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Secularism : politics, religion, and freedom / Andrew Copson.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 10, 2018 - 4:40pm
Title: Secularism : politics, religion, and freedom / Andrew Copson.
Author: Copson, Andrew,
Call Number: BL2747.8 .C648 2017
Description: Until the modern period the integration of church (or other religion) and state (or political life) had been taken for granted. The political order was always tied to an official religion in Christian Europe, pre-Christian Europe, and in the Arabic world. But from the eighteenth century onwards, some European states began to set up their political order on a different basis. Not religion, but the rule of law through non-religious values embedded in constitutions became the foundation of some states - a movement we now call secularism. In others, a de facto secularism emerged as political values and civil and criminal law altered their professed foundation from a shared religion to a non-religious basis. Today secularism is an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe. It is embodied in the conflict between secular republics - from the US to India - and the challenges they face from resurgent religious identity politics; in the challenges faced by religious states like those of the Arab world from insurgent secularists; and in states like China where calls for freedom of belief are challenging a state imposed non-religious worldview.0In this short introduction Andrew Copson tells the story of secularism, taking in momentous episodes in world history, such as the great transition of Europe from religious orthodoxy to pluralism, the global struggle for human rights and democracy, and the origins of modernity. He also considers the role of secularism when engaging with some of the most contentious political and legal issues of our time: 'blasphemy', 'apostasy', religious persecution, religious discrimination, religious schools, and freedom of belief and thought in a divided world.

Scale : the universal laws of growth, innovation, sustainability, and the pace of life in organisms, cities, economies, and companies / Geoffrey West.

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Title: Scale : the universal laws of growth, innovation, sustainability, and the pace of life in organisms, cities, economies, and companies / Geoffrey West.
Author: West, Geoffrey B.,
Call Number: H61.27 .W47 2017
Description: "From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in. The former head of the Sante Fe Institute, visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term "complexity" can be misleading, however, because what makes West's discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses. Fascinated by issues of aging and mortality, West applied the rigor of a physicist to the biological question of why we live as long as we do and no longer. The result was astonishing, and changed science, creating a new understanding of energy use and metabolism: West found that despite the riotous diversity in the sizes of mammals, they are all, to a large degree, scaled versions of each other. If you know the size of a mammal, you can use scaling laws to learn everything from how much food it eats per day, what its heart-rate is, how long it will take to mature, its lifespan, and so on. Furthermore, the efficiency of the mammal's circulatory systems scales up precisely based on weight: if you compare a mouse, a human and an elephant on a logarithmic graph, you find with every doubling of average weight, a species gets 25% more efficient--and lives 25% longer. This speaks to everything from how long we can expect to live to how many hours of sleep we need. Fundamentally, he has proven, the issue has to do with the fractal geometry of the networks that supply energy and remove waste from the organism's body"--

Religion vs. science : what religious people really think / Elaine Howard Ecklund and Christopher P. Scheitle.

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Title: Religion vs. science : what religious people really think / Elaine Howard Ecklund and Christopher P. Scheitle.
Author: Ecklund, Elaine Howard,
Call Number: BL240.3 .E249 2018

The real school safety problem : the long-term consequences of harsh school punishment / Aaron Kupchik.

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Title: The real school safety problem : the long-term consequences of harsh school punishment / Aaron Kupchik.
Author: Kupchik, Aaron,
Call Number: LB2866 .K86 2016
Description: "Schools across the U.S. look very different today than they did a generation ago. Police officers, drug-sniffing dogs, surveillance cameras, and high suspension rates have become commonplace. The Real School Safety Problem uncovers the unintended but far-reaching effects of harsh school discipline climates. Evidence shows that current school security practices may do more harm than good by broadly affecting the entire family, encouraging less civic participation in adulthood, and garnering future financial costs in the form of high rates of arrests, incarceration, and unemployment. This text presents a blueprint for reform that emphasizes problem-solving and accountability while encouraging the need to implement smarter school policies." -- Publisher's description

Pharmacology demystified / editors, Mary C. Kamienski and Jim Keogh.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 4, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: Pharmacology demystified / editors, Mary C. Kamienski and Jim Keogh.
Call Number: RM301.12 .K36 2018

The geopolitical power shift in the Indo-Pacific region [Texte imprime] : America, Australia, China, and triangular diplomacy in the twenty-first century / Randall Doyle.

