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How far should the capacity to manipulate what life is at the molecular level authorize science to define what life is for? Professor Sheila Jasanoff looks at flash points in law, politics, ethics, and culture to argue that science’s promises of perfectibility have gone too far.

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Sheila Jasanoff
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Ron Ferguson and Tatsha Robertson unveil how parenting helped shape some of the most fascinating people you will ever encounter, by doing things that almost any parent can do. You don’t have to be wealthy or influential to ensure your child reaches their greatest potential. What you do need is commitment―and the strategies outlined in this book.

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Ron Ferguson
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Central bankers have emerged from the financial crisis as the third great pillar of unelected power alongside the judiciary and the military. Unelected Power lays out the principles needed to ensure that central bankers, technocrats, regulators, and other agents of the administrative state remain stewards of the common good and do not become overmighty citizens.

Paul Tucker
Paul Tucker
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