Decisive Moments

Decisive Moments

"No, I said I'd never tired of waiting for the decisive moment to expose the film." Close. He recalled two detectives discussing the criminal mind on a talk show. One had referred to the instant when a crook first decided to cross an ...

Author: Toni Noel

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing In

ISBN: 9781612520896

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

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To satisfy the requirements for her Master's Degree in fine art photography, Amy Millington needs to photograph architect Charles Harding's childhood home, but his boarded-up house holds painful memories for Charles and he allows no one inside. Without those photographs Amy cannot secure her daughter Marta's future, but he denies the gutsy widow's request. Amy notes his sadness and with Marta's help, teaches Charles to again have fun. In doing so, he learns to appreciate her art and allows her inside his house. He still refuses to enter his house until the day Marta disappears inside and he discovers her in a forgotten wine cellar clutching his mother's long-lost suicide note. Knowing the reason his mother shot his father, then turned the gun on herself, frees Charles from his past. Can he also free Amy from her painful past and teach her to love again?
Categories: Fiction

The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment

'It took me a few moments, but that saved me from making a big mistake. ... pilots were forced to rely on a rough formula used when flying the DC-10: a 1,000-foot drop in altitude takes approximately three miles in THE DECISIVE MOMENT 123.

Author: Jonah Lehrer

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 9781847674777

Category: Science

Page: 305

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Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate or we ‘blink’ and go with our gut. But as scientists break open the mind’s black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they’re discovering this is not how the mind works. Our best decisions are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason – and the precise mix depends on the situation. When buying a house, for example, it’s best to let our unconscious mull over the many variables. But when we’re picking stocks and shares, intuition often leads us astray. The trick is to determine when to lean on which part of the brain, and to do this, we need to think harder (and smarter) about how we think. In The Decisive Moment, Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer and others, as well as the world’s most interesting ‘deciders’ – from airline pilots, world famous sportsmen and hedge fund investors to serial killers, politicians and poker players. He shows how the fluctuations of a few dopamine neurons saved a battleship during the Persian Gulf War, and how the fevered activity of a single brain region led to the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Lehrer’s goal is to answer two questions that are of interest to just about anyone, from CEOs to firefighters: How does the human mind make decisions? And how can we make those decisions better?
Categories: Science

Decisive Moments in the History of Islam

Decisive Moments in the History of Islam

But just at this moment the royal guard composed of the Bahry Mamluks known as “ Halca ” and noted for their skilled valour , stepped in . They attacked the Franks led by their chief Beybars al - Bunducdari ( the Arbalesteer ) and ...

Author: Muḥammad ʻAbd Allāh ʻInān


ISBN: MINN:31951001787271E

Category: Islamic Empire

Page: 340

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Categories: Islamic Empire

Sensing the Nation s Law

Sensing the Nation s Law

Most of all, however, artistic renderings of contemporary moments and events remain inventions (because of the punctum ... Likewise, staged moments count on recording and reconstruction, and many decisive constitutional moments have a ...

Author: Stefan Huygebaert

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319754970

Category: Law

Page: 284

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This book examines how the nation – and its (fundamental) law – are ‘sensed’ by way of various aesthetic forms from the age of revolution up until our age of contested democratic legitimacy. Contemporary democratic legitimacy is tied, among other things, to consent, to representation, to the identity of ruler and ruled, and, of course, to legality and the legal forms through which democracy is structured. This book expands the ways in which we can understand and appreciate democratic legitimacy. If (democratic) communities are “imagined” this book suggests that their “rightfulness” must be “sensed” – analogously to the need for justice not only to be done, but to be seen to be done. This book brings together legal, historical and philosophical perspectives on the representation and iconography of the nation in the European, North American and Australian contexts from contributors in law, political science, history, art history and philosophy.
Categories: Law

The Photographer s Eye

The Photographer s Eye

MOMENT. 4. iming is not only an essential quality in taking most photographs, it has a direct effect on the actual design of the ... The very word, of course, invokes one of photography's most famous expressions, “the decisive moment.

Author: Michael Freeman

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136103827

Category: Photography

Page: 194

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Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs. Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design - first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures. Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.
Categories: Photography

Ressourcement Theology

Ressourcement Theology

In any case, why do we not see that certain times are privileged, that certain people are predestined to see the 'decisive moments' of human history realized in them? Others, bringing only novelty, are simply of their time.

