Complexity in World Politics

Concepts and Methods of a New Paradigm

Author: Neil E. Harrison

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791481492

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

View: 866

Demonstrates that world politics is more complex than conventional models can account for.
Posted in Political Science

Intelligent Computing Systems

Emerging Application Areas

Author: George A. Tsihrintzis,Maria Virvou,Lakhmi C. Jain

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3662491796

Category: Computers

Page: 368

View: 6784

This book at hand explores emerging scientific and technological areas in which Intelligent Computing Systems provide efficient solutions and, thus, may play a role in the years to come. It demonstrates how Intelligent Computing Systems make use of computational methodologies that mimic nature-inspired processes to address real world problems of high complexity for which exact mathematical solutions, based on physical and statistical modelling, are intractable. Common intelligent computational methodologies are presented including artificial neural networks, evolutionary computation, genetic algorithms, artificial immune systems, fuzzy logic, swarm intelligence, artificial life, virtual worlds and hybrid methodologies based on combinations of the previous. The book will be useful to researchers, practitioners and graduate students dealing with mathematically-intractable problems. It is intended for both the expert/researcher in the field of Intelligent Computing Systems, as well as for the general reader in the fields of Artificial and Computational Intelligence who wishes to learn more about the field of Intelligent Computing Systems and its applications. An extensive list of bibliographic references at the end of each chapter guides the reader to probe further into application area of interest to him/her.
Posted in Computers

Complexity Science and World Affairs

Author: Walter C. Clemens Jr.

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438449038

Category: History

Page: 268

View: 975

Following his 1978 publication of a translation of two other sections of the Tibetan Buddhist work completed in 1402 A.D., Alex Wayman (Sanscrit, Columbia U.) offers the section of the Lam rim chen mo that deals with the thought of enlightenment and the stages of instruction for budding bodhisattvas. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Posted in History

Who Gets What?

Domestic Influences on International Negotiations Allocating Shared Resources

Author: Aslaug Asgeirsdottir

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791475409

Category: Law

Page: 192

View: 8161

Examines the domestic constraints negotiators operate under when nations seek to cooperate.
Posted in Law

Sustainable Capitalism and the Pursuit of Well-Being

Author: Neil E. Harrison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135097461

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 204

View: 6260

Sustainable development is the central challenge of the 21st Century. How can human civilization continue to develop without destroying the natural systems on which it depends?Environmentalists tell us that capitalism is the problem because it feeds our self-interest. They tell us that we have to restrain ourselves and only consume what the Earth can sustain. Or governments must tell us what we can and cannot buy. This book uses the science of complex systems to explain why governments cannot deliver sustainability or happiness and how self-interest can be used to make society sustainable. Capitalism won the Cold War; until the Great Recession of 2008, it seemed to be the perfect system. But more of us are unhappy even as it has ravaged the planet. The central problem is the paradigm on which our social systems are founded that more (consumption, production, possessions) is always better. Based on research from political economy, philosophy, and psychology, this book shows that the problem is not self-interest. We are unhappy because we have been taught that our interests are material and that buying 'stuff' will make us happy. Yet, social pressure to consume only prevents us from satisfying our basic psychological needs and fully enjoying life. For that we need to pursue our personal well-being. Because this also reduces our material consumption, environmental sustainability comes from each of us knowing what's truly good for our selves. Even without the constant economic growth that harms the planet and damages our lives, capitalism also is sustainable. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of sustainability;civil societyactivists and social entrepreneurs; thought leaders and policymakers. .
Posted in Business & Economics

Organizational Structure in American Police Agencies

Context, Complexity, and Control

Author: Edward R. Maguire

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791487903

Category: Political Science

Page: 303

View: 5192

A new theory accounts for the characteristics of individual police departments.
Posted in Political Science

Beyond Boundaries?

Disciplines, Paradigms, and Theoretical Integration in International Studies

Author: Rudra Sil,Eileen M. Doherty

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791445983

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 263

View: 8513

Presents a constructively critical reappraisal of the boundaries that define the social scientific analysis of international life.
Posted in Business & Economics

Aesthetics and World Politics

Author: R. Bleiker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230244378

Category: Social Science

Page: 271

View: 9416

This book presents one of the first systematic assessments of aesthetic insights into world politics. It examines the nature of aesthetic approaches and outlines how they differ from traditional analysis of politics. The book explores the potential and limits of aesthetics through a series of case studies on language and poetics.
Posted in Social Science

Homeland Earth

A Manifesto for the New Millennium

Author: Edgar Morin,Anne Brigitte Kern

Publisher: Hampton Press (NJ)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 153

View: 8501

Edgar Morin, one of the leading figures in European thought, challenges us to think differently about our past, our present, and our future. Morin points to the development of a planetary culture that is not homogenizing or fragmented, and the need to recognize complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity as potential sources of creativity, learning, and transformation. Given the uncertainty of our journey, Morin presents "complex thought" as a way to overcome the "crisis of the future," and stresses the importance of solidarity.
Posted in Psychology

