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World According to Pimm

Auteur: Stuart L. Pimm

Taal: engels
We use 50 percent of the world's freshwater supply. We consume 42 percent of the world's plant growth. We are liquidating animals and plants 199 times faster than the natural rate of extinction. Such numbers should make it clear that the human impact on our planet has been, and continues to be, extreme and detrimental. Yet even after decades of awareness of our environmental peril, there remains passionate disagreement over what the problems are and how they should be remedied. Much of the impasse stems from the fact that the problems are difficult to quantify. How do we assess the impact of habitat loss on various species, when we haven't even counted them all? And just what factors go into that 42 percent of biomass we are hungrily consuming? It is only through an understanding of the numbers that we will be able to break that impasse and come to agreement. Working on the front lines of conservation biology, Stuart Pimm is one of the pioneers whose work has put the "science" in environmental science. In this book, he appoints himself "investment banker of the global, biological accounts," checking the numbers gathered by tireless scientists in work that is always painstaking and often heartbreaking. Pimm explains the numerical results in lucid prose.

You Can't Lie to Me

Auteur: Janine Driver
Lie detection expert for the FBI, CIA and ATF

Drawn from years of behind-the-scenes knowledge, the latest scientific advances and dramatic case studies, a former investigator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms--who is the go-to expert in lie detecting and body language for the media, the FBI, CIA and ATF--teaches readers how to get the real story in any situation. 50,000 first printing.


Taal: engels

Zarathustra's Secret

Auteur: Joachim Kohler
The interior life of Friedrich Nietzsche

Over a century after his death in 1900, Nietzsche remains a seminal figure in the history of European intellectual life. Celebrated as a liberator by some, maligned as a pernicious influence by others, he was the subject of controversy during his lifetime, pursuing a hedonistic individualism and espousing concepts such as the Superman and the Will to Power until he died, after a decade of institutionalized insanity. In this biography, Joachim Kohler seeks to understand Nietzsche's philosophy through a reconstruction of his inner life. Through a reinterpretation of his letters, diaries and writings, Kohler shows that Nietzsche's suppressed homosexuality, generating a hatred of Christianity and conventional morality, was a central influence on his work, and argues that his philosophical position was fundamentally compromised by the concealment of his forbidden sexual desire. Throughout his life, as the author demonstrates, the unhappy genius was also plagued by terrible nightmares, stemming from his much-loved father's death, which led to a profoundly disturbed conscience and an intense loathing of metaphysics. Seeking to disguise the truth of his innermost torments, Nietzsche contrived the persona of Zarathustra. The story of the great Persian philosopher, argues Kohler, reveals Nietzsche's own suppression and dionysiac liberation, and presents the culmination of his secret yearnings in the new myth of the Superman who, in his naked beauty, resembled the gods of classical Greece.


Taal: engels

Zorg en de staat

Auteur: de Swaan
Welzijn, onderwijs en gezondheidszorg in Europa en de Verenigde Staten in de nieuwe tijd

De verzorgingsstaat is het resultaat van een eeuwenlange ontwikkeling die zich in vele westerse landen op overeenkomstige wijze heeft voltrokken. Het verzorgingsstelsel wordt niet zo gauw afgebroken, maar inmiddels stuit het binnenlands op de grenzen van staatsreglementering en in mondiaal verband op de beperkingen van de internationale economie. Abram de Swaans Zorg en de staat is een boek van uitzonderlijke reikwijdte: een studie van vijf landen _ Duitsland, Engeland, Frankrijk, Nederland en de Verenigde Staten _ over een periode van vier eeuwen en op terreinen die meestal gescheiden worden behandeld: onderwijs, gezondheidszorg, armenzorg en sociale zekerheid.