Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality - Patricia S. Churchland


Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality

What is morality? Where does it come from? And why do most of us heed its call most of the time? In Braintrust, neurophilosophy pioneer Patricia Churchland argues that morality originates in the biology of the brain. She describes the "neurobiological platform of bonding" that, modified by evolutionary pressures and cultural values, has led to human styles of moral behavior. The result is a provocative genealogy of morals that asks us to reevaluate the priority given to religion, absolute rules, and pure reason in accounting for the basis of morality. Moral values, Churchland argues, are rooted in a behavior common to all mammals--the caring for offspring. The evolved structure, processes, and chemistry of the brain incline humans to strive not only for self-preservation but for the well-being of allied selves--first offspring, then mates, kin, and so on, in wider and wider "caring" circles. Separation and exclusion cause pain, and the company of loved ones causes pleasure; responding to feelings of social pain and pleasure, brains adjust their circuitry to local customs. In this way, caring is apportioned, conscience molded, and moral intuitions instilled. A key part of the story is oxytocin, an ancient body-and-brain molecule that, by decreasing the stress response, allows humans to develop the trust in one another necessary for the development of close-knit ties, social institutions, and morality. A major new account of what really makes us moral, Braintrust challenges us to reconsider the origins of some of our most cherished values.

How to Be Creative - Hugh MacLeod


How to Be Creative

This book is a survival manual for the "Creative Class," about holding on to your creative spirit even though the business world tends to grind it down. The book will be divided into 30+ Pearls of Wisdom (based on the original manifesto and wildly successful Web phenomenon, "How to Be Creative"), and will be laced throughout with the author's witty, smart single-frame cartoons.

Surviving the Baby Boomer Exodus: Capturing Knowledge for Gen X and Y Employees - Ken Ball, Gina Gotsill


Surviving the Baby Boomer Exodus: Capturing Knowledge for Gen X and Y Employees

There are managers who can't bear the thought of losing longtime, skilled employees due to the "brain drain," yet it is occurring as experienced Baby Boomers retire and take with them their practical knowledge and business acumen. Despite the media coverage of Boomers and how a tidal wave of retirements could impact business, many senior managers are kicking the can down the road, putting off the job of creating a system and process for capturing knowledge. Keeping this a low priority could lead to a great deal of deep, tacit knowledge walking out the door, maybe for good. Managers can avoid this by taking some steps now to prepare for the day when key workers leave. These steps are outlined in SURVIVING THE BABY BOOMER EXODUS. This book provides a practical guide for capturing valuable knowledge, skills, and experience so it can be shared among employees of all the generations in the workplace. It examines methods for assessing a company's knowledge gaps, creating a knowledge transfer plan, and nurturing a culture that encourages knowledge sharing and collaboration. Inside you'll find scenarios, case studies, tips, templates, and checklists that will help you capture and retain your company's intellectual capital as Baby Boomers leave the workplace.

The Life Magnet - Robert Collier


The Life Magnet

Here is the "Open Sesame of life"-the hidden formula of how to use your subconscious mind for achievement and success, by the popular author of The Secret of the Ages.

In every hallowed fable, legend, and maxim known the world over-from the parables of Christ to the tales of Ali Baba to the riddles of the alchemists-there hides a secret. For those with eyes to see it, this secret can be life-changing. It is so simple that it hides in plain sight, seen yet unseen every day.

Writing with the characteristic precision and vividness that has made him one of the greatest inspirational authors of the past century, Robert Collier reveals this secret in his little-known classic, The Life Magnet.

What is this great secret? Simply this: The images that you impress upon your subconscious mind-whether of abundance or lack, failure or success-outpicture the surrounding world in startling and unexpected ways.

In The Life Magnet, Collier shows how to overcome mental obstacles and use this hidden power-which he variously calls the Divine Mind, the subconscious mind, the "Genii-of-your-Mind," and the "Open Sesame of life." Whatever the name, Collier illustrates how it works, why it works, how to summon it, and how to control it for higher good in your life.