The British National Bibliography

Author: Arthur James Wells

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English literature

Page: N.A

View: 8721

Posted in English literature

Security

A New Framework for Analysis

Author: Barry Buzan,Ole Wæver,Jaap de Wilde

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers

ISBN: 9781555877842

Category: Political Science

Page: 239

View: 9344

Two schools of thought now exist in security studies: traditionalists want to restrict the subject to politico-military issues; while wideners want to extend it to the economic, societal and environmental sectors. This book sets out a comprehensive statement of the new security studies, establishing the case for the broader agenda.
Posted in Political Science

From Modernity to Cosmodernity

Science, Culture, and Spirituality

Author: Basarab Nicolescu

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438449658

Category: Philosophy

Page: 282

View: 1380

Offers a new paradigm of reality, based on the interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and society. The quantum, biological, and information revolutions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries should have thoroughly changed our view of reality, yet the old viewpoint based on classical science remains dominant, reinforcing a notion of a rational, mechanistic world that allows for endless progress. In practice, this view has promoted much violence among humans. Basarab Nicolescu heralds a new era, cosmodernity, founded on a contemporary vision of the interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and society. Here, reality is plastic and its people are active participants in the cosmos, and the world is simultaneously knowable and unknowable. Ultimately, every human recognizes his or her face in the face of every other human being, independent of his or her particular religious or philosophical beliefs. Nicolescu notes a new spirituality free of dogmas and looks at quantum physics, literature, theater, and art to reveal the emergence of a newer, cosmodern consciousness.
Posted in Philosophy

Qualitative Methods in International Relations

A Pluralist Guide

Author: A. Klotz,D. Prakash

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230584128

Category: Political Science

Page: 260

View: 1747

We still lack practical answers to one of the most basic questions in empirical research:How should researchers interpret meanings? The contributors take seriously the goals of both post-modernist and positivist researchers, as they offer detailed guidance on how to apply specific tools of analysis and how to circumvent their inherent limitations.
Posted in Political Science

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (Updated Edition)

Author: John J. Mearsheimer

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393076240

Category: Political Science

Page: 576

View: 4730

"A superb book.…Mearsheimer has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the behavior of great powers."—Barry R. Posen, The National Interest The updated edition of this classic treatise on the behavior of great powers takes a penetrating look at the question likely to dominate international relations in the twenty-first century: Can China rise peacefully? In clear, eloquent prose, John Mearsheimer explains why the answer is no: a rising China will seek to dominate Asia, while the United States, determined to remain the world's sole regional hegemon, will go to great lengths to prevent that from happening. The tragedy of great power politics is inescapable.
Posted in Political Science

Constructing Sustainable Development

Author: Neil E. Harrison

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791446676

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 175

View: 3525

Defines, analyzes, critiques, and proposes new policy solutions for achieving sustainable development.
Posted in Business & Economics

Resources in Education

Annual Cumulation: 1997: Abstracts

Author: N.A

Publisher: Oryx Press

ISBN: 9781573560764

Category: Education

Page: N.A

View: 1356

Posted in Education

Understanding Representation

Author: Jen Webb

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0857026593

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 7495

"This is an extraordinarily lucid book. I am not sure that there is anyone who can do this sort of thing better than Jen Webb. It is a gift to students; extremely accessible yet complex and sophisticated in its treatment of theories and concepts of representation." - Jim McGuigan, Loughborough University Understanding Representation offers a contemporary, coherent and genuinely interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of representation. Drawing together the full range of ideas, practices, techniques and disciplines associated with the subject, this book locates them in a historical context, presents them in a readable fashion, and shows their relevance to everyday life in an engaging and accessible manner. Readers will be shown how to develop a sophisticated attitude to meaning, and understand the relationship to truth and identity that is brought into focus by communicative practices. With chapters on linguistic and political representation, art and media, and philosophical and cognitive approaches, this book: Guides readers through complex theoretical terrain with a highly readable and refreshing writing style. Explains the techniques and perspectives offered by semiotics, discourse analysis, poetics, politics, narratology, visual culture, cognitive theory, performance theory and theories of embodied subjectivity. Covers the new ideas and practices that have emerged since the work of Barthes, Eco and Foucault - especially communication and meaning-making in the digital environment, and the new paradigms of understanding associated with cognitive theories of identity and language. Teaches readers how to interpret and interrogate the world of signs in which they live. Understanding Representation provides students across the social sciences and humanities with an invaluable introduction to what is meant by 'representation'.
Posted in Social Science

Education and International Development

An Introduction

Author: Tristan McCowan,Elaine Unterhalter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472514203

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 953

Education is fundamental to every aspect of development and there is widespread support across the world for policies that affirm that all children, regardless of their circumstances, have a right to quality schooling. Yet despite concerted efforts from national governments, multilateral organisations and NGOs over many decades we are still far from achieving education for all. In addition, while education can enhance human development, it is also associated with persistent inequalities. Education and International Development provides a comprehensive introduction to the field, giving an overview of the history, influential theories, important concepts and areas of achievement, and presenting a critical reflection on emerging trends in policy, practice and research. With chapters that review key challenges and inspiring initiatives in countries around the globe - focusing on critical issues such as language, conflict and teachers - this book serves both as a companion to graduate studies in international education and a concise reference book for practitioners and educators in the field.
Posted in Education