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CHAPTER SEVEN: Money had to be invented

Lesley Murdin Karnac Books ePub

Money affects the life of most human beings, either by its presence or its absence. Money makes us both master and slave. Alla Sheptun captured this paradox: “Our power over money is real only inasmuch as we are able to understand its power over us” (Sheptun, 2011). Karl Marx located the whole of our ideological processes on an economic substructure (Brenner, 1986: 3), but even those ideologies that have no direct connection to Marxism are based on an understanding of economics and the effect of economic position on each of us as individuals and as the products of a society.

In the contemporary market, money is essential to enable exchange of goods. What is essential in the therapeutic encounter is exchange itself. Words are passed from one person to another and are received, held or rejected by each participant. The development of the process by which symbolic exchange becomes communication at all levels is one of the main subjects of this book. Indeed, in engaging with this book the reader might be receiving gifts from the writer but will not gain in the long run unless she is willing to bring her own ideas to assay the value of the currency being offered. Dipping into metaphor illustrates the way in which this chapter and this book makes and then uses its symbols. Its point is to ask the reader to consider the level at which money is important and yet to remember that it is only one strand of the complex of emotional and cognitive elements that operate in therapeutic encounters.

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Past to Present

Sarah Tieck Big Buddy Books PDF
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15 How Investors Delude Themselves

Michael Edesess Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Investors are alarmingly prone to self-delusion, and most investment advisors and managers are only too happy to take advantage of that fact. It might just be part of our makeup.

In the near future, brain researchers will discover that the urge to get rich quickly originates in the same region of the cerebral cortex as the urge to have an orgasm. The same behavior patterns accompany both, the same attitudinal changes: a tendency to have less concern with speaking the truth; a tendency to overlook or forgive others’ disregard for the truth; a marked increase in the level of gullibility; a decrease in the capacity to notice flaws; a singleness of purpose, accompanied by diminishment of the ability or will to think rationally.

I have seen people in this condition more times than I can count. Sometimes they came to me seeking objective comment or knowledgeable counsel. But it often turned out that—though they appeared to seek it—neither objectivity nor wise counsel was what they really wanted. They wanted someone to ratify their urge to go for it.

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20.0 Introduction

James Avery O'Reilly Media PDF


Chapter 20

Interacting with Databases

20.0 Introduction

If your application deals with databases, you have a whole world of additional issues to contend with. And because databases are a central component of so many applications, the odds are pretty good that you’ll have to address at least some of those issues.

Tasks you might need to think about include:

• Creating an empty database for storing your data

• Creating tables, stored procedures, views, and other objects in the database

• Creating keys between tables to support various schema relationships

• Configuring login privileges for the database

• Configuring access rights for objects in the database

• Writing connection strings to enable your software to communicate with the database

Many of these tasks can be accomplished through command-line utilities using statements in SQL’s Data Definition Language (DDL). DDL is immensely powerful, and it is the underpinning for the creation and management of all objects in a database.

Using DDL, you can exercise great control over exactly how things are built in your database.

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CHAPTER SIX: Gender and sexual difference

Karnac Books ePub

Colette Chiland

For a full discussion of Juliet Mitchell’s very stimulating chapter (Chapter 5, this volume), several points would require further clarification and therefore deserve to be developed in much greater detail than is possible within the confines of one chapter; I shall therefore have to put many of these to one side. In reading her chapter, I found myself in complete agreement with certain of her statements and in disagreement with some others. It is not enough, of course, simply to say, “I do not agree”; we should try to understand what gives rise to this kind of disagreement.

I am in complete agreement with Juliet Mitchell when she stresses the importance of sexual difference. I myself lay a great deal of emphasis on this in my book, Le Sexe mène le monde [Sex makes the world go round] (Chiland, 1999), though I would not define sexual difference only with reference to reproductive sexuality, as she does. As far as I am concerned, gender has not replaced sexual difference, nor does the “subject–subject construction” lie within the area of gender and the sexual drive (therefore being linked more to the relationship between siblings than to the parent–child relationship).

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