Author: Patricia Kelly

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567672513

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Ressourcement Theology: A Sourcebook offers a collection of texts previously unavailable in English from leading Dominicans and Jesuits, who initiated a movement for renewal that contributed to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. In the last decade, theologians have undertaken a serious reappraisal of the contribution of Ressourcement theology to 20th century theology in the Catholic tradition and beyond. This 'return to Ressourcement' has resulted in many of the principal texts being translated into English and (re-)issued, ensuring their accessibility to scholars across the globe. Despite this, many of the earliest documents relating to the history of Ressourcement theology are unavailable to most English-speaking scholars, as they are largely journal articles and book chapters published in French. Patricia Kelly has selected the most significant texts that so far have been unavailable in English, including the controversial piece by Jean-Marie LeBlond ('The Analogy of Truth') that was condemned in the 1950s by the Vatican, as well as the response to Labourdette's attack on LeBlond, penned anonymously by a group of Jesuits. All of these documents will help students and scholars to engage deeply with the history of the Ressourcement movement and its relevance for the developments of the Catholic tradition.
Categories: Religion

Learning from West African Experiences in Security Sector Governance

Learning from West African Experiences in Security Sector Governance

status quo that emerges following such cathartic episodes, reform may progress or regress; in several of the narratives such trigger events were defining moments in reform processes, setting in motion processes of potentially ...

Author: Alan Bryden

Publisher: Ubiquity Press

ISBN: 9781909188686

Category: Social Science

Page: 182

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Many efforts have been undertaken to address dysfunctional security sector governance in West Africa. However, security sector reform (SSR) has fallen short of radical – transformational – change to the fundamental structures of power and governance in the region. Looking more closely at specific examples of SSR in six West African countries, Learning from West African Experiences in Security Sector Governance explores both progress and reversals in efforts by national stakeholders and their international partners to positively influence security sector governance dynamics. Written by eminent national experts based on their personal experiences of these reform contexts, this study offers new insights and practical lessons that should inform processes to improve democratic security sector governance in West Africa and beyond.
Categories: Social Science

Moment to Monument

Moment to Monument

In Images à la Sauvette, translated into English as The Decisive Moment, Cartier-Bresson argues for a photography that addresses “Things-As-TheyAre,” prefacing his essay on the modus operandi of the photographer with the now infamous ...

Author: Ladina Bezzola Lambert

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 9783839409626

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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Why do certain works of art make it into the canon while others just enjoy a brief moment of recognition, if at all? How do moments produce monuments, and why are monuments erased from our cultural memory in only a moment? - Taking into account these cultural processes of creating, storing, remembering and forgetting that are omnipresent and have an immense influence on how we perceive artefacts and cultural events, the articles in this collection analyze the phenomenon of cultural production, transmission and reception from various angles, drawing on approaches from both literary and cultural studies. With its transdisciplinary approach, this book uniquely responds to an everyday cultural phenomenon that so far has not received such wide-ranging attention.
Categories: Social Science

From Predators to Icons

From Predators to Icons

66 % of the sources mention the importance of promises made by the businessman as a decisive factor in making decisive deals ... concerning transactions carried out at decisive moments in the accumulation of capital under his control .

Author: Michel Villette

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 080147566X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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In the popular imagination, the business media, and the schools of business and management that train new generations of entrepreneurs and executives, achieving extraordinary success in business is attributed to far-sighted individuals who have taken bold risks, provided innovative leadership, and introduced new products, services, or ideas superior to those of the competition. Amid the growing skepticism about the means by which vast amounts of wealth are accumulated and its consequences, however, this belief is long overdue for reevaluation. In From Predators to Icons, Michel Villette, a sociologist, and Catherine Vuillermot, a business historian, examine the careers of thirty-two of today's wealthiest global executives—including Warren Buffett, Ingvar Kamprad, Bernard Arnault, Jim Clark, and Richard Branson—in order to challenge the conventional explanations for their extreme success and come to a better understanding of modern business practices. In contrast to the familiar image of the entrepreneur as a visionary with a plan, Villette and Vuillermot instead discover a far less dramatic process of improvised adaptations gradually assembled into a coherent course of conduct. And rather than being risk-takers, those who are most successful in business are risk-minimizers. Huge gains, these case studies reveal, are most reliably obtained in circumstances where the entrepreneur has established careful provisions for risk reduction. As for the view that innovation makes success possible, the authors find that because innovation is an expensive process that takes a long time to produce profits, innovators first of all require capital; success makes innovation possible. The necessary resources, they show, are most often derived from what they provocatively term "predation": ruthlessly taking advantage of imperfections, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities within the market or among competitors. Finally, From Predator to Icon considers the "practical ethics" implemented during the phase in which capital is most rapidly accumulated, as well as the social consequences of these activities. Drawing on interviews with some of their subjects and, crucially, close readings of the authorized biographies and other hagiographic accounts of these figures, which eliminates the bias of malicious interpretations, Villette and Vuillermot provide revelatory insights about the creation and maintenance of business wealth that will be profitably read by both the captains and the critics of contemporary capitalism.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Documentation Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance

Documentation  Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance

The images appear to show people hanging in air, moments that in life would have lasted a split second. ... Here the decisive moment seeks to lead the viewer into contemplation of movement, reading a narrative of time ...

Author: M. Reason

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230598560

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 269

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The documentation of practice is one of the principle concerns of performance studies. Focusing on contemporary performance practice and with emphasis on the transformative impact of video, photography and writing, this book explores the ideological, practical, and representational implications of knowing performance through its documentations.
Categories: Performing Arts