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The Wisdom of Crowds

By James Surowiecki
  • ISBN Code: : 0307275051
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Business & Economics
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In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. With boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics to show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives, select our leaders, run our companies, and think about our world.

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  • Book Code : 153450639X
  • Total of Pages : 128
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One of the tenets of democracy is that everyone has a voice in decision making and that the decisions made are what the majority wants. Many argue that wisdom of the crowd prevails in democracies, but are political decisions actually reached by a clear consensus, or does angry factionalism prevent this? Does irrational mob rule cause people to gang together and lash out against the opposition? Are the majority of citizens satisfied with the political situation? This volume explores whether political organization is possible without the force of mob rule, as well as how contemporary political events fit into this debate.

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  • Pdf File: the-adamantine-palace.pdf

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Praised by Joe Abercrombie and Brent Weeks alike - the dragon fantasy that heralded the arrival of an exciting new talent on the fantasy scene The Adamantine Palace lies at the centre of an empire that grew out of ashes. Once dragons ruled the world and man was little more than prey. Then a way of subduing the dragons through alchemy was discovered and now the dragons are bred to be mere mounts for knights and highly valued tokens in the diplomatic power-players that underpin the rule of the competing aristocratic houses. The Empire has grown fat. And now one man wants it for himself. A man prepared to poison the king just as he has poisoned his own father. A man prepared to murder his own lover and then bed her daughter. A man fit to be king? But unknown to him there are flames on the way. A single dragon has gone missing. And even one dragon on the loose, unsubdued and returned to its full intelligence, its full fury, could spell disaster for the Empire. But because of the actions of one unscrupulous mercenary the rivals for the throne could soon be facing hundreds of dragons ... Stephen Deas has written a fast moving and action-fuelled fantasy laced with irony, a razor sharp way with characters, dialogue to die for and dragons to die by.

The Delusions Of Crowds

By William J. Bernstein
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  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Book Code : 0802157114
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  • Category : History
  • Members : 191
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From the award-winning author of A Splendid Exchange, a fascinating new history of financial and religious mass manias over the past five centuries “We are the apes who tell stories,” writes William Bernstein. “And no matter how misleading the narrative, if it is compelling enough it will nearly always trump the facts.” As Bernstein shows in his eloquent and persuasive new book, The Delusions of Crowds, throughout human history compelling stories have catalyzed the spread of contagious narratives through susceptible groups—with enormous, often disastrous, consequences. Inspired by Charles Mackay’s 19th-century classic Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Bernstein engages with mass delusion with the same curiosity and passion, but armed with the latest scientific research that explains the biological, evolutionary, and psychosocial roots of human irrationality. Bernstein tells the stories of dramatic religious and financial mania in western society over the last 500 years—from the Anabaptist Madness that afflicted the Low Countries in the 1530s to the dangerous End-Times beliefs that animate ISIS and pervade today’s polarized America; and from the South Sea Bubble to the Enron scandal and dot com bubbles of recent years. Through Bernstein’s supple prose, the participants are as colorful as their motivation, invariably “the desire to improve one’s well-being in this life or the next.” As revealing about human nature as they are historically significant, Bernstein’s chronicles reveal the huge cost and alarming implications of mass mania: for example, belief in dispensationalist End-Times has over decades profoundly affected U.S. Middle East policy. Bernstein observes that if we can absorb the history and biology of mass delusion, we can recognize it more readily in our own time, and avoid its frequently dire impact.

The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

By Jennifer Appel,Allysa Torey
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1476716145
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Cooking
  • Members : 404
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The complete and “charming” (Gourmet) collection of deliciously old-fashioned and deeply satisfying recipes from everyone’s favorite New York City cupcake bakery—Magnolia Bakery. Ever since the original Magnolia Bakery opened its doors in 1996, people have lined up day and night to satisfy their sugar cravings—and this book is Magnolia’s comprehensive guide to making all of their beloved desserts, including their home-style cupcakes, layer cakes, banana pudding, and other treats. Illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs that capture the daily life of the bakery, The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook shows you how to make their famous banana pudding, sinfully rich buttercream icing and red velvet cake, and dozens more irresistible desserts.

The Righteous (Articles of Faith, Book 2)

By David Wragg
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Book Code : 0008331456
  • Total of Pages : 592
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 657
  • Pdf File: the-righteous.pdf

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Rejoin fantasy’s most deadly and dysfunctional mercenaries in the sequel to debut sensation THE BLACK HAWKS.

Geek Wisdom

By N. K. Jemisin,Genevieve Valentine,Eric San Juan,Zaki Hasan
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  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Book Code : 1594745307
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 516
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THE GEEKS HAVE INHERITED THE EARTH. Computer nerds are our titans of industry; comic-book superheroes are our Hollywood idols; the Internet is our night on the town. Clearly, geeks know something about life in the 21st century that other folks don’t—something we all can learn from. Geek Wisdom takes as gospel some 200 of the most powerful and oft-cited quotes from movies (“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”), television (“Now we know—and knowing is half the battle”), literature (“All that is gold does not glitter”), games, science, the Internet, and more. Now these beloved pearls of modern-day culture have been painstakingly interpreted by a diverse team of hardcore nerds with their imaginations turned up to 11. Yes, this collection of mini-essays is by, for, and about geeks—but it’s just so surprisingly profound, the rest of us would have to be dorks not to read it. So say we all.

