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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
**”My new favorite book of all time.” —Bill Gates **
If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.**
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.
Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature—tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking—which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.
With intellectual depth and literary flair, *Enlightenment Now* makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

The Enlightened Sex Manual

The secret to enlightenment and great sex is revealed to be one and the same in this groundbreaking manual for adventurous lovers. David Deida was trained for decades in the art of spiritual and sexual awakening. Now he presents the ultimate collection of skills for opening to the physical, emotional, and spiritual rewards of intimate embrace. In paperback for the first time, The Enlightened Sex Manual teaches you how to transform simple “skin friction” into the depths and embodiment of ecstasy, how to develop sexual abilities as gifts of heart rapture and bodily surrender, how to achieve the principal types of orgasm-and all their varieties-and much more.
For men and women, singles and couples of every sexual orientation, *The Enlightened Sex Manual *provides a complete program for sustaining “whole-body recognition of love’s light” in the wild play of sexuality.
Part One: Energy
Use your breath to arouse and relax your genitals
Restrain your nervous system
Use your tongue like a circuit breaker
Use your eyes to direct energy
Part Two: Orgasm
Bypass ejaculations for greater pleasure
Retrain the addiction to ejaculation
Curb fidgets
Good ejaculations liberate energy
Optimize ejaculations to maximize life’s depth
Ejaculate when the body needs to
Understand the three types of women’s orgasms
Enjoy clitoral orgasms
Delight in vaginal orgasms
Surrender in the bliss of cervical orgasms
Choose when to orgasm
Allow orgasmic variation
Part Three: Variations
Stimulate the sex paths
Bite, slap, and pinch to move sexual energy
Move energy through the lips, nipples, and genitals
Stimulate the anus
Do the feet
Thrust both deep and shallow
Connect the cervix and penis
Vibrate quickly to increase and smooth out energy
Relax your body and breath
Make love for at least forty-five minutes
Part Four: Sexual Energy Exercises
Breathe sexual energy in a circle
Breathe genital energy up
Breathe energy down the front
Seal your pelvic floor
Lock energy in your soft parts
“David Deida explains the heart and soul of women to men. As a woman, I’ve never felt so understood and validated. David’s work is a key to helping men and women alike take their relationships one step further. Finally, a clear and brilliant guide to unraveling the mystery of relationships.”
Marci Shimoff, Co-author of *Chicken Soup for a Woman’s Soul*
“Being able to reach and live integrated sex, relationship, and transcendence is no easy task. It requires immense courage, wisdom, and above all, fearless loving. In Deida, all this gets included in one radical teaching. You’ll learn how to open your heart and integrate the need to sleep with every attractive woman you see, deal appropriately with a woman’s emotional chaos, give your gift to the word and lover, and finally transcend the whole lot by including it all.”
Vijay Rana, *The Watkins Review*
“Deida brilliantly lays bare the hidden psychology of feminine and masculine and offers clear instructions for tapping into our deepest core and achieving true harmony through sexual intimacy. I feel that Deida has reached a new level of poetic genius in his writing, and his understanding of feminine psychology astounds me.”
Miranda Shaw, PhD, Author of *Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism*
“David Deida’s teachings on this central human concern, sexuality, emanate from a deeply trustworthy source. He has undergone his own rigorous training and practice, which manifests in precise, gentle, and thorough teachings. Many spiritual traditions, including Zen, have excluded or marginalized the sexual experience. David’s work fills this gap, and gives us a mature approach for bringing the energetic, emotional, and physical experience of sex into our life and practice. And like Zen, the fruition of David’s work is openness, compassion, and love.”
Genpo Roshi, Author of *The Eye Never Sleeps*

Engravings of Wraith

Bailey Cameron is a woman with secrets. The reclusive owner of a successful corporation, she is also hostage to a covert life she neither wanted nor asked for. One that refuses to become a part of her past.
Blackmailed into a return to her deadly role as the Wraith, a frightening entity in the world that lives in the shadows, Bailey decides to break free. She settles in for a brutal game of chess with her former employers, prepared for every eventuality but one — Piper Tate, her new assistant, who decides that the dark, mysterious Bailey is someone she wants to know better. A lot better.
The stakes continue to rise, as Piper discovers in Bailey a gentle, innocent heart. A heart that beats within the body of a killer who can’t be tamed and who is prepared to do whatever it takes to preserve the new world Piper has introduced her to.

