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by Robert Plomin
A top behavioral geneticist makes the case that DNA inherited from our parents at the moment of conception can predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses.
In Blueprint, behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differences inherited from our parents are the consistent life-long sources of our psychological individuality—the blueprint that makes us who we are. This, says Plomin, is a game changer.
Plomin has been working on these issues for almost fifty years, conducting longitudinal studies of twins and adoptees. He reports that genetics explains more of the psychological differences among people than all other factors combined. Genetics accounts for fifty percent of psychological differences—not just mental health and school achievement but all psychological traits, from personality to intellectual abilities. Nature, not nurture is what makes us who we are.
Plomin explores the implications of this, drawing some provocative conclusions—among them that parenting styles don’t really affect children’s outcomes once genetics is taken into effect. Neither tiger mothers nor attachment parenting affects children’s ability to get into Harvard. After describing why DNA matters, Plomin explains what DNA does, offering readers a unique insider’s view of the exciting synergies that came from combining genetics and psychology.
by Nicholas A. Christakis
For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all our inventions — our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations — we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.
In Blueprint, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples — including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own — Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.
In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it’s tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes today.
by Jacqui Pretty
by Jim Fannin
For over forty years a simple life blueprint has been customized by Jim Fannin, the master coach for 2,500-plus of the “best of the best” in life, business, and sports. His plan is now available to you and it includes proven, concrete tools and techniques to enhance every aspect of your life.
You will learn tools to…
· Swiftly reverse a negative day
· Re-ignite the spark in your marriage
· Reach peak performance at the right time and place
· Gain more confidence and positive self-esteem
· Find a “peaceful calm” when chaos and negative stress arrive
· Simplify and balance your life
“My entire family has thrived with Jim Fannin’s blueprint for living a successful life,” says Julie McAllister, mother, wife, and business executive.
“For 10 years Jim Fannin has helped our student-athletes create a blueprint for their success. Our men’s golf program’s amazing achievements have Jim Fannin’s influence to thank,” says NCAA Coach of the Year Mike Small of the University of Illinois.
“Jim’s life blueprint with his powerful tools and techniques worked for me as a professional athlete and they continue to work as a business owner, father and husband,” says former MLB All-Star John Buck.
“With The Blueprint I changed my life and the direction of my company. Within two years I doubled my business and balanced and simplified my life,” says CEO Rob Wilson of Employco, USA
“If you want to organize your life in order to be your genuine, authentic, best self, Jim Fannin’s The Blueprint is the proven solution,” says CEO Mike Flaskey of Diamond Resorts International.
by Sam Kubba
Improve Your Ability to Read and Interpret All Types of Construction Drawings
Blueprint Reading is a step-by-step guide to reading and interpreting all types of construction drawings. Filled with hundreds of illustrations and study questions, this easy-to-use resource offers a complete overview of construction drawing basics for every aspect of the construction process- from site work, foundations, and structural systems to interior work and finishes.
Covering all the latest technological advances, noted architect Sam Kubba offers detailed information on:
- Blueprint standards-ANSI, ISO, AWS, and ASME
- Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided design and drafting (CADD)
- Lines, views, elevations, and dimensions
- Layouts of all construction drawing types-architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical
- Specifications-MasterFormat and UniFormat
- Symbols-materials, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and others
- How to avoid costly pitfalls on construction projects
You’ll also find a glossary of terms for quick reference, convenient tables and charts for identifying symbols and abbreviations, and much more.
Inside This Skills-Building Guide to Construction Drawing Basics
• Blueprint Standards • Blueprints and Construction Drawings: A Universal Language • Understanding Lines • Types of Views • Understanding Dimensions • Layout of Construction Drawings • Understanding Industrial Blueprints • The Meaning of Symbols • Understanding Schedules • Specifications • ISO Issues, Codes, and Building Regulations • Construction Business Environment
by Woodrow Hartzog
by J.P. Lewis, Joanna Everitt
In this collection, J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt bring together a group of up-and coming-political scientists as well as senior scholars to explore the recent history of the Conservative Party of Canada, covering the pre-merger period (1993-2003) and both the minority and majority governments under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The contributors provide nuanced accounts about the experience of conservatives in Canada which reflect the contemporary evolution of Canadian politics in both policy and practice. They challenge the assumption that Harper’s government was built upon traditional “toryism” and reveal the extent to which the agenda of the CPC was shaped by its roots to the Reform and Canadian Alliance Parties. Organized thematically, the volume delves into such topics as interest advocacy, ethno-cultural minorities, gender, the media, foreign policy, and more. The Blueprint showcases the renewed vigour in political studies in Canada while revealing the contradictory story of the modern Conservative Party.
Blueprint Reading Basics
by Warren Hammer
- Each chapter thoroughly covers one subject and contains an introduction, a detailed review of the subject, illustrations, review questions, and worksheets with short and specific questions.
- Many worksheets can be completed after studying one subject, meaning they can be reviewed before studying the entire chapter.
- Discussions of mathematics, engineering theories, drafting techniques and machine shop practices are kept to a minimum.
- All exercises can be used as teaching aids and have been classroom tested.
- Stresses practical concerns through questions designed to reinforce techniques of calculating dimensions. Written in a nontechnical and easy-to-understand manner.
by Melanie Swan
Bitcoin is starting to come into its own as a digital currency, but the blockchain technology behind it could prove to be much more significant. This book takes you beyond the currency (“Blockchain 1.0”) and smart contracts (“Blockchain 2.0”) to demonstrate how the blockchain is in position to become the fifth disruptive computing paradigm after mainframes, PCs, the Internet, and mobile/social networking.
Author Melanie Swan, Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, explains that the blockchain is essentially a public ledger with potential as a worldwide, decentralized record for the registration, inventory, and transfer of all assets—not just finances, but property and intangible assets such as votes, software, health data, and ideas.
- Concepts, features, and functionality of Bitcoin and the blockchain
- Using the blockchain for automated tracking of all digital endeavors
- Enabling censorship?resistant organizational models
- Creating a decentralized digital repository to verify identity
- Possibility of cheaper, more efficient services traditionally provided by nations
- Blockchain for science: making better use of the data-mining network
- Personal health record storage, including access to one’s own genomic data
- Open access academic publishing on the blockchain
This book is part of an ongoing O’Reilly series. Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Crypto-Currencies introduces Bitcoin and describes the technology behind Bitcoin and the blockchain. Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy considers theoretical, philosophical, and societal impact of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.