This is a story about Robert Austin, an iconoclastic, womanizing, nonbelieving, unhappy rogue who finds an inviting ray of sunlight between the clouds of his confusion and discontent and decides to take on the challenge of mastering his emotional shortcomings and empowering his behavior. Little does he know the magnitude of his commitment to undoing the undoing in his life. He repeatedly arises, phoenixlike, from his defeats in an Odysseus-like saga, fighting battles in his dreams, psychoses, and the temptations of Jesus, while rallying himself in psychoanalysis, med school, law school, and humanistic discovery.
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AS SELECTED FOR THE ZOE BALL BOOKCLUB, A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, IRISH TIMES, OBSERVER, RED and THE TELEGRAPH. *SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN ACKERLEY PRIZE FOR MEMOIR AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY 2018* I AM, I AM, I AM is a memoir with a difference - the unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman's life in near-death experiences. Insightful, inspirational, gorgeously written, it is a book to be read at a sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life's fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count. A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Timesbestselling author Maggie O'Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose?
On seventeen occasions, Maggie O’Farrell has stared death in the face—and lived to tell the tale. In this astonishing memoir, she shares the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life: The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life’s myriad dangers. Here, O’Farrell stiches together these discrete encounters to tell the story of her entire life. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, she captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.
Borders enclose and separate us. We assign to them tremendous significance. Along them we draw supposedly uncrossable boundaries within which we believe our individual identities begin and end, erecting the metaphysical dividing walls that enclose each one of us into numerically identical, numerically distinct, entities: persons. Do the borders between us—physical, psychological, neurological, causal, spatial, temporal, etc.—merit the metaphysical significance ordinarily accorded them? The central thesis of I Am You is that our borders do not signify boundaries between persons. We are all the same person. Variations on this heretical theme have been voiced periodically throughout the ages (the Upanishads, Averroës, Giordano Bruno, Josiah Royce, Schrödinger, Fred Hoyle, Freeman Dyson). In presenting his arguments, the author relies on detailed analyses of recent formal work on personal identity, especially that of Derek Parfit, Sydney Shoemaker, Robert Nozick, David Wiggins, Daniel C. Dennett and Thomas Nagel, while incorporating the views of Descartes, Leibniz, Wittgenstein, Schopenhauer, Kant, Husserl and Brouwer. His development of the implied moral theory is inspired by, and draws on, Rawls, Sidgwick, Kant and again Parfit. The traditional, commonsense view that we are each a separate person numerically identical to ourselves over time, i.e., that personal identity is closed under known individuating and identifying borders—what the author calls Closed Individualism—is shown to be incoherent. The demonstration that personal identity is not closed but open points collectively in one of two new directions: either there are no continuously existing, self-identical persons over time in the sense ordinarily understood—the sort of view developed by philosophers as diverse as Buddha, Hume and most recently Derek Parfit, what the author calls Empty Individualism—or else you are everyone, i.e., personal identity is not closed under known individuating and identifying borders, what the author calls Open Individualism. In making his case, the author: * offers a new explanation both of consciousness and of self-consciousness * constructs a new theory of Self * explains psychopathologies (e.g. multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia) * shows Open Individualism to be the best competing explanation of who we are * provides the metaphysical foundations for global ethics. The book is intended for philosophers and the philosophically inclined—physicists, mathematicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, linguists, computer scientists, economists, and communication theorists. It is accessible to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
For many years I abused myself trying to do all I knew how to fit in. Whether it was a family member or a close friend, I would find myself looking and trying to act a certain way to get a certain response, even though I knew I was different within. The many challenges and circumstances I encountered over the years have become stepping-stones for where I am today. Looking back all that I have gone through, even now I believe I would not change anything. The things of this life have made me into vessel usable by God. It took years of falling down and getting up and situations after situations to make me turn left or right or even make me stand still. I am not a swimmer; when the water level came above the neck, I would panic and take in too much water and find myself going under, and I would find myself standing knee deep in water wondering when the water level had moved, and I would find myself waiting for the next move. All the challenges and struggles became evidence as part of the Masters plan. I now understand God uses life to form a special relationship between him and his creation. He takes events of life to guarantee our success and place us in position for times such as these.
This book introduces the reader to basic good manners and situations in which to use them.
Teaches the alphabet through such positive statements as "I am genuinely goodhearted" for the letter "g" and "I am utterly unique" for the letter "u."
I attempted in my book to relay who I am, through my writing and expressing my innermost feelings in regards to many different aspects of life. Not life as some might try to reveal its secrets, but life as what it is. As merely a man who thinks and loves. A man who hurts and laughs and sings to the world to give of who he is, in the hopes that some may understand what his words mean, what he truly is inside. To be known for whoItruly am.Yes, itis that important. No different from my music. It was necessary to say it and for all to hear. What I see every day, what I feel. To love and to be loved, love iseverything. These things and more I poured of myself into my book to reveal myself fully to you. To allow you to see what I feel in regards to many things and to possibly agree or to at least think about what you've read. To do this, to me is true success. To make even a small difference.
This book by the author of Why Am I Afraid to Love? contains insights on self-awareness, personal growth and communication with others. Why do people continually hide their real selves from the people around them? Why are so many so insecure and afraid to open up? The answer, explains John Powell, is that maturity is reached by communicating and interacting with others. This book considers the consequences our real self faces if no one else ever finds out what we are like. In this enduring classic, the companion to Why Am I Afraid to Love?, John Powell explains how to be more emotionally open, and shows how people adopt roles and play psychological games to protect their inner selves. The courage to be our real selves can be developed, and then we can begin to grow. Now newly designed for a fresh audience, Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? is as relevant as it has been for twenty years. With a proven track record, it continues to speak to the needs and aspirations of people today. It is best included in self help sections of general bookshops, but also has a religious appeal.
Becoming Human is the story of a human-like artificial brain created by a team of scientists in a neurology laboratory. As Oscars intellectual capacity increases with the daily addition of hundreds of neurons, he becomes more and more human, eventually becoming deeply involved in the lives of his creators. All of this raises questions about the meaning of being human, of the soul, and of existence itself. Ultimately, however, Oscar must be dismantled and moved to a new laboratory, with surprising and unforeseen results.