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Jim Davies - Author

About the Author

Jim Davies is a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science of Carleton University, and director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory. He has been featured in Skeptic and Nautilus magazines, and has presented at Pecha Kucha Ottawa and TEDx on his theories of imagination. He writes a Psychology Today blog called The Science of Imagination. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.

Featured books by Jim Davies

Riveted The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

Riveted The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

Author: Jim Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2014

Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some people keep watching the news even though it makes them anxious?The past 20 years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions. Professor Jim Davies' fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition. Compelling things fit our minds like keys in the ignition, turning us on and keeping us running, and yet we are often unaware of what makes these keys fit. What we like and don't like is almost always determined by subconscious forces, and when we try to consciously predict our own preferences we're often wrong. In one study of speed dating, people were asked what kinds of partners they found attractive. When the results came back, the participants' answers before the exercise had no correlation with who they actually found attractive in person! We are beginning to understand just how much the brain makes our decisions for us: we are rewarded with a rush of pleasure when we detect patterns, as the brain thinks we've discovered something significant; the mind urges us to linger on the news channel or rubberneck an accident in case it might pick up important survival information; it even pushes us to pick up People magazine in order to find out about changes in the social structure. Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.

Other books by Jim Davies

Imagination

Imagination

Author: Jim Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2019

We don't think of imagination the way that we should. The word is often only associated with children, artists and daydreamers, viewed as something separate from everyday adult life. However, imagination is an integral part of almost every action and decision that we make. Simply put, imagination is a person's ability to create scenarios in his or her head: this can include everything from planning a shopping list, to honing a golf swing, and even to having religious hallucinations. And while imagination has positive connotations, it can also lead to more pernicious outcomes including decreased productivity and cooperation, and much worse, the continuous reliving of past trauma. The human brain is remarkable in its ability to imagine-to create worlds and situations outside of its reality. We can imagine complex possible futures, fantasy worlds and jars of peanut butter. We can use our imaginations to make us relaxed or anxious, and the most impressive feat of human imagination may be our ability to use it in creative endeavours. Sitting in a chair, with our eyes closed, we can imagine what the world might be and construct elaborate plans. With such power, we have an obligation to use it for good-to make things better for ourselves and for the world. People have been fascinated with the machination of the human brain and its ability to imagine for centuries, but until now, there have been no popular science books that are dedicated to imagination. There are books on creativity, dreams, memory, and the mind in general, but how exactly do we create those scenes in our head? With chapters ranging from hallucination and imaginary friends to how imagination can make you happier and more productive, Jim Davies' Imagination will help us explore the full potential of our own mind.

Illustrating Armageddon

Illustrating Armageddon

Author: Jim Davies, Luci Gosling Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Fortunino Matania is the forgotten genius of illustration. He is perhaps best known in his role providing Great War illustrations such as `Goodbye Old Man' for The Sphere. Art ran in Matania's blood - his father Eduardo was a respected artist, and his cousin Ugo also contributed to The Sphere. Matania was blessed with a photographic memory, was able to work at great speed, producing illustrations that were unnervingly photographic in their realism. Matania's pictures were superbly accurate and authentic. During the war, he often visited the Western Front, often putting himself in danger to gather material for his work. When not able to do this, he would interview eyewitnesses and take along toy soldiers when he spoke to recovering men in hospital to ensure battle positions were recorded faithfully. Back at his studio, he had an enormous collection of uniforms, weapons and other props to ensure every last detail of his finished picture was correct. This is the first time the entire First World War collection of his works has been published and marks not only a prolific career and exceptional body of work in the art world, it captures much that was written about, but could never have been photographed a century ago yet was etched in the minds of a generation.

