Tuesday, September 18, 2018

大退潮:全球化的終結與歷史的回歸 (Grave New World)

史帝芬‧金恩 (Stephen D. King)
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在《大退潮》這本挑動人心的新書中,英國經濟學家史帝芬.金恩以赫胥黎的反烏托邦名著《美麗新世界》(Brave New World)借喻,敲響全球化或將終結的警鐘。他融合經濟、歷史、地理、政治哲學與當前國際局勢(包括美國退出TPP、中國推行一帶一路、俄羅斯併吞克里米亞),解釋全球化倘若告終,世界經濟秩序將陷入何種境地。

—誰的全球化?區域整合的贏家與輸家
金恩認為,就政治和經濟而言,西方版本的全球化正接近極限。全球化似乎讓所有船隻都水漲船高,即使某些船隻內部的所得與財富分配愈來愈不平均。金融危機爆發之前,許多西方決策者和經濟學家過於自滿,認為全球的經濟大餅已經增長,卻沒有留心其分配情況。現實是:大部分的經濟收益都由強國與頂尖富人捧走,他們還占了優勢之便不斷累積財富。經濟危機的爆發更顯示全球經濟與市場之間有落差,而且國與國之間有根本的利益衝突。

—孤立主義與保護主義死灰復燃
只要經濟長期衰退,人們就會在失望中探究原因,進而產生孤立心態。英國脫歐、川普高喊「美國優先」當選,顯示西方與全球化的蜜月期已經結束,世界銀行、國際貨幣基金、北約、歐盟等跨國組織已成沉重的政治負擔。全球經濟重心正由西方轉移到東方,加上西方國家遭遇了一連串的困難,使其政治基調產生變化,導致民粹主義和孤立主義的勢力抬頭。

—「我們」與「他們」,排外情緒湧現
收入與財富不平等日益擴大,更加深民眾「不在同一艘船」的感覺,認為外來者會瓜分福利,因此排斥外國人、移民和菁英。政治氛圍愈來愈傾向於保護主義,各國在經濟、財政乃至於軍事上容易爆發全面衝突,全球化的進展遭遇愈來愈嚴峻的考驗。

—全球化浪潮退後,誰坐收漁翁之利?
既然不是人人都能得到好處,這個世界為何不能「去全球化」呢?試想,倘若希臘、義大利、西班牙等國的經濟長期停滯,德國這些強國持續繁榮,歐元就可能無法存續;假使世界強權日漸擁抱民族主義,跨國組織將受到打壓,國際貿易可能崩盤;如果物價礙於央行的措施而逐漸遭到扭曲,資本市場就可能無法發揮功能;毫無效率的資金配置將使得生產及收入雙雙下滑,各國便得付出慘痛代價。

—各國發展環環相扣,沒有人是局外人
最可怕的是,西方民主國家變得只想追求狹隘的自身利益,某些極權國家就會趁機填補空缺。美國經濟長期表現不佳,它既不願、也無力持續擔任領頭羊;但美國退縮之後,全球局勢更加混亂了。未來,歐盟如果瓦解、歐洲分裂,如何抵擋隔壁張牙舞爪的俄羅斯?那些威脅解散北約的人若不能建立可靠的替代機構,如何繼續維護集體利益?國與國之間的糾紛,由誰主持公道仲裁?與其擔憂國內日漸增加的移民,協助那些較貧窮的地區發展經濟,不是更能從根本上解決問題嗎?

—不確定的時代,我們的義務從現在開始
放任贊成孤立與保護主義的思想流竄,當他們的觀點成為主流的那一天,我們就必須面臨黯淡無望的新世界。對此,史帝芬.金恩在本書最後寫了一則寓言:西元2044年,川普的某個女兒成為共和黨候選人,她在演說中強調將繼續奉行孤立主義,禁止外國人進入美國;彼時歐盟已經瓦解,北約不復存在,俄羅斯趁機坐大,中國掌握整個東亞和太平洋,曾經有主權爭議的島嶼都歸它所有。這樣的新世界,是我們樂見的嗎?

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, September 17, 2018

How to Do Your Research Project : A Guide for Students

by Gary Thomas
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How to Do Your Research Project continues to lead the way as an essential guide for anyone undertaking a research project in the applied social sciences. The new Third Edition of this best-selling title now includes further advice on concluding, writing, and presenting research, using social media and digital methods, and understanding how to effectively work with supervisors. Setting out a clear and detailed road map, author Gary Thomas guides the reader through the different stages of a research project, explaining key steps, and processes at each level in refreshingly jargon-free terms.

Readers will learn:
  • How to choose your research question 
  • Project management and study skills 
  • Effective literature reviews 
  • Methodology, theory, and research design frames 
  • Ethics and access 
  • Data collection tools 
  • Effective data analysis 
  • Discussing findings, concluding, and writing up
(Excerpt from amazon.com)

創意天才的蝴蝶思考術 (The Net and the Butterfly)

奧麗薇亞‧福克斯‧卡本尼 (Olivia Fox Cabane), 朱達‧波拉克 (Judah Pollack)
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創意像蝴蝶,讓人心生嚮往,卻難以捉摸。
學習像天才一樣思考,訓練你的大腦,
就能讓靈感源源不絕,盡情爆發你的絕妙好點子!

◆ 暢銷書《魅力學》作者最新著作
◆ Amazon.com讀者五星好評


創意不是與生俱來,突破並非純屬意外,
你要如何讓大腦產生突破,進而獲得創意?

創意來自突破,突破是什麼?
突破就是你的知識或理解突然躍進,讓你通過障礙,
進而出現解決問題的全新方法,與看待世界的全新方式。

你將可以在本書學到:
如何在短時間產生新想法,提升神經可塑性
如何從清醒前狀態獲得靈感,解決問題
如何透過不花腦筋的活動,增進創意表現

你知道愛因斯坦、賈伯斯、達利,這些改變世界的傑出者,
都是以同樣的流程獲得突破性思考嗎?
你知道你可能跟他們一樣,產生相同的創意突破經驗嗎?
趕緊跟著書中的練習,一步步提升你的創意思考力吧!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, September 10, 2018

Expand Your English: A Guide to Improving Your Academic Vocabulary

by Steve Hart
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Writing academic prose in English is especially difficult for non-native speakers, largely because the standard vocabulary used in this genre can be quite different from colloquial English. Expand Your English A Guide to Improving Your Academic Vocabulary is a unique and invaluable guide that will enable the reader to overcome this hurdle. It will become the favourite go-to reference book for both beginners and for intermediate learners struggling with the complexities of English-language academic writing.

Steve Hart covers 1,000 vocabulary items that are essential for good academic writing. The first section describes 200 key terms in detail, grouping them into logical sets of 10. Through careful repetition, the reader will find it easy to retain, retrieve, and reuse these essential phrases. The second section explains a further 800 terms, grouping them according to function, meaning, and the areas of an essay where they are likely to be used. The expansive scope of Expand Your English gives non-native speakers all the vocabulary tools they need to master this difficult style of writing.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

Deep Work深度工作力 : 淺薄時代,個人成功的關鍵能力

卡爾‧紐波特 (Cal Newport)
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★ AMAZON 2016年度最佳商業/領導書

在這個淺薄時代,人們紛紛擁抱分心,每天將大把時間浪擲於紛亂的電子郵件和社群媒體上,失去了深度思考、深度工作的能力,不知道自己其實能以更好的方式生活。
也因此,一種極有價值的技術變得越來越稀有、甚至成為當今最具價值的能力之一,正是——
DEEP WORK深度工作力!

卡爾.紐波特教授在本書中暢談連線時代的種種影響,從自身經驗告訴所有人:
專注力和生產力,是可以有系統地解決的科學問題!
擁有深度工作力,是擁有美好深度生活的必要條件!

「深度工作力」是專注於高認知需求任務而不分心的能力,它能讓你快速學習,以更少的時間創造更好的成果。本書融合理論根據與實踐技巧,協助所有想在專業領域中成功的人,學會高效工作,成為新經濟中的贏家。

別再以為忙碌代表生產力,區別深度工作與淺薄工作,聰明的規畫深度工作的時間,培養專注的習慣與能力,你將能改變習於淺薄、容易分心、無法忍受無聊的心智。培養深度工作力,才是達成生活與工作平衡,並維持高品質的最好方法。

培養深度工作力,用最少時間創造最高價值的18個策略:
  1 確立你的工作哲學
  2 建立深度工作的儀式
  3 大動作投入深度工作
  4 別獨自工作
  5 像經營企業般執行
  6 要懶惰
  7 別逃避分心,要逃避專注
  8 學老羅斯福那樣工作
  9 練習生產性冥想
  10 練習記憶一副牌
  11 根據「重要少數法則」選擇網路工具
  12 利用「斷線實驗」篩選社群媒體
  13 別用網際網路來娛樂自己
  14 安排工作日的每一分鐘
  15 量化每一種活動的深度
  16 確認淺薄工作的時間比率
  17 在五點半前結束你的工作
  18 讓自己難以連絡

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Novel Cure : An A-Z of Literary Remedies

by Susan Elderkin & Ella Berthoud
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Are you weary in Brain and Body?
Do you desire a Positive Cure for your Pessimism?
Do you require Bronte to re-boot your Broken Heart?
Do you despair of your Nose?
Can Fielding open your Flood Gates?
Or Pynchon purge your Paranoia?
May we administer Austen to curb your Arrogance?
Hemingway for your Headache?
An injection of du Maurier for your low Self-Esteem?
Are you Shy, Single, Stressed or Sixty?
Are your Vital Statistics in need of some Spark?
May we massage you with Murakami?
Ease your pain with Woolf or Wodehouse?
Do you require the Very Book to lessen your Loneliness?

The Novel Cure is a medical handbook, with a difference. Whether you have a stubbed toe or a severe case of the blues, within these pages you'll find a cure in the form of a novel to help ease your pain. You'll also find advice on how to tackle common reading ailments - such as what to do when you feel overwhelmed by the number of books in the world, or you have a tendency to give up halfway through. When read at the right moment, a novel can change your life, and The Novel Cure is an enchanting reminder of that power.

(Excerpt from thenovelcure.com)

為什麼讀書?偉大讀者的必然與非必然 ( Pourquoi Lire?)

夏爾.丹齊格 (Charles Dantzig)
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法國重量級作家丹齊格說:「讀書毫無用處,正因為如此,它才是一件偉大的事情。」

為什麼不讀書?為了思考;閱讀維繫了我們超然於現實的姿態,有利於思考。如何讀書?熱情是最合情合理的方法。當世界從虛榮虛假到虛無虛脫,當我們對信用信心與信念信息混淆不清時,讀書,不需要理由,再充實不過了。

【閱讀的理由】書中七十多篇,總有一篇屬於你的閱讀的理由。
● 因愛而讀書 ● 為書名而讀書 ● 為了自我反駁而讀書 ● 為了學習而讀書
● 為了自我安慰而讀書 ● 為了健康而讀書啊啊 ● 為了享樂而讀書
● 為了孤立自我而讀書 ● 為了知道閱讀並不能改善什麼而讀書
● 為了已經讀過而讀書 ● 為了不逃避而讀書

