Esprits Modernes

Author: Vlad Alexandrescu
Publisher: Vlad Alexandrescu
ISBN: 9736640094
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Cultural Perspectives On The Mathematics Classroom

Author: Steve Lerman
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401711992
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Mathematics teaching and learning have been dominated by a concern for the intellectual readiness of the child, debates over rote learning versus understanding and, recently, mathematical processes and thinking. The gaze into today's mathematics classroom is firmly focused on the individual learner. Recently, however, studies of mathematics in social practices, including the market place and the home, have initiated a shift of focus. Culture has become identified as a key to understanding the basis on which the learner appropriates meaning. The chapters in this timely book attempt to engage with this shift of focus and offer original contributions to the debate about mathematics teaching and learning. They adopt theoretical perspectives while drawing on the classroom as both the source of investigation and the site of potential change and development. The book will be of fundamental interest to lecturers and researchers and to teachers concerned with the classroom as a cultural phenomenon.

Gnomonic Verses

Author: Brian Taylor
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1326350145
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Clusters of English "unofficial" roses have climbed the fence to face the sun. Each in its crimson finery supposes that it, alone, is the only one. Compliment inflates. Blame deflates. Truth understates. When the Giant Progress invented the wheel, he drove around running over everyone's babies until they begged him to invent the road. FOOL MOON Abolishing the moon by draining the pool is an occupation for the fool. Look at her! Sitting like a Question Mark, halfway between please and no thank you. I asked my Mother, "What shall I be? Will I be famous? Will I be rich?" Here's what she said to me: "You will be a Big Issue Seller! Just like your father before you!" THATCHER Ethics detached from intelligence (a dangerous thing in woman). She abused her education by sunbathing her ego in every passing neon light. DEIST AND ATHEIST Be careful when you stop believing in God. He may stop believing in you.

A Critique Of Psychoanalytic Reason

Author: Léon Chertok
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804719506
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This original and provocative work begins by examining the shift of scientific paradigms that took place in the late eighteenth century, a shift illustrated by the report of a French Royal Commission appointed in 1784 to investigate Mesmerism. The reactions to Mesmerism among the Commission members--in particular the chemist Lavoisier and the botanist Jussieu--crystallized conflicts about the notion of reason and its role as a scientific ideal, about how science ought to be done. The Commission's denunciation of Mesmerism as the work of the "imagination" then serves as the starting point for the authors' reconsideration of the history of psychoanalysis, notably its suppression and repression of phenomena associated with hypnosis--imagination, suggestion, and empathy--in its search to establish itself as a science in accord with the new ideal of scientific reason. Examining the new and often troubled relationship in psychoanalysis between therapeutic effectiveness and advances in theory, the authors highlight the challenge to Freudian ideals in the 1920's by Otto Rank and Sandor Ferenczi. The discrediting of Ferenczi--engineered to a large extent by Ernest Jones and Freud himself--was an attempt to "purify" psychoanalysis of the effects of suggestion. The authors discuss Freud's own therapeutic nihilism occasioned by his recognition that suggestion, by means of the transference relationship, played an uncontrollable role in psychoanalytic therapy. In assessing Freud's legacy, the authors examine evolving notions of psychoanalysis, especially the role played by the effects of suggestion in recent theoretical representations of the development of the subject. Asserting that hypnosis and the challenge it poses to our understanding of human motivation, reason, and the mind/body relationship constitutes the fourth narcissistic wound to the human ego (after those introduced by Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud), the authors analyze Lacan's rejection of hypnosis and explain current resistance to hypnosis through its challenge to the modern scientific notion of reason.