The Challenge of Chance

The Challenge of Chance

Author: Klaas Landsman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319263007

Category: Science

Page: 276

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This book presents a multidisciplinary perspective on chance, with contributions from distinguished researchers in the areas of biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, genetics, general history, law, linguistics, logic, mathematical physics, statistics, theology and philosophy. The individual chapters are bound together by a general introduction followed by an opening chapter that surveys 2500 years of linguistic, philosophical, and scientific reflections on chance, coincidence, fortune, randomness, luck and related concepts. A main conclusion that can be drawn is that, even after all this time, we still cannot be sure whether chance is a truly fundamental and irreducible phenomenon, in that certain events are simply uncaused and could have been otherwise, or whether it is always simply a reflection of our ignorance. Other challenges that emerge from this book include a better understanding of the contextuality and perspectival character of chance (including its scale-dependence), and the curious fact that, throughout history (including contemporary science), chance has been used both as an explanation and as a hallmark of the absence of explanation. As such, this book challenges the reader to think about chance in a new way and to come to grips with this endlessly fascinating phenomenon.

The Challenge of Evolution

The Challenge of Evolution

Author: Paul R. Myrant

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 9781606048276

Category: Creationism

Page: 240

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Can an intelligent person believe that God created the earth in six days and that the universe is just thousands of years old? In today's postmodern atmosphere, is it rational to believe in God, objective truth, and moral absolutes? Atheistic evolution, with its reliance on philosophical naturalism as a major presupposition, wants to say that mere chance is the only explanation for the universe. Yet, is this true? Should Christians be forced to abandon their faith just because their college textbook tells them to do so? With the onslaught of the 'New Atheism, ' it is high time for Christians to know what they believe and why they believe it. When modern philosophers and scientists' mock faith, ignore the Creator, and reject the authority of the Word of God, Christians need to be armed with the proper tools in order to combat such philosophies. Join new author Paul Myrant in The Challenge of Evolution as he gives a rational justification for the belief in God and the Bible. Students, teachers, and professors will find Paul Myrant's arguments insightful, intriguing, and compelling as they search for the truth concerning the origins of the universe. Paul Myrant, a graduate of Talbot Seminary, received his Master of Arts degree in biblical studies. He and his wife, Jan, have been married for 31 years. They have four children and three grandchildren. He has served as a senior pastor, teacher, and coach for over three decades. Paul's wide range of experiences and interactions with people has prepared him to understand and address the complexities of creationism and evolution.

Baudrillard's Challenge

Baudrillard's Challenge

Author: Victoria Grace

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134678136

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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This controversial book is the first systematic feminist reading of the work of Jean Baudrillard, one of the most pivotal figures in contemporary cultural theory, and is essential reading for students of feminist theory, sociology and cultural theory. Drawing on the full range of Baudrillard's writings the author engages in a debate with: * the work of Luce Irigaray, Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti on identity, power and desire * the feminist concern with 'difference' as an emancipatory construct * writings on transgenderism and the performance of gender * feminist concerns about the objectification of women. Through this critical engagement Grace reveals some of the limitations of some contemporary feminist theorising around gender and identity, patriarchy and power, and in so doing offers a way forward for contemporary feminist thought.

The Assessment Challenge in Statistics Education

The Assessment Challenge in Statistics Education

Author: Iddo Gal


ISBN: 4274901580

Category: Curriculum evaluation

Page: 300

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This book discusses conceptual and pragmatic issues in the assessment of statistical knowledge and reasoning skills among students at the college and precollege levels, and the use of assessments to improve instruction. It is designed primarily for academic audiences involved in teaching statistics and mathematics, and in teacher education and training. The book is divided in four sections: (I) Assessment goals and frameworks, (2) Assessing conceptual understanding of statistical ideas, (3) Innovative models for classroom assessments, and (4) Assessing understanding of probability.

The Many Faces of Coincidence

The Many Faces of Coincidence

Author: Laurence Browne

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781845409531

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 275

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Although much has been said and written about coincidences, there is a marked absence when it comes to the development of a comprehensive model that incorporates the many different ways in which they can be understood and explained. One reason for this omission is undoubtedly the sharp divide that exists between those who find coincidences meaningful and those who do not, with the result that the conclusions of the many books and articles on the subject have tended to fall into distinct camps. The Many Faces of Coincidence attempts to remedy this impasse by proposing an inclusive categorisation for coincidences of all shapes and sizes. At the same time, some of the implications arising from the various explanations are explored, including the possibility of an underlying unity of mind and matter constituting the ground of being.

Operational Research Applied to Sports

Operational Research Applied to Sports

Author: Mike Wright

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137534675

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 250

View: 757

Through key research papers from Palgrave's Journal of Operational Research, this book showcases how Operational Research can be applied to sports in a variety of ways, including: timetabling fixtures; scheduling officials; forecasting outcomes; optimizing tactics and strategy; analyzing the effects of rules and laws; planning issues, and performance measurement. The introductory chapter provides a broad overview with an examination of how this area has developed over time, and a look at its wide ranging applications to sports including football, tennis and cricket etc.