Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid

Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid Author Robert J. Sternberg
ISBN-10 9780300128208
Year 2008-10-01
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Yale University Press
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One need not look far to find breathtaking acts of stupidity committed by people who are smart, or even brilliant. The behavior of smart individuals—from presidents to prosecutors to professors—is at times so amazingly stupid as to seem inexplicable. Why do otherwise intelligent people think and behave in ways so stupid that they sometimes destroy their livelihoods or even their lives? This book is the first devoted to investigating what the most current psychological research can tell us about stupidity in everyday life. The contributors to the volume, renowned scholars in various areas of human intelligence, present fascinating examples of people messing up their lives, and they offer insights into the reasons for such behavior. From a variety of perspectives, the contributors discuss: • The nature and theory of stupidity • How stupidity contributes to stupid behavior • Whether stupidity is measurable While many millions of dollars are spent each year on intelligence research and testing to determine who has the ability to succeed, next to nothing is spent to determine who will make use of their intelligence and not squander it by behaving stupidly. Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid focuses on the neglected side of this discussion, reviewing the full range of theory and research on stupid behavior and analyzing what it tells us about how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences.

Year Zero

Year Zero Author Rob Reid
ISBN-10 9780345534484
Year 2012-07-10
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher Del Rey
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on American pop songs ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), resulting in the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang and bankrupting the whole universe. Nick has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly. Thankfully, this unlikely galaxy-hopping hero does know a thing or two about copyright law. Now, with Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick has forty-eight hours to save humanity—while hoping to wow the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.

Bad Astronomy

Bad Astronomy Author Philip C. Plait
ISBN-10 047142207X
Year 2002-10-08
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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Advance praise for Philip Plait s Bad Astronomy "Bad Astronomy is just plain good! Philip Plait clears up every misconception on astronomy and space you never knew you suffered from." --Stephen Maran, Author of Astronomy for Dummies and editor of The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia "Thank the cosmos for the bundle of star stuff named Philip Plait, who is the world s leading consumer advocate for quality science in space and on Earth. This important contribution to science will rest firmly on my reference library shelf, ready for easy access the next time an astrologer calls." --Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of The Borderlands of Science "Philip Plait has given us a readable, erudite, informative, useful, and entertaining book. Bad Astronomy is Good Science. Very good science..." --James "The Amazing" Randi, President, James Randi Educational Foundation, and author of An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural "Bad Astronomy is a fun read. Plait is wonderfully witty and educational as he debunks the myths, legends, and 'conspiracies that abound in our society. 'The Truth Is Out There' and it's in this book. I loved it!" --Mike Mullane, Space Shuttle astronaut and author of Do Your Ears Pop in Space?

After the First Taste of Love

After the First Taste of Love Author Talon Rihai
ISBN-10 1937058859
Year 2013-03-01
Pages 190
Language en
Publisher
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In high school, Nick Torres and Angelo del Valle were inseparable, outsiders who found strength in friendship. The bond between the gay, mixed-race teens turned isolation into brotherhood. Overachieving loner Angelo became "big bro," looking out for cocky, mischievous "little bro" Nick. But everything changed when Nick fell in love and moved away. Angelo tried to be happy for his dear friend, seeking solace in his college studies and a lonely string of one night stands. Then, one late night two years later, Angelo's phone rings. Nick is back in town, and he needs his big bro's help. Nick's dream life has become a nightmare, and he's come to the one person he could always trust for shelter. But when Nick looks to Angelo for more than brotherly affection, Angelo is left to wonder if Nick's feelings are genuine or an effect of his trauma. And if those feelings are genuine, Angelo must then decide if his own feelings for Nick have grown into something deeper as well.

Trainspotting Headstate

Trainspotting     Headstate Author Irvine Welsh
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105020248394
Year 1996
Pages 97
Language en
Publisher Vintage
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"Trainspotting: filled with graphic realism and wild comedy, the stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's phenomenally successful novel skims in and out of blighted lives spinning raw tales of everyday addiction: two dossers are called up to interview for the same shite job neither wants; a gallus lassie, goaded by four failed-Oxbridge twats from the Uni, takes bloody revenge; a skag boy tries to kick it one last time. Gruesome, political, violent and funny - Trainspotting is not to be missed." "Headstate: Originally conceived as a 'pre-club night' rather than a long-running play, this theatre piece, developed in concert with the Boilerhouse Theatre Company, is both a snapshot of and a hard-edged investigation into uncomfortable contemporary truths. Mickey sells love; Tina has given it away; John denies it; and Martin Sykes, the butcher, will always use it for a scam. Headstate is a shocking and humorous look at modern Britain: where we are now and how we got here."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Death from the Skies

Death from the Skies Author Philip C. Plait
ISBN-10 0670019976
Year 2008
Pages 326
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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It's only a matter of time before a cosmic disaster spells the end of the Earth. But how concerned should we about about any of these catastrophic scenarios? And if they do post a danger, can anything be done to stop them?

The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe Author Brian Greene
ISBN-10 9781446477779
Year 2011-05-31
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher Random House
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In The Elegant Universe Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe which isnt quite what we think: one that consists of eleven dimensions, where all matter is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. Greene uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to explain the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling. Dazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of scientific writing - a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer to understanding how the universe works.

Save Yourself Mammal

Save Yourself  Mammal Author Zach Weiner
ISBN-10 098285370X
Year 2011-07
Pages 88
Language en
Publisher Breadpig Incorporated
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Presents selections from the online comic which addresses a wide variety of themes, including love, relationships, politics, religion, and science.

Liverpool 81

Liverpool  81 Author Diane Frost
ISBN-10 1846316685
Year 2011
Pages 150
Language en
Publisher
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"Published to mark the 30th anniversary of the street disturbances that took place in Liverpool 8 in 1981, a time in which Liverpool was at the forefront of events that also rocked other British cities and communities including Brixton and Birmingham, Liverpool 81 recounts the fascinating history of what became known nationally as the Toxteth Riots. Drawing together memories of and responses to the 1981 riots by some of the key protagonists, the book explores why they took place and what their consequences and legacies have been. The book goes on to to ask what has become of the people and places most directly affected by the riots Black and Minority Ethnic communities, and residents of what were then labelled Inner Cities, not just in Liverpool but further afield and how these communities have reacted to and moved on over the past 30 years." -- Publisher's website.

Looking at Movies

Looking at Movies Author Barsam, Richard
ISBN-10 9780393265194
Year 2015-10-01
Pages 526
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Looking at Movies is the most effective, engaging and widely adopted introduction to film analysis available. From its very first chapter, Looking at Movies provides students with all the tools they need to become perceptive viewers of film, including the most sophisticated and seamlessly integrated media resources that are rich with comprehensive analysis and assessment tools ever produced for a textbook in this market. Authoritative, accessible, and of superior value, Looking at Movies offers instructors abundant teachable resources to help students analyse movies critically and effectively.

The Madness of George III

The Madness of George III Author Alan Bennett
ISBN-10 9780571250769
Year 2009-02-19
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher Faber & Faber
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George III's behaviour has often been odd, but now he is deranged, with rumours circulating that he has even addressed an oak tree as the King of Prussia. Doctors are brought in, the government wavers and the Prince Regent manoeuvres himself into power. Alan Bennett's play explores the court of a mad king, and the fearful treatments he was forced to undergo. It is about the nature of kingship itself, showing how by subtle degrees the ruler's delirium erodes his authority and status.