The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money English Edition

Princeton University Press - Romantic notions about education being "good for the soul" must yield to careful research and common sense—The Case against Education points the way. Learn why students hunt for easy as only to forget most of what they learn after the final exam, why decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for average workers, how employers reward workers for costly schooling they rarely ever use, and why cutting education spending is the best remedy.

Why we need to stop wasting public funds on educationDespite being immensely popular—and immensely lucrative—education is grossly overrated. Now with a new afterword by bryan caplan, this explosive book argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skills but to signal the qualities of a good employee.

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The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity English Edition

Bloomsbury Continuum - Petersonin his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the twenty-first century's most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. Readers of all political persuasions cannot afford to ignore Murray's masterfully argued and fiercely provocative book, in which he seeks to inject some sense into the discussion around this generation's most complicated issues.

In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponization of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and 'intersectionality'.

The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity English Edition - We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. Douglas murray fights the good fight for freedom of speech. Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal – and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting.

A truthful look at today's most divisive issues' – Jordan B. He ends with an impassioned call for free speech, shared common values and sanity in an age of mass hysteria.

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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure English Edition

Penguin - Liberal parents, in particular, should read it' financial timesthe New York Times bestsellerWhat doesn't kill you makes you weakerAlways trust your feelingsLife is a battle between good people and evil peopleThese three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being, as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures.

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure English Edition - And yet they have become increasingly woven into education, culminating in a stifling culture of "safetyism" that began on American college campuses and is spreading throughout academic institutions in the English-speaking world. In this book, free speech campaigner greg lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt investigate six trends that caused the spread of these untruths, from the decline of unsupervised play to the corporatization of universities and the rise of new ideas about identity and justice.

Lukianoff and haidt argue that well-intended but misguided attempts to protect young people can hamper their development, with devastating consequences for them, for the educational system and for democracy itself. Excellent, their advice is sound.

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Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think English Edition

Basic Books - Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think English Edition - We've needlessly turned parenting into an unpleasant chore. Your kids will still turn out fine. Selfish reasons to Have More Kids is a book of practical big ideas. The big lesson: Mold your kids less and enjoy your life more. How can parents be happier? what can they change--and what do they need to just accept? Which of their worries can parents safely forget? Above all, what is the right number of kids for you to have? You'll never see kids or parenthood the same way again.

These revelations have surprising implications for how we parent and how we spend time with our kids. Parents invest more time and money in their kids than ever, but the shocking lesson of twin and adoption research is that upbringing is much less important than genetics in the long run.

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Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are English Edition

Penguin - As plomin shows us, these developments have sweeping implications for how we think about parenting, education, and social mobility. A game-changing book by a leader in the field, Blueprint shows how the DNA present in the single cell with which we all begin our lives can impact our behaviour as adults.

Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions. Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions.

In blueprint, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, Robert Plomin, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. Now, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, thanks to the DNA revolution, at birth, from our DNA alone.

Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are English Edition - A clear and engaging explanation of one of the hottest fields in science' steven Pinker'A hugely important book' Matt Ridley, The TimesOne of the world's top behavioural geneticists argues that we need a radical rethink about what makes us who we areThe blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1% of DNA that differs between people.

Our intellectual capacity, our vulnerability to mental illness, our introversion or extraversion, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences.

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The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data Pelican Books English Edition

Pelican - In the age of big data, as data science becomes established as a discipline, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever. In how to tell the truth with statistics, David Spiegelhalter guides the reader through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data.

The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data Pelican Books English Edition - . Drawing on real world problems to introduce conceptual issues, whether serial killer Harold Shipman could have been caught earlier, he shows us how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, and if screening for ovarian cancer is beneficial. How many trees are there on the planet? do busier hospitals have higher survival rates? Why do old men have big ears? Spiegelhalter reveals the answers to these and many other questions - questions that can only be addressed using statistical science.

Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media.

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New Edition English Edition - The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

Princeton University Press - The myth of the rational voter takes an unflinching look at how people who vote under the influence of false beliefs ultimately end up with government that delivers lousy results. Caplan lays out several bold ways to make democratic government work better--for example, urging economic educators to focus on correcting popular misconceptions and recommending that democracies do less and let markets take up the slack.

