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Schumer's new book, <i>The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo</i>, has sold over 25,000 copies in hardback.

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As cartoonist, author, public speaker, blogger, and periscoper, Scott Adams has had best-sellers in several different fields: his Dilbert cartoons, his meditations on the philosophy of Dilbert, his works on how to achieve success in business and all other areas of life, his two remarkable books on religion, and now his controversial work on political persuasion.<br><br> Adams’s two most recent best-sellers are <i>How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life</i> (2014) and <i>Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter</i> (2017). Adams predicted Donald Trump’s election victory (on August 13th 2016) and has explained then and more recently how Trump operates as a Master Persuader, using “weapons-grade” persuasive techniques to defeat his opponents and often to stay several moves ahead of them.<br><br> Adams has provocative ideas in many areas, for example his outrageous claim that 30 percent of the population have absolutely no sense of humor, and take their cue from conventional opinion in deciding whether something is a joke, since they have no way of deciding this for themselves.<br><br> In <i>Scott Adams and Philosophy</i>, an elite cadre of people who think for a living put Scott Adams’s ideas under scrutiny. Every aspect of Adams’s fascinating and infuriating system of ideas is explained and tested. <br><br>Among the key topics:<ul>

<li>Does humor inform us about reality?
<li>Do religious extremists know something the rest of us don’t?
<li>What are facts and how can they not matter?
<li>What happens when confirmation bias meets cognitive dissonance?
<li>How can we tell whether President Trump is a genius or just dumb-lucky?
<li>Does the Dilbert philosophy discourage the struggle for better workplace conditions?
<li>How sound is Adams’s claim that “systems” thinking beats goal-directed thinking?
<li>Does Dilbert exhibit a Nietzschean or a Kierkegaardian sense of life? Or is it Sisyphian in Camus’s sense?
<li>Can truth be over-rated?
<li>“The political side that is out of power is the side that hallucinates the most.”
<li>If there’s a serious chance we’re living in a<i> Matri</i>x-type simulation, how should we change our behavior?
<li>Are most public policy issues just too complex and technical for most people to have an opinion about?
<li>In politics, says Adams, it’s as if different people watch the same movie at the same time, some thinking it’s a romantic comedy and others thinking it’s a horror picture. How is that possible?
<li>Does logic play any part in persuasion?</li></ul>

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Charlie Rose has called Louis C.K. &#147;the philosopher-king of comedy,&#8221; and many have detected philosophical profundity in Louis&#8217;s comedy, some of which has been watched tens of millions of times on YouTube and elsewhere. Louis C.K. and Philosophy is designed to help Louis&#8217;s fans connect the dots between his pronouncements and living philosophical themes.Twenty-five philosophers examine the wisdom of Louis C.K. from a variety of philosophical perspectives. The chapters draw upon C.K.&#8217;s standup comedy, the show Louie, and C.K.&#8217;s other writings. There is no attempt to fit Louis into one philosophical school; instead the authors bring out the diverse aspects of the thought of Louis C.K.One writer looks at the different meanings of C.K.&#8217;s statement, &#147;You&#8217;re gonna be dead way longer than you were alive.&#8221; Another explores how Louis knows when he&#8217;s awake and when he&#8217;s dreaming, taking a few tips from Descartes. One chapter shows the affinity of C.K.&#8217;s &#147;sick of living this bullshit life&#8221; with Kierkegaard&#8217;s &#147;sickness unto death.&#8221; Another pursues Louis&#8217;s thought that we may by our lack of moral concern &#147;live a really evil life without thinking about it." C.K.'s religion is «apathetic agnostic,» conveyed in his thought experiment that God began work in 1982.

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In Discworld, unlike our own frustrating Roundworld, everything makes sense. The world is held up by elephants standing on the back of a swimming turtle who knows where he&#8217;s going, the sun goes round the world every day, so it doesn&#8217;t have to be very hot, and things always happen because someone intends them to happen. Millions of fans are addicted to Pratchett&#8217;s Discworld, and the interest has only intensified since Pratchett&#8217;s recent death and the release of his final Discworld novel, The Shepherd&#8217;s Crown, in September 2015. The philosophical riches of Discworld are inexhaustible, yet the brave explorers of Discworld and Philosophy cover a lot of ground. From discussion of Moist von Lipwig&#8217;s con artistry showing the essential con of the financial system, to the examination of everyone&#8217;s favorite Discworld character, the murderous luggage, to the lawless Mac Nac Feegles and what they tell us about civil government, to the character Death as he appears in several Discworld novels, Discworld and Philosophy gives us an in-depth treatment of Pratchett&#8217;s magical universe. Other chapters look at the power of Discworld&#8217;s witches, the moral viewpoint of the golems, how William de Worde&#8217;s newspaper illuminates the issue of censorship, how fate and luck interact to shape our lives, and why the more simple and straightforward Discworld characters are so much better at seeing the truth than those with enormous intellects but little common sense.

