Machine Dreams

Machine Dreams
Author: Philip Mirowski
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 674
Release: 2002
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9780521775267

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This is the first cross-over book into the history of science written by an historian of economics. It shows how 'history of technology' can be integrated with the history of economic ideas. The analysis combines Cold War history with the history of postwar economics in America and later elsewhere, revealing that the Pax Americana had much to do with abstruse and formal doctrines such as linear programming and game theory. It links the literature on 'cyborg' to economics, an element missing in literature to date. The treatment further calls into question the idea that economics has been immune to postmodern currents, arguing that neoclassical economics has participated in the deconstruction of the integral 'self'. Finally, it argues for an alliance of computational and institutional themes, and challenges the widespread impression that there is nothing else besides American neoclassical economic theory left standing after the demise of Marxism.

Machine Dreams

Machine Dreams
Author: Jayne Anne Phillips
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-11-09
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 030780884X

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In her highly acclaimed debut novel, the bestselling author of Shelter introduces the Hampsons, an ordinary, small-town American family profoundly affected by the extraordinary events of history. Here is a stunning chronicle that begins with the Depression and ends with the Vietnam War, revealed in the thoughts, dreams, and memories of each family member. Mitch struggles to earn a living as Jeans becomes the main breadwinner, working to complete college and raise the family. While the couple fight to keep their marriage intact, their daughter Danner and son Billy forge a sibling bond of uncommon strength. When Billy goes off to Vietnam, Danner becomes the sole bond linking her family, whose dissolution mirrors the fractured state of America in the 1960s. Deeply felt and vividly imagined, this lyrical novel is "among the wisest of a generation to grapple with a war that maimed us all" (The Village Voice), by a master of contemporary fiction.

Machine Dreaming and Consciousness

Machine Dreaming and Consciousness
Author: J. F. Pagel
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2017-04-13
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 0128037423

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Machine Dreaming and Consciousness is the first book to discuss the questions raised by the advent of machine dreaming. Artificial intelligence (AI) systems meeting criteria of primary and self-reflexive consciousness are often utilized to extend the human interface, creating waking experiences that resemble the human dream. Surprisingly, AI systems also easily meet all human-based operational criteria for dreaming. These “dreams are far different from anthropomorphic dreaming, including such processes as fuzzy logic, liquid illogic, and integration instability, all processes that may be necessary in both biologic and artificial systems to extend creative capacity. Today, multi-linear AI systems are being built to resemble the structural framework of the human central nervous system. The creation of the biologic framework of dreaming (emotions, associative memories, and visual imagery) is well within our technical capacity. AI dreams potentially portend the further development of consciousness in these systems. This focus on AI dreaming raises even larger questions. In many ways, dreaming defines our humanity. What is humanly special about the states of dreaming? And what are we losing when we limit our focus to its technical and biologic structure, and extend the capacity for dreaming into our artificial creations? Machine Dreaming and Consciousness provides thorough discussion of these issues for neuroscientists and other researchers investigating consciousness and cognition. Addresses the function and role of dream-like processing in AI systems Describes the functions of dreaming in the creative process of both humans and machines Presents an alternative approach to the philosophy of machine consciousness Provides thorough discussion of machine dreaming and consciousness for neuroscientists and other researchers investigating consciousness and cognition

A Web of Words

A Web of Words
Author: Richard J. Gray
Publsiher: University of Georgia Press
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2007
Genre: Literary Collections
ISBN: 9780820330051

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Helps readers understand how any literary tradition involves an open conversation between its texts - a web of words that stretches from the local to the transnational. This book charts 3 different intertextual practices involving writings both within and outside the South.

The Secret Country

The Secret Country
Author: Sarah Robertson
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2007-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9042021403

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The Secret Country is the first monograph on the work of the contemporary American novelist Jayne Anne Phillips. Through detailed and innovative textual analysis this study considers the southern aspects of Phillips' writing. Robertson demonstrates the importance of Phillips' place within the southern literary canon by identifying the echoes of William Faulkner, Katherine Anne Porter and Edgar Allan Poe that permeate her work. Phillips' complex attachments to a regional past are explored through both psychoanalytical and historical materialist approaches, revealing not only the writer's distinctly southern preoccupations, but also her reflections on contemporary American society. Tracing the family dynamics in Phillips' work from the turn of the twentieth century to the present, this book examines the effects of increased modernization and capitalization on everyday interactions, and questions the nature of the author's backward glance to the past. This volume is of interest for a wide audience, particularly students and scholars of contemporary southern and American literature.

