The Ghost In The Machine

Author: Arthur Koestler
Editor: Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN: 9780140191929
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An examination of the human impulse towards self-destruction suggests that in the course of human evolution, a pathological split between emotion and reason developed

Franz Kafka

Author: Stanley Corngold
Editor: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810127695
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Noting Franz Kafka's occupation as an industrial-accident-insurance specialist, the authors explore the two main systems at work in the author's literary world--the official and the personal.

The Ghost In The Machine

Author: Arthur Koestler
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ISBN: 9781939438348
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In The Sleepwalkers and The Act of Creation Arthur Koestler provided pioneering studies of scientific discovery and artistic inspiration, the twin pinnacles of human achievement. The Ghost in the Machine looks at the dark side of the coin: our terrible urge to self-destruction... Could the human species be a gigantic evolutionary mistake? To answer that startling question Koestler examines how experts on evolution and psychology all too often write about people with an 'antiquated slot-machine model based on the naively mechanistic world-view of the nineteenth century. His brilliant polemic helped to instigate a major revolution in the life sciences, yet its 'glimpses of an alternative world-view' form only the background to an even more challenging analysis of the human predicament. Perhaps, he suggests, we are a species in which ancient and recent brain structures - or reason and emotion - are not fully co-ordinated. Such in-built deficiencies may explain the paranoia, violence and insanity that are central strands of human history. And however disturbing we find such issues, Koestler contends, it is only when we face our limitations head-on that we can hope to find a remedy.

A Ghost In The Machine

Author: Caroline Graham
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0755373227
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'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday Times Discover the novels that inspired the hit ITV series Midsomer Murders, seen and loved by millions. A Ghost in the Machine is the captivating seventh novel in the Midsomer Murders series starring Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. Features an exclusive foreword by John Nettles, ITV's DCI Tom Barnaby. If you love Agatha Christie, Ann Granger and James Runcie's The Grantchester Mysteries you'll love the Midsomer Murders mysteries by Caroline Graham. For all its old-fashioned charm, Forbes Abbot is far from the close-knit community that ex-Londoners Mallory and Kate Lawson expected. In this village, everyday squabbles can quickly turn to murder. As the couple begins to settle into their new life away from the big city, it isn't long until they're thrown into the horror and mayhem of a true Midsomer Murders mystery. Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby has encountered many intriguing cases in his years on the force, but soon he will discover that the incident of the ghost in the machine is the most challenging of them all. Praise for Caroline Graham's novels: 'Wickedly acidic, yet sympathetic' Publishers Weekly 'Swift, tense and highly alarming' TLS 'One to savour' Val McDermid 'Lots of excellent character sketches . . . and the dialogue is lively and convincing' Independent 'Hard to praise highly enough' The Sunday Times 'Her books are not just great whodunits but great novels in their own right' Julie Burchill 'Enlivened by a very sardonic wit and turn of phrase, the narrative drive never falters' Birmingham Post 'An uncommonly appealing mystery . . . a real winner' Publishers Weekly 'Read her and you'll be astonished . . . very sexy, very hip and very funny' Scotsman 'The mystery is intriguing, the wit shafts through like sunlight . . . do not miss this book' Family Circle

Ghost In The Machine

Author: Patrick Carman
Editor: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9780545075701
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Although forbidden to see each other, Ryan and Sarah continue their investigation of the mysterious happenings at the dredge by communicating through video clips, text messages, midnight meetings, and journaling. The reader may view videos on a website by using links and passwords found in the text.

Ghosts In The Machine

Author: Richard Hernaman Allen
Editor: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0244143226
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The Ghost In The Machine

Author: Mary Woodbury
Editor: Coteau Books
ISBN: 9781550502275
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Tyler Graham lives in the beautiful Kootenay Valley. One summer night, he follows a strange blinking lights in his back yard to the battered Volkswagen his Uncle Scott died in four years ago. A pale guy Ty's never seen before sits in the driver's seat. "fix it!" he tells Tyler. How's a fifteen-year-old with no mechanical experience supposed to fix a wrecked old car?

Neither Ghost Nor Machine

Author: Jeremy Sherman
Editor: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231545991
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If the universe is aimless, how do selves and aims emerge? Why do living beings have aims when inanimate things do not? Current science encourages us to reject the ghost-in-the-machine explanation—that something called spirit, soul, mind, or will was somehow breathed into matter—and instead accept that selves are just matter, in aimless mechanistic motion like everything else. But what about life’s many emergent qualities, the multifarious purposes that shape actual physical behavior not just in human lives, but in all of life? Even the simplest life forms have adaptive functions, traits that accomplish goals or ends. How can we explain the nature and origin of selves and aims without resorting to supernatural forces or explaining them away as nothing but cause-and-effect mechanisms? In Neither Ghost nor Machine, Jeremy Sherman explains the emergence of selves and aims in an aimless universe. He distills for a general audience the theory developed by renowned neuroscientist Terrence Deacon, which extends the breakthrough constraint-based insight that inspired evolutionary, information, and self-organization theory. Emergent dynamics theory provides a testable hypothesis for how mattering arose from matter, function from physics, and means-to-ends behavior from cause-and-effect dynamics. It offers a physics of purpose, demonstrating that there is a strictly physical explanation for the emergence and nature of selves and aims, one that shows our existence in an otherwise inanimate universe is not absurd. Neither Ghost nor Machine bridges the gap between the hard and soft sciences, suggesting fresh and exciting solutions to philosophical mysteries that have perplexed humanity for millennia, from free will to causality to morality.

The Ghost In The Atom

Author: P. C. W. Davies
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521457286
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Anybody who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it. Niels Bohr's dictum bears witness to the bewildering impact of quantum theory, flying in the face of classical physics and dramatically transforming scientists' outlook on our relationship with the material world. In this book Paul Davies interviews eight physicists involved in debating and testing the theory, with radically different views of its significance.

Giving Up The Ghost

Author: Katherine A. Fowkes
Editor: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814327210
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Arguing that our enjoyment of ghost films is linked to masochistic pleasure, Giving up the Ghost provides us with a new way of thinking about the relation between film viewing and gender. A deft but readable application of psychoanalytic theories, especially masochism (by way of Deleuze and Studlar), extends the utility of psychoanalysis to the understanding of film genre and film audiences. It is indispensable reading for scholars and students of film theory.