■ 在功利主義的世界裡,人們為維繫著獨立思考的超然姿態而讀書。
讀書是人類與時間和死神對抗的終極途徑,我們在閱讀中令沉睡的思想重生,而圖書館是墳墓的唯一競爭對手。

文學是摻雜了感性的文字,儘管如此,我們仍對它寄予信任。在這種反理性的信任之下,是讀者未泯的童心。正是這樣的讀者締造了文學魅力。作者將他們引為知己,對他們傾訴衷腸。如果你曾在閱讀中遇見那個孤僻冷傲、貪婪自私、吹毛求疵而又欲罷不能的自己,那麼你將樂於讀到這本書,你會在其中得到最深刻的諒解、安慰和共鳴。

《為什麼讀書》作者夏爾.丹齊格分享了他精闢獨到而又體貼入微的閱讀心得,其中有切實的建議、甜蜜的讚美、尖刻的諷刺,還有新鮮的閱讀觀念:閱讀是文學的姊妹,讀者借助他們展開與死亡和時間的拉鋸戰。

作者精英主義立場鮮明,語多機鋒,善以金句箴言道出各種微妙的閱讀智慧。幽默的文字透露親切與率直,卻並不流於浮泛,文字密緻,耐人回味。對閱讀的思考充滿機鋒與創意,獨到的見解讀來令人興奮、暢快。帶給我們一種令人嘆服傾倒、大呼過癮的閱讀哲學,也有對作家作品精彩絕妙的討論、不留情面的諷刺和令人發噱的比擬。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, August 27, 2018

Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life

Avinash K. Dixit, Barry J. Nalebuff
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The international bestseller―don't compete without it!

A major bestseller in Japan, Financial Times Top Ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club bestseller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneuvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken from business, sports, the movies, politics, and gambling. It outlines the basics of good strategy making and then shows how you can apply them in any area of your life.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

拖延心理學:為什麼我老是愛拖延?是與生俱來的壞習慣,還是身不由己?(Procrastination Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now)

珍‧博克 (Jane B. Burka) , 萊諾拉‧袁 (Lenora M. Yuen)
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診斷你的拖延類型,根治你的拖延毛病
35年讀者口碑 ╳ 拖延症自助經典
關於拖延症最全面的心理解析、最精準而持續的12種克服技巧

從學生到科學家,從祕書到總裁,從家庭主婦到業務員,
拖延問題幾乎影響了每個人。

本書由兩位傑出心理學家以他們備受好評與創新的拖延治療課程為基礎,擷取他們豐富的諮詢經驗,以詳盡且幽默的方式, 深入檢視與探索拖延的心理,並找出讓我們擱著事情不做的真正原因, 像是對失敗、成功、控制、疏遠、依附的恐懼, 以及我們的時間觀念和大腦神經科學等因素, 教我們了解拖延的衝動,以及如何以全新的方式採取行動。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, August 20, 2018

How to Succeed at University: An Essential Guide to Academic Skills, Personal Development & Employability

Bob Smale & Julie Fowlie
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How to Succeed at University provides straightforward, practical advice for anyone experiencing university life. Introducing the personal, academic and life skills you need to succeed - both at university and in today’s competitive job market – you’ll find help with managing your time and budget, and guidance on a range of study skills including skills for research and examination success. You’ll also learn how to identify and develop key transferable skills that will stay with you throughout your professional life.

Discover how to:
* Improve your employability prospects and give yourself the advantage in the job market
* Benefit from other students′ experience, with top tips and insider advice on succeeding in your studies
* Explore the uses of digital technologies in learning and assessment
* Use what you learn right away, with handy downloadable checklists and worksheets.
Pragmatic, up-front and sympathetic, this is an essential companion for all undergraduate students, as well as anyone preparing for study at university.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

曹雪芹風箏藝術

孔祥澤, 孔令民, 孔炳彰
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《曹雪芹風箏藝術》被評為2006年度「世界最美的書」

文學巨匠曹雪芹及其《紅樓夢》,早已是家喻戶曉,盡人皆知。 但很少有人知道,曹雪芹還寫過一部名為《南鷂北鳶考工志》的書,專門講述了風箏的「紮、糊、繪、放」四藝,從而創立了「曹氏風箏」這一民間工藝品。 《曹雪芹風箏藝術》,第一次向世人介紹了作為演出者的曹雪芹和「曹氏風箏」藝術。

曹雪芹是中國最偉大的文學家之一,也是一位傑出的演出者。 他的佚著《南鷂北鳶考工志》和他創制的曹氏風箏藝術是曹雪芹留給後人的珍貴的藝術遺產。

(摘錄自中國人民大學新聞學院)


Monday, August 13, 2018

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

by Peter Frankopan
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Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts.

Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

0.8的生活哲學

張笑恆
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《0.8的生活哲學》是你在人生中尋得平衡的密碼。本書以故事和理論相結合的形式,讓您在百忙之中,能夠靜下心來細細審視自己、沉澱自己、關愛自己,猶如夏日午後的那杯綠茶,清淡而沁人心脾,教你享受和諧的人生、健康的生活、活著的快樂。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, August 6, 2018

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Nick Bostrom
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Superintelligence asks the questions: what happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful—possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence.

But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed Artificial Intelligence, to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation?

This profoundly ambitious and original audiobook breaks down a vast track of difficult intellectual terrain. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom's work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.

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郭鶴年自傳

郭鶴年
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榮獲亞洲週刊2017十大好書

郭鶴年,首次親身述說最真實的故事!

