Emotional Beauty and the Limits of Human Intelligence

This book is about

  • Our kinship with animals.
  • What it means to be intelligent.
  • The difference between subjective and objective reality.
  • The battle between the rational mind and the emotional mind for control of your behavior.
  • Becoming more self-aware.
  • The fundamental importance of the pursuit of knowledge.
  • The need for better leadership and ways to find it.
  • The advantages and dangers of machine intelligence.
  • How to become a better you, a better us.

Human intelligence is all we need to be able to cure cancer, colonize Mars and establish peace and prosperity for all. But what happens when it feels better to behave impulsively, emotionally instead of using our smarts? Finding the motivation to cure cancer is hard for someone specializing in partying, watching sports or playing video games.

Animal behavior is largely guided by emotion. We inherited our emotional foundation from our distant evolutionary ancestors. But our more recent ancestors developed a brave new means of controlling our behavior—a high level of intelligence. So now we have two separate sources of behavioral control? If your behavior is like a car being operated by two different drivers, what are the odds it won’t end up in a ditch? If this situation isn’t bad enough, we’re having so many little problems – like making correct change or forgetting to set the alarm – that we are busily inventing artificial intelligence to do our thinking for us.

Emotional Beauty and the Limits of Human Intelligence explores the behavior of animals and people by contrasting wants versus needs. Sometimes our emotional desires strengthen our efforts by reinforcing what we know we should be doing. But often (more often?) we respond to desire even when it conflicts with what we know we ought to do, like eating those dangerous donuts, downing too many light beers, or putting urgent tasks off till later. And then there are the really dangerous things like driving while intoxicated, committing theft, rape, murder, starting a war or cheating on your income taxes.

So here we are, relying on our occasionally useful intelligence to prevent nuclear wars, snuff out deadly pandemics, and forestall potentially catastrophic climate change. With serious problems like these, isn’t it about time we took a close look at whether humans are really up to these tasks? In Emotional Beauty and the Limits of Human Intelligence, Dr.Thomas Atwood takes a fresh new look why you feel the way you do and do the things you do, and what you and all the rest of us ought to do about it.

For a fresh new way of looking at what you already know about animals, about people, about yourself, order your copy today! Expect to be stimulated.

Meet Thomas L. Atwood

Following service in the 299th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam, Thomas Atwood returned to his studies and was awarded a PhD in high-energy physics from the University of Maryland for his participation in an experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. His thesis involved measuring what happens when electrons are collided with their positron anti-particles at the highest energies then available. As computer technology advanced and computers became more widely available, Thomas moved into the private sector as a software engineer. He wrote software to improve down-hole oil exploration and production and oil refining. He has experimented with speech recognition and machine intelligence software. More recently he wrote the program used by the CDC to interpret chest X-rays.

Thomas served as a youth soccer coach and director of coaching. He has been a volunteer firefighter, and served 17 years as a volunteer fire and EMS commissioner in Travis County, Texas. He has always read extensively in history and science. With his broad knowledge, his background as a curious and discriminating scientist and his wide-ranging life experiences, Thomas was ready when Mother Nature threw him a curve ball in the form of a seriously mentally handicapped Labrador retriever named “Beauty”.

Tired of Winning: Donald Trump and the End of The Grand Old Party

This is not the main book and in no way intends to replace it. It is a SUMMARY which was calmly and marvelously written by Matthew Fumms which: • Relays the author’s message in a simplified manner • Written in the simple English language that can be grasped by people of all levels • Sufficiently summarize some salient points that you were likely to miss out on • It is pocket-friendly and equally time-friendly yet precise

Meet Matthew Fumms

A dedicated man to his job. He has written several summaries which include; Determined: A Science of A Life Without Freewill,

Is Christmas Satanic?

Is Christmas Satanic? This is a question that should be on the minds of all Christians. Christmas has origins that most are not even aware of. In this book, these questions will be answered:

  • Is Christmas Satanic?
  • Does Christmas mock Christ?
  • Was Jesus born on December 25th?
  • Are Christmas Tress idols?
  • Should Christians celebrate Christmas?
  • What is Santa’s true identity?
  • Should children be taught to believe in Santa?

Mack uses scripture throughout to expose dark hidden truths in regard to Christmas. This book is for all people not just Christians to have eyes open to truth about Christmas. To learn more, get a copy today!

Meet Mack “Cordell” Moore

Mack Moore was born in raised in North Carolina. He believes in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He has written seven books. Mack has been publishing books since 2009.