ITIL Foundation All-in-One Exam Guide

ITIL Foundation All-in-One Exam Guide

Author: Jim Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. ITIL (R) Foundation All-in-One Exam Guide This comprehensive self-study guide offers 100% coverage of the latest version of the ITIL Foundation certification exam. Written by itSMF UK 2013 Trainer of the Year and ITIL Champion Jim Davies, ITIL Foundation All-in-One Exam Guide features practical exercises, real-world examples, and more than 300 practice exam questions. Exam tips, reviews, and self-tests at the end of each chapter ensure that you are on track to pass the exam. In keeping with the premise of the All-in-One series, this guide serves both as an effective study tool and an on-the-job reference that will serve you well beyond the exam. Covers all exam topics, including: * ITIL fundamentals * The service lifecycle * Service strategy * Service design * Service transition * Service operation * Continual service improvement * ITSM in the real world CD ICON Electronic content includes: * Complete practice exams * Videos from the author * PDF copy of the book

Specification and Proof in Real Time CSP

Specification and Proof in Real Time CSP

Author: Jim Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2012

This book was first published in 1993. Computing systems are becoming highly complex, harder to understand, and therefore more prone to failure. Where such systems control aircraft for example, system failure could have disastrous consequences. It is important therefore that we are able to employ mathematical techniques to specify the behaviour or safety critical systems. This thesis uses the theory of Communicating Sequential Processes (CSP) to show how a real-lime system may be specified. Included is a case study in which a local area network protocol is described at two levels of abstraction, and a general method 14 structuring CSP descriptions of layered protocols is given.

Formal Methods: Foundations and Applications

Formal Methods: Foundations and Applications

Author: Jim Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2011

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed post-conference proceedings of the 13th Brazilian Symposium on Formal Methods, SBMF 2010, held in Natal, Brazil, in November 2010. The 18 revised full papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 55 submissions. The papers presented cover a broad range of foundational and methodological issues in formal methods for the design and analysis of software and hardware systems as well as applications in various domains.

Integrated Formal Methods

Integrated Formal Methods

Author: Jim Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2007

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Integrated Formal Methods, IFM 2007, held in Oxford, UK. It addresses all aspects of formal methods integration, including of a process of analysis or design application of formal methods to analysis or design, extension of one method based upon the inclusion of ideas or concepts from others, and semantic integration or practical application.

The Bard & Co.

The Bard & Co.

Author: Jim Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2007

Formal Methods and Software Engineering

Formal Methods and Software Engineering

Author: Jim Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2004

Formal engineering methods are changing the way that software systems are - veloped.Withlanguageandtoolsupport,theyarebeingusedforautomaticcode generation, and for the automatic abstraction and checking of implementations. In the future, they will be used at every stage of development: requirements, speci?cation, design, implementation, testing, and documentation. The ICFEM series of conferences aims to bring together those interested in the application of formal engineering methods to computer systems. Researchers and practitioners, from industry, academia, and government, are encouraged to attend,andtohelpadvancethestateoftheart.Authorsarestronglyencouraged to make their ideas as accessible as possible, and there is a clear emphasis upon work that promises to bring practical, tangible bene?t: reports of case studies should have a conceptual message, theory papers should have a clear link to application, and papers describing tools should have an account of results. ICFEM 2004 was the sixth conference in the series, and the ?rst to be held in North America. Previous conferences were held in Singapore, China, UK, A- tralia, and Japan. The Programme Committee received 110 papers and selected 30forpresentation.The?nalversionsofthosepapersareincludedhere,together with 2-page abstracts for the 5 accepted tutorials, and shorter abstracts for the 4 invited talks.

Millennial Perspectives in Computer Science

Millennial Perspectives in Computer Science

Author: Jim Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2000

Millennial Reflections in Computer Science is a comprehensive overview of cutting-edge issues within computing science written by some of the most pre-eminent scientists available today. To mark the retirement of Sir Tony Hoare from Oxford University, some of the world's leading computer scientists gathered together for a three-day symposium. Organised by the University of Oxford, and sponsored by Microsoft Research, the symposium resulted in this remarkable collection of talks, papers, and essays. Some describe original research, others offer personal perspectives on the field. Together, they comprise a unique insight into the past, present, and future of computer science.

Specification and Proof in Real Time CSP

Specification and Proof in Real Time CSP

Author: Jim Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/1993

This book was first published in 1993. Computing systems are becoming highly complex, harder to understand, and therefore more prone to failure. Where such systems control aircraft for example, system failure could have disastrous consequences. It is important therefore that we are able to employ mathematical techniques to specify the behaviour or safety critical systems. This thesis uses the theory of Communicating Sequential Processes (CSP) to show how a real-lime system may be specified. Included is a case study in which a local area network protocol is described at two levels of abstraction, and a general method 14 structuring CSP descriptions of layered protocols is given.

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