郭鶴年是香港以及馬來西亞企業家,出生於柔佛新山,以經營白糖業起家,有「亞洲糖王」之稱。書中講述他創立以亞洲為基地的郭氏集團故事,是一部多姿多彩的家族歷史,當中亦包括郭鶴年童年的成長回憶,以及與其父母及兄弟於亂世中的生活。此外,書中亦有詳述其管理企業和做生意的獨特見解──從1949年開始,如何帶領郭氏集團發展成為當今多元經營的跨國企業。讀者從書中了解華人移民東南亞,在英國殖民統治下的生活,在第二次大戰時期日軍鐵蹄下經歷的歲月,也可了解中國和亞洲經濟騰飛的歷程。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, July 30, 2018

The Stolen Bicycle

Ming-Yi Wu
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Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

 A writer embarks on an epic quest in search of his missing father’s stolen bicycle and soon finds himself ensnared in the strangely intertwined stories of Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, the soldiers who fought in the jungles of South-East Asia during World War II, and the secret world of butterfly handicraft makers in Taiwan. The result is both a majestic historical novel and an intimate meditation on memory, family and home. Wu’s writing has been compared to that of Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, W.G. Sebald and Yann Martel.

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歐洲的心臟:德國如何改變自己

林育立
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資深駐德記者深入德國的肌理
從政治、能源政策與轉型正義三大面向
剖析統一後的德國如何在困境中擁抱改變
重返歐洲的中心 

二戰結束,戰敗的德國在美蘇兩大陣營的角力下一分為二,東、西德隔著柏林圍牆各自發展;直到一九八九年,受東歐民主化浪潮影響,柏林圍牆倒塌,一九九〇年,兩德正式統一。然而慶祝的氛圍尚未退去,在國內,德國要面對東、西德整併問題;國際上,因二戰時的種種罪行,德國仍需反省與尋求和解。統一後的德國會怎麼走,全世界都在看。

二十多年過去,繼受過往傲人文化與罪愆的德國,奮力擁抱改變、面對轉型:人口組成變得繽紛多元;原本破敗的前東德區成為最受歡迎的居住地點;率全球之先推動能源轉型,讓世界看見非核家園的實踐可能;直面過往之不義,認真處理納粹與東德時期對於人權的迫害……統一後的德國再次變得強大,不過不再以軍國主義的姿態,而是以自身的政治經濟實力、科技與產業創新以及人道關懷重返世界舞臺,成為驅使歐盟持續向前的心臟。

本書由駐德資深記者林育立歷經多年採訪而成,以冷靜而熱情的視角,講述的是一個遭遇各種極端困境卻始終勇於面對的國家,從廢墟中重建,重返榮耀的故事。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, July 23, 2018

City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World

by Catie Marron
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In this important collection, eighteen renowned writers, including David Remnick, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Rory Stewart, and Adam Gopnik evoke the spirit and history of some of the world’s most recognized and significant city squares, accompanied by illustrations from equally distinguished photographers.

Over half of the world’s citizens now live in cities, and this number is rapidly growing. At the heart of these municipalities is the square—the defining urban public space since the dawn of democracy in Ancient Greece. Each square stands for a larger theme in history: cultural, geopolitical, anthropological, or architectural, and each of the eighteen luminary writers has contributed his or her own innate talent, prodigious research, and local knowledge.

Divided into three parts: Culture, Geopolitics, History, headlined by Michael Kimmelman, David Remnick, and George Packer, this significant anthology shows the city square in new light. Jehane Noujaim, award-winning filmmaker, takes the reader through her return to Tahrir Square during the 2011 protest; Rory Stewart, diplomat and author, chronicles a square in Kabul which has come and gone several times over five centuries; Ari Shavit describes the dramatic changes of central Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square; Rick Stengel, editor, author, and journalist, recounts the power of Mandela’s choice of the Grand Parade, Cape Town, a huge market square to speak to the world right after his release from twenty-seven years in prison; while award-winning journalist Gillian Tett explores the concept of the virtual square in the age of social media.

This collection is an important lesson in history, a portrait of the world we live in today, as well as an exercise in thinking about the future. Evocative and compelling, City Squares will change the way you walk through a city.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

旅行是為了放大生命的極限 : 出走不是為了逃避現實, 而是想讓人生更加精采 (Vagabonding)

羅夫‧帕茲 (Rolf Potts)
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你的生命因為旅行而有無限可能

流浪旅行不是一種逃避,而是一場冒險和一份熱愛,能夠幫助你克服自身的恐懼,活出最豐富的人生。

流浪旅行 Vagabonding
詞性:名詞
(1)拋開遵行常規的世界,獨自出發旅行一段較長的時間。
(2)一種對個人特別有意義的旅行方式,強調的是創造力、冒險精神、覺察力、簡單化、發掘力、獨立、現實感、依靠自我,以及靈魂的成長。
(3)一種刻意為之的生活方式,讓人能夠隨時出發旅行。

為什麼我們需要流浪旅行?為什麼我們想要去流浪旅行?

這不是什麼流行趨勢,我們只是用一種少見的方式看待生活,不斷探索與學習、不斷面對恐懼與改變習慣、不斷開發所有人和地點的新魅力。

流浪旅行的意義在於抽離你的常規生活,離開六個禮拜、四個月,甚至是兩年,用你自己的方式去探索體驗這個世界。只要你擁有獨立自主的精神,隨時都能出發旅行,不是幾天的小旅遊,而是長時間體驗流浪的感覺。這本書提供你必要的資訊,例如:
  ◎旅行中的經濟來源
  ◎決定目的地
  ◎適應旅途中的生活
  ◎到海外工作或當義工
  ◎應付旅途中的不順利
  ◎重新適應普通生活

流浪旅行不只是一種旅行的形式,而是一種生活型態;一旦你選擇這樣的生活,旅行就不再是閒暇時的娛樂,而是你人生的一部分。

「作者將自己多年的旅行經驗彙整而成這本不同凡響的旅行指南,這不只是一本不限定目的地的旅行教學手冊,還蘊含啟發人心的哲思,作者運用他的機智、精闢見解和才華教你如何將人生活得像一趟冒險旅程。如果你曾經考慮過要休一段長假,這本書將開拓你的眼界。」──《全球郵報》

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, July 16, 2018

Home Fire: A Novel

Kamila Shamsie
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WINNER OF THE 2018 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

“Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” —The New York Times

The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences

Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.

Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

愛的進化論 (The Course of Love)

艾倫‧狄波頓 (Alain de Botton)
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◎一本誠實的愛情奮鬥史,探索長長久久的關係,以及背後的酸甜苦辣。狄波頓將試圖回答史上最難的兩性問題:愛了,然後呢?

愛,才不是什麼一頭栽進去的「熱情」,而是緩慢地、苦痛地學會的「生存技能」。

愛丁堡的拉畢與柯絲汀相愛了。他們結婚生子,但絕對不是那種「從此過著幸福快樂的生活」的簡單結局。然而所有的愛情故事,只會停在這裡,之後的彆扭、包尿布、外遇、婚姻諮詢,一概省略。

當愛情誕生,經歷一連串的驚喜與無聊之後,要如何保持浪漫的鮮度?在生存的壓力之下,愛的面貌會如何幻化(請注意:不是幻滅)?從哲學與心理學的細膩洞察,狄波頓告訴我們,浪漫主義總是幫倒忙,現實裡極少有任何事物能夠達到完美。度過人生需要極大的勇氣,即使再平庸的人生也不例外,這時身邊若有個人,是否就能給予我們足夠力量面對人生的種種要求?

等了20年的續集,繼全球2百萬暢銷《我談的那場戀愛》,艾倫‧狄波頓全新力作!當年的英倫才子,華麗轉身變人夫人父,一樣的犀利風趣,不一樣的人生體悟。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


由香港貿易發展局主辦的第 29 屆香港書展將於7月18至 24日於香港會議展覽中心舉行,年度主題為"愛情文學"


Monday, July 9, 2018

Less : A Novel

Andrew Sean Greer
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A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (New York Times Book Review).

WINNER OF THE 2018 PULITZER PRIZE--Fiction

Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world...

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

微塵記

張婉雯
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榮獲第十一屆「香港書獎」

本書十二個短篇小說以香港為背景,以寫實的風格,反映市民日常生活,還原他們立體的面貌,從中折射社會變遷。〈陌路〉、〈拘捕〉、〈周年誌〉以雨傘運動為題材;〈明叔的一天〉、〈老貓〉、〈打死一頭野豬〉、〈離島戀曲〉、〈鳥〉、〈禮芳街的月光〉呈現基層的悲歡;〈使徒行傳〉由宗教角度探討複雜的人性;〈玫瑰誄〉、〈回家的路上〉則重塑一代精神貴族的形象與消逝。全書立足於本土生活,以「小敘事」刻劃香港人的情與愛。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, July 2, 2018

The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

Michael J. Puett, Christine Gross-Loh
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For the first time, an award-winning Harvard professor shares his wildly popular course on classical Chinese philosophy, showing you how ancient ideas—like the fallacy of the authentic self—can guide you on the path to a good life today.

Why is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at Harvard? Because it challenges all our modern assumptions about what it takes to flourish.

Astonishing teachings emerged two thousand years ago through the work of a succession of Chinese scholars exploring how humans can improve themselves and their society. And what are these counterintuitive ideas? Transformation comes not from looking within for a true self, but from creating conditions that produce new possibilities. Good relationships come not from being sincere and authentic, but from the rituals we perform within them. A good life emerges not from planning it out, but through training ourselves to respond well to small moments. Influence comes not from wielding power but from holding back. Excellence comes from what we choose to do, not our natural abilities.

In other words, The Path “opens the mind” (Huffington Post) and upends everything we are told about how to lead a good life. Its most radical idea is that there is no path to follow in the first place—just a journey we create anew at every moment by seeing and doing things differently. “With its…spirited, convincing vision, revolutionary new insights can be gleaned from this book on how to approach life’s multifarious situations with both heart and head” (Kirkus Reviews).

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

20世紀中國知識分子精神史三部曲

錢理群
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榮獲第十一屆「香港書獎」

「20世紀中國知識分子精神史」三部曲,是錢理群教授橫跨二十年歲月寫成的當代知識分子精神歷史,分別寫共和國建立前、毛澤東時代及之後知識分子的命運與選擇,呈現「起承轉合」結構,將知識分子的個體命運與中華人民共和國的整體歷史交錯在一起,是首部無刪減作品。

一九四八年,正是兩個中國—所謂「新中國」與「舊中國」生死大決戰的時刻,同時,也是中國知識分子必須在歷史的大轉折中作出決定自己命運的關鍵時刻。

《1948:天地玄黃》就是記錄了一九四八年,圍繞各類知識分子的不同選擇而發生的極其複雜也極其豐富的社會、思想、文化、心理現像。

「改造」與「堅守」,這是建國後中國知識分子命運的兩個關鍵詞,也構成了本書的歷史敍述的兩個中心詞,寫成中國知識分子精神史上最沉重的一頁。是屈從抑或抵抗、要低頭抑或昂首?毛澤東時代的中國知識分子如何在黑夜裏前行,盡錄在《1949-1976:歲月滄桑》

毛澤東逝世後,知識分子從絕地對裏重生。錢理群教授肩負起知識分子之名,用自身的經歷和反思,為整代中國知識分子精神史作一個總合,冀歷經滄桑後也守望著知識分子的本分。《1977-2005:絕地守望》,是錢教授留給年輕一代和後人的思想結晶和祝福。

(摘錄自香港城市大學出版社網站)


Monday, June 25, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng 
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Named a Best Book of the Year (2017) by: 
People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more!

