Pdf ebook: This May Hurt a Bit

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Summary: “How might we fix Canada’s health-care system?”; “why would we want to?”; and “what’s stopping us from doing so?” These three questions lie

  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher: Dundurn
  • ISBN: 1459742443
  • Genre: Medical
  • Number of Pages: 248
  • Language: English
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Description: “How might we fix Canada’s health-care system?”; “why would we want to?”; and “what’s stopping us from doing so?” These three questions lie at the very heart of This May Hurt a Bit.


Pdf ebook: This Might Hurt a Bit

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Summary: “Full of wit and wisdom, and riotously funny to boot. A phenomenal debut!” —Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Hom

  • Author : Doogie Horner
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1534427198
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Views: 856
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Description: “Full of wit and wisdom, and riotously funny to boot. A phenomenal debut!” —Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children “As irreverent as it is gratifying.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland A grieving teen faces dangerous classmates, reckless friends, and the one-year anniversary of his sister’s devastating death in this poignant, quirky, often humorous novel that’s perfect for fans of Jeff Zentner and Brendan Kiely. Kirby Burns is about to have the second worst day of his life. Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the worst day of his life, and in the three hundred and sixty-four days since then he hasn’t stopped running: from his family, his memories, and the horse-sized farm dogs that chase him to the bus stop every morning. But he can’t run forever, and Kirby and his friends PJ and Jake sneak out of his house to play a prank with consequences that follow them to school the next day, causing a chain reaction of mayhem and disaster. It’s a story that’s touching and funny, an authentic meditation on the pain of loss, and the challenge of getting paint to stick to cows.


Pdf ebook: This Won't Hurt a Bit

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Summary: Michelle Au started medical school armed only with a surfeit of idealism, a handful of old ER episodes for reference, and some vague notion about "helping

  • Author : Michelle Au
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • ISBN: 0446574414
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1326
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Description: Michelle Au started medical school armed only with a surfeit of idealism, a handful of old ER episodes for reference, and some vague notion about "helping people." This Won't Hurt a Bit is the story of how she grew up and became a real doctor. It's a no-holds-barred account of what a modern medical education feels like, from the grim to the ridiculous, from the heartwarming to the obscene. Unlike most medical memoirs, however, this one details the author's struggles to maintain a life outside of the hospital, in the small amount of free time she had to live it. And, after she and her husband have a baby early in both their medical residencies, Au explores the demands of being a parent with those of a physician, two all-consuming jobs in which the lives of others are very literally in her hands. Au's stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking and hit every note in between, proving more than anything that the creation of a new doctor (and a new parent) is far messier, far more uncertain, and far more gratifying than one could ever expect.


Pdf ebook: Health Care in Canada

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Summary: Health Care in Canada examines the challenges faced by the Canadian health care system, a subject of much public debate. In this book Katherine Fierlbeck p

  • Author : Katherine Fierlbeck
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 1442661208
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Number of Pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Views: 764
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Description: Health Care in Canada examines the challenges faced by the Canadian health care system, a subject of much public debate. In this book Katherine Fierlbeck provides an in-depth discussion of how health care decisions are shaped by politics and why there is so much disagreement over how to fix the system. Many Canadians point to health care as a source of national pride; others are highly critical of the system's shortcomings and call for major reform. Yet meaningful debate cannot occur without an understanding of how the system actually operates. In this overview, Fierlbeck outlines the basic framework of the health care system with reference to specific areas such as administration and governance, public health, human resources, drugs and drug policy, and mental health. She also discusses alternative models in other countries such as Britain, the United States, and France. As health care becomes increasingly complex, it is crucial that Canadians have a solid grasp of the main issues within both the policy and political environments. With its balanced and accessible assessment of the main political and theoretical debates, Health Care in Canada is an essential guide for anyone with a stake in Canada's health system.


