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17. Collaboration: Writing With Friends and Enemies

John K. DiTiberio Karnac Books ePub


Susan and Maria, both composition teachers at a major university, had offices across the hall from each other. When they collaborated on writing projects, each would sit at her desk in her own office, but with the doors open, to actually write together—and we mean together. They talked out a text that Maria punched into her word processor. Susan might talk out the first few sentences of a paragraph, and then Maria would finish it. Or, Maria might begin talking about a vague thought and Susan would rephrase it until, between them, they had produced a clear, fully developed idea that could be added to their emerging text.

For some people, this is how the creative process works best. A group of people sit around together and talk out their ideas. In the beginning, most of the ideas are fairly hairbrained, but sooner or later something happens. It seems like the energy of hearing each other talk about bad ideas eventually generates some good ones.

This group approach to brainstorming and writing works quite well for most Extraverts. They need to hear their own ideas and sense how these ideas affect others to do their best work. When they are forced to work in isolation, Extraverts may feel sluggish and have trouble getting a handle on their thoughts.

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Symmetric Group Structures of Genetic Transformation

Hamid R. Arabnia and Quoc-Nam Tran CSREA Press PDF

Int'l Conf. Bioinformatics and Computational Biology | BIOCOMP'13 |

Symmetric Group Structures of Genetic


Reza R. Ahangar

700 University BLVD., MSC 172 Department of Mathematics,

Texas A & M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX 78363-8202, email: reza.ahangar@tamuk.edu

ABSTRACT: Proteins are fascinating bio-molecular machines made by amino acids, generated by codon, and are connected in a linear chain. The energy created by proteins can perform operations from collecting sunlight, transporting materials, providing mechanical strength for fighting virus or bacteria. We will study symmetric transformation of codons as a function in a symmetric group transformation of a set RNA={U,C,A,G} or

DNA={T,C,G,A}. Our goal is to translate the genetic codes into a mathematical language of composition of functions in a symmetric group of S4 ={1,,2,3,4}. A permutation symmetric group can be used to demonstrate natural phenomena in genetic algorithm, crossover, mutation, and natural selection. Better understanding of symmetric group transformation and an appreciation for the essential role it has played in codon formation will improve our understanding of nature’s coding processes.

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9. Rewriting the Story: Children, Parents and Post-Divorce Narratives

John ByngHall Karnac Books ePub

Children, Parents and Post-Divorce Narratives

Gill Gorell Barnes & Emilia Dowling

Each year during the early 1990’s about 160,000 families with children under sixteen went through an experience of their parents divorcing. Of the children one in three were under five years old and a further seven thousand between five and ten years old (Haskey, 1995). Research from many countries has shown how aspects of the divorce experience has both short and long term effects for many children and in this chapter we will focus on how the stories parents tell themselves about the divorce process, contextualises different kinds of childhood experience.

The chapter is based on our experience of having set up a clinical service for families living through processes of separation and divorce as well as subsequent family reconstruction. The service was set up for any child referred with psychological difficulties relating to a parental divorce. It was based on former clinical experience that at a time of family breakup there would be a number of different stories surrounding the lead up to the divorce and to the divorce event itself. The way a story is told offers a particular meaning given by each individual to his or her lived experience; in conflict ridden situations, stories made by each of the child’s parents are often not possible for the child to reconcile. We therefore organised the service so that each person’s differing views and the differing stories held within different subsystems in the family would be taken into account by offering individual interviews to each parent and to the children. We made it our goal to develop an ongoing overall post-divorce family narrative which would allow the acknowledgement that there are many different views of equal validity. Our hope was that children would no longer then be required to falsify their own experience in the service of each parents’ reality in order to maintain their parents ‘illusion’ of the truth. We paid particular attention to the child’s view, knowing from former work how it might be different from either of the parents, and how the child might be required to privilege other views above his or her own. When we felt we understood something of the different and competing realities, we saw as much of the family together as could be reconciled within one meeting to share the differences we had experienced.

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Cool Our Fever

Thom Hartmann Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

From Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country

We live in a democracy and policies represent our collective will. We cannot blame others. If we allow the planet to pass tipping points… it will be hard to explain our role to our children. We cannot claim… that “we didn’t know.”


I HAVE TAKEN THE FOUR-HOUR TRAIN RIDE FROM THE AIRPORT IN Frankfurt, Germany, to the Bavarian town of Stadtsteinach in the Frankenwald often enough to know it by heart. I look out the window and see the familiar sights—the towns, the rivers, the houses.

I have visited Stadtsteinach many times over the past 30 years, working with Salem International. At least once a year I’ve made it back to Germany, and we lived there for a year in the mid-1980s. During the past decade, as the train rolls along eastward from Frankfurt, I’ve seen a dramatic change in the scenery and the landscape. First there were just a few: purplish-blue reflections, almost like deep, still water, covering large parts of the south-facing roofs as I looked north out the window of the train. Solar panels.