English Parish Churches and Chapels

English Parish Churches and Chapels: Art, Architecture and People by Matthew Byrne
There are over 40,000 churches and chapels in the United Kingdom. The earliest were built by the first Anglo-Saxon Christians and about 10,000 were built before the Reformation in the sixteenth century. This beautifully illustrated book features photographic portraits and descriptions of 26 English churches and chapels: ancient and modern, large and small, urban and rural. It reveals the beauty of this group of buildings, the history and significance of which are unmatched anywhere in the world.
This book is published in association with The National Churches Trust, a national, independent charity dedicated to supporting church buildings across the UK.

The Engineer ReConditioned

British author Asher is rapidly becoming one of the major figures in 21st-century SF, as shown by the 10 powerful and entertaining stories in this collection. In “The Engineer,” an interstellar research vessel picks up an escape pod that has been drifting for millions of years. The alien it contains turns out to be the last of a long-extinct race of genetic engineers with terrifying capabilities. The gruesome “Spatterjay” is set on an alien world whose human colonists have been radically modified and made virtually indestructible, by the enormously hostile environment. “Proctors” and “The Owner” are part of a series in which human beings must come to terms with the universe being ruled by an inscrutable, virtually immortal alien with godlike powers. “The Thrake” concerns the fate of a Christian pseudoscientist who makes a near-fatal mistake while looking for signs of religious belief in the aliens he’s studying. Though occasionally unpleasant (the author appears to have a thing about parasites) and often violent, these well-crafted tales provide plenty of high-concept scientific extrapolation.

Engine Summer

In the drowsy tranquility of Little Belaire, the Truthful Speakers lead lives of peaceful self-sufficiency ignoring the depopulated wilderness beyond their narrow borders. It is a society untouched by pain or violence and the self-destroying ‘Angels’ of the past are barely remembered. But when Rush That Speaks leaves his home on a pilgrimage of self-enlightenment, he finds a landscape haunted by myths and memories. The overgrown ruins reflect a world outside that is stranger than his people ever dreamed …



It’s been three months since Chrys agreed to marry Zeus, and so far she hasn’t figured out how to get out of this engagement. Not to mention she’s fighting with her father, Hades, constantly and doesn’t know if anything will be able to go back to normal. Meanwhile, Huntley is still in London and is trying his best to help Chrys. He will stop at nothing to get her back, and to finally tell her how he truly feels. The clock is ticking until the Summer Solstice. Will either of them be able to free Chrys from her marriage with Zeus?*This is Book 2 of The Daughter of Hades Series*

Energy Myths and Realities

There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists-wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Energy Myths and Realities debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to the global energy challenge.

