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The Merger of Fact and Fiction: Philip K. Dick’s Portrayal of Autism in Martian Time-Slip By John Blakeman
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Issues of psychology, and mental illness specifically, can be found frequently in various science fiction works, from Star Wars to Heinlein’s Strangers in a Strange Land (McMahon, 1989). One... More > particular science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick, uses mental illness frequently in his works, and especially in his 1964 novel Martian Time-Slip (MTS). Collections of Dick’s essays, such as The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick (1995), reveal Dick was quite interested in mental illness and the current theories on it during the time he was living and writing. This manuscript explores Dick’s portrayal of autism and connects the descriptions of autism in the novel to popular research done during and before Dick’s writing of MTS. The text focuses on Immanuel Kant and his theories and then ties early infantile autism and childhood schizophrenia into the ideas of Kant to explore the character Manfred from MTS. This book ALSO includes an annotated bibliography with over 50 entries!< Less
65+: Older Adults in the United States of America By John Blakeman
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Every day 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. This trend will continue for almost twenty years. These people age 65 and older have come to be known as “senior citizens,” the... More > “elderly,” or simply “old,” among other terms. Without a doubt, this group of people has unique needs and will change the face of society as we know it. What do we really know about older adults, though? Or, at least, what do we think we know about these people? This book discusses the older population and how the Baby Boom Generation will be an added factor in the older population. Additionally, several common stereotypes of older adults are outlined, and the truth of the matter is provided. Maybe you already understand many issues that surround aging, or maybe you are an older adult yourself. Maybe you are new to the topic; in any event, as you read this book, I hope you will challenge your own ideas and consider another point of view.< Less

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Genius Matters Genius Matters By Angela Maiers
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