The Way of Bach

By Dan Moller
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1643135813
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Antiques & Collectibles
  • Members : 121
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A tale of passion and obsession from a philosophy professor who learns to play Bach on the piano as an adult. Dan Moller grew up listening to heavy metal in teh Boston suburbs. But one day, something shifted when he dug out his mother's record of The Art of the Fugue, inexplicably wedged between ABBA's greatest hits and Kenny Rogers. Moller was fixated on Bach ever since. In The Way of Bach, he draws us into fresh and often improbably hilarious things about Bach and his music. Did you know the Goldberg Variations contain a song about his mom cooking too much cabbage? Just what is so special about Bach’s music? Why does it continue to resonate even today? What can modern Americans—steeped in pop culture—can learn from European craftsmanship? And, because it is Bach, why do some people see a connection between music and God? By turn witty and though-provoking, Moller infuses The Way of Bach with philosophical considerations about how music and art enable us to contemplate life's biggest questions.

Kings of the Wyld

By Nicholas Eames
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  • Publisher : Orbit
  • Book Code : 0316362468
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 418
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A retired group of legendary mercenaries get the band back together for one last impossible mission in this award-winning debut epic fantasy. "Fantastic, funny, ferocious." - Sam Sykes Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help--the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for. It's time to get the band back together. WINNER OF THE DAVID GEMMELL MORNINGSTAR AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY DEBUT.WINNER OF THE REDDIT/FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FANTASY NOVEL. For more from Nicholas Eames, check out: Bloody Rose

Island Beneath the Sea

By Isabel Allende
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0063049643
  • Total of Pages : 489
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 450
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The New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits and A Long Petal of the Sea tells the story of one unforgettable woman—a slave and concubine determined to take control of her own destiny—in this sweeping historical novel that moves from the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century “Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers.”—Los Angeles Times The daughter of an African mother she never knew and a white sailor, Zarité—known as Tété—was born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue. Growing up amid brutality and fear, Tété found solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and the mysteries of voodoo. Her life changes when twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770 to run his father’s plantation, Saint Lazare. Overwhelmed by the challenges of his responsibilities and trapped in a painful marriage, Valmorain turns to his teenaged slave Tété, who becomes his most important confidant. The indelible bond they share will connect them across four tumultuous decades and ultimately define their lives.

Only a Theory

By Kenneth R. Miller
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1440634033
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 650
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A highly regarded scientist’s examination of the battle between evolution and intelligent design, and its implications for how science is practiced in America.

Illiterate America

By Jonathan Kozol
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  • Publisher : Doubleday
  • Book Code : 0307800571
  • Total of Pages : 270
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 438
  • Pdf File: illiterate-america.pdf

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It is startling and it is shaming: in a country that prides itself on being among the most enlightened in the world, 25 million American adults cannot read the poison warnings on a can of pesticide, a letter from their child’s teacher, or the front page of a newspaper. An additional 35 million read below the level needed to function successfully in our society. The United States ranks forty-ninth among 158 member nations of the UN in literacy, and wastes over $100 billion annually as a result. The problem is not merely an embarrassment, it is a social and economic disaster. In Illiterate America, Jonathan Kozol, author of National Book Award-winning Death at an Early Age, addresses this national disgrace. Combining hard statistics and heartrending stories, he describes the economic and the human costs of illiteracy. Kozol analyses and condemns previous government action—and inaction—and, in a passionate call for reform, he proposes a specific program to conquer illiteracy. One out of every three American adults cannot read this book—which is why everyone else must.

James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds

By Nikki Springer
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  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Book Code : 0429818920
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 807
  • Pdf File: james-surowiecki-s-the-wisdom-of-crowds.pdf

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In The Wisdom of Crowds, New Yorker columnist, Surowiecki, explores the question of whether the many are better than an elite few – no matter their qualifications – at solving problems, promoting innovation and making wise decisions. Surowiecki’s text uses multiple case studies and touches on the arenas of pop culture, sociology, business management and behavioural economics among others. Surowiecki’s is a fascinating text that is key to considerations and theorisations about economics, politics and sociology.

Summary of James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds

By Everest Media
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  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • Book Code : 166939543X
  • Total of Pages : 42
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 482
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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. pitted group intelligence against individual intelligence, and every week, group intelligence won. The results would never stand up to scientific scrutiny, but it is hard to resist the thought that the success of the Millionaire audience was a modern example of the same phenomenon that Francis Galton saw a century ago. #2 The group intelligence demonstrated by the jelly-beans-in-the-jar experiment is not the same for every single group. In many cases, there will be a few people who do better than the group, which is a good thing since it gives people reason to keep participating. #3 The judgment of crowds is good in laboratory settings and classrooms, but what happens in the real world. #4 The stock market is, at least in theory, a machine for calculating the present value of all the free cash flow a company will earn in the future. The steep decline in Thiokol’s stock price, compared with the slight declines in the stock prices of its competitors, was an unmistakable sign that investors believed that Thiokol was responsible for the Challenger disaster.