From What Is to What If

'We are told there is a shortage of teachers everywhere in India', he told me, 'but if you go out on the streets, there's so many people who know how to do ...

From What Is to What If

The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it's more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it. In these times of deep division and deeper despair, if there is a consensus about anything in the world, it is that the future is going to be awful. There is an epidemic of loneliness, an epidemic of anxiety, a mental health crisis of vast proportions, especially among young people. There's a rise in extremist movements and governments. Catastrophic climate change. Biodiversity loss. Food insecurity. The fracturing of ecosystems and communities beyond, it seems, repair. The future--to say nothing of the present--looks grim. But as Transition movement cofounder Rob Hopkins tells us, there is plenty of evidence that things can change, and cultures can change, rapidly, dramatically, and unexpectedly--for the better. He has seen it happen around the world and in his own town of Totnes, England, where the community is becoming its own housing developer, energy company, enterprise incubator, and local food network--with cascading benefits to the community that extend far beyond the projects themselves. We do have the capability to effect dramatic change, Hopkins argues, but we're failing because we've largely allowed our most critical tool to languish: human imagination. As defined by social reformer John Dewey, imagination is the ability to look at things as if they could be otherwise. The ability, that is, to ask What if? And if there was ever a time when we needed that ability, it is now. Imagination is central to empathy, to creating better lives, to envisioning and then enacting a positive future. Yet imagination is also demonstrably in decline at precisely the moment when we need it most. In this passionate exploration, Hopkins asks why imagination is in decline, and what we must do to revive and reclaim it. Once we do, there is no end to what we might accomplish. From What Is to What If is a call to action to reclaim and unleash our collective imagination, told through the stories of individuals and communities around the world who are doing it now, as we speak, and witnessing often rapid and dramatic change for the better.

The Routledge International Handbook of Research on Teaching Thinking

By asking 'what if?' the transition is made from 'what is' to 'what might be', or from 'what is this?' to 'what can I/we do with this?'.

The Routledge International Handbook of Research on Teaching Thinking

The Routledge International Handbook of Research on Teaching Thinking is a comprehensive guide to research on teaching thinking. Teaching thinking is key to growing a more successful economy, is needed for increased democratic engagement and is vital for the well-being of individuals faced with the complexity of a globalised world. However, there are questions about what we mean by ‘thinking’, how best to teach it and how best to assess it, and it is these questions that this handbook explores and addresses. Containing surveys and summaries of international, cutting-edge research on every aspect of teaching thinking in a range of contexts, the handbook is thorough in its delivery, examining many different approaches and methods to help readers understand what teaching thinking is and how we can best take this movement forward. Key topics include: • Theoretical perspectives on teaching thinking • Approaches for teaching thinking • Developing creative thinking • Developing critical thinking and metacognition • The assessment of thinking • Teaching thinking in the context of STEM • Collaborative thinking and new technology • Neuro-educational research on teaching thinking This book is an essential guide for policy-makers, teachers and researchers who are interested in teaching thinking

The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children s Thinking and Understanding

By asking 'what if?' the transition is made from 'what is' to 'what might be', or from 'what is this?' to 'what can I/we do with this?

The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children s Thinking and Understanding

This ground-breaking handbook provides a much-needed, contemporary and authoritative reference text on young children’s thinking. The different perspectives represented in the thirty-nine chapters contribute to a vibrant picture of young children, their ways of thinking and their efforts at understanding, constructing and navigating the world. The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking and Understanding brings together commissioned pieces by a range of hand-picked influential, international authors from a variety of disciplines who share a high public profile for their specific developments in the theories of children’s thinking, learning and understanding. The handbook is organised into four complementary parts: • How can we think about young children’s thinking?: Concepts and contexts • Knowing about the brain and knowing about the mind • Making sense of the world • Documenting and developing children’s thinking Supported throughout with relevant research and case studies, this handbook is an international insight into the many ways there are to understand children and childhood paired with the knowledge that young children have a strong, vital, and creative ability to think and to understand, and to create and contend with the world around them.

Rapid Relief from Emotional Distress II

yourself what needs to be done to create your vision. ... When you do the job that is in front of you, your attention shifts from "what if" to "what is.

Rapid Relief from Emotional Distress II

This book takes a look at how certain thinking processes create "psychiatric" symptoms, and how different choices can eliminate those experiences. Better understanding of the accurate meaning of commonly uses words can improve the likelyhood of working through conflicts with others, and can improve the quality of one's life.

