Mystery of Mysteries

Is Evolution a Social Construction?
Author: Professor Michael Ruse
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674042988
Category: Science
Page: 320
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With the recent Sokal hoax--the publication of a prominent physicist's pseudo-article in a leading journal of cultural studies--the status of science moved sharply from debate to dispute. Is science objective, a disinterested reflection of reality, as Karl Popper and his followers believed? Or is it subjective, a social construction, as Thomas Kuhn and his students maintained? Into the fray comes "Mystery of Mysteries," an enlightening inquiry into the nature of science, using evolutionary theory as a case study. Michael Ruse begins with such colorful luminaries as Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles) and Julian Huxley (brother of novelist Aldous and grandson of T. H. Huxley, "Darwin's bulldog" ) and ends with the work of the English game theorist Geoffrey Parker--a microevolutionist who made his mark studying the mating strategies of dung flies--and the American paleontologist Jack Sepkoski, whose computer-generated models reconstruct mass extinctions and other macro events in life's history. Along the way Ruse considers two great popularizers of evolution, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould, as well as two leaders in the field of evolutionary studies, Richard Lewontin and Edward O. Wilson, paying close attention to these figures' cultural commitments: Gould's transplanted Germanic idealism, Dawkins's male-dominated Oxbridge circle, Lewontin's Jewish background, and Wilson's southern childhood. Ruse explicates the role of metaphor and metavalues in evolutionary thought and draws significant conclusions about the cultural impregnation of science. Identifying strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the "science wars," he demonstrates that a resolution of the objective and subjective debate is nonetheless possible.

Mystery of Mysteries

Is Evolution a Social Construction?
Author: Michael Ruse
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780674005433
Category: Philosophy
Page: 296
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"Mystery of Mysteries" is an enlightening inquiry into the nature of science, using evolutionary theory as a case study. Beginning with Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles) and ending with the work of the English game theorist Geoffrey Parker--a microevolutionist who studied mating strategies of dung flies--and the American paleontologist Jack Sepkoski, whose computer-generated models reconstruct mass extinctions and other macro events in life's history, Ruse explicates the role of metaphor and metavalues in evolutionary thought and draws significant conclusions about the cultural impregnation of science.

Mystery of Mysteries

Is Evolution a Social Construction?
Author: Michael Ruse
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 296
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Explores the objectivity of scientific research while examining the work of various scientists for cultural, political, and psychosocial influences

The Penultimate Curiosity

How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions
Author: Roger Wagner,Andrew Briggs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191075701
Category: Science
Page: 512
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When young children first begin to ask 'why?' they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity that lies at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity. These two manifestations of curiosity have a history of connection that goes back deep into the human past. Tracing that history all the way from cave painting to quantum physics, this book (a collaboration between a painter and a physical scientist that uses illustrations throughout the narrative) sets out to explain the nature of the long entanglement between religion and science: the ultimate and the penultimate curiosity.

Charles Darwin and the Mystery of Mysteries


Author: Niles Eldredge,Susan Pearson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1596433744
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 135
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A biography of the author of The Origin of the Species uses his diary entries and historical photographs to explore Darwin's life and work as well as how he developed his world-changing theory of evolution.

The Book of Mysteries


Author: Jonathan Cahn
Publisher: Charisma Media
ISBN: 162998941X
Category: Devotional calendars
Page: 384
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Day by day throughout the calendar year, "takes the readers on a journey of divine revelation through ancient scriptures, the laws of creation, the deep of God's word, the hidden streams of history, the most important keys of spiritual truth, end-time mysteries, and the secrets of life"--Amazon.com.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick


Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547794088
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
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Fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story.

The Mystery of the Shemitah Updated Edition

The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future, the World's Future...and Your Future!
Author: Jonathan Cahn
Publisher: Charisma Media
ISBN: 1629994731
Category: Religion
Page: 288
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The Shemitah occurs every seven years. Has God already given us clues as to WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT? The Shemitah (shmee-TA), or Sabbath year, is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the land of Israel. Understanding this seven-year pattern is essential for understanding the prophecy and mysteries of the Bible that are still applicable today. In The Mystery of the Shemitah Updated Edition you will discover new insight on current events such as: How the Great Depression and other economic events fit into the Shemitah How stock market crashes in 2015 were linked to the period of nullification at the end of the Shemitah How the Shemitah of 2015 affected economies worldwide How the pattern of sevens predicted 9/11 to the exact hour How the World Trade Center was conceived, started, finished, and destroyed in Shemitah years How the rise—and possibly the fall—of America can be linked to the year of the Shemitah And much more…

The Mystery of Mysteries

Cultural Differences and Designs
Author: Samuel Coale
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879728144
Category: Fiction
Page: 232
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Four American mystery writers have contributed new dimensions to the mystery form. Tony Hillerman's Navajos and their customs, Amanda Cross's (Carolyn Heilbrun's) academics and their feminist credentials (or lack thereof), James Lee Burke's Southern Louisiana Cajuns and his own fiercely moral take on Southern gothic fiction, and Walter Mosley's urban blacks and their culture have challenged the conventional mystery's focus. Using feminist and black critical theory, mythic and historical patterns, and literary genre theory, Samuel Coale examines these writers' works and investigates the compromises that each is forced to make when working within a recognizably popular literary form.