Narratives of the Vietnam War by Korean and American Writers

Narratives of the Vietnam War by Korean and American Writers
Author: Jinim Park
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2007
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780820486154

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American Women Writing Fiction

American Women Writing Fiction
Author: Mickey Pearlman
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2021-03-17
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0813181615

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American literature is no longer the refuge of the solitary hero. Like the society it mirrors, it is now a far richer, many-faceted explication of a complicated and diverse society—racially, culturally, and ethnically interwoven and at the same time fractured and fractious. Ten women writing fiction in America today—Toni Cade Bambara, Joan Didion, Louise Erdrich, Gail Godwin, Mary Gordon, Alison Lurie, Joyce Carol Oates, Jayne Anne Phillips, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, and Mary Lee Settle—represent that geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity that is distinctively American. Their differing perspectives on literature and the American experience have produced Erdrich's stolid North Dakota plainswomen; Didion's sun-baked dreamers and screamers; the urban ethnics—Irish, Jewish, and black—of Gordon, Schaeffer, and Bambara; Oates's small-town, often violent, neurotics; Lurie's intellectual sophisticates; and the southern survivors and victims, male and female, of Phillips, Settle, and Godwin. The ten original essays in this collection focus on the traditional themes of identity, memory, family, and enclosure that pervade the fiction of these writers. The fictional women who emerge here, as these critics show, are often caught in the interwoven strands of memory, perceive literal and emotional space as entrapping, find identity elusive and frustrating, and experience the interweaving of silence, solitude, and family in complex patterns. Each essay in this collection is followed by bibliographies of works by and about the writer in question that will be invaluable resources for scholars and general readers alike. Here is a readable critical discussion of ten important contemporary novelists who have broadened the pages of American literature to reflect more clearly the people we are.

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction 3 Volume Set

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction  3 Volume Set
Author: Brian W. Shaffer
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 1581
Release: 2011-01-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1405192445

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This Encyclopedia offers an indispensable reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over one million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language. Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars Arranged in three volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S. Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngûgî Wa Thiong’o) and their key works Examines the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, Sci-Fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avant-garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field, such as censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, diaspora, and exile

Vietnam and the Southern Imagination

Vietnam and the Southern Imagination
Author: Owen W. Gilman
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 226
Release: 1992
Genre:
ISBN: 9781617035340

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New Fathers Contemporary American Stories of Masculinity Domesticity and Kinship

New Fathers  Contemporary American Stories of Masculinity  Domesticity and Kinship
Author: Helena Wahlström
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 165
Release: 2010-10-12
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1443825948

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What do novels such as Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News, Michael Cunningham’s A Home at the End of the World, and Jayne Anne Phillips’ MotherKind have in common with films such as Smoke and Mrs Doubtfire? This study explores the intersection of masculinity and domesticity in contemporary film and literature. It argues that these texts, produced since the 1990s, address with some urgency the notion of “new fatherhood” in the United States. They offer explorations of the idea that American fatherhood around the turn of the twenty-first century is changing, and they problematize the legitimacy of “new fathers” and “alternative families” in a national culture where the “old” patriarch and the nuclear family still often loom large in the imagination of many Americans.

Dream Wisdom

Dream Wisdom
Author: Alan B. Siegel
Publsiher: Celestial Arts
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2015-04-15
Genre: Self-Help
ISBN: 0307785777

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During times of crisis and trauma, as well as transition—beginning or ending a relationship, facing illness, changing jobs, leaving home, dealing with loss —dreams can be a valuable resource for problem solving. Make smart decisions during these critical times with the practical and engaging insight of DREAM WISDOM. This handbook shows you how to use your dreams—and nightmares—as a guide to understanding your unconscious feelings and needs and includes tools for learning dream recall, an explanation of common dream symbols, and more than 140 actual turning-point dreams, all analyized to reveal their hidden meaning. DREAM WISDOM will enhance your ability to interpret your inner feelins and resolve major challenges, turning the difficult passages of life into opportunitites for growth and success.• Analyzes dreams about relationships, expectant mothers, separation and divorce, work, grief and healing, and midlife.• Includes instructions for creating a dream journal, incubating problem-solving dreams, and setting up dream groups.• An accessible means of tapping into an often-unexplored part of the mind.Reviews“Innovative and beautifully researched. Alan Siegel is a refreshing and articulate advocate of psychotherapeutic dream analysis” —San Francisco Chronicle“This book CAN change your life if you focus on your dreams as turning points.” — Association for Humanistic Psychology Perspective“Excellent . . . This is a book that can be confidently recommended to anyone wanting to draw on the wisdom of their dreams” —The California Psychologist“A uniquely positive look at dreams through the lifespan.”— Robert van de Castle Professor Emeritus University of Virginia and author of Our Dreaming Mind

The World Is Our Home

The World Is Our Home
Author: Jeffrey J. Folks
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-10-21
Genre: Literary Collections
ISBN: 0813185599

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Since the early 1970s southern fiction has been increasingly attentive to social issues, including the continuing struggles for racial justice and gender equality, the loss of a sense of social community, and the decline of a coherent regional identity. The essays in The World Is Our Home focus on writers who have explicitly addressed social and cultural issues in their fiction and drama, including Dorothy Allison, Horton Foote, Ernest J. Gaines, Jill McCorkle, Walker Percy, Lee Smith, William Styron, Alice Walker, and many others. The contributors provide valuable insights into the transformation of southern culture over the past thirty years and probe the social and cultural divisions that persist. The collection makes an important case for the centrality of social critique in contemporary southern fiction.

Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers

Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers
Author: Bella Vivante
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 407
Release: 2002
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780313316272

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Covers more than sixty women who published significant fiction after 1945, with a brief biography, exposition of major works and themes, survey of critical reception, and references to primary and secondary sources for each.

Sexuality War and Schizophrenia

Sexuality  War  and Schizophrenia
Author: Victor Tausk
Publsiher: Transaction Publishers
Total Pages: 252
Release:
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 9781412834018

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Tausk was a major figure among pre-World War I psychoanalysts and a prominent pupil of Freud. Twelve of his papers are collected here and introduced by Paul Roazen (social and political science, York U.). Indexed by name only. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Advanced Methodologies and Technologies in Artificial Intelligence Computer Simulation and Human Computer Interaction

Advanced Methodologies and Technologies in Artificial Intelligence  Computer Simulation  and Human Computer Interaction
Author: Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A., Mehdi
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 1221
Release: 2018-09-28
Genre: Computers
ISBN: 1522573690

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As modern technologies continue to develop and evolve, the ability of users to adapt with new systems becomes a paramount concern. Research into new ways for humans to make use of advanced computers and other such technologies through artificial intelligence and computer simulation is necessary to fully realize the potential of tools in the 21st century. Advanced Methodologies and Technologies in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Simulation, and Human-Computer Interaction provides emerging research in advanced trends in robotics, AI, simulation, and human-computer interaction. Readers will learn about the positive applications of artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction in various disciples such as business and medicine. This book is a valuable resource for IT professionals, researchers, computer scientists, and researchers invested in assistive technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics, and computer simulation.

Boundaries of Self and Reality Online

Boundaries of Self and Reality Online
Author: Jayne Gackenbach
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 358
Release: 2017-03-01
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 0128041749

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As technology continues to rapidly advance, individuals and society are profoundly changed. So too are the tools used to measure this universe and, therefore, our understanding of reality improves. Boundaries of Self and Reality Online examines the idea that technological advances associated with the Internet are moving us in multiple domains toward various "edges." These edges range from self, to society, to relationships, and even to the very nature of reality. Boundaries are dissolving and we are redefining the elements of identity. The book begins with explorations of the digitally constructed self and the relationship between the individual and technological reality. Then, the focus shifts to society at large and includes a contribution from Chinese researchers about the isolated Chinese Internet. The later chapters of the book explore digital reality at large, including discussions on virtual reality, Web consciousness, and digital physics. Cyberpsychology architecture Video games as a tool for self-understanding Avatars and the meaning behind them Game transfer phenomena A Jungian perspective on technology Politics of social media The history and science of video game play Transcendent virtual reality experiences The theophoric quality of video games

Trends in Business and Economic Ethics

Trends in Business and Economic Ethics
Author: Christopher Cowton
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2008-07-19
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 3540794727

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A growing body of academic and business specialists are paying attention to ethical issues in business and economics, drawing on a wide range of different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. This volume presents important new insights from scholars in economics, philosophy, business ethics and management studies. In addition to providing specific perspectives on particular topics, it presents strategic perspectives on the development of the field. Readers can inform themselves on developments in particular areas, such as social accountability or stakeholder governance; they will also find substantial contributions related to the interfaces of ethics and economics, economics and philosophy, business ethics and political science, and business ethics and management. The collection is a thought-provoking contribution to the development of business and economic ethics as an increasingly important field of academic study.