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Session - Software Engineering and Management + Diversity Issues

Hamid R. Arabnia, Leonidas Deligiannidis, George Jandieri, Ashu M. G. Solo, Fernando G. Tinetti CSREA Press PDF
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18. Boolian Algebra. First Lection

Charles S. Peirce Indiana University Press PDF


Boolian Algebra. First Lection c. 1890

Houghton Library


The algebra of logic (which must be reckoned among man’s precious possessions for that it illuminates the tangled paths of thought) was given to the world in 1842; and George Boole is the name, an honoured one upon other accounts in the mathematical world, of the mortal upon whom this inspiration descended. Although there had been some previous attempts in the same direction, Boole’s idea by no means grew from what other men had conceived, but, as truly as any mental product may, sprang from the brain of genius, motherless. You shall be told, before we leave this subject, precisely what Boole’s original algebra was; it has, however, been improved and extended by the labors of other logicians, not in England alone, but also in France, in

Germany, and in our own borders; and it is to one of the modified systems which have so been produced that I shall first introduce you, and shall for the most part adhere. The whole apparatus of this algebra is somewhat extensive. You must not suppose that you are getting it all in the first, the second, or the third lection. But the subject-matter shall be so arranged that you may from the outset make some use of the notation described, and even apply it to the solution of problems.

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CHAPTER TWO. Living, not surviving

David Gutmann Karnac Books ePub

W orking hypotheses, interpretation, a level of understanding, and choice: in a nutshell, it seems to me that the route taken in your consultancy interventions lies somewhere between chance and necessity.

Yes. Above all it’s important to interpret in order to choose. Every choice entails an element of suffering. I’m talking about mental suffering and sometimes physical. And this is where we find the distinguishing factor that is choice, and that signifies abandonment, renunciation. According to Mendes-France to govern is to choose. I mean governing one’s own life. To understand Transformation is to choose to govern oneself. From this point of view, knowing that there will be regressions relieves the feeling of guilt. Indeed regression, deconstruction and destruction are part of life and have to be accepted. Prior to starting work here together, our own exchanges by fax and all the problems that characterized them represented a regression, which went on to enable a progression. Of course, sometimes regression is so forceful that it’s difficult to begin anew afterwards. I am thinking, for example, of the kind of regression that an atomic explosion would be: tragic and irreversible.

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CHAPTER FOUR: Beyond bombs and sanctions

Jean Arundale Karnac Books ePub

Aleksander Vucho

I consider nationalism in terms of a malignant form of national identity based on the hate of those who do not belong to one’s own nationality. Since identity is established on similarities and differences, the chances for intolerance of members of other nationalities are great. Few are those that have never felt hostility towards someone just because he/she belongs to another group. The form of this hostility may be benign as, for example, when we return from a trip abroad and do not exactly ascribe the best characteristics to the members of that nation. We see them through stereotypes, or broadly generalize the positive or negative traits of individuals to the entire nation. Sporting competitions between two nations usually lead to passionate reactions which are, generally, spent in front of television, but sometimes may become malevolent in the field. We may be suspicious or distant to members of other nations or, in multi-ethnic environments, we may vote for a member of our own nation just because s/he is a member, not seeing his/her aggression and willingness to provoke inter-ethnic conflict. There fore we meet with an omnipresent phenomenon, existing in each of us and hence, as a group phenomenon, it represents a phenomenon requiring careful treatment. In order to flourish in its full and tragic force, nationalism requires a mass (Freud, 1921). Once the spirit of nationalism is released it is impossible to control it and return to the individual where it can be handled more easily.

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4 Korotangi

Gallas, John Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF

4 Korotangi

Begin with a bird base that has been lost and found.

Do not be sad like the steeersman, or neglectful like the moon.

Weep if you will. Make the beautiful feathers by folding stone across the horizon, and then unfolding all eight wings into a firework.

Press softly with thumb and forefinger along the box, whose carving-words may be the whisper of husks of flesh or the walk of a huhu.

To make the manuka tree, take scent from a flood and crease into white points, each with the breath of honey.

Lament your bird. Darkness drifts down in folded lines into the bush.

5 the Golden Gate Bridge

Making this Bridge may be fatal, and lead to tragic consequences.

There is no base to make first.

In a tunnel of cloud, fold rapidly all that you have, and cast it over.

Try not to think, once you have identified where X, Y, Z and ZZ are in relation to the creases of your soul. If you touch the paper, it may be surprisingly cold.

But if you choose your colours right, you may be pleasantly alarmed.

6 resectoscope

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Chapter 9: Starting to Prepare Now—Five-Minute Planning Steps

SPHR, Kathryn McKee Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

This chapter suggests a number of planning actions that can each be carried out in five minutes. The basic idea is that some disaster planning is better than none, and the planning process need not be an onerous obligation.

For many of us, time is our most precious resource. Why spend it planning for events that might not occur when you already have many pressing demands? The answer is that a variety of unexpected things can happen, as the real-life examples in this book show, and those who took the time to plan generally have benefited from a faster, more complete recovery.