Advances in Modeling and Simulation

It is a short step from asking 'what is?' to asking 'what if?' For example, those who build models of a factory floor might be interested in finding out ...

Advances in Modeling and Simulation

​This broad-ranging text/reference presents a fascinating review of the state of the art of modeling and simulation, highlighting both the seminal work of preeminent authorities and exciting developments from promising young researchers in the field. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation, the book showcases the historical importance of this influential conference while also looking forward to a bright future for the simulation community. Topics and features: examines the challenge of constructing valid and efficient models, emphasizing the benefits of the process of simulation modeling; discusses model calibration, input model risk, and approaches to validating emergent behaviors in large-scale complex systems with non-linear interactions; reviews the evolution of simulation languages, and the history of the Time Warp algorithm; offers a focus on the design and analysis of simulation experiments under various goals, and describes how data can be “farmed” to support decision making; provides a comprehensive overview of Bayesian belief models for simulation-based decision making, and introduces a model for ranking and selection in cloud computing; highlights how input model uncertainty impacts simulation optimization, and proposes an approach to quantify and control the impact of input model risk; surveys the applications of simulation in semiconductor manufacturing, in social and behavioral modeling, and in military planning and training; presents data analysis on the publications from the Winter Simulation Conference, offering a big-data perspective on the significant impact of the conference. This informative and inspiring volume will appeal to all academics and professionals interested in computational and mathematical modeling and simulation, as well as to graduate students on the path to form the next generation of WSC pioneers.

The Thailanders issue 10

We even get the gist of what they're saying. ... Shifting FromWhat IfToWhat IsWe constantly think things like “what if I lose my job,”“what if I get ...

The Thailanders issue 10


Margins of Religion

Kierkegaard that we are about to cite is attributed by him to one Johannes de ... what is there offered as a reading of that work from what, if anything, ...

Margins of Religion

Pursuing Jacques Derrida's reflections on the possibility of "religion without religion," John Llewelyn makes room for a sense of the religious that does not depend on the religions or traditional notions of God or gods. Beginning with Derrida's statement that it was Kierkegaard to whom he remained most faithful, Llewelyn reads Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Feuerbach, Heidegger, Sartre, Levinas, Deleuze, Marion, as well as Kierkegaard and Derrida, in original and compelling ways. Llewelyn puts religiousness in vital touch with the struggles of the human condition, finding religious space in the margins between the secular and the religions, transcendence and immanence, faith and knowledge, affirmation and despair, lucidity and madness. This provocative and philosophically rich account shows why and where the religious matters.

The Divine Daughter

What happens when the action, the journey from what is to what should be, is not a straight line? What happens when behaviour is interrupted, ...

The Divine Daughter

Ever feel swept up in a sea of novelty? When did the new become more important than the true? Andrew Gilchrist found a remedy to today's nausea of novelty in the most familiar elements of narrative and music. He has composed a new arrangement from the ideas of Marshall McLuhan, Northrop Frye, Bernard Lonergan, and Jordan Peterson, weaving together a promising relationship between what we believe and how we live. This book starts a conversation at the crossroads of art, literature, religion, and psychology. And it begins with the oldest of stories. A boy fell in love with a girl and sung her a song. Each chapter in this book charts a series of helpful symbols and sounds, drawing attention to the melodies, rhythms and tempos that make up our most common experiences. The scientific revolution gave birth to a new understanding of the relationship between observer and observed, lover and beloved. That birth has changed the song. However, we have not welcomed this new daughter into the family with a proper name or fully recognized her part in our spiritual development. With her wisdom, we too might find hope and delight in the back and forth journey between tradition and innovation. Could her compelling voice and playful character help us prepare for the greatest roles of our lives?

The Possible

There are already some recent signs that this kind of criticism is taken on ... “as if” thinking and, more generally, “the transition made from 'what is' to ...

The Possible

This book explores an eminently human phenomenon: our capacity to engage with the possible, to go beyond what is present, visible, or given in our existence. Possibility studies is an emerging field of research including topics as diverse as creativity, imagination, innovation, anticipation, counterfactual thinking, wondering, the future, social change, hope, agency, and utopia. The Possible: A Sociocultural Theory contributes to this wide field by developing a sociocultural account of the possible grounded in the notions of difference, position, perspective, dialogue, action, and culture. This theory aims to offer conceptual, methodological, and practical tools for all those interested in studying human possibility and cultivating it in education, at the workplace, in everyday life, and in society.

Freeing Yourself from Anxiety

Strategy #1: Go fromWhat If?” toWhat IstoWhat Else?” In medical school, when faced with a list of a patient's symptoms, students are taught to think ...

Freeing Yourself from Anxiety

Is worry wearing you out? Whether it's losing sleep over a deadline, fretting about a relationship, or constantly thinking about what you "should have" done or said, anxiety makes life feel like a race from one overwhelming situation to the next. Freeing Yourself from Anxiety reveals the real secret to reducing stress: not positive thinking, but possible thinking. In this breakthrough guide, Dr. Tamar Chansky shows you dozens of simple yet powerful strategies you can use at any time to transform your anxious thoughts, conquer perfectionism and procrastination, and improve the way your brain reacts to stress, even without medication. For anyone suffering with an anxiety disorder or depression, or who simply wants to handle everyday challenges more optimally and successfully, Dr. Chansky's innovative program will help you breathe easier. Get ready to feel calm, confident, more like yourself again—and free to create the life you want.

Imagine Compassion

Most humans are never really fully present in the now, because unconsciously they ... To respond to this kind of thinking, we have to shift fromWhat if .

Imagine Compassion

Imagine you can change the world one act of compassion at a time. Believe you can make a difference with kindness. Know this is why you were created. Compassion is the action we take in response to understanding our connectedness to all beings everywhere. The Seven Compassions articulate a path for living in tune with your truth and moving towards unity and peace. These seven practices build your capacity to experience happiness and well-being. Join us on this journey and be the light!

Learning to Laugh

Protects us from what? Well, what if we were to try to reach our goal and then fail? Rather than experience the pain of a possible failure, we seek shelter ...

Learning to Laugh

The attitude of a person measures the altitude of his or her success and happiness. Success, and as a resultant happiness, is not determined by how much you earn or what is your status in society. It is determined by whether or not you achieve your chosen goals in life and how you view them. Each person's goals are different. Therefore it is essential for every individual to crystallize his or her vision in order to develop his/her own paradigm and path to success. And this book presents a practical guide to achieve success and happiness in life. Much of what is written is based on the author's own experiences and the philosophy which he has developed by active interaction with others as well as the study of the writings and experiences of great personalities across the world.

What I Do Not Believe and Other Essays

XIV GOOD INDUCTIVE REASONS “F is a good reason for C”, if true at all, ... The inference then is apparently from what is contingent to what, if true, ...

What I Do Not Believe  and Other Essays


The Everything Parent s Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety

What. Ifs. There are two ways to handle what if. The first is to focus on the ... you teach children to change their thoughts from What if, to What is.

The Everything Parent s Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety

Practical advice to help parents and kids cope with anxiety! All kids worry. But chronic worry can turn into frustration when it becomes the focus of your child's life. For some children, anxiety and fear are overwhelming and all-consuming. But with proper care and treatment, these kids can overcome paralyzing anxiety, learn long-term coping skills, and build resiliency. The Everything Parent's Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety can help, with a hopeful outlook and expert advice on: Determining the causes and triggers of your child's anxiety. Understanding the difference between self-control and self-regulation. Finding the right treatments, including complementary approaches like nutrition, integrated therapy, and self-care. Educating and working with teachers and school officials. Assisting your child to create a confident, promising future. Best of all, implementing the practices found in this book can help you alter the course of your child's brain activity, changing beta high-frequency (hyperalert, fearful) brain waves to alpha (calming) waves. With this reassuring guide, you can rest easy knowing you have the information and resources you need to help your child feel competent, capable, and healthy.

The Philosophical Papers of Alan Donagan Volume 1

It remains to distinguish what is false in the theory of ideas from what, if anything, is true in it and then try to determine what errors.

The Philosophical Papers of Alan Donagan  Volume 1

A major voice in late twentieth-century philosophy, Alan Donagan is distinguished for his theories on the history of philosophy and the nature of morality. The Philosophical Papers of Alan Donagan, volumes 1 and 2, collect 28 of Donagan's most important and best-known essays on historical understanding and ethics from 1957 to 1991. Volume 1 includes essays on Spinoza, Descartes, Bradley, Collingwood, Russell, Moore, and Popper, as well as two previously unpublished papers on the history of philosophy as a discipline, and on Ryle and Wittgenstein's nature of philosophy. Linked by Donagan's commitment to the central importance of history for philosophy and his interest in problems of historical understanding, these essays represent the remarkable scope of Donagan's thought.

Spinoza on Knowledge and the Human Mind

It remains to distinguish what is false in the theory of ideas from what , if anything , is true in it , and then try to determine what errors have crept ...

Spinoza on Knowledge and the Human Mind

Truth, adequacy and error, the Mind-Body relation and the meaning of "having" an idea are issues still at the center of philosophical debate. Spinoza belongs to those past masters whose work always inspires renewed insights on these as on other philosophical issues. This volume revolves around Part II of Spinoza's "opus magnum," the "Ethics" where he offers his theory of knowledge and the human mind. Stuart Hampshire writes about "Truth and Correspondence"; Alexandre Matheron discusses "Ideas of Ideas and Certainty"; Alan Donagan writes on "Language, Ideas and Reasoning"; Jonathan Bennett tackles the difficult one substance - two attributes issue, and Yirmiyahu Yovel analyzes 'common notions' and error. Papers are also presented by Jean-Luc Marion, Pierre-Francois Moreau, Guttorm Floistad, Wallace I. Matson, Wim Klever, Elhanan Yakira, Marcelo Dascal, Wolfgang Bartuschat, Amihud Gilead and Filippo Mignini. This book is based on the second Jerusalem Conference (1989). Each conference in this series, and the ensuing volume, focuses on a specific 'family' of issues: the first five follow Spinoza's own division in his "Ethics," and the other two deal with Spinoza's social and political theory and his life and sources. An outcome of a long-standing interest in Spinozistic thought by a group of first-rate scholars, this volume is sure to join the first one as indispensable reading for Spinoza students and scholars.

Art Is a Spiritual Path

also love the infants who issue blamelessly from such infernal unions, ... What if the intention of the Soul of the World is to manifest Its oneness now, ...

Art Is a Spiritual Path

Art is a spiritual path—not a religion, but a practice that helps us knit together the ideals and convictions that guide our lives. Creating art can be prayer, ritual, and remembrance of the Divine. And the sharing of this creativity with others in small groups can serve as sanctuary, asylum, ashram, therapy group, think tank, and village square. Pat Allen has developed a reliable guide for walking the path of art through a series of simple practices that combine drawing, painting, and sculpture with journal writing. Designed for readers at any level of artistic experience, the book shows how to: • awaken the creative force and connect with the divine source of creativity • access inner wisdom and intuition about life issues, including both personal and community concerns • find a path to meaning that includes honoring, celebrating, and giving thanks • explore the images and symbols of traditions such as Catholicism, Judaism, shamanism, and Goddess worship • join in spiritual community with others who are following the path of art • discover that artmaking can help us live our ideals and be of service in the world Detailed examples from the author's own practice of art, plus the stories and images of several other people, are presented to illustrate how art becomes a spiritual path in action. At the author's virtual studio, www.patballen.com, readers can post their images and writings, communicate with the author, and subscribe to an electronic newsletter. The site also contains an archive of the images in this book in full color.

Cavell Companionship and Christian Theology

But now if these are the questions left unsettled by the skeptical recital, then we have ... FromWhat, if anything, is a best case for knowing an other?

Cavell  Companionship  and Christian Theology

Revision of author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Duke University, 2004 under title: Beautiful enemies: Cavell, companionship and Christian theology.

Your Great Inner Universe

... of which its only function is to distract you and divert you from what you really ... from all those things that try to separate you from what If we let ...

Your Great Inner Universe

This book takes us in a journey to our selves. It teaches us to get more in touch with our inner selves to be able to lead a more fulfilling life in all aspects.

Advances in Spatial Planning

may come: “We need to re-invent planning as a strategic future-oriented activity, ... According to Hillier, the task is to move fromwhat istowhat if” ...

Advances in Spatial Planning

Spatial planning is a significant part of geosciences that is developing very rapidly. Many new methods and modeling techniques like GIS (Geographical Information Systems), GPS (Global Positioning Systems) or remote sensing techniques have been developed and applied in various aspects of spatial planning. The chapters collected in this book present an excellent profile of the current state of theories, data, analysis methods and modeling techniques used in several case studies. The book is divided into three main parts (Theoretical aspects of spatial planning, Quantitative and computer spatial planning methods and Practical applications of spatial planning) that cover the latest advances in urban, city and spatial planning. The book also shows different aspects of spatial planning and different approaches to case studies in several countries.