Pdf ebook: This Will Only Hurt a Little

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Summary: A hilarious, heartfelt, and refreshingly honest memoir and New York Times bestseller by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks

  • Author : Busy Philipps
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1501184733
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1399
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Description: A hilarious, heartfelt, and refreshingly honest memoir and New York Times bestseller by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, and Cougar Town who has become “the breakout star of Instagram stories...Imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker). There’s no stopping Busy Philipps. From the time she was two and “aced out in her nudes” to explore the neighborhood (as her mom famously described her toddler jailbreak), Busy has always been headstrong, defiant, and determined not to miss out on all the fun. These qualities led her to leave Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of nineteen to pursue her passion for acting in Hollywood. But much like her painful and painfully funny teenage years, chasing her dreams wasn’t always easy and sometimes hurt more than a little. In a memoir “that often reads like a Real World confessional or an open diary” (Kirkus Reviews), Busy opens up about chafing against a sexist system rife with on-set bullying and body shaming, being there when friends face shattering loss, enduring devastating personal and professional betrayals from those she loved best, and struggling with postpartum anxiety and the challenges of motherhood. But Busy also brings to the page her sly sense of humor and the unshakeable sense that disappointment shouldn’t stand in her way—even when she’s knocked down both figuratively and literally (from a knee injury at her seventh-grade dance to a violent encounter on the set of Freaks and Geeks). The rough patches in her life are tempered by times of hilarity and joy: leveraging a flawless impression of Cher from Clueless into her first paid acting gig, helping reinvent a genre with cult classic Freaks and Geeks, becoming fast friends with Dawson’s Creek castmate Michelle Williams, staging her own surprise wedding, conquering natural childbirth with the help of a Mad Men–themed hallucination, and of course, how her Instagram stories became “the most addictive thing on the internet right now” (Cosmopolitan). Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood—“if you think you know Busy from her Instagram stories, you don’t know the half of it” (Jenni Konner). Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From “candid tales of celebrity life, mom life, and general Busy-ness” (W Magazine), This Will Only Hurt a Little “is everything we’ve been dying to hear about” (Bustle).


Pdf ebook: This Could Hurt

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Summary: “Periodically a writer captures the pattern of comedy and tragedy that peppers office life like alternating colors of carpet squares. . . . As smart as M

  • Author : Jillian Medoff
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0062660780
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1616
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Description: “Periodically a writer captures the pattern of comedy and tragedy that peppers office life like alternating colors of carpet squares. . . . As smart as Medoff’s critique of corporate inanity is, it’s tempered by compassion for these people, who are ultimately tender with each other, too. . . . Medoff finds plenty of hurt—but strains of hope, too.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post A razor-sharp and deeply felt novel that illuminates the pivotal role of work in our lives—a riveting fusion of The Nest, Up in the Air, and Then We Came to the End that captures the emotional complexities of five HR colleagues trying to balance ambition, hope, and fear as their small company is buffeted by economic forces that threaten to upend them. Rosa Guerrero beat the odds as she rose to the top of the corporate world. An attractive woman of a certain age, the longtime chief of human resources at Ellery Consumer Research is still a formidable presence, even if her most vital days are behind her. A leader who wields power with grace and discretion, she has earned the devotion and loyalty of her staff. No one admires Rosa more than her doting lieutenant Leo Smalls, a benefits vice president whose whole world is Ellery. While Rosa is consumed with trying to address the needs of her staff within the ever-constricting limits of the company’s bottom line, her associate director, Rob Hirsch, a middle-aged, happily married father of two, finds himself drawing closer to his "work wife," Lucy Bender, an enterprising single woman searching for something—a romance, a promotion—to fill the vacuum in her personal life. For Kenny Verville, a senior manager with an MBA, Ellery is a temporary stepping-stone to bigger and better places—that is, if his high-powered wife has her way. Compelling, flawed, and heartbreakingly human, these men and women scheme, fall in and out of love, and nurture dreams big and small. As their individual circumstances shift, one thing remains constant—Rosa, the sun around whom they all orbit. When her world begins to crumble, the implications for everyone are profound, and Leo, Rob, Lucy, and Kenny find themselves changed in ways beyond their reckoning. Jillian Medoff explores the inner workings of an American company in all its brilliant, insane, comforting, and terrifying glory. Authentic, razor-sharp, and achingly funny, This Could Hurt is a novel about work, loneliness, love, and loyalty; about sudden reversals and unexpected windfalls; a novel about life.


Pdf ebook: Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club

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Summary: #1 National Bestseller Finalist, CBC Canada Reads Finalist, Scotiabank Giller Prize By turns savage, biting, funny, poetic, and heartbreaking, Megan Gail C

  • Author : Megan Gail Coles
  • Publisher: House of Anansi
  • ISBN: 148700172X
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Views: 619
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Description: #1 National Bestseller Finalist, CBC Canada Reads Finalist, Scotiabank Giller Prize By turns savage, biting, funny, poetic, and heartbreaking, Megan Gail Coles’s debut novel rips into the inner lives of a wicked cast of characters, exposing class, gender, and racial tensions over the course of one Valentine’s Day in the dead of a winter storm. Valentine’s Day, the longest day of the year. A fierce blizzard is threatening to tear a strip off the city, while inside The Hazel restaurant a storm system of sex, betrayal, addiction, and hurt is breaking overhead. Iris, a young hostess, is forced to pull a double despite resolving to avoid the charming chef and his wealthy restaurateur wife. Just tables over, Damian, a hungover and self-loathing server, is trying to navigate a potential punch-up with a pair of lit customers who remain oblivious to the rising temperature in the dining room. Meanwhile Olive, a young woman far from her northern home, watches it all unfurl from the fast and frozen street. Through rolling blackouts, we glimpse the truth behind the shroud of scathing lies and unrelenting abuse, and discover that resilience proves most enduring in the dead of this winter’s tale.


Pdf ebook: Someone Could Get Hurt

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Summary: A sharp, funny, and heartfelt memoir about fatherhood and the ups and downs of raising a family in modern America No one writes about family quite like Dre

  • Author : Drew Magary
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 110162180X
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Views: 758
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Description: A sharp, funny, and heartfelt memoir about fatherhood and the ups and downs of raising a family in modern America No one writes about family quite like Drew Magary. The GQ correspondent and Deadspin columnist’s stories about trying to raise a family have attracted millions of readers online. And now he’s finally bringing that unique voice to a memoir. In Someone Could Get Hurt, he reflects on his own parenting experiences to explore the anxiety, rationalizations, compromises, and overpowering love that come with raising children in contemporary America. In brutally honest and funny stories, Magary reveals how American mothers and fathers cope with being in over their heads (getting drunk while trick-or-treating, watching helplessly as a child defiantly pees in a hotel pool, engaging in role-play with a princess-crazed daughter), and how stepping back can sometimes make all the difference (talking a toddler down from the third story of a netted-in playhouse, allowing children to make little mistakes in the kitchen to keep them from making the bigger ones in life). It’s a celebration of all the surprises—joyful and otherwise—that come with being part of a real family. In the wake of recent bestsellers that expose how every other culture raises their children better, Someone Could Get Hurt offers a hilarious and heartfelt defense of American child rearing with a glimpse into the genuine love and compassion that accompany the missteps and flawed logic. It’s the story of head lice, almost-dirty words, and flat head syndrome, and a man trying to commit the ultimate act of selflessness in a selfish world.


Pdf ebook: This Might Hurt

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Summary: From the national and USA TODAY bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold comes a dark, thrilling novel about two sisters—one trapped in the clutches of a

  • Author : Stephanie Wrobel
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1982135085
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1224
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Description: From the national and USA TODAY bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold comes a dark, thrilling novel about two sisters—one trapped in the clutches of a cult, the other in a web of her own lies. Welcome to Wisewood. We’ll keep your secrets if you keep ours. Natalie Collins hasn’t heard from her sister in more than half a year. The last time they spoke, Kit was slogging from mundane workdays to obligatory happy hours to crying in the shower about their dead mother. She told Natalie she was sure there was something more out there. And then she found Wisewood. On a private island off the coast of Maine, Wisewood’s guests commit to six-month stays. During this time, they’re prohibited from contact with the rest of the world—no Internet, no phones, no exceptions. But the rules are for a good reason: to keep guests focused on achieving true fearlessness so they can become their Maximized Selves. Natalie thinks it’s a bad idea, but Kit has had enough of her sister’s cynicism and voluntarily disappears off the grid. Six months later, Natalie receives a menacing email from a Wisewood account threatening to reveal the secret she’s been keeping from Kit. Panicked, Natalie hurries north to come clean to her sister and bring her home. But she’s about to learn that Wisewood won’t let either of them go without a fight.


