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5.4 The meaning of meaning

I've spoken above as if the whole question of meaning was a simple one. I've used the word itself as if it presented no problems. This certainly isn't true. The whole issue of semantics is a matter of fierce debate among computer scientists and philosophers. What is meaning anyway? How is it possible for anything inside a computer to mean something? Exactly where does meaning return as we go back across the boundary – at the output device or in the human mind? Is the meaning of a pic
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1.3 Requirements gathering

Here we are concerned only with the requirements that relate specifically to the data. Establishing requirements involves consultation with, and agreement among, all the users as to what persistent data they want to store along with an agreement as to the meaning and interpretation of the data elements. The data administrator plays a key role in this process as they overview the business, legal and ethical issues within the organisation that impact on the data requirements.

The data req
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Norse Mythology: The Creation of The World, Part 2 of 2

This episode discusses the conflicts the beings encountered with each other.  Video is a series of pictures and illustrations with musical sound track, beautifully narrated by a male with an English accent.  Part 2 of 2  (5:24)


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3.3 The Earth's internal heat

The occurrence of both volcanoes and hot springs shows that the Earth's interior is hot, producing molten rock at temperatures up to 1250 °C, and also superheated steam. However, these phenomena are mainly confined to several narrow zones along the world's active plate boundaries. Many measurements have now been made of the amount of heat flowing from the Earth's interior. Outside the distinctive zones mentioned above, heat flow varies from 40-120 milliwatts per square metre (mW m−2
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7.1 The subjective experience

Two of the properties of sound that we have examined from an objective stance, frequency and amplitude, have a fundamental importance to our appreciation of sound and music. In this section I want to look more closely at the subjective interpretation of these two properties of sound. I should stress that I am talking about sine-wave sounds in this section. The complex, non-sinusoidal sounds encountered in music add extra layers of complexity to the relationships I am discussing here.

Ke
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Introduction

Most of us today take photographs for our family albums. The lucky ones among us have also inherited family photographs from the past. These photographs provide another type of record that can offer insights into our family history. But what can they tell us? How can we elicit the information they hold? And how do we analyse or evaluate that information? The purpose of this unit is to suggest how to approach the interpretation of the photographic record.

Please keep referring to your ow
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2.4 Act 5, Scene 2: Faustus's last soliloquy

The play draws to a close with Faustus's final soliloquy, which is supposed to mark the last hour of his life.

Activity

Please reread this speech now, thinking as you read about how Marlowe uses sound effects to heighten the emotional
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Boar (1970) by Elisabeth Frink, The Water Gardens, Harlow, Essex. Detail view from the south east. Photographed by Steven Baker 2015.
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The following extracts are from the Study Guide which forms part of an Open University, UK, MA in Education course E841 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Worldwide and part of LING 936, 937, 938, units of programs in Applied Linguistics of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

These materials were produced and developed jointly by The Open University and Macquarie University. First published 2000, Reprinted 2001.

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4.4 Are there alternatives to medication?

Another response to bereavement has been to suggest that the bereaved person should go through some form of bereavement counselling. Cruse Bereavement Care is the largest bereavement counselling organisation in the UK.

There are contrasting opinions about the effectiveness of bereavement counselling (also called grief counselling). For many years it had been thought that there was no evidence for the effectiveness of grief counselling, and there was even an opinion that substantial numb
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Learning outcomes

By the end of this unit you should be able to:

Knowledge

  • outline a range of different reasons – social, personal, health, economic, family-based – that cause children to be separated from their families of origin and to live in different settings;

Skills

  • demonstrate the development of key transferable study skills including the ability to summarise arguments, learn from personal experience, and apply theory to issues and dile
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Charles Darwin lectures at the University of Nottingham
As part of the University of Nottingham, School of Biology's 200 years of Darwin celebrations, Darwin — aka evolutionary geneticist Professor John Brookfield in full Victorian attire — outlines the ideas from his 1859 breakthrough publication The Origin of Species, which presented the theory of natural selection as the main driving force for evolution. Presentation delivered March 2009 Suitable for Undergraduate study and community education Professor John Brookfield, