The Illusion of Choice

Author: Andrew Bard Schmookler

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791412657

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 349

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It is sensitive to those values pertaining to what can be bought and sold but is blind to others - such as the integrity of the natural world and the quality of human relationships - that cannot be turned into commodities. It is impervious to the costs of tearing apart the larger wholes - families, communities, the biosphere - that are vital to the quality of our lives. While these shortcomings are known to mainstream economics, their vital importance has not been recognized because economics takes too static a perspective. Systematic errors wreak damage over time. The Illusion of Choice, by putting our economic lives in a social evolutionary perspective, illuminates the defects of the market ideology that defends the uncontrolled play of market forces. On the basis of that analysis, this work also provides the outlines of a program by which we can make the market system a better instrument of the full range of human values

The Illusion of Cultural Identity

... and the person who prides himself the most on being guided solely by reason
has perhaps yielded less often to reason's voice than to the illusions of the
imagination and the senses : these effects derive from the very nature of man ;
and if it ...

Author: Jean-François Bayart


ISBN: 9781850656609

Category: Developing countries

Page: 303

View: 751

Does the West impose its own definition of human rights and democracy on the rest of the world? Does globalization threaten British, French or other European iedntities? Is African culture compatible with multi-party politics? This text aims to answer these and other questions.

The Illusion of Conscious Will

Author: Daniel M. Wegner

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262731621

Category: Philosophy

Page: 405

View: 643

A novel contribution to the age-old debate about free will versus determinism. Do we consciously cause our actions, or do they happen to us? Philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, theologians, and lawyers have long debated the existence of free will versus determinism. In this book Daniel Wegner offers a novel understanding of the issue. Like actions, he argues, the feeling of conscious will is created by the mind and brain. Yet if psychological and neural mechanisms are responsible for all human behavior, how could we have conscious will? The feeling of conscious will, Wegner shows, helps us to appreciate and remember our authorship of the things our minds and bodies do. Yes, we feel that we consciously will our actions, Wegner says, but at the same time, our actions happen to us. Although conscious will is an illusion, it serves as a guide to understanding ourselves and to developing a sense of responsibility and morality. Approaching conscious will as a topic of psychological study, Wegner examines the issue from a variety of angles. He looks at illusions of the will--those cases where people feel that they are willing an act that they are not doing or, conversely, are not willing an act that they in fact are doing. He explores conscious will in hypnosis, Ouija board spelling, automatic writing, and facilitated communication, as well as in such phenomena as spirit possession, dissociative identity disorder, and trance channeling. The result is a book that sidesteps endless debates to focus, more fruitfully, on the impact on our lives of the illusion of conscious will.

The Illusion of Power

Author: Stephen Orgel

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520027411

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 95

View: 333

Describes the role of the theatre in forming Renaissance royalty's conception of itself, especially in the cases of James I and Charles I. Bibliogs

The Illusion

Author: Dan Sharma

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 1478746122

Category: Fiction

Page: 142

View: 759

Set in the beautiful temple city of Burma, across the river into Thailand, and then in New York, The Illusion tells the story of Danny, a young Burmese student who escapes the tyranny of the military regime by obtaining refuge in the United States. There, he becomes a successful entrepreneur. His construction company grows quickly, but catastrophe strikes when a school building’s walk bridge—built by Danny’s company—collapses. A grand jury indicts him for the murder of schoolchildren, as the collapse occurred as a result of using inferior materials and submitting a fake inspection. Danny flees to Thailand, but the FBI catches up with him as he tries to enter Burma. He is brought back to New York for a trial in which he is found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to eighteen years in prison. The Illusion chronicles Danny’s early years as well as his time in prison, where he is called “Baby Killer” and he struggles with his mother’s death. Determined to reclaim his own moral compass, he learns to meditate and search his soul for peace and inner happiness, and he begins to counsel other inmates, serving as a philosopher and guide. After an early release for good behavior, Danny enters a monastery and becomes a meditation instructor and counselor, helping children and adults find peace and a deeper meaning for their lives. This fast-paced, heart-wrenching novel touches upon the human elements of ambition, greed, fear, and compassion—and the illusion of perceived notions of truth and happiness.

Shattering the Illusion

These illusions include: the illusion that religious institutions are pure or moral;
the illusion that religious communities always respond justly and effectively to
abuse; and the illusion that religious leaders are pure and moral and therefore ...

Author: Tracy J. Trothen

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1554584086

Category: Religion

Page: 218

View: 350

Shattering the Illusion is the first book to gather and comparatively analyze policies addressing child sexual abuse complaints in a selection of religious institutions in Canada. Although there is a substantial body of literature regarding Christianity and sexual abuse, very little of it focuses on religious institutions in Canada and their respective policies. In the foreword, Tracey J. Trothen summarizes the Cornwall Inquiry, out of which this book arose. She then examines the Roman Catholic Church, The United Church of Canada, the Anglican Church, the Mennonite Church, Islam, and the Canadian Unitarian Council/Unitarian Universalist Association, describing in detail the evolution and particular content of policies and procedures that address child sexual abuse complaints directed at paid and volunteer faith community representatives and/ or leaders. She identifies differences and common themes among the approaches taken by the institutions and provides a summary table for an accessible comparative overview. Child sexual abuse is not new, but the emergence of policies to address abuse complaints within religious institutions is. This book identifies significant and shared causal factors behind the emergence of policy and reviews their content carefully. This review will serve as a significant tool for furthering the development of such policies.

The Illusion of Freedom and Equality

Author: Richard Stivers

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791475126

Category: Social Science

Page: 117

View: 764

Explores how Enlightenment values have been transformed in a technological civilization.

The Illusion of Intimacy

Illusion. of. Intimacy: How. Illusion. and. Fantasy. Distort. Reality. There is one
aspect of online dating (OLD) that emerged in this research that is extremely
important. It is something that exists beneath the surface and, therefore,
something that ...

Author: John C. Bridges

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313399514

Category: Computers

Page: 154

View: 560

This book examines online dating from the "inside," using in-depth interviews with dating website members to reveal—and keenly analyze—what relationships and romance in the 21st century are really like.

The Illusion Warrior

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Author: J. Michaels

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608995356

Category: Religion

Page: 122

View: 914

This is not your grandfather's poetry. It is spun for the everyman and woman. It is bred of a spiritual nature, yet it smiles and laughs and screams. Some are funny, some are sad. Some spit in the face of conformity, amused at the absurdity of the world whilst seeking a better way. These odes defy conventional structure and content. They rhyme without embarrassment yet experiment unapologetically with such. They convey messages of hope and love and clearer sight. And they challenge the accepted and popular notions of reality and illusion while offering superior alternatives to both. They will amuse and dismay, provoke and possibly offend, but they will not leave you unchanged. So join me, if you will, as we accompany The Illusion Warrior on his quest to dispel chimera and discover truth.

The Illusion Factory

... disagree, and that is another brilliant beauty of our world. We have different
opinions and out looks, which makes for interesting conversations. Though for
today's challenge I am not asking you to sit in 83 The Illusion Factory Challenge

Author: John Golden

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1456832239

Category: Poetry

Page: 161

View: 546

The Illusion Factory is a poetry journal that includes forty one poems and thirty one daily challenges. Some of the challenges are just for random fun and others purpose are much more meaningful. To help break down sociological barriers in our society and to point out and challenge people to stand up against stereotypical beliefs and images.

Beyond the Illusion

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Author: Jamaal Branch


ISBN: 1411667913


Page: 124

View: 346

Beyond the Illusion is a action drama, dual storyline graphic novel. The Demon hunter Janessa Sacoon fights to regain her memories. While her devil counter-part Domus Vachand, fights for his very existence. Enter their pain, suffering and determination. Good and evil is no more than a point of view.

The Illusion of Psychotherapy

Many wait-list controls may seek out therapy from other sources while they are
waiting for therapy. Experimental subjects may not have received prescribed
treatments or may have failed to appear for treatment. 22 The Illusion of

Author: William M. Epstein

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412825849

Category: Psychology

Page: 218

View: 969

In The Illusion of Psychotherapy William Epstein asserts that psychotherapy is probably ineffective and possibly harmful. He maintains that there is no credible clinical evidence that psychotherapy is effective in handling personal or social problems, or that it is more effective than other modes of treatment. The theories that underpin clinical practice remain speculative and their influence over social policy are more ideological than scientific. A skeptical public and its government would be better served, Epstein says, by credible evidence of outcomes. His analysis focuses on whether psychotherapy is effective against a variety of unwanted behaviors, such as drug addiction and depression. The nation's social problems are due to the inadequacies of its core social institutions: families, communities, education, and jobs. Social problems emerge because many people are brought up in deficient families, live in dangerous communities, lack education and jobs, and have few or no routes out of poverty. Poor people are exposed to unrelenting risks to their physical and mental health. It is possible to remedy most deficiencies through human services that compensate for these failed social institutions. This position is inevitably unpopular in psychotherapeutic circles and in light of current political preferences since it requires massive new resources and extensive redistribution of existing resources. The extent of society's problems reflects the degree to which deficits in basic social institutions have been tolerated. Basic services have been lacking while psychotherapy diverts our impulse to address poverty into ineffective strategies. In a challenging conclusion, Epstein urges society to solve its problems by confronting the reality implied by the failure of psy-chotherapy's minhnal interventions: to acknowledge that more is necessary to resolve social need. This leads to general theoretical concerns about theory as such. The Illusion of Psychotherapy will be compelling reading for psychologists, psychotherapists, social scientists, and policymakers.

The Illusion Part I

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Author: Major Ellison


ISBN: 1312187492



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The Illusion of Money

Dr. Shefali Tsabary Welcome to the Illusion Find Your Own Answers The Illusion
of Security The Illusion of Being Broke I Love My Current Bank Account Raising
Your Value The Helens 10s Your Average Amount of Alignment Hoarding Your ...

Author: Kyle Cease

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 1788175662

Category: Self-Help

Page: 170

View: 628

New York Times best-selling author and comedian-turned-motivational speaker, Kyle Cease, shows how your obsession with money is actually preventing you from living the life of your dreams. "I can't afford that." "Now's not the right time . . . I need to save up." "Quit my job? Are you nuts?!" Sound familiar? Money is one of the biggest excuses we make to not go after what we really want. Our fixation with money--the desire for more of it, and the fear of not having enough of it--is often really just a longing to feel safe. But this obsession with money is coming at a much bigger cost: our sanity, our creativity, our freedom, and our ability to step into our true power. This book is about eliminating the need to seek safety through the illusion of money, and learning to see ourselves for the perfection that we are--so that we can bring our gifts to the world in an authentic way, and allow ourselves to receive massive, true abundance as a result. Kyle Cease has heard excuses like the ones above countless times at his live events, and he has shown people how to completely break through them. In The Illusion of Money, he shares his own experiences as well as practical tools to help readers understand their ingrained beliefs and attachments to money, and how they can tap into our infinite assets and talents. "After 25 years as a successful comedian, actor, transformational speaker, author and junior-league amateur bowler, I've experienced many times how chasing money is not an effective way to create an abundant and fulfilling life. The most alive I've ever felt was after I left my comedy career at its peak to become a transformational speaker. I left tons of guaranteed money and so-called security for a complete unknown. It was terrifying--but what was on the other side of that terror was a completely different life that is not only more abundant financially, but has more freedom, more ease, more passion, more impact and more joy." -- Kyle Cease

The Illusion of Public Opinion

The increasing prevalence of pseudo- polls, I would argue, also reinforces the
illusion of a public that is informed and opinionated on just about every topic
under the sun. Furthermore, merely reporting the results of such polls in the mass

Author: George F. Bishop

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742516458

Category: Political Science

Page: 223

View: 251

In a rigorous critique of public opinion polling in the U.S., George F. Bishop makes the case that a lot of what passes as "public opinion" in mass media today is an illusion, an artifact of measurement created by vague or misleading survey questions presented to respondents who typically construct their opinions on the spot. Using evidence from a wide variety of data sources, Bishop shows that widespread public ignorance and poorly informed opinions are the norm rather than definitive public opinion on key political, social, and cultural issues of the day. The Illusion of Public Opinion presents a number of cautionary tales about how American public opinion has supposedly changed since 9/11, amplified by additional examples on other occasions drawn from the American National Election Studies. Bishop's analysis of the pitfalls of asking survey questions and interpreting poll results leads the reader to a more skeptical appreciation of the art and science of public opinion polling as it is practiced today.

The Illusion of Trust

... world, in the culture of criticism that is fostering a climate of suspicion between
physician and patient, to retreat into a protestation of codes, professional ethics,
or medical knowledge and skill creates the illusion of trustworthiness. Following ...

Author: E.R. DuBose

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401104816

Category: Philosophy

Page: 141

View: 530

This book is about trust and its implications for a medical theological ethics. Beginning with its earliest work, there has been attention to trust running through the bioethics literature in the United States, and much of this discussion has examined its theological elements. Clearly, trust is indispensable when describing the patient-physician relationship, so why is there a need for yet another study? There is no doubt that people generally trust physicians. Traditionally the physician is the patient's fiduciary agent, whose sole obligation is to act only in the patient's best interest. In recent times, however, there is a perception on the part of people within and without health care that physicians have other obligations that compete with their obligation to the patient. If we acknowledge that one price for the successes of technological biomedicine is high in terms of financial cost, another price of Sllccess seems to be distrust, cynicism, and suspicion directed by the public toward the medical profes sion. If this uneasiness is the price society pays for medical success, what is the price of success for the doctor? Because of their role within the social order, physicians have claimed and been granted autonomy, authority, and special status. In return, the profes sion has pledged to serve the well-being and interests of humankind. This fiduciary commitment becomes a taken-for-granted aspect of the physician's identity, both for the physician for whom this dedication is definitional and for the public which expects trustworthy service from this person.

The Illusion of Peace

Before the euphoria engendered by the Locarno meetings had time to fade,
another episode heightened the illusion that peace had arrived and that
henceforth conciliation would reign. Scarcely a week after Locarno concluded,
skirmishes on ...

Author: Sally Marks

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230629490

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 797

Sally Marks provides a compelling analysis of European diplomacy between the First World War and Hitler's advent. She explores in clear and lively prose the reasons why successive efforts failed to create a lasting peace in the interwar era. Building on the theories of the first edition - many of which have become widely accepted since its publication in 1976 - Marks reassesses Europe's leaders of the period, and the policies of the powers between 1918 and 1933, and beyond. Strongly interpretative and archivally based, The Illusion of Peace examines the emotional, ethnic, and economic factors responsible for international instability, as well as the distortion of the balance of power, the abnormal position of the Soviet Union, the weakness of France and the uncertainty of her relationship with Britain, and the inadequacy of the League of Nations. In so doing, the study clarifies the complex topics of reparations and war debts and challenges traditional assumptions, concluding that widespread western devotion to disarmament and dedication to peace were two of several reasons why democratic statesmen could not respond decisively to Hitler's threat. In this new edition Marks also argues that the Allied failure to bring defeat home to the German people in 1918-19 generated a resentment which contributed to interwar instability and Hitler's rise. This highly successful study has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest scholarship. Now in its second edition, it remains the essential introduction to the tense political and diplomatic situation in Europe during the interwar years.

The Illusion of Certainty

The Illusion of Certainty When scientific uncertainty appears in public science
settings , it could reduce the perceived authority of science . Stephen C. Zehr We
noticed the lump on the back of my seven - year - old son's calf , just below the ...

Author: Erik Rifkin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387751658

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 239

View: 744

This book provides an understanding and appreciation of the risk assessment process and the ability to objectively interpret health risk values. Included is an explanation of the uncertainty inherent in the assessment of risks as well as an explanation of how the communication and characterization of risks can dramatically alter the perception of those risks. Case studies illustrate the strengths and limitations of characterizing certain risks. Using the accepted risk assessment paradigm proposed by the National Research Council, these case studies illustrate which risk values have merit and why other assessments fail to meet basic criteria.

The Illusion of Management Control

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Illusion ...

Author: N. Thygesen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230365396

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 247

View: 800

This book shows how a system theoretical concept of technology helps us to understand the paradoxes of control. It describes a phenomenon which shows regularity that is unexpected against the background of received knowledge within management studies. It presents a series of cases which touch upon a range of technologies within the public sector.

The Illusion of Ignorance

Illusion. of. Ignorance. In the 1870s the United States and Mexico entered into a
new stage of bi- national relations as each nation sought to replace the hostility of
the past with a framework of cooperation for the future. Hopes were high that the

Author: Janice Lee Jayes

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761853545

Category: History

Page: 244

View: 381

This book examines the American cultural encounter with Porfirian Mexico in order to understand the U.S.encounter with the world. American ignorance of other nations is not merely a barrier to understanding, but a strategy Americans have chosen to maintain their illusion of U.S. international leadership.