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The Princess Bride is the 1987 satirical adventure movie that had to wait for the Internet and DVDs to become the most quoted of all cult classics. The Princess Bride and Philosophy is for all those who have wondered about the true meaning of &#147;Inconceivable!,&#8221; why the name &#147;Roberts&#8221; uniquely inspires fear, and whether it&#8217;s truly a miracle to restore life to someone who is dead, but not necessarily completely dead. The Princess Bride is filled with people trying to persuade each other of various things, and invites us to examine the best methods of persuasion. It&#8217;s filled with promises, some kept and some broken, and cries out for philosophical analysis of what makes a promise and why promises should be kept. It&#8217;s filled with beliefs which go beyond the evidence, and philosophy can help us to decide when such beliefs can be justified. It&#8217;s filled with political violence, both by and against the recognized government, and therefore raises all the issues of political philosophy. Westley, Buttercup, Prince Humperdinck, Inigo Montoya, the giant Fezzik, and the Sicilian Vizzini keep on re-appearing in these pages, as examples of philosophical ideas. Is it right for Montoya to kill the six-fingered man, even though there is no money in the revenge business? What&#8217;s the best way to deceive someone who knows you&#8217;re trying to deceive him? Are good manners a kind of moral virtue? Could the actions of the masked man in black truly be inconceivable even though real? What does ethics have to say about Miracle Max&#8217;s pricing policy? How many shades of meaning can be conveyed by &#147;As You Wish&#8221;?

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We all know how our government is fighting global terrorism, but what are you doing to help? Probably not much.The Ultimate Counterterrorist Home Companion can change that. It&#8217;s the definitive guide to how you can be a soldier in the War on Terrorism without having to leave your kitchen. This illustrated manual will expertly train you and your entire family in:&#149; Spying on your neighbors&#149; Turning common household objects into useful terror-fighting weapons&#149; Baking your way to homeland security&#149; Making your antiterrorism drills more kid friendly&#149; Planting booby traps and land mines in your home and garden&#149; Strategic mail-opening strategies&#149; Making your own color-coded terrorism alert chartFrom the moment you get up in the morning (at a different time every day to keep attackers off balance!) to your final closet and under-the-bed check at night, you&#8217;ll want to keep The Ultimate Counterterrorist Home Companion close at hand. (In fact, if you don&#8217;t buy this book, you are acting in a suspicious manner, in our opinion!)

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Self-Loathing for Beginners is a wickedly funny take on our relentlessly upbeat self-improvement culture. Breaking ranks with the happiness police who have convinced us that self-loathing is just one more thing to hate about ourselves, author Lynn Phillips will show you, the beginning self-loather, how to self-loathe properly. By studying this book&#8217;s mini-essays, Q&As, mantras, and tips from self-loathing masters, you will learn the most effective ways to develop your self-loathing potential. Whether you are sabotaging your career, bungling a relationship, or cheating on the latest fad diet, Self-Loathing for Beginners is the essential primer on how best to despise yourself!

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Meet Oldguy: your regular aging superhero whose powers have dwindled over the years, and whose very mechanics are seriously fizzling. In seriocomic misadventures, Oldguy valiantly attempts to continue his former heroism in a somewhat wry version of Faulknerian endurance, defeating his enemies time and again&mdash;if not through superhuman abilities, then at least by &ldquo;outliving the sons-a-bitches.&rdquo; With its comic book-style illustrations, Oldguy inhabits a space all to itself&mdash;not strictly a poetry collection, not quite a graphic novel&mdash;hybrid sure to visually and aurally delight.

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• Title is a collection of proverbs, appropriate for all ages, the perfect smart and fun mini coffee table book • Author is a prolific writer and poet who has written over 35 books of poetry, prose, and children's books • Title will appeal to Gary Soto's significant existing fan base, the literary community, young adults as well as adults, formalist poets, and fans of accessible poetry like Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey • Market/publicity focus: gift market, bookstores, universities • Author plans to tour New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco

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Imagine a heaven populated by familiar Greek gods. Sexy Aphrodite, gorgeous Adonis, Ares the warmonger, Artemis the huntress, wise Athena, bitter Demeter, and the like. But imagine also each of these denizens of Olympus stepping forward and revealing qualities that any reader can recognize: Hades, ruler of the underworld, lovesick for Persephone. Baffled Hephaestus, god of fire, husband of Aphrodite who can’t keep her clothes on. Add a defiant Sisyphus and a cadre of grumpy water nymphs and those are only some of the inhabitants of Olympusville—a fantastic and, in the hands of poet Ron Koertge and illustrator Alicia Kleman, endlessly intriguing world. Featuring 16 black and white ink illustrations.