The Mystery of Ruby's Sugar


Author: Rose Donovan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781981440085
Category: FICTION
Page: 232
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Christmas, 1934.The snow lies heavy around Pauncefort Hall. Dress designers Ruby Dove and Fina Aubrey-Havelock leave behind their Oxford exams to rescue Lady Charlotte's wardrobe. But what Lady Charlotte doesn't know is that Ruby is on a mission-a mission to avenge her family and bring down an empire. As the weather worsens, Ruby and Fina are drawn into the intrigues of Lady Charlotte's other guests, who include a princess, a furiously left-wing don, a West End starlet-and, it seems, a murderer. After the two resident cads are poisoned, Ruby and Fina must find the culprit and still carry out their secret plans-all before the law arrives. But Pauncefort Hall can remain snowbound for only so long. The Mystery of Ruby's Sugar is the first book in the Ruby Dove historical cozy mystery series.If you like Barbara Neely, Rhys Bowen, and G.M. Malliet, then you'll love Rose Donovan's fashion-spy-amateur sleuth heroes, Ruby Dove and Fina Aubrey-Havelock.Pour yourself a warm beverage and nestle down with The Mystery of Ruby's Sugar this evening.

Avenue of Mysteries


Author: John Irving
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451664184
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
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John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory. In Avenue of Mysteries, Juan Diego—a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico—has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what’s coming—specifically, her own future and her brother’s. Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn’t know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking. Regarding what has happened, as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you. Lupe doesn’t know the future as accurately. But consider what a terrible burden it is, if you believe you know the future—especially your own future, or, even worse, the future of someone you love. What might a thirteen-year-old girl be driven to do, if she thought she could change the future? As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. As we grow older—most of all, in what we remember and what we dream—we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past—in Mexico—collides with his future.

How to Know God

The Soul's Journey Into the Mystery of Mysteries
Author: Deepak Chopra
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0609805231
Category: Religion
Page: 319
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The author shares his perspective on how to find and know God, blending philosophy and science to argue that the knowledge is hard-wired into the brain, and introducing the seven stages one must pass through to fully experience the divine.

The Mystery of Three Quarters

The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Author: Sophie Hannah
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062792458
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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The world’s most beloved detective, Hercule Poirot—the legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and most recently The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket—returns in a stylish, diabolically clever mystery set in the London of 1930. “We Agatha Christie fans read her stories--and particularly her Poirot novels--because the mysteries are invariably equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Sophie Hannah had a massive challenge in reviving the beloved Poirot, and she met it with heart and no small amount of little grey cells. I was thrilled to see the Belgian detective in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home.” — Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused, and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage. Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him — a man called John McCrodden who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy... Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

Mystery of Mysteries

The Man Who Was Never Born
Author: J. Howard Sloan
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1453572198
Category: Religion
Page: 77
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On second thought, forget about the record of arrests and prosecutions of the sifter. Actually, there is no rap sheet on him, for he still has privileges granted by his Almighty Creator. In a way that goes FAR beyond our comprehension, Satan is limited and controlled by the Sovereignty and Permissive Will of the Triune God we love. Lucifer has never been arrested, and so far has never faced prosecution. But don ́t worry—Hell is reserved for him! So how did we slide from a greatly blessed nation, based on Christian principles, making us the envy of the whole world, to a self-righteous crowd of secularly educated pleasure lovers, too smart to believe in God ́s Creation? Let ́s dust off the history book and do a bit of research on one of the sifter ́s accomplices that rocketed himself into infamy, by rejecting his Christian heritage to become an agnostic! He was not an American. The sifter picked him up on the other side of the Atlantic.

Penance of the Damned


Author: Peter Tremayne
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1250119650
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Ireland, AD 671. King Colgú of Cashel is shocked to learn that his loyal Chief Bishop and advisor has been murdered in the old enemy fortress of the Uí Fidgente. When word reaches Cashel that the culprit will be executed under new law, a larger conflict looms. Dispatched to investigate, Fidelma and her companion Eadulf discover that the man facing punishment is Gormán—commander of the King’s bodyguard. But Fidelma cannot believe Gormán would carry out such an act—and yet he was found locked in a chamber with the body, weapon in hand. The evidence is stacked against him. If they are to exonerate Gormán and keep the peace between the kingdoms, Fidelma and Eadulf must find the true culprit. As the threat of war looms, the date of execution drawers ever closer...

The Mystery of the Invisible Hand

A Henry Spearman Mystery
Author: Marshall Jevons
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400851955
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Henry Spearman, the balding economics professor with a knack for solving crimes, returns in The Mystery of the Invisible Hand—a clever whodunit of campus intrigue, stolen art, and murder. Having just won the Nobel Prize, Spearman accepts an invitation to lecture at Monte Vista University. He arrives in the wake of a puzzling art heist with plans to teach a course on art and economics—only to be faced with the alleged suicide of womanizing artist-in-residence Tristan Wheeler. When it becomes clear that Wheeler had serious enemies and a murderer is in their midst, Henry Spearman is on the case. Was Wheeler killed by a jilted lover, a cuckolded husband, or a beleaguered assistant? Could there have been a connection between Wheeler's marketability and his death? From the Monte Vista campus in San Antonio to the halls of Sotheby's in New York, Spearman traces the connections between economics and the art world, finding his clues in monopolies and the Coase conjecture, auction theory, and the work of Adam Smith. What are the parallels between a firm’s capital and an art museum’s collection? What does the market say about art’s authenticity versus its availability? And what is the mysterious "death effect" that lies at the heart of the case? Spearman must rely on his savviest economic insights to clear up this artful mystery and pin down a killer.

The Mystery of the Empty Safe


Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company
ISBN: 9780807554623
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 120
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The Alden children's party planning business hits a snag when two houses are robbed- during the parties.

The Mystery of Meerkat Hill

A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0345804465
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 89
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Precious Ramotswe makes friends with two new children at her school and is more than willing to ply her burgeoning detective skills by helping them find their missing cow.