“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” - Reese Witherspoon

"Spectacular sophomore work...a magnificent, multilayered epic that’s perfect for eager readers and destined for major award lists." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope: how do questions of race stack up against the comfort of privilege, and what role does that play in parenting? Is motherhood a bond forged by blood, or by love? And perhaps most importantly: do the faults of our past determine what we deserve in the future? Be ready to be wowed by Ng's writing -- and unsettled by the mirror held up to one's own beliefs." - Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

因為有愛,才有這個學系

張文亮
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這是一個高學歷不希奇、文憑一張不夠看的時代,我們選擇科系的方式,逐漸從個人的性向志趣,轉為評估科系未來的發展和前瞻性。

在一窩蜂追求競爭力的氛圍之下,台大教授張文亮卻逆向操作,回頭追溯大學科系的起源。一門門精采的學系,透過一位位敬虔的先鋒而誕生:

醫學系的起源,來自一位無名卻偉大的醫生,對病苦者懷有深深憐憫的愛;
森林系源自一位熱愛山林的愛爾蘭醫生,一生努力的成果;
獸醫系的創始人,一生輾轉曲折、大落大起,卻始終沒忘記對動物的眷顧;
人類學系源自一名特使,在荒遠殺戮的帝國,以和平之心,記錄蒙古人的世界;
農業經濟學系,則是一個走出修道院、走進貧瘠土地、陪伴貧窮農民的遙遠故事。

本書一共述說了十九個曲折動人的故事,不僅幫助我們明白這些學系的由來,藉此激勵大學生對於所學領域更有使命感與意義感,更鼓勵所有在各行各業打滾的社會人,懷抱各科系起初的核心精神,在今日社會崗位上,活出豐盈的意義與價值。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, June 18, 2018

Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson
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“A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.” —The New Yorker

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.

Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

香港起飛

鄭楚衡, 達仁, 盧韋斯
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這是一個追逐夢想的故事,一個實踐夢想的記錄。

首架在香港自行組裝、註冊及認證,並於2016年完成環球飛行的小型飛機「香港起飛」B-KOO,從無到有,歷時八載,一切都由鄭楚衡的兒時夢想開始。

本書圍繞「香港起飛」兩位核心人物︰機師鄭楚衡及工程師達仁,由他們親述從夢想萌芽到完成環球之旅的漫長過程,當中經歷不少考驗和障礙,但都一一闖過,成就一段動人的勵志故事。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, June 11, 2018

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

Steven Pinker
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"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.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

40個教育提案 : 把快樂帶回給香港學生

Agnes Miling Kaneko Chan (陳美齡)
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本書的40個教育提案涵蓋學前教育、幼稚園、小學、中學、大專、老師及其他方面。前言探討思考教育的本質,從香港的教育歷史出發,指出殖民地時期教育理念的缺失,從而提出今天教育的精神,不再是留強汰弱,而是如何適應21世紀對人才的要求,如何提供更多的選擇,以如何發揮每個人的價值。因為有信念,亦有不同教育體系的經驗,因此令作者提出的40個教育改革,顯得一氣呵成,而非支離破碎。

Hong Kong education and its issues have captured significant attention in recent years. Notable examples include the education reform, national education curriculum, liberal studies, STEM, Chinese history and cultures, TSA, and extra HK$5 billion for education. While we believe that every policy is initiated by a sound vision, the education policies have created immense pressure and discontent on students, teachers, and parents. What are the root causes - problems with execution? Insufficient support? Lack of resources? Something's wrong with our philosophy of education? In this book, Dr. Agnes Chan will give you 40 proposals to bring happiness back to education students.

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

Andrea Wulf
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The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

NATIONAL BEST SELLER

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award

A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Nature, Jezebel, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, New Scientist, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


The Cabinets of Curiosities. From the Natural Sciences to the Art of Nature. Collections from France and Hong Kong” exhibition introduces Hong Kong audiences to over 250 natural and artificial artefacts from 10 museums, galleries and private collections. The displays reveal European collectors’ fascination with exotic animals, plants, minerals and art objects unknown in the West until a few hundred years ago. Organised by City University of Hong Kong in collaboration with Le French May Arts Festival, the exhibition is being held from 25 May to 19 August at CityU Exhibition Gallery (Gallery). READ MORE

香港人的政治心態

劉兆佳
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本書分析香港市民對政治領袖的態度,並分析了市民對領袖的低度信任、對政治低度參與的原因。劉兆佳指出,自由放任的資本主義體制導致政府在調節與再分配社會資源方面的低效率,加深了香港市民對政府的不信任,政府權威被削弱。政治犬儒心態和疏離感上升,不止是社會經濟情況惡化的結果,也反映了港人對特區政府的不滿。找出並解決政治不認同的徵結,調節香港社會政治心態,培養以大局為重、具備包容情操、目光遠大且有處理公共事務能力的本地政治領袖,提高市民對政府的信任度及政治參與度,均有利解決香港的管治難題。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, May 28, 2018

American Pastoral

Philip Roth
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Philip Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018) was an American novelist. American Pastoral is one of Philip Roth's masterpieces. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

American Pastoral is an elegy for the American century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him.

For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, American Pastoral gives us Philip Roth at the height of his powers.

