation and the technocrats, and who will profit from the vision of progress they press upon us. Blending philosophy with hands-on storytelling and drawing on his own experience in the garage and behind the wheel, Crawford leads us on an irreverent but deeply considered inquiry into the power of faceless bureaucracies, the importance of questioning mindless rules and the battle for democratic self-determination against the surveillance capitalists. In turn he speaks up for rivalry and play, solidarity and dissent - and the existential value of occasionally being scared shitless. Wry, humane and occasionally hilarious, Why We Drive takes us to the heart of one of the defining questions of our times: who is really in control?

Why We Drive

Why We Drive

Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road

  • Author: Matthew B. Crawford
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0062741985
  • Category: Transportation
  • Page: 368
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From the author of the landmark Shop Class as Soulcraft, a brilliant, first-of-its-kind celebration of driving as a unique pathway of human freedom, one now critically threatened by automation. Once we were drivers, the open road alive with autonomy, adventure, danger, trust, and speed. Today we are as likely to be in the back seat of an Uber as behind the wheel ourselves. Tech giants are hurling us toward a shiny, happy “self-driving” future, selling utopia but equally keen to advertise to a captive audience strapped into another expensive device. Are we destined, then, to become passengers, not drivers? Why We Drive reveals that much more may be at stake than we might think. Ten years ago, in the New York Times-bestselling Shop Class as Soulcraft, philosopher-mechanic Matthew B. Crawford—a University of Chicago PhD who owned his own motorcycle shop—made a revolutionary case for manual labor, one that ran headlong against the pretentions of white-collar office work. Now, using driving as a window through which to view the broader changes wrought by technology on all aspects of contemporary life, Crawford investigates the driver’s seat as one of the few remaining domains of skill, exploration, play—and freedom. Blending philosophy and hands-on storytelling, Crawford grounds the narrative in his own experience in the garage and behind the wheel, recounting his decade-long restoration of a vintage Volkswagen as well as his journeys to thriving automotive subcultures across the country. Crawford leads us on an irreverent but deeply considered inquiry into the power of faceless bureaucracies, the importance of questioning mindless rules, and the battle for democratic self-determination against the surveillance capitalists. A meditation on the competence of ordinary people, Why We Drive explores the genius of our everyday practices on the road, the rewards of “folk engineering,” and the existential value of occasionally being scared shitless. Witty and ingenious throughout, Why We Drive is a rebellious and daring celebration of the irrepressible human spirit.

Brief Peeks Beyond

Brief Peeks Beyond

Critical Essays on Metaphysics, Neuroscience, Free Will, Skepticism and Culture

  • Author: Bernardo Kastrup
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
  • ISBN: 1785350196
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 251
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This book is a multi-faceted exploration and critique of the human condition as it is presently manifested. It addresses science and philosophy, explores the underlying nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics. Each of these examinations contributes an angle to an emerging idea gestalt that challenges present mainstream views and behaviors and offers a sane alternative. The book is organized as a series of short and self-contained essays, most of which can be read in under one hour.

The World Beyond the Pale

The World Beyond the Pale

One Life Between Two Worlds

  • Author: Louise Cabral
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 1462064183
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 260
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Esther Rabach's story begins in a Jewish shtetl (a small village) within the Pale of Settlement, an isolated area designated by Catherine the Great during her anti-Semitic rule of Russia. Esther, young and naive with a head full of romantic dreams, embarks on a journey to America to marry the man she loves. Arriving in New York City in 1910, she discovers a world of ferment, chaos, and inequality known as the Sweatshop Era, where immigrants are exploited and abused. Experiencing these injustices first hand, Esther becomes a dedicated activist in the fight for an equitable America. Louise Cabral, in her skillful writing, has accomplished a portrait of a woman's transformation from innocence to true heroism. "The World Beyond the Pale" will take the reader on a voyage between the devastation of the Old World and the hope for the New World. "Louise Cabral writes with the impassioned insight of a wise, true elder-a quality age alone can't guarantee. She writes with a courageous heart-willing to be broken open for the sake of being filled. My heart and mind have been enriched by virtue of her literary gifts." -Wayne Allen LeVine, author of "Insights of an Ordinary Man" ""The World Beyond the Pale" is an inspiring and uplifting story with a powerful female protagonist. I love Esther. All of the characters come to life through a realism that nothing is certain, all things change, and overcoming the obstacles is the triumph." -Aurora Terrenus, author of "The Shroud of Sophia" ""The World Beyond the Pale" captures your heart while it effortlessly feeds you historical bite after juicy historical bite. Through her compassionate words, Louise Cabral pays homage to the Jewish culture and brings life to a story that gives a voice to many who were silenced too soon." -Valerie Kruley, editor"

The Spiritual Dimension of Leadership

The Spiritual Dimension of Leadership

8 Key Principles to Leading More Effectively

  • Author: Paul D. Houston,Stephen L. Sokolow
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • ISBN: 1483364070
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 176
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This book illuminates many of the core values, beliefs, and principles that can guide, sustain, and inspire leaders during difficult times.

The Moon Chronicles

The Moon Chronicles

  • Author: Stephanie E. Chambers
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1469144018
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 254
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The land of Kraal has been under the influence of a dark lord for 3000 years. Lumaris is a farmers daughter and sees herself as just that. On her fourteenth birthday, however, everything changes. She is the only human in her world that can perform magic and so is the only one to save it. With an elf and immortal mercenary by her side, she travels the world she never knew training for the prophecized battle. Along the way, she discovered about the origins of her powers and what the real evil deeds of the tyrant are...

Beyond Your Life Is Poetry: Every Motion, Every Pulse, Is Poetry in the Making

Beyond Your Life Is Poetry: Every Motion, Every Pulse, Is Poetry in the Making

Every Motion, Every Pulse, Is Poetry in the Making

  • Author: Donell Jackson
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1469170639
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 147
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I am a writer of many different areas, Im currently working on my next book called How A Man Should Treat His Woman This book will have a lot of thing to take a relationship to another level as well as it will have a little surprise at the end for all my reader; Leading into my next following book. I appreciate all the support from all my fellow readers and I will continue to bring you more things to read and open your eyes to different things that life holds. I dont mind helping out up and coming poets, so if you would like to have a section in my next poetry book in the amateur section. You can contact me at [email protected] I wouldnt mind featuring you if you think you have what it takes and would like to get one of your poems out contact me with your contact information. Contact is not for royalties but for advertisement purposes only. Thank you!

Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon

Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon

  • Author: Rachel Dresbeck,Dave Johnson
  • Publisher: Insiders' Guide
  • ISBN: 9780762734085
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 370
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From the thriving arts scene of the Pearl District to the natural wonder of the scenic Columbia Gorge, it's all in this guide to the City of Roses.