Monday, August 21, 2017

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Elizabeth Kolbert
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A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes

Over the last half-billion years, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

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真希望我 20 歲就懂的事 : 史丹佛大學的創新 x 創意 x 創業震撼課程 (What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20)

婷娜.希莉格 (Tina Seelig)
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results

Stephen Guise
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What's A Mini Habit?

A mini habit is a very small positive behavior that you force yourself to do every day; its "too small to fail" nature makes it weightless, deceptively powerful, and a superior habit-building strategy. You will have no choice but to believe in yourself when you're always moving forward. The barrier to the first step is so low that even depressed or "stuck" people can find early success and begin to reverse their lives right away. And if you think one push-up a day is too small to matter, I've got one heck of a story for you!

Mini Habits is a strategy to create permanent healthy habits. Some categories include: exercise, writing, reading, thinking positively, meditating, drinking water, eating healthy foods, etc.

Mini Habits combines Stephen's life-changing experience above with science, logic, and humor. It rejects common self-help and habit formation advice in favor of smarter strategies that work with a modern, hectic lifestyle. Having mini habits enables you to move forward consistently, even on your worst days.

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坐看雲起時 : 一本香港人的教協史 = A People's History of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union

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香港電台第十屆 「香港書獎」獲獎書籍 



• 卷一戰後的香港與教協崛興的背景:從二戰說起,探討戰後香港的政治、社會、教育發展與變遷,闡述促使教協成立的因由;

• 卷二爭取教師權益與教育改進:詳述教協成立後,對香港教育界, 包括學校、教師、學生等所作出的貢獻;

• 卷三教協與公民社會的形成和互動:闡釋在社會、政治及教育的巨變下,教協多年來參與的社會活動,並推動公民社會的發展。



Monday, August 7, 2017

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? (正義 : 一場思辨之旅)

Sandel, Michael J.
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International Youth Day 2017 (12 August) is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

 "For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard course―Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a more robust and thoughtful public discourse. "In terms we can all understand," wrote Jonathan Rauch in The New York Times, Justice "confronts us with the concepts that lurk . . . beneath our conflicts."

Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets―Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise―an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.

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第3選擇 : 解決人生所有難題的關鍵思維 (The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems)

史蒂芬.柯維 (Stephen R. Covey)
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面對任何問題,大家慣用的第1選擇就是照「我」的方式,第2選擇就是照「你」的方式來進行。衝突點往往就在於,到底是你的選項比較好,還是我的。因此,不論選擇哪一方,都會有人覺得受傷或犧牲。柯維指出,這時不妨考慮第3選擇:超越你的或我的方式,設法找到更高明、更好的方法,讓雙方都能從衝突中找到一條出路,稱之為「第3選擇」(The 3rd Alternative),而這正是解決人類所有問題的鑰匙。