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By Cordelia Fine

A delightfully unsparing check out what your mind is doing at the back of your back.

In fresh years, we've heard much concerning the impressive workings of our hundred-billion-celled mind: its extraordinary capacities to control all sensation, belief, pondering, and feeling; the ability to form all adventure and outline our identification. certainly, the brain's energy is being proven on a daily basis in new reviews and examine. yet there's a mind we don't in general pay attention approximately, a mind we'd no longer are looking to listen about…the "prima donna within."

Exposing the mind's deceptions and exploring how the brain defends and glorifies the ego, Dr. Cordelia superb illustrates the brain's tendency to self-delusion. even if or not it's hindsight bias, wishful considering, unrealistic optimism, or ethical excuse-making, each one folks has a slew of inborn mind-bugs and usual prejudices that hinder us from seeing the reality concerning the global and ourselves. With attention-grabbing stories to aid her arguments, Dr. advantageous takes us on an insightful, rip-roaringly humorous travel during the mind you by no means knew you had.

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Much scientific data is held in documents that consist of a large number of complex records, each with a similar structure. , a key) is provided as input. This in itself is a query language. Indexing systems such as SRS for biological data are probably the most widely used form of query for documents structured in this way. However, we would like to do better. We would like our query language, in the spirit of database query languages, to be able to use complex predicates on the data. , combine data from different sources) and perform some form of data restructuring.

Two of them, however, ACeDB and XML, have very close affinities with the model we develop here. We shall briefly mention ACeDB here. XML will be the topic of the next chapter. 1 ACeDB ACeDB (A C. elegans Database) is not well-known as a general database management system [TMD92]. It was, as its name indicates, originally developed as a database for genetic data of a specific organism. However, the data model is quite general. It is popular with biologists for several reasons: the ability to deal with missing data, some extremely good user interfaces (some general and some specific to genetic sequence data), and some good browsing tools.

Since XML contains only data, we need to convert it into HTML first, in order to display it with a browser. Stylesheets [Sty99] are special-purpose languages expressing this conversion. There are two, somewhat competing proposals for stylesheets. The first is lightweight: it is called Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and we briefly illustrate it here. The other is a transformation language, called XSL, and is described in more detail in Chapter 5. 6 Paraphernalia 49 The main idea in CSS is to associate with each element type a presentation.

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