Ri-iha-mo, Celestial Mountain Goddess: True Encounters with a Legend of the Himalayas

Journey into the reality of an ancient legend through this unprecedented first-hand account to explore knowledge that for long millenniums has remained concealed under layers of myth, legend, and secrecy. 5-star reviews: “A beautifully written account … a most highly recommended book.” “Thought provoking and beautiful.” “Insightful … reveals worlds we have long forgotten.” Throughout Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and the mountain regions of India, there has endured an extraordinary ancient legend of “mountain goddesses” or “celestials” who, having arrived in antediluvian times, still dwell in a concealed inner region of the vast wilderness of the Great Himalayan Range. Transcribed directly from the archived field notes and journals of explorer M.G. Hawking’s experiences in a closed and largely unexplored region of the Himalayas, this book contains detailed descriptions of three encounters Hawking and his companions experienced with what they believe were those fabled Himalayan Ri-iha-mo, providing first-hand accounts of the remarkable knowledge they revealed. Who, or what, are the Ri-iha-mo? The creation stories of ancient civilizations worldwide relate that their progenitors came from the stars, the sky, or the heavens. Native Americans recount that their antecedents were the “Sky People” or “Star Beings.” The builders of Teotihuacan describe their gods as having descended from the heavens. Egyptian texts speak of their “bringers of knowledge” coming from Sahu and Sopdit (Orion and Sirius). The pre-Tibetan Zhang Zhung, the Maya, the pre-Incans, the Sumerians, and so many others, all express precisely the same story in diverse symbolic languages—their ancestors came from the stars, bringing advanced knowledge and the gift of civilization. These cultures were greatly separated both geographically and chronologically, yet their creation stories are strikingly similar. What could explain this? During Hawking’s and his companion’s second and third encounters with the Ri-iha-mo, they disclosed profound revelations about our universe, our planet, and our true nature, revelations that can greatly assist in understanding ourselves, our world, its history, and our role and power in creating precisely the life we desire. A truly incomparable book for anyone interested in in exploring the realities behind the ubiquitous ancient legends of celestial beings. Thought provoking and richly enlightening, this book will remain in your heart and mind long after the last words have been read. 2022 Edition, e-reader page count 328 (estimated, actual count varies depending on the reading device used). For more information, please see the ‘Read sample’ feature on the book’s Amazon page. Thank you.

Meet M.G. Hawking

M.G. Hawking is an avid traveler, adventurer, and writer. Devoted to exploring remote areas of the globe to discover regions unknown to the Western world, always in search of extraordinary people and experiences, he has found many, especially in the Great Range of the Himalayas, the setting for most of his books. His focus is documenting profound wisdom traditions and revealing the knowledge and power they convey. Hawking is the author of the book series, ‘In The Valley of Supreme Masters,’ along with its associated companion volumes. When not traveling, he spends his time working on projects related to presenting books of an esoteric nature with his wonderful team in Northern California. Heather Cantrell, M.Litt., contributor and editor for Wisdom Masters Press, is an experienced world traveler. Having been born in Nepal to British parents who were teachers in various parts of Asia, she has extensive experience in the Himalayas, and is a devoted equestrian and animal lover. Amber Chellings, M.Phil., contributor and newsletter director, is an avid photographer, outdoor enthusiast and ardent equestrian. Jenna Wolfe, Ph.D., our exceptional research expert, contributor and book content supervisor, is a primary link to our numerous academic technical advisers.

Fly, die!

A seagull in an English seaside town acquires a taste for hunting and killing cats. Embarking on a killing spree, the bird inadvertently adds to an adolescent boy’s woes while causing paranoia in local cats. As the cat population diminishes, a brilliant Abyssinian called Joseph chances upon the truth and sets out to restore natural law where cats are the predators, and birds are their victims. Although media and public pressure to catch the cat killer builds, a recession and the uncertainty of Brexit means the underfunded civil service isn’t too interested in solving cat deaths. Eventually, after much public pressure, Constables Franklin and Wilkin are put on the case. Stumbling upon evidence via social media, they find their killer. Unfortunately, their deductive reasoning is flawed, resulting in an innocent teenager taking the fall, adding to his already significant problems. Mrs Crick is only too aware of nature’s cruelty, and although a lover of wildlife, especially the sparrows that play in her garden, nature shocks and scares her sometimes. Having already overcome many traumas in her long life, she suffers more as the seagull and his family reside on her roof. Nature is cruel, but the bloated British civil service is more cruel. And corrupt and stupid, too. Most species try to protect their families, but life is hard, and DNA adapts slowly to cope with environmental changes. While most evolve for the better, humanity seems to get worse and worse. A dark social satire (depending on your point of view), telling a tale about nature, family and politics.