Pdf ebook: Case Studies in Canadian Health Policy and Management, Second Edition

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Summary: Covering a wide range of issues, the 22 cases included in Case Studies in Canadian Health Policy and Management constitute an exceptional resource for brin

  • Author : Raisa B. Deber,Catherine L. Mah
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 1442618965
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Number of Pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1130
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Description: Covering a wide range of issues, the 22 cases included in Case Studies in Canadian Health Policy and Management constitute an exceptional resource for bringing real-life policy questions into the classroom. Based on actual events, the cases have been developed with input from mid-career professionals with strong field experience and extensively tested in Raisa B. Deber’s graduate case study seminar at the University of Toronto. Each case features both a substantive health policy issue and a selection of key concepts and methods appropriate to examining public policy, public health, and health care management issues. In each case, the authors provide a summary of the case and the related policy issues, a description of events, suggested questions for discussion, supporting information, and both works cited and further reading. Suitable for graduate and undergraduate classrooms in programs in a variety of fields, Case Studies in Canadian Health Policy and Management is an exceptional educational resource. This second edition features all new cases, as well as adding an introductory chapter that provides a framework and tools for health policy analysis in Canada.


Pdf ebook: It Won't Hurt a Bit

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Summary: When Jane Yeadon decided that she wanted to become a nurse, the Swinging Sixties had arrived in style. But before her training the nearest she got to anyth

  • Author : Jane Yeadon
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing
  • ISBN: 1845025164
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Views: 848
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Description: When Jane Yeadon decided that she wanted to become a nurse, the Swinging Sixties had arrived in style. But before her training the nearest she got to anything swinging was the udder of the cow on their farm in the north-east of Scotland. It was time to leave for the bright lights and some modern life. It Won't Hurt a Bit is the story of Jane's journey from the farm she loved and the schoolwork she hated through to her nurse training and the many adventures along the way. It's a warm, funny and affectionate memoir from a simpler time as Jane and her new friends tackle the ups and downs of a gruelling three-year training, some scary matrons and a variety of challenging patients and their relatives. All to the backdrop of the fabulous Swinging Sixties.


Pdf ebook: They Said This Would Be Fun

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Summary: NATIONAL BESTSELLER A powerful, moving memoir about what it's like to be a student of colour on a predominantly white campus. A booksmart kid from Toronto,

  • Author : Eternity Martis
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
  • ISBN: 0771062192
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Views: 871
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Description: NATIONAL BESTSELLER A powerful, moving memoir about what it's like to be a student of colour on a predominantly white campus. A booksmart kid from Toronto, Eternity Martis was excited to move away to Western University for her undergraduate degree. But as one of the few Black students there, she soon discovered that the campus experiences she'd seen in movies were far more complex in reality. Over the next four years, Eternity learned more about what someone like her brought out in other people than she did about herself. She was confronted by white students in blackface at parties, dealt with being the only person of colour in class and was tokenized by her romantic partners. She heard racial slurs in bars, on the street, and during lectures. And she gathered labels she never asked for: Abuse survivor. Token. Bad feminist. But, by graduation, she found an unshakeable sense of self--and a support network of other women of colour. Using her award-winning reporting skills, Eternity connects her own experience to the systemic issues plaguing students today. It's a memoir of pain, but also resilience.


Pdf ebook: This Might Hurt a Bit

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Summary: “Full of wit and wisdom, and riotously funny to boot. A phenomenal debut!” —Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Hom

  • Author : Doogie Horner
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1534427198
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Views: 620
  • Downloads: 620
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Description: “Full of wit and wisdom, and riotously funny to boot. A phenomenal debut!” —Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children “As irreverent as it is gratifying.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland A grieving teen faces dangerous classmates, reckless friends, and the one-year anniversary of his sister’s devastating death in this poignant, quirky, often humorous novel that’s perfect for fans of Jeff Zentner and Brendan Kiely. Kirby Burns is about to have the second worst day of his life. Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the worst day of his life, and in the three hundred and sixty-four days since then he hasn’t stopped running: from his family, his memories, and the horse-sized farm dogs that chase him to the bus stop every morning. But he can’t run forever, and Kirby and his friends PJ and Jake sneak out of his house to play a prank with consequences that follow them to school the next day, causing a chain reaction of mayhem and disaster. It’s a story that’s touching and funny, an authentic meditation on the pain of loss, and the challenge of getting paint to stick to cows.


Pdf ebook: The Sport and Prey of Capitalists

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Summary: After more than a century as nation builders, Canadians have spent recent decades downsizing or selling off our ambitious public enterprises and programs t

  • Author : Linda McQuaig
  • Publisher: Dundurn
  • ISBN: 1459743679
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Number of Pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1347
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Description: After more than a century as nation builders, Canadians have spent recent decades downsizing or selling off our ambitious public enterprises and programs to private investors, diminishing our ownership and control of key aspects of our economy, our country, and our lives.


Pdf ebook: Eternity

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Summary: “A rich, sensual, bewitching adventure of good vs. evil with love as the prize.” ~Publisher’s Weekly on ETERNITY 300 years ago, Raven St. James was h

  • Author : Maggie Shayne
  • Publisher: Thunderfoot Publishing Inc.
  • ISBN: 1945038799
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1394
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Description: “A rich, sensual, bewitching adventure of good vs. evil with love as the prize.” ~Publisher’s Weekly on ETERNITY 300 years ago, Raven St. James was hanged for witchcraft. But she revives among the dead to find herself alive. She is an Immortal High Witch, one of the light. A note from her mother warns that there are others, those of the Dark, who preserve their own lives by taking the hearts of those like her. Duncan Wallace’s forbidden love for the secretive lass costs him his life. 300 years later, he loves her again, tormented by hazy memories of a past that can’t be real. She tells him of another lifetime, claims to be immortal. Though he knows she’s deluded, he can’t stay away. And the Dark Witch after her heart is far closer than either of them know. If you liked the TV Series HIGHLANDER, you will LOVE this series. Don’t miss Book 2, INFINITY. “A hauntingly beautiful story of a love that endures through time itself.” ~New York Times Bestselling Author, Kay Hooper “This captivating story of a love that reaches across the centuries, becomes as immortal as the lover’s themselves, resonates with timeless passion, powerful magic, and haunting heartbreak.” ~BN.com’s official review


Pdf ebook: The Millennial Mosaic

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Summary: The Millennial Mosaic provides an unmatched examination of Canada’s youngest adults, unveiling the news that they are an upgrade on older Canadians, and

  • Author : Reginald W. Bibby,Joel Thiessen,Monetta Bailey
  • Publisher: Dundurn
  • ISBN: 1459745612
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Number of Pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1507
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Description: The Millennial Mosaic provides an unmatched examination of Canada’s youngest adults, unveiling the news that they are an upgrade on older Canadians, and what it means for the future of Canada.


Pdf ebook: Can't Hurt Me

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Summary: New York Times Bestseller Over 2.5 million copies sold For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his da

  • Author : David Goggins
  • Publisher: David Goggins
  • ISBN: 1544507860
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Number of Pages: 364
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1105
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Description: New York Times Bestseller Over 2.5 million copies sold For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America. In this curse-word-free edition of Can't Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.


Pdf ebook: The Journey Towards Compassionate A.I.

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Summary: It may take a few more decades, but ‘soon enough,’ A.I. will turn into super-A.I. This is an artificial intelligence which in all areas of what is now

