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release date: Aug 08, 2017
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Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
New York Times Bestseller
From one of America’s greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly—and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true—which is to say, a way out of our delusion—but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.
release date: Aug 29, 1995
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The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics--as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies. Illustrations.
release date: Aug 01, 2015
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Before You Say "I Do"®: A Marriage Preparation Guide for Couples

Is marriage on your mind? Have you found "the one"? This popular and helpful interactive workbook is designed to strengthen your love relationship and deepen your bond. You'll find all you need for fun and thoughtful discussions as you explore vital areas, including:

  • What does the Bible teach about marriage?
  • What makes you feel loved?
  • How do you handle conflicts?
  • Do you plan to have children? Why or why not?
  • What are your priorities when it comes to money?

Drawn from years of marriage preparation seminars and counseling sessions, these insightful questions will help you build a solid future together. With Jesus as your cornerstone, your partner and you can create a loving, successful marriage.

More than 500,000 couples helped!
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release date: May 03, 2010
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The Evolution of God (Back Bay Readers' Pick)
In this sweeping, dazzling journey through history, Robert Wright unveils a discovery of crucial importance to the present moment: there is a pattern in the evolution Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and a "hidden code" in their scriptures. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright repeatedly overturns conventional wisdom to show how and why religion can strengthen the social order-even in an age of globalization-and explains why modern science is not only compatible with religion, but actively affirms the validity of the religious quest.

Vast in scope and thrilling in ambition, The Evolution of God brilliantly alters our understanding of God and where He came from-and where He and we are going next.
release date: Jul 02, 2011
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Ethnic Families in America: Patterns and Variations (5th Edition)
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Reflecting the social and political dynamics in the United States, this edited volume offers an inclusive look at multicultural diversity in the U.S. with extensive coverage of the family life styles, traditions and values of seventeen American ethnic groups.

 

Providing unique and personal insights, each chapter is written by a contributing author representing a particular ethnic group and is structured in a similar pattern - covering the historical background, key ethnic cultural components, traditional and current ethnic family characteristics, and changes and adaptations to the ethnic family and culture. The book is suitable for undergraduate courses in Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Minority Groups, Social Work with Minority Groups, and Race and Ethnicity.

 

Learning Goals
Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Have a better understanding at the multicultural diversity of families in the United States
  • Have a deeper understanding of family life styles, traditions, and values of a wide range of ethnic families in America
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release date: Oct 17, 2014
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Teaching Number in the Classroom with 4-8 Year Olds (Math Recovery)

Bring the principles and practice of the acclaimed Mathematics Recovery Programme to whole-class teaching!

WHY INVEST IN THE NEW EDITION?

  • In full-colour with a revised layout for clearer navigation
  • More up-to-date tasks, activities and real classroom examples
  • Learning trajectories for guiding instruction and tracking progress on key topics
  • Extra resources online on the companion website

Part of the best-selling Maths Recovery series, this practical, step-by-step guide to classroom instruction takes an inquiry-based approach to assess children′s knowledge and build on this to develop a firm foundation of understanding and confidence in mathematics. Topics covered range from beginning number and early counting strategies to multi-digit addition and subtraction right through to multiplication and division.

An invaluable resource for use on pre-service teacher training courses and for all primary classroom teachers and assistants, including experienced Mathematics Recovery instructors, as well as learning support personnel, primary mathematics advisors, numeracy consultants and educational psychologists. 

WHAT EXTRAS ARE ON THE COMPANION WEBSITE?

  • Downloadable extra chapter resources like  print-out grids, worksheets, cards and much more
  • A Facilitator’s Guide that can be used either individually or in group study to help you get the most out of the material
  • In-class video demonstrations to clearly show how the instructional activities in the book are used in the classroom
  • Webinar discussing the key points in the book and how it supports your teaching

Visit the companion website at https://study.sagepub.com/wrighttnc

"Research informs practice in this easy to access resource. Each chapter gives educators  practical, bite-sized assessments, linked to a host of activities that helps them target teaching and develop the firm foundations which are so vital for confident and competent mathematicians." Jill Piotrowski, Numeracy Consultant, Wigan Local Authority, UK

"′The Classroom Instructional Framework in Early Number is research-based and provides a roadmap of not only the what, but the when and the how to teach all aspects of early number." - 
Vicki Nally, Mathematics Consultant at Catholic Education Office, Melbourne

"The structured approach offers a wealth of rich and easily implemented classroom-based activities that work - thousands of teachers in Ireland attest to this!" Noreen O′Loughlin, Director Maths Recovery and Maths Education Lecturer, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland

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release date: Dec 01, 2009
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Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry

Black Nature is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African American poets have participated.

Black poets have a long tradition of incorporating treatments of the natural world into their work, but it is often read as political, historical, or protest poetry―anything but nature poetry. This is particularly true when the definition of what constitutes nature writing is limited to work about the pastoral or the wild.

Camille T. Dungy has selected 180 poems from 93 poets that provide unique perspectives on American social and literary history to broaden our concept of nature poetry and African American poetics. This collection features major writers such as Phillis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Wanda Coleman, Natasha Trethewey, and Melvin B. Tolson as well as newer talents such as Douglas Kearney, Major Jackson, and Janice Harrington. Included are poets writing out of slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century African American poetic movements.

Black Nature brings to the fore a neglected and vital means of considering poetry by African Americans and nature-related poetry as a whole.

A Friends Fund Publication.

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release date: Sep 26, 2006
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Teaching Number: Advancing Children′s Skills and Strategies (Math Recovery)
The book presents nine guiding principles for advancing children′s early number skills and offers clear strategies more advanced instruction in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division .
release date: Dec 06, 2011
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Developing Number Knowledge: Assessment,Teaching and Intervention with 7-11 year olds (Math Recovery)

This fourth book in the Mathematics Recovery series equips teachers with detailed pedagogical knowledge and resources for teaching number to 7 to 11-year olds. Drawing on extensive programs of research, curriculum development, and teacher development, the book offers a coherent, up-to-date approach emphasizing computational fluency and the progressive development of students′ mathematical sophistication. The book is organized in key domains of number instruction, including structuring numbers 1 to 20, knowledge of number words and numerals, conceptual place value, mental computation, written computation methods, fractions, and early algebraic reasoning.

 

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release date: Jan 09, 2001
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Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
In his bestselling The Moral Animal, Robert Wright applied the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of the human mind. Now Wright attempts something even more ambitious: explaining the direction of evolution and human history–and discerning where history will lead us next.

In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright asserts that, ever since the primordial ooze, life has followed a basic pattern. Organisms and human societies alike have grown more complex by mastering the challenges of internal cooperation. Wright's narrative ranges from fossilized bacteria to vampire bats, from stone-age villages to the World Trade Organization, uncovering such surprises as the benefits of barbarian hordes and the useful stability of feudalism. Here is history endowed with moral significance–a way of looking at our biological and cultural evolution that suggests, refreshingly, that human morality has improved over time, and that our instinct to discover meaning may itself serve a higher purpose. Insightful, witty, profound, Nonzero offers breathtaking implications for what we believe and how we adapt to technology's ongoing transformation of the world.
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