If you remain unconvinced that planning is worth your time, consider the following sets of actions that you can do in five-minute time slots. You may not solve all of the problems that arise, but you’ll bring to the surface important issues that you can then handle one by one over time. By taking action in small bursts, you may be able to stay a few steps ahead when a disaster strikes. Carry out these actions in any order you choose—just take five to survive.

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6. More Powerful Herbs for Stress and Insomnia: Valerian and Kava

Vukovig M.S.W., Laurel Basic Health Publications ePub


ometimes more powerful herbal sleep-aids are necessary, especially for overcoming chronic sleep disorders. Temporarily taking herbal sedatives can help reset your disrupted sleep patterns while you are making the necessary lifestyle changes that support restful sleep.

The two herbs youll find in this chapter, valerian and kava, are among the most potent natural sedatives in the plant kingdom. For the most part, they are safe to use and in general are much safer than pharmaceutical sedatives. If you are currently taking any prescription drugs for insomnia, consult your healthcare practitioner for advice in making the transition to herbal sleep-aids. If you choose to use kava, read this chapter carefully and note the contraindications. Because of current concerns about the possible toxicity of kava for certain individuals, its best to work with a qualified herbal practitioner when using this herb.


Native to Europe and parts of northern Asia, valerian (Valeriana officinalis) was brought by early colonists to North America, where it now grows wild in much of the eastern United States and Canada. This tall perennial has attractive fernlike foliage with clusters of tiny pale-pink flowers in the spring. Valerian was known to ancient Greek and Roman physicians as phu, referring to the medicinal roots pungent, musky odor. (Cats also love the aromatic root, which affects them in much the same way as catnip.)

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Advocation Over Investigation: Comments on Robert Glass' Fact #55

Hamid R. Arabnia, Leonidas Deligiannidis, George Jandieri, Vince Schmidt, Ashu M.G. Solo, Fernando G. Tinetti CSREA Press PDF

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7 Seeing Others as Objects

Quinn, Ryan W. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

BOB: One day during my childhood, my stepfather sent me to the corner store to buy milk. I moved slowly along the sidewalk, basking in the sun and using the curb as an imaginary tightrope. Just before I reached the store, I heard a blast in the sky. I saw a thick, white trail of smoke, and followed it to find the lowest-flying jet I had ever seen. I watched for several seconds as the plane moved toward the horizon. The wings fell off and the airplane disintegrated into nothingness. I stood, frozen, then turned toward home. I raced up the porch steps, burst through the front door, and blurted out my story. My stepfather scoffed at me and asked, “Where’s the milk?” Most of my early memories of my stepfather are like the memory of my failure to get the milk from the corner store. He criticized me often and, over time, I hardened.

Years later, when I was a father and Ryan was a baby, I was playing with Ryan on the floor. Suddenly I felt a wave of jealousy. I was surprised, and stopped to reflect. I realized that I was jealous of Ryan because he had what I did not have—a father who loved him for who he was, who cared about his feelings, needs, and desires. Ryan was not an object to me, but a human being that I treasured for his own sake. I wished that I had experienced the same thing.

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Activity 3 Treasure Trail

Elizabeth Sanson HRD Press, Inc. PDF

Activity 3

Treasure Trail


This activity is designed for individuals to undertake personal research on a variety of aspects of their new organization. It involves the completion of a questionnaire/ quiz sheet over a one- to two-week period. Feedback can be given on an individual basis or during a group meeting or training session.

Target Group

Newly hired support staff


To build autonomy in the individual’s working role

To develop an individual’s ability to become self-sufficient in the search for assistance, information, and resources throughout their organization

Number of Participants

Any number—individuals to large groups


Worksheets 3-1, 3-2, and 3-3


10 to 15 minutes to introduce the questionnaire and give clues about sources of information

1 to 2 weeks for research

30 to 60 minutes for feedback


1. Choose the topic for your questionnaire, either general in subject matter or topic specific. For example:

Activity 3

Company history

Products and services

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XXXIX (‘Reason is sympathetic when I claim’)

Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF


Reason is sympathetic when I claim

To find in love a lasting happiness.

With strong examples and true words, my shame

Reminds me of the weakness I possess.

She says, ‘The living sun can only give

Death, not a phoenix, now to one like you.’

He who himself has no desire to live,

No hands can save, however willing to.

I understand the truth and know my fate:

I have another heart which cruelly

Kills me the more I yield to its demands.

It is between two deaths that my lord stands.

One baffles me, the other one I hate.

In such suspense body and soul will die.

XL (i)

I know not if it is the longed-for night

Of its first maker that the spirit feels,

Or if some old and honoured memory steals

The heart and makes its beauty shine so bright;

Or maybe fame or dreams themselves can bring

A lovely object to the eyes and heart.

From such a vision many tears can spring

And many memories remain to hurt.

I know not what I feel or seek, or who

Guides me, or where I should true guidance seek,

And yet I feel that someone points the way.

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