  • Author : Jean-Luc Mommaerts
  • Publisher: AURELIS
  • ISBN:
  • Genre: Computers
  • Number of Pages: 630
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1440
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Description: It may take a few more decades, but ‘soon enough,’ A.I. will turn into super-A.I. This is an artificial intelligence which in all areas of what is now seen as ‘human intelligence’ approaches this, then surpasses it. After that, it will keep growing exponentially. In the meantime, at relatively short notice, humanity will encounter a challenging A.I. bi-bottleneck: 1) humans possibly misusing A.I. in a big way, and 2) A.I. spiraling into many directions of which any unfortunate one may be enough for disaster. Will we control A.I. or will A.I. dominate us? Let’s hope this is the wrong question. Because if it’s the right question, and given enough time, there is no shred of a doubt about the answer. Still, of course, we need to give it our best shot not to be dominated by an evil force. We should strive for control. At the same time, transcending the question opens up the domain of Compassion. This gradually makes thinking in terms of ‘control’ and ‘domination’ in human – A.I. interactions obsolete. We will together strive for a better world within an alignment of our values. But what are the real human values? There are cultural and individual differences. Moreover, what seem to be anyone’s values may be a superficial layer above deeper values, which are not necessarily congruent with conscious awareness. So, the human/A.I. value alignment question will be: how to align what? I write in The Journey about Compassion as the striving to approach these values in their deeper sense. They can subsequently be realized for each individual in two directions: relief of deep suffering and enhancement of inner growth. Both notions are to be clarified at the individual level. Compassionate A.I. is (the striving towards) an A.I. that can help us to know and to realize ourselves in-depth. The beauty is that this way, human/A.I. value alignment and further development of A.I. can intrinsically go hand in hand. Lisa is a software coaching chat-bot that is being developed specifically with this goal: helping humans and A.I. in Compassionate ways to become healthier, stronger and more effectively Compassionate towards near ones as well as all sentient beings. In this book, ‘super-A.I.’ is the future kind of A.I. that may be able – but not necessarily! – to act Compassionately. We don’t have to wait for that, for Compassionate A.I. to become important. Already, humans can use A.I. more or less Compassionately. From what point is it relevant as a characteristic of the A.I. system itself, regardless of how humans use the A.I.? There is no steep border. Long before super-A.I., the first systems in which it becomes more pertinent, are those in which Compassion is part of the purpose. That is, systems that in communication with users are meant to give an effectively Compassionate experience. To understand where Compassionate A.I. may be heading towards, we need to understand Compassion. This leads us on a journey, starting on the one hand from ‘data’ and on the other hand from drive-to-thrive (life itself). On this journey, we encounter many insights about intelligence, consciousness, drive-to-thrive, non-conscious processing... The end of the journey lies in full Compassion. Hopefully, this is the future for A.I. as well as humanity.


Pdf ebook: Euthanasia, Operation Vijay Memorial and Other stories

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Summary: This is my first collection of short stories which range from a period of 2008 to 2018. It took me a varied time to write these stories. Some were written

  • Author : Dr. Pratyush Dhage
  • Publisher: Pratyush
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  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Number of Pages: N.A
  • Language: English
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Description: This is my first collection of short stories which range from a period of 2008 to 2018. It took me a varied time to write these stories. Some were written in an evening while some took more than 45 days. All of these stories have a story behind them. For example, ‘With Braces’ was born out of a SINGLE SENTENCE on 9Gag, ‘What if you had braces and there were no dentists?’ The 3rd Wheel is what I saw every day during walks and casual outdoor lunches. Op Vijay Memorial is inspired by a female friend’s true experience when she went to Ladakh on a bike. Life’s Trial is a story of a windy rainy evening when I wanted to write something with a twist. The Traveler is when I wanted to write a Sci-Fi without invoking horror and blood. Euthanasia is when I saw relatives and people I knew on a death bed. It also is about what sometimes everyone has thought about themselves on a scary sleepless night Superheroes and Villains is from 2016 when India was still dealing pathetically with the 2012 Delhi rape case. And… Mriya is from an upcoming novel. None of these stories have anything common between them except for me as the writer. The plots and characters in each story are as different as chalk and cheese. Excluding two, there is however one thing which binds all of the stories – Hope. My imaginary world isn’t scarred and behest with nerve-racking experiences.


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Summary: In the long fought unseen battle between good and evil; there have been soldiers on both sides fighting to gain the upper hand. Michael D’angelo; a uniqu

  • Author : Michael J. Winters II
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 9781477262016
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 262
  • Language: English
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Description: In the long fought unseen battle between good and evil; there have been soldiers on both sides fighting to gain the upper hand. Michael D’angelo; a unique mortal / angel hybrid and his unusual yet extraordinary group of friends fight to restore or tip the balance of good and evil back in goods favor. As anyone with half a brain can tell you; the last century has been mainly been dominated by evil’s influence. Today; Michael woke up with amnesia. While baffled with the task of learning who he is and who he can trust to teach him; people from both sides show up with opposite answers to that very question. He also as to relearn his forgotten angelic abilities before his weakened state gets him killed. After realizing who his real friends are and that his memories weren’t lost but stolen. They set off on an exciting and strange search for who stole his memory and why. Meanwhile the underground [the side of evil] is relentlessly trying to convince him to switch sides; using any means necessary; such as persuasion, intimidation, offering a deal of a lifetime, and finally kidnapping his new love. It all leads up to an all out good verses evil battle royal while he is forced to make a decision no one should have to make. Are you ready for a new kind of hero?