Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth—the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet— Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001.



Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.



Some of the biggest problems facing the world—war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation—are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking.



While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner.



In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.

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How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands

The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it.

Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It’s a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does “public opinion” really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer?

How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God.

Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. How Not to Be Wrong will show you how.

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Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty, 3.2 Ounce, Liquid Glass

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty, 3.2 Ounce, Liquid Glass

"Just like its name implies, Liquid Glass Thinking Putty is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. This crystal-clear creation is so transparent that the tin often appears empty to the naked eye. Liquid Glass flows and moves differently than other Thinking Putty because of its unique formulation and will turn cloudy when handled. Put it back in the tin, close the lid, and it will be back to crystal clear in no time."

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Critical Thinking: Proven Strategies to Improve Decision Making Skills, Increase Intuition and Think Smarter!

Critical Thinking: Proven Strategies to Improve Decision Making Skills, Increase Intuition and Think Smarter!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN SO THAT IT’S IN TIP-TOP CONDITION AT ALL TIMES?




Find out how with: Critical Thinking: Proven Strategies To Improve Decision Making Skills, Increase Intuition And Think Smarter!


Do you want to know how you can exercise your brain and make it into a logical thinker, as well as improve your decision-making skills?


Using the easy steps described in this book and you will!




“Critical Thinking: Proven Strategies To Improve Decision Making Skills, Increase Intuition And Think Smarter!” is a well-rounded introduction to the principles of critical thinking. The book provides tips and steps that are easy to follow, yet very effective in solving problems of all kinds.



This guide is helpful to people of all walks of life. The techniques provided are useful – cutting across careers, businesses, political and even the social arena. After reading this book, you will be amazed at the amount of resources you can save just by making critical thinking part of your everyday life.



What you learn from this book includes:



  • What comprises critical thinking

  • What you stand to gain from critical thinking

  • How to keep your brain in good shape

  • How to apply critical thinking in solving problems

  • How to become a better decision maker

  • Ways of improving the process of critical thinking

  • The best strategies to employ in critical thinking

  • The sequence of actions employed in critical thinking

  • How to make decisions within a group setting

  • How to frame questions to enhance critical thinking

So let’s get started exercising your brain and make it into a logical thinker, as well as improve your decision-making skills.



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Daily Readings from Next Level Thinking: 90 Devotions for a Successful and Abundant Life

Daily Readings from Next Level Thinking: 90 Devotions for a Successful and Abundant Life

Joel Osteen, #1 bestselling author and pastor of Lakewood Church, invites you to set aside the shortcomings of the past and step into a new level of victory and favor.

Many of us have let our minds become conditioned to thinking we've reached our limits, we've made too many mistakes, we'll never do anything great. What's happened? Instead of moving forward, we've adapted to our environment. Instead of pushing beyond our bounds, we've allowed a bad break, how we were raised, living with insecurity, or what someone did or didn't do to hold us back.

The good news is that people don't determine our destiny-God does. And He has already taken into account every detail of our lives and factored them all into His plan. In his new book, NEXT LEVEL THINKING, Joel Osteen writes that we weren't created to go through life weighed down by the past. God has destined us to rise higher-to the next level. When we leave behind the negative mind-sets, the scarcity mentality, and the limits others have put on us, we'll experience the life of victory, favor, and abundance that was meant for us all along.

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Davis Advantage Basic Nursing: Thinking, Doing, and Caring

Davis Advantage Basic Nursing: Thinking, Doing, and Caring

Davis Advantage for Basic Nursing

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LEARN–APPLY–ASSESS


Davis Advantage for Basic Nursing takes an all-new approach to RN Fundamentals education by offering a unique focus on the Learn-Apply-Assess continuum. This complete solution integrates an innovative textbook with online adaptive technology to make learning personal. Together, they create a seamless experience that tracks each student’s progress and assesses their knowledge until they have mastered the concepts and are ready to apply them in class, clinical, and practice.


A special code in the front of the book unlocks online Personalized Learning Plans and Quizzing for students and an interactive ebook version of the text.


 


LEARN


The Textbook


Basic Nursing: Thinking, Doing, and Caring, 2nd Edition


This student-focused text teaches students to “Think Like a Nurse” from the very first day, connecting the concepts students are learning in class to the real world in which they will practice.


A consistent and concise organization along with a wealth of pedagogical features promote critical thinking and clinical decision making by emphasizing the Thinking, Doing, and Caring at the heart of professional practice they will do as nurses.


In every chapter, they’ll first explore the theoretical knowledge behind the concepts, principles, and rationales. Then, they’ll study the practical knowledge involved in the processes; and finally, learn the skills and procedures.


 


APPLY


Online Personalized Learning Plans


Personalized learning plans offer multiple paths to learning success. Students are assessed on their comprehension of key topics and then are given a plan to work through based on their strengths and weaknesses. Interactive case studies, video animations and dynamic activities engage students and bring the concepts to life to help drive mastery.


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ASSESS


Online Personalized Quizzing


Davis Edge’s online quizzing platform uses NCLEX®-style questions for assessment and remediation. Its interactive, question-based format provides the practice students need to master course content and improve their scores on classroom exams through a series of personalized quizzes based on each student’s performance.



Click here for a preview of the text and the resources available when you purchase this book.

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The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s powerful message of faith and inspiration.

In this phenomenal bestseller, “written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life,” Dr. Peale demonstrates the power of faith in action. With the practical techniques outlined in this book, you can energize your life—and give yourself the initiative needed to carry out your ambitions and hopes. You’ll learn how to:

· Believe in yourself and in everything you do
· Build new power and determination
· Develop the power to reach your goals
· Break the worry habit and achieve a relaxed life
· Improve your personal and professional relationships
· Assume control over your circumstances
· Be kind to yourself

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