Numerous energy-related issues have increased public discussions to the point that energy has become a permanent part of national policy concerns and/or debates… In his well-researched book, Smil (Univ. of Manitoba, Canada), author of numerous energy-related works, examines the scientific authenticity of information available to the public based on first principles, basic engineering realities, and simple but revealing quantification and warns of promoting any simplistic solutions to deep worldwide dependence on fossil fuels. He concludes with an interesting chapter titled The Pace of Energy Transition, arguing that it takes more than money and good wishes to replace an existing infrastructure. Smil’s suggestion to reduce energy consumption via increasing energy efficiency in all sectors is hard to challenge. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. CHOICE The book provides the insights of a careful, experienced observer into the arrant nonsense that is routinely presented in calls for radical changes in energy consumption practices…A readable, sensible survey of why a massive energy transformation is problematic. The book does a good job of relaying the academic literature on new energy technologies. It is a healthy corrective to the special pleading that has marred the U.S. discussion of energy. Regulation Magazine America needs energy, it’s how to get which is the massive debate. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate is a realistic approach to the energy crisis that encourages progress but at the same time realizes there is no silver bullet solution to America’s energy issues. With thoughtful research, Vaclav Smil looks at history and draws a map to where we are now and the many solutions that sit before us. Energy Myths and Realities is a core addition to any environmental and political studies collection. Wisconsin Bookwatch Prof. Smil is an expert on the history of technological innovation… Prof. Smil methodically sets out to show that the facts do not support either the romantics, who think we’ll be saved by wind turbines, or the techno-optimists, who think that electric cars are right around the corner. The Globe and Mail Smil (environment and environmental geography, U. of Manitoba, Canada) debunks myths and misconceptions about energy to provide a more realistic understanding of energy affairs and introduce skeptical perspectives of future energy options. The myths relate to electric cars; nuclear electricity; soft energy; peak oil and the consequences of oil depletion; carbon dioxide sequestration; liquid fuels from plants, including ethanol from corn; wind power; and the rapid pace of energy transitions. Booknews Mandatory reading for U.S. policymakers. National Review Energy is both a technical topic and a political one; all too often, the political claims and assertions get far more play than sober technical reality. In Energy Myths and Realities, Vaclav Smil does a brilliant job of examining the crazy quilt of claims and assertions about energy. With great wit and simple, clear arguments, he shows that most of the wild claims we hear-in all directions-have no basis in reality. — Nathan Myhrvold, James Beard Award-winning coauthor of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking and Modernist Cuisine at Home, and author of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine Vaclav Smil is a giant among energy scientists and historians. In this book, he explains why fossil fuels remain dominant, why it is so hard to scale up wind and solar technologies, and why nuclear power, despite having been over-hyped in the past, is one of our best hopes for meeting future energy needs and dealing with global warming. — Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, co-founders of Breakthrough Institute Investment opportunities into new energy sources and related conversion techniques are, at times, molded by preconceived ideas that can sometimes lead to excessively positive and unjustifiably enthusiastic expectations. By criticizing the assorted myths and misconceptions surrounding energy innovations, Vaclav Smil provides readers with refreshing insights which are often missing in today’s energy policy debates. — Philippe Rohner, Senior Investment Manager, Pictet Asset Management Vaclav Smil is a master thinker about the master resource of energy. A multidisciplinarian, Smil combines basic economics, technological understanding, and historical insight to skewer false energy visions. Energy reality, he reminds us, is determined by the free marketplace, not by words or wishes. — Robert Bradley, founder and CEO, Institute for Energy Research I recommend this book to everyone who spends time working on energy issues – not to cheer them up but to help them have a stronger framework for evaluating energy promises. — Bill Gates,


Endymion (Hyperion Series #3) by Dan Simmons
The multiple-award-winning science fiction master returns to the universe that is his greatest triumph–the world of *Hyperion* and *The Fall of
Hyperion* –with a novel even more magnificent than its predecessors.
Dan Simmons’s *Hyperion* was an immediate sensation on its first publication in 1989.  This staggering multifaceted tale of the far future heralded the conquest of the science fiction field by a man who had already won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel (*Song of Kali*) and had also published one of the most well-received horror novels in the field, *Carrion Comfort*.  *Hyperion* went on to win the Hugo Award as Best Novel, and it and its companion volume, *The Fall of Hyperion*, took their rightful places in the science fiction pantheon of new classics.
Now, six years later, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear.  *Endymion* is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror–an instant candidate for the field’s highest honors.


A new phenomenon begins. Created by #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Clancy Based on the bestselling video game, this new series will take readers onto the battlefields of World War III with the technical savvy and explosive action that Clancy fans have come to expect.

Endless Night

Agatha Christie’s disturbing 1960s mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.
Gipsy’s Acre was a truly beautiful upland site with views out to sea – and in Michael Rogers it stirred a child-like fantasy.
There, amongst the dark fir trees, he planned to build a house, find a girl and live happily ever after.
Yet, as he left the village, a shadow of menace hung over the land. For this was the place where accidents happened. Perhaps Michael should have heeded the locals’ warnings: ‘There’s no luck for them as meddles with Gipsy’s Acre.’
Michael Rogers is a man who is about to learn the true meaning of the old saying ‘In my end is my beginning…’

Endless Advance: Age of Expansion – a Kurtherian Gambit Series

### **Ava’s greatest opponent may be herself. **
*Following her exposure to experimental nanocytes, Lieutenant Ava Landyn faces an uncertain future as a new type of modified human. *
But uncontrollable transformations aren’t her only problem. A previously undetected alien menace, a race capable of remote telepathic control, is threatening her home system, and the Force de Guerre. With the discovery that a government official in Ava’s home system has been subverted, Ava’s team must get control of the situation before the Alaxar Trinary descends into chaos.
**How will Ava’s internal struggles affect her and her team’s fight to restore peace? Join us in the newest installment of the Uprise Saga!**