This is economist Bryan Caplan's sobering assessment in this provocative and eye-opening book. Caplan argues that voters continually elect politicians who either share their biases or else pretend to, resulting in bad policies winning again and again by popular demand. Through an analysis of americans' voting behavior and opinions on a range of economic issues, distrust foreigners, undervalue the benefits of conserving labor, he makes the convincing case that noneconomists suffer from four prevailing biases: they underestimate the wisdom of the market mechanism, and pessimistically believe the economy is going from bad to worse.

New Edition English Edition - The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies - With the upcoming presidential election season drawing nearer, this thought-provoking book is sure to spark a long-overdue reappraisal of our elective system. Boldly calling into question our most basic assumptions about American politics, Caplan contends that democracy fails precisely because it does what voters want.

. The greatest obstacle to sound economic policy is not entrenched special interests or rampant lobbying, but the popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases held by ordinary voters.

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The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life English Edition

Oxford University Press - Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. The existence of big hidden motives can upend the usual political debates, leading one to question the legitimacy of these social institutions, and of standard policies designed to favor or discourage them. You won't see yourself - or the world - the same after confronting the elephant in the brain.

Our brains, but also to help us get ahead socially, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather, often via deception and self-deception. Then, once everything is clearly visible, school, medicine, politics, we can work to better understand ourselves: Why do we laugh? Why are artists sexy? Why do we brag about travel? Why do we prefer to speak rather than listen?Our unconscious motives drive more than just our private behavior; they also infect our venerated social institutions such as Art, Charity, and Religion.

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life English Edition - In fact, these institutions are in many ways designed to accommodate our hidden motives, to serve covert agendas alongside their "official" ones. The aim of this book, then, is to confront our hidden motives directly - to track down the darker, unexamined corners of our psyches and blast them with floodlights.

This is "the elephant in the brain. Such an introspective taboo makes it hard for us to think clearly about our nature and the explanations for our behavior. The less we know about our own ugly motives, the better - and thus we don't like to talk or even think about the extent of our selfishness. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise.

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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life English Edition

Penguin - Beware of complicated solutions that someone was paid to find. In his inimitable style, taleb draws on everything from Antaeus the Giant to Hammurabi to Donald Trump, from ethics to used car salesmen, to create a jaw-dropping framework for understanding this idea. You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot.

From the bestselling author of the black swan, artisans, fishermen, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility'Skin in the game means that you do not pay attention to what people say, a bold book that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, and how much of their neck they are putting on the line'Citizens, only to what they do, police, political activists and entrepreneurs all have skin in the game.

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life English Edition - . It's all about having something to lose and sharing risks with others. Just as the black swan did during the 2007 financial crisis, politics, Skin in the Game comes at precisely the right moment to challenge our long-held beliefs about risk, reward, religion and business - and make us rethink everything we thought we knew.

In his most provocative and practical book yet, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows that skin in the game, often seen as the foundation of risk management, in fact applies to all aspects of our lives. Among his insights:For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing. Minorities, not majorities, run the world.

Policy wonks, corporate executives, many academics, bankers and most journalists don't.

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Discrimination and Disparities English Edition

Basic Books - Others believe that those who are less fortunate are victims of the more fortunate. Discrimination and disparities gathers a wide array of empirical evidence to challenge the idea that different economic outcomes can be explained by any one factor, exploitation, be it discrimination, or genetics. An enlarged edition of thomas Sowell's brilliant examination of the origins of economic disparitiesEconomic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations.

Many explanations have been offered for the differences. Some believe that those with less fortunate outcomes are victims of genetics. This revised and enlarged edition also analyzes the human consequences of the prevailing social vision of these disparities and the policies based on that vision--from educational disasters to widespread crime and violence.

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Metaphors We Live By English Edition

University of Chicago Press - The now-classic metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are "metaphors we live by"—metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them.

In this updated edition of lakoff and johnson's influential book, the authors supply an afterword surveying how their theory of metaphor has developed within the cognitive sciences to become central to the contemporary understanding of how we think and how we express our thoughts in language. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects.

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