The Vocab-Vitamin Vocabulary Booster - Julie Karasik, Julie Karasik


The Vocab-Vitamin Vocabulary Booster

Get your all-in-one supplement for dynamic daily diction! Straight from the popular website VocabVitamins.com comes a healthy dose of vocabulary-boosting lessons sure to supercharge your word power. Grouped thematically into nine easy-to-digest Vocab Vitamin Packs, you'll find more than 400 wonderful words to chew on, along with proven methods for memorization and usage, games, and puzzles that teach you how to: Use each word in a sentence Pronounce the words properly Understand the meaning and nuance of each word Retain the information for a lifetime You'll also get a free six-month subscription to the website, where you'll receive a new word every day and much more. Great for test prep or your personal and professional life, The Vocab Vitamins Vocabulary Booster will add vim and vigor to your vocabulary and more pep to your word power.

FearLess: 90 Days to Eliminating Fear from Your Life - Joe Pileggi


FearLess: 90 Days to Eliminating Fear from Your Life

Be encouraged. Every fear you face has already been overcome!

When it comes to fear, God has some pretty specific directions on what you are supposed to do: Fear not!

God is serious about helping you become fearless. Some variation of the phrase, “Fear not” appears in the Bible at least 365 times. Fear is a serious issue as it holds you back from fulfilling the incredible calling God has on your life, and fear paralyzes you from enjoying abundant life in Christ.

In this 91-Day devotional, Joe Pileggi shows you from Scripture and personal experience how to exchange a lifestyle of fear for a lifestyle of encouragement, hope and peace.

Dead Girl Dancing - Linda Joy Singleton


Dead Girl Dancing

I could not believe I was in the wrong body-again! Apparently, this freaky phenomenon of stepping into someone else's life-and their body!-has a name: Temp Lifer. And when my dead grandmother heaped on the praise for a job well done last time, I sort of let it happen again. (Grrr, thanks Grammy.) So now I'm hungover and gazing in the mirror at . . . my boyfriend's sister. Sharayah's long legs: plus. College-age: plus. The thought of kissing my boyfriend while occupying his sister's body: BIG minus. But the worst part is Sharayah's messy life, which includes an obvious drinking problem and a psycho stalker. Grammy, help! This is book two in the engaging Dead Girl series by Linda Joy Singleton, whose signature blend of YA-paranormal is also featured in the successful Seer books.

The DIY Pantry: 30 Minutes to Healthy, Homemade Food - Kresha Faber


The DIY Pantry: 30 Minutes to Healthy, Homemade Food

All-natural pantry staples for just pennies a serving! With The DIY Pantry, you can break free from processed foods and learn to make healthy, delicious meals without spending hours in the kitchen or breaking the bank. From artisan breads and aromatic seasonings to irresistible treats like Black-and-White Sandwich Cookies and Peppermint Patties, this book shows you how to stock your pantry with all the ingredients you need to make your favorite meals for the entire week. Best of all, each flavorful recipe can be completed in fewer than 30 minutes, making them perfect for anyone looking to add more wholesome dishes to their repertoire. Filled with more than 150 natural, budget-friendly recipes as well as tips for storing your food, The DIY Pantry shows you that creating nutritious, homemade meals doesn't have to be costly or hard work.

Emotionally Healthy Twins: A New Philosophy for Parenting Two Unique Children - Joan A. Friedman


Emotionally Healthy Twins: A New Philosophy for Parenting Two Unique Children

Most parents try to treat their twins as individuals, but most unwittingly undermine their best intentions because they lack a practical set of guidelines for raising emotionally healthy multiples. Drawing on her unique experience as a twin, the mother of twins, and as a psychotherapist, Dr. Joan A. Friedman outlines the seven key concepts for helping twins develop into self-realized, unique individuals and offers parents specific strategies for each stage in their children’s growth. From how to set up the nursery to handling playdates and extracurricular activities, from deciding on same or separate classroom education to encouraging grandparents and other family members to think beyond the pair to see individuals, Emotionally Healthy Twins will become the standard reference for parenting twins.