Meet Steven Ryan

At the time of writing, Steve was a middle-aged man with a lacklustre career history. With few strings to his bow, he tried breaking from mundanity by writing a book for the challenge and in the misguided hope of becoming a millionaire. Unconcerned by his glaring lack of ability, he strove to submerge strangers in the absurdity of his imagination. Drawing inspiration from his love of nature, its beauty, simplicity and cruelty. Fly, die! was inspired by Steve’s life and the starkness of life’s unfairness. Although a believer in the maxim, “If you don’t laugh, you will cry,” life elicits many tears, his only hope being that his story provides a little food for thought along with the tears.

Everything You Want To Know About Bitcoin (But Are Afraid To Ask): Questions and Answers About Bitcoin

“Everything You Want To Know About Bitcoin (But Are Afraid To Ask). Questions and Answers About Bitcoin” rises above the fray to address over 100 of the most probing questions about Bitcoin, offering both digestible and in-depth responses that cater to beginners and advanced enthusiasts. Your quest for answers ends here, within the groundbreaking chapters of this book: What is the process of ‘Halvening’ and why is it significant? Could the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto be more than one person? What role could Bitcoin play in your investment portfolio? How does it intersect with global economics and regulations? What challenges could impede its future? Let “Everything You Want To Know About Bitcoin (But Are Afraid To Ask). Questions and Answers About Bitcoin” be your launchpad into the future of finance.

Meet BBCD Satoshi

BBCD Satoshi is the author of Bitcoin books. His original blog was called Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Digital Assets (hence BBCD). So BBCD was added to Satoshi as a homage to Satoshi Nakamoto for creating Bitcoin and writing the Bitcoin White Paper.

Please All Rise!

The wisdom we were able to cultivate in our minds and the love we were able to express with our hearts, are the only true ‘pearls’ you will be able to show upon arrival in the afterlife.

With each choice, our free will designs our life, as the architect of our current life, and the builder of our future conditions. But only a wise ‘architect’ that truly knows his own nature, will be able to make the right choices.

The author parachutes himself into the reader’s life to question our habitual ways. Why do we try to buy our way into happiness? Why do we postpone ‘being’ happy’? Isn’t there always something missing? How can we come out of a crisis as a winner? How to tackle our life? Why do we judge all the time? Why do we compare to others? How to start-up one’s spiritual practice? And more.

All people struggle in our hectic lives, and unless you turn inward, it is difficult to reach a blissful state that makes you feel ‘you are not alone’.

Oscar J. Frye, of Dutch origin, is a writer, a business owner, and holds degrees in psychology (B.A.), International Studies (B.A.), International Business (M.A.), and psychotherapy (Gestalt Therapy).

His ‘practical spirituality’ puts ordinary life situations in a spiritual light, enticing us to question our habitual ways of doing, of being, and of living.

He finds that it is about time we realize that we must raise our level of consciousness, and help each other in this challenging process. The current state of the world begs us to realize that we are on the wrong track, as the world population. I pray that my writing may serve as our collective wake-up call.

I aim to contribute to raising our level of consciousness, by means of getting people to stand still and look at themselves. All I ask, is that we look in the mirror and question our ways, our habits. The first thing we can rediscover when we look in the mirror, is that we are not what we see, we are inside of what we see.

We must see through our physical envelope and realize our true nature is soul, before anything else. From the moment you realize this, you will understand that only ‘serving the body’ might get you comfortable conditions in the here and now, but unless you also take care of your soul needs, you will not reach greater satisfaction, true fulfillment and an advancement in your spiritual evolution.

Earthly life will never be completely fulfilling or perfect, because it simply isn’t meant to serve such a purpose. Life on earth is not a dream-vacation destination but rather a workplace, and people generally come back for one life after another, to time and again, resume their unfinished business.

While on earth, man has higher objectives to pursue than all the material things this world can offer. As children of God, of the creator, of the universe, or whatever you want to call it, we must ‘spiritualize’ our lives. We are all loving and caring beings at our core, but we can’t help wondering when looking at our world: How far have we gone astray as mankind?

I write for and to any person that is seeking a better understanding of life and that wants to make an effort investigating the subjects listed in the table of contents. My writing doesn’t just spread spiritual truths in a ‘take it or leave it’ manner, it invites the reader into the subject. In this way, the reader effortlessly identifies with each ‘discussion’.