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Title: The geopolitical power shift in the Indo-Pacific region [Texte imprime] : America, Australia, China, and triangular diplomacy in the twenty-first century / Randall Doyle.
Author: Doyle, Randall.
Call Number: DS341.3.U6 D69 2014

The Coast Guard / Tom Beard, editor in chief ; Jose Hanson, managing editor ; Paul C. Scotti, graphics editor.

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Title: The Coast Guard / Tom Beard, editor in chief ; Jose Hanson, managing editor ; Paul C. Scotti, graphics editor.
Call Number: VG53 .C63 2016

Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being / Martin E.P. Seligman.

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Title: Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being / Martin E.P. Seligman.
Author: Seligman, Martin E. P.
Call Number: BF204.6 .S45 2013
Description: "This book will help you flourish." With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years---and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different---it's about actually raising the bar for the human condition. Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman's game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life---for individuals, for communities, and for nations. With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism."--Publisher information.

The four pillars of politics : why some candidates don't win and others can't lead / James T. Kitchens and Larry Powell.

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Title: The four pillars of politics : why some candidates don't win and others can't lead / James T. Kitchens and Larry Powell.
Author: Kitchens, James T.
Call Number: JK1726 .K57 2015

Bernie Sanders : guide to political revolution / Bernie Sanders, with illustrations by Jude Buffum.

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Title: Bernie Sanders : guide to political revolution / Bernie Sanders, with illustrations by Jude Buffum.
Author: Sanders, Bernard,
Call Number: E840.8.S26 A3 2017
Description: A practical guide to effecting change in today's world from Senator Bernie Sanders. Throughout the 2016 Presidential campaign, Sanders promised voters a future to believe in through his progressive platform and a vision for America worth fighting for. This vision calls for an economic, environmental, health care, and social justice revolution beyond the stagnant agendas of Democrat and Republican politicians to build an equitable future for all Americans, especially the younger generation that will inherit the consequences of decisions made now.

Looking for the goshawk / Conor Mark Jameson.

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Title: Looking for the goshawk / Conor Mark Jameson.
Author: Jameson, Conor Mark,
Call Number: QL696.F32 J36 2013
Description: The book traces Conor Jameson's travels in search of the Goshawk, a magnificent yet rarely seen (in Britain at least) raptor. Each episode of the narrative arises from personal experience, investigation, and the unearthing of information from research, exploration and conversations. The journey takes him from an encounter with a stuffed Goshawk in a glass case, through travels into supposed Goshawk territories in Britain, to Berlin - where he finds the bird at ease in the city. Why, he wants to know, is the bird so rarely seen in Britain? He explores the politics of birdwatching, the sport of falconry and the impact of persecution on the recent history of the bird in Britain and travels the length of Britain, through central Europe and the USA in search of answers to the goshawk mystery. Throughout his journey he is inspired by the writings of T H White who told of his attempts to tame a Goshawk in his much-loved book. It's a gripping tale on the trail of a most mysterious and charismatic bird.

What the robin knows : how birds reveal the secrets of the natural world / Jon Young ; with science and audio editing by Dan Gardoqui.

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Title: What the robin knows : how birds reveal the secrets of the natural world / Jon Young ; with science and audio editing by Dan Gardoqui.
Author: Young, Jon, 1960-
Call Number: QL698.5 .Y68 2012
Description: Shares strategies for expanding one's awareness of bird communication and maintaining a non-threatening presence in natural environments, explaining the sounds and behaviors that reflect various bird warnings, feelings, and messages.

Arizona & the Grand Canyon / main contributor, Paul Franklin.

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Title: Arizona & the Grand Canyon / main contributor, Paul Franklin.
Author: Franklin, Paul (Travel guide writer),
Call Number: F809.3 .F72 2017
Description: "The best things to do in Arizona and the Four Corners, including the magnificent Grand Canyon and the spectacular Monument Valley, are showcased with fantastic photography, illustrations, and detailed descriptions. Explore the diverse towns and cities of Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson, before heading to admire Canyon de Chelly National Monument, known for its archaeological sites and spectacular scenery."--Amazon.com.

Italy / main contributors, Ros Belford [and 9 others].

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Title: Italy / main contributors, Ros Belford [and 9 others].
Author: Belford, Ros,
Call Number: DG416 .B354 2018
Description: "From touching the stones of the Colosseum in Rome to gazing up at Michelangelo's David in Florence to savoring a gelato along the canals of Venice, experience the rich cultural treasures this beautiful country has to offer"--Amazon.com.

South Africa / main contributors, Michael Brett, Philip Briggs, Brian Johnson-Barker, and Marielle Renss.

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Title: South Africa / main contributors, Michael Brett, Philip Briggs, Brian Johnson-Barker, and Marielle Renss.
Author: Brett, Michael R.,
Call Number: DT1738 .S68 2017
Description: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa is your in-depth guide to the very best of South Africa. From exploring the Palace of the Lost City to seeing the "Big Five" on safari in Kruger National Park to experiencing the multifaceted culture of a country with 11 official languages, visiting the "Rainbow Nation" is an adventure you will never forget.

Washington, DC / main contributors, Susan Burke and Alice L. Powers.

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Title: Washington, DC / main contributors, Susan Burke and Alice L. Powers.
Call Number: F192.3 .W28 2018

2018 U.S. master tax guide.

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Title: 2018 U.S. master tax guide.
Call Number: HJ4652 .M37 2018
Description: "The tax professional's favorite quick reference -- meticulously researched to cover today's federal tax laws. The 101st edition reflects all pertinent federal taxation changes that affect 2017 returns and provide fast and reliable answers to tax questions affecting individuals and business income tax"--back cover.

The year's work in nerds, wonks, and neocons / edited by Jonathan P. Eburne & Benjamin Schreier.

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Title: The year's work in nerds, wonks, and neocons / edited by Jonathan P. Eburne & Benjamin Schreier.
Call Number: E169.12 .Y33 2017
Description: What happens when math nerds, band and theater geeks, goths, sci-fi fanatics, Young Republican debate poindexters, techies, Trekkies, D & D players, wallflowers, bookworms, and RPG players grow up? And what can they tell us about the life of the mind in the contemporary United States? With #GamerGate in the national news, shows like The Big Bang Theory on ever-increasing numbers of screens, and Peter Orzsag and Paul Ryan on magazine covers, it is clear that nerds, policy wonks, and neoconservatives play a major role in today's popular culture in America. The Year's Work in Nerds, Wonks, and Neocons delves into subcultures of intellectual history to explore their influence on contemporary American intellectual life. Not limiting themselves to describing how individuals are depicted, the authors consider the intellectual endeavors these depictions have come to represent, exploring many models and practices of learnedness, reflection, knowledge production, and opinion in the contemporary world. As teachers, researchers, and university scholars continue to struggle for mainstream visibility, this book illuminates the other forms of intellectual excitement that have emerged alongside them and found ways to survive and even thrive in the face of dismissal or contempt. -- Provided by publisher.

Why Buddhism is true : the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment / Robert Wright.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 3, 2018 - 5:40pm
Title: Why Buddhism is true : the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment / Robert Wright.
Author: Wright, Robert, 1957-
Call Number: BQ4050 .W75 2017
Description: At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer--and the reason we make other people suffer--is that we don't see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: we can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly, and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. Robert Wright not only shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life--how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred--but also how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. Drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, Wright explains why the path toward truth and the path toward happiness are the same path. In the light of modern science, both the Buddhist diagnosis and the Buddhist prescription make a whole new kind of sense. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright's book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world's most skilled meditators. It shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.--INSIDE FLAP.

When the world seemed new : George H. W. Bush and the end of the Cold War / Jeffrey A. Engel.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - January 2, 2018 - 6:40pm
Title: When the world seemed new : George H. W. Bush and the end of the Cold War / Jeffrey A. Engel.
Author: Engel, Jeffrey A.,
Call Number: E840 .E54 2017
Description: "Based on unprecedented access to previously classified documents and dozens of interviews with key policymakers, here is the untold story of how George H. W. Bush faced a critical turning point of history, the end of the Cold War. The COLLAPSE OF THE Soviet Union was the greatest shock to international affairs since World War II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on its own pro-democracy protesters, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarian rule. President Bush faced a world in turmoil that might easily have tipped into an epic crisis. As presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals in this page-turning, inside-the-Oval-Office history, Bush rose to the occasion brilliantly. Using handwritten letters and direct conversations--some revealed here for the first time--with heads of state throughout Asia and Europe, Bush knew when to push, when to cajole, and when to be patient. The United States could not impose its will on every nation, but Bush knew when it was essential to rally a coalition to force Iraq out of Kuwait. He knew he could not stop China from cracking down on dissent, but he could help Germany transition from two states into one, bloodlessly. He kept NATO alive and guided the United States from a moment of great peril to the pinnacle of global power. Based on previously classified documents, and interviews with all of the principals, When the World Seemed New is a riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of a president with his calm hand on the tiller, guiding the nation through a pivotal time."--Dust jacket flap.
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