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立體書不可思議

楊清貴
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立體書(pop-up book)最早誕生於13世紀的英國。最初,立體書是提供成人使用的資訊處理工具,在中世紀的歐洲則被應用在天文、醫學等專業領域,直到18世紀中期,專供兒童閱讀的立體童書才逐漸面市。

立體書既是書,也是精妙的紙藝品,本書作者楊清貴集結22年來的珍藏及研究,以專業收藏家的淵博知識,引領讀者穿越立體書近八百年的時空。除了古今各類立體書經典一次盡收眼底,立體書的形式和技術演進歷程也有精闢的解說,為讀者打開另一番奇妙的藝術視野。

全書囊括:
★80本珍貴古董立體書、323幅精美藏品照片
★31款立體書形式、24種紙藝技術解析
★橫跨近800年的立體書深度歷史專論
★你不能不知道的32位立體書演進史重要人物
★42個精選線上典藏立體書QR code

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, May 21, 2018

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong about the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates

“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” ―Melinda Gates

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends―what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school―we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).

Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

人生問題的有益答案 : 偉大思想家如何解決你的煩惱 (Great Thinkers)

The School of Life; 艾倫‧狄波頓 (Alain de Botton) 主編
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艾倫‧狄波頓請客!與偉大思想家喝下午茶,
你的煩惱和問題,他們都有答案…


那些日常生活的難題和煩惱,思想家都有答案!
他們的見解一針見血,撫慰人心,甚至饒富趣味,
能幫助我們預做準備,面對困難時,更勇敢恣意。

跟柏拉圖一起了解自己、與歌德旅行、與馬基維利談領導…
跟珍‧奧斯汀諮商愛情、看維梅爾欣賞日常、跟著松尾芭蕉從禁錮中逃離…


古往今來,哪些思想最有助於克服當前重大問題?解決生活的棘手難題?

由英倫才子艾倫‧狄波頓主編的《人生問題的有益答案》,為我們尋找切乎此時此刻的實用哲思,從哲學、政治理論、社會學、精神分析、藝術、建築,以及文學等領域,選出今日最能啟發我們的偉大思想,並且應用在生活中。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, May 14, 2018

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization

Martin Puchner
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The story of literature in sixteen acts—from Homer to Harry Potter, including The Tale of Genji, Don Quixote, The Communist Manifesto, and how they shaped world history

In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. Through sixteen foundational texts selected from more than four thousand years of world literature, he reveals how writing has inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, the spark of philosophical and political ideas, and the birth of religious beliefs.

We meet Murasaki, a lady from eleventh-century Japan who wrote the first novel, The Tale of Genji, and follow the adventures of Miguel de Cervantes as he battles pirates, both seafaring and literary. We watch Goethe discover world literature in Sicily, and follow the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto. Puchner takes us to Troy, Pergamum, and China, speaks with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, as well as the wordsmiths of the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa. This delightful narrative also chronicles the inventions—writing technologies, the printing press, the book itself—that have shaped people, commerce, and history. In a book that Elaine Scarry has praised as “unique and spellbinding,” Puchner shows how literature turned our planet into a written world.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

過於喧囂的孤獨 (Too Loud a Solitude)

赫拉.巴爾 (Hrabal, Bohumil)
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一九五四到一九五八年之間,赫拉巴爾曾於布拉格一處廢紙回收站當了四年打包工。據他自己說,他到這裏工作之後不久,便產生了要寫這麼一篇小說的想法,這個想法在他腦海裏醞釀了二十年之久。廢紙收購站的四年生活給他的感受如此之深,使他一直沒有放棄這個題材,而是不斷地對它加以補充,進行反覆的深刻思考。 故事主角是在廢紙收購站工作了三十五年的打包工漢嘉,他把珍貴的書從廢紙堆中挑出來,藏在家裡、藏在腦裡,他狂飲啤酒、啃噬著書本裡的思想和詞句,他從一無所知的青年變成滿腹詩書的老人,韓波的詩文、老子的《道德經》、萊布尼茨的情史,是他信手拈來的記憶,康德的話語是他感傷喃喃的聲音。

這是一個愛情故事——老打包工漢嘉和他經歷過的情人,他的工作,他的時代,還有他當作廢紙打包的書,以及他的生命。

他打開他珍愛的書籍,翻到最動人的一段,放在層層疊疊的廢紙中間,打成一個包,外頭再裹上一幅複製的名畫。儘管擺放壓力機的地下室蒼蠅成群、老鼠橫行,這潮濕惡臭的地窖卻在他的遊戲裡,在他的微笑裡成為天堂。

一九七二年,赫拉巴爾開始寫作,他曾三易其稿:先是詩、次是散文、完成則為一部憂傷的敘事曲。第一稿作者自稱是「一部阿波里奈爾式的詩稿」,因為他「把整個故事看成僅僅是抒情詩了」;第二稿改為散文,用的是布拉格口語,但他覺得缺乏嘲諷味兒,即我們在文中感受的黑色幽默。他認為主人公,一個通過閱讀廢紙回收站的舊書而無意中成為的文化人,用口語作獨白不很合適,於是又改用作者所說的「一絲不苟的嚴謹語言,捷克書面語」寫出了第三稿。這一稿讀來猶如一部憂傷的敘事曲,他滿意地說:「直到現在這個故事才是動人的。」到了一九七六年,本書終於完稿,但當時無法問世,只得放在抽屜裏。直到一九八九年底才由捷克斯洛伐克作家出版社正式出版。

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Matthew Walker
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A New York Times bestseller

The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert—Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab—reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.

Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

決斷的演算 : 預測、分析與好決定的11堂邏輯課 (Algorithms to Live By)

布萊恩‧克里斯汀 (Brian Christian), 湯姆‧葛瑞菲斯 (Tom Griffiths)
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訪問近五十年來最知名演算法的設計者,
了解工程師如何教電腦發揮最大效用,並將所學用於生活。
讀者大推:「真是過癮!」

在《人工智慧來了》這本書中,作者提出「主動向機器學習」是這時代最核心、最有效的學習方法之一,在《決斷的演算》裡,各具心理學與電腦科學背景的兩位作者則揭櫫:為何跟電腦學決策你不僅不會變成理性魔人,反而會更加明智且善體人意。

▎說到演算法,你想到的是政府和大企業如何利用數學模型算計你?
其實,演算法的本質是「解決問題的一連串步驟」,它的發展遠遠早於電腦,不只長期為各研究領域與產業實務帶來重大變革,更能幫助個人跳脫盲點與錯誤直覺,明快地解決問題。

▎說到機器學習,你以為考慮因素越多越好、比較複雜的模型較佳?
其實,當今電腦運算時並非套用死板的演繹邏輯,點滴不漏地羅列所有選擇,琢磨出正確答案。它們會捨棄不必要的資料,偏向選擇較簡單的解答,權衡誤差或延遲的代價,接著冒險一試。

▎說到電腦,你認為它冰冷且毫無彈性,思考方式跟人腦南轅北轍?
事實上,我們面臨的許多挑戰,跟電腦科學家一樣都源於:要運用有限的空間、時間和注意力,因應未知事物和不完整的資訊,因此電腦解決問題的方式,能在極大程度上與人們的作法融合。

《決斷的演算》各章以常見的日常問題開場,從釐清它們的演算結構著手,以問題所屬類型為骨架(副章名),紮實的電腦科學發展史為血肉(章名),探討一代代的研究者為這類問題找出什麼解決方案,這些收穫顛覆了我們對於「合理」的看法,不僅幫助其他領域獲得新進展,也為個人生活帶來實用啟示,像是:

❖自動駕駛汽車能改善交通阻塞,打造交通天堂?你可能要失望了。現在自私駕駛人各行其是的情形其實已接近最佳狀態。(演算法賽局理論,自主行為代價)
❖證明「所有雙人賽局至少有一個均衡狀態」的奈許均衡,讓約翰.奈許拿下了諾貝爾經濟獎,但它的地位可能言過其實。為什麼?(賽局理論)
❖你打算在十八歲到四十歲期間覓得人生伴侶,那麼幾歲時選定的對象可能最好?答案是二十六歲。(最佳停止點,37%法則)

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen
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In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

* Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
* Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
* Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
* Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
* Feel fine about what you're not doing

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

Based on the premise that productivity is directly proportional to one's ability to handle tasks in a relaxed manner, the author offers strategies for self-management that minimize stress and enhance one's focus and efficiency.

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精準學習 : 「羅輯思維」最受歡迎的個人知識管理精進指南

成甲
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讀了這本書,你所學的將能真正發揮功效!
讓「中國最受歡迎說書人」引導你
把碎片知識化為可以不斷擴充、能實際應用的知識體系!  

知識並不平等,
有些知識比其他知識的威力更大。
所以,你需要「精準學習」!

在海量資訊時代,我們不僅要持續學習,
還必須掌握少數能帶來關鍵影響的「臨界知識」和學習方法,
才能變知識為資產,讓學習成為真正的財富積累!

為什麼讀了這麼多書,可是依然感覺自己學識有限?
因為,大多數人都掉進「低等勤奮」的陷阱。
  • 買了很多書,下載了幾十G的電子書、音頻節目,但從沒真正打開來讀過?
  • 看了N多書、上了N多課,但回過頭來,卻發現似乎什麼也沒記住?
  • 越學越覺得要學的東西太多,不知從何入手,感到焦慮?
  • 學習很努力,但是進步卻很慢,沒找到「開竅」關鍵?
在成長的路上,你需要一本改變學習思維和方法的書!

成甲說,只有掌握高效的學習方法,才能在有限時間裡把自己的知識水準比別人多往前推進一釐米。知識無窮盡,而我們的智慧有限。在本書中,他將告訴你如何不花多餘力氣,精準而有效的學習。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

by Michael Wolff
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country―and the world―has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

This riveting and explosive account of Trump’s administration provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office, including:
-- What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him
-- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
-- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
-- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room
-- Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing
-- What the secret to communicating with Trump is
-- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers

Never before in history has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

文學是一場寧靜的奮鬥 : 香港未有文學館

香港文學生活館
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文藝寧靜,人們奮鬥
過去幾年,文學在香港,社群支持度大大增加。香港文學館的倡議運動,在其中扮演了重要的角色,凝聚社群,引起了頗大的聲勢。運動自2009 年6 月起始,迄本書編纂的2015 年6 月為止,恰好走過了六個年頭。本書想為大家說的是這樣一個故事:「空中樓閣,在地文學」。

文學界十年來最具公共性、影響最廣的議題
本書是一份留給歷史的思考與紀錄。香港文學館的倡議運動,歷年來引發文化界多人參與討論,是文學界十年來最矚目、最具公共性、影響最廣的議題,甚至連特首選戰也要回應。本書之出版,將在社會上再掀波濤。

收錄許多著名作家文章
本書勾勒了文學館的爭議主線,紀錄正反雙方的論點,為討論歷史作索引,紀錄了許多大膽而具創造力的心靈活動。在這場大批文人參與的討論中,許多著名作家包括董啟章、崑南、葉輝、何慶基、李照興、陳智德、羅維明、張堅庭、朗天、廖偉棠和鄧小樺等的文章也收錄在內。

見證一段不卑不亢的歷史
當周圍其它城巿陸續建起了自己的文學館,在香港,文學,始終是,一場寧靜的奮鬥。本書陳述香港文學館的願景,讓後來的青年,能夠通過此書,認知到文學界一場寧靜的奮鬥,能夠想像我們可以有一個文學的未來,持續壯大推動香港文學館的隊伍。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)