Meet Oscar J. FRYE

Oscar J. Frye, of Dutch origin, is a writer, a business owner, and holds degrees in psychology (B.A.), International Studies (B.A.), International Business (M.A.), and psychotherapy (Gestalt Therapy).
He is the father of four and works and lives with his family in Monaco and Southern France for almost 30 years, dividing his time between hectic city life and the tranquility of a more natural setting.
His ‘practical spirituality’ puts ordinary daily life situations in a spiritual light, and so, enticing us to rethink our habitual ways of doing, of being, of living, and possibly question ourselves if we are on the right track, or if we would better make a change. All thoughts, ideas and concepts are spear pointed to raise your level of consciousness.
The topics discussed are broad, accessible, and inclusive to all and written in a conversational style. All people are ‘colleagues of life’, companions on our path of spiritual evolution. Realizing that we are souls, before anything else, makes us understand that our soul needs nourishment too.
This realization enables us to make better choices with our precious time, keeping us focused on our top job; succeeding our life while neve losing sight of our spiritual evolution over time. Each time we come back we upgrade ourselves in our thinking, in our doings.
Oscar Frye is an advocate of a sound life-work balance; instead of working harder and harder, we should become keener on living better. Our energy is best maintained through a healthy diet and by a body/mind/soul balance; interchanging cerebral activities with physical exercise and meditation.
He finds that we are a ‘planetary family’ and it’s about time we come together to focus on the job we have collectively; raising our level of consciousness and helping each other in this challenging process.
He has cultivated his interests in spiritual matters for over thirty years and developed a keen interest in psychology, psychotherapy, and spirituality. He believes in the necessity of incorporating our soul nature and spiritual evolution in our way of seeing both the beauty in our life as well as our troubles and struggles.

Society: Our Evolutionary Journey

Humanity opted for a societal existence as part of our evolutionary defence against Nature. And yet, although we have so far thrived as a species, this choice exposes us to some substantial existential threats. Most significantly, the creation of a new “Living Environment” and the loss of our Genetic Priority – doing what is in the best interests of our genes – means that genetic progress cannot be assured. There are vulnerabilities and incompatibilities that will challenge the human condition. Society: Our Evolutionary Journey is a series of articles that consider our relationship with our genes and how society has impacted on that relationship.

Meet Steve Oxley

Having been a prolific blogger for some years with a particular focus on the relationship between society and our human development I have assembled some of my articles into this single volume. The focus is on our on-going relationship with our genes and the impact society has on that relationship.

Saudi Champagne

Jeddah, the former capital of Saudi Arabia, is hardly known as a “gay haven”, and John certainly didn’t think so. At least at first. Determined to uncover the truth, John immerses himself in extensive research, expecting to unearth a bleak reality of persecution and fear. However, what he uncovers is quite the opposite. Instead of horrifying tales of queer individuals facing gruesome fates, he discovers a different narrative—one of hidden identities and the art of preserving oneself. Discover the surprising tale of John as he ventures into uncharted territory and embarks on a transformative journey of self-discovery and cultural exploration in the vibrant city of Jeddah. In “Saudi Champagne,” experience the clash of cultures in a place known for anything but its growing LGBTQ+ community. Uncover the truth behind the misconceptions and stereotypes as you immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Saudi Arabia’s hidden stories and diverse cultures. Join John and his family as they navigate the complexities of a society shrouded in secrecy, and witness the resilience and strength of the human spirit. Witness their trials and triumphs as John learns the remarkable truth about love, acceptance, and the pursuit of happiness in the unlikeliest of places. Open your heart and mind to a world of possibilities. Don’t miss out on this thought-provoking novel that will inspire you to embrace change, unleash newfound passions, and appreciate the beauty of imperfections. Take the first step towards a captivating adventure by grabbing your copy of “Saudi Champagne” today.

Meet Nadia Sakkal

Nadia Sakkal grew up in Saudi Arabia, where her parents’ interreligious marriage had to stay secret. When she pretended to be Christian in Ramadan and Muslim in Lent to avoid fasting, her classmates discovered her secret, and their innocent questions only made her more confused about who she was. Nadia is still on a journey of self-discovery and has written this book for anyone who’s ever had to keep their identity hidden and to celebrate friends and family who’ve accepted them the way they are. Make sure to show her some love on Instagram and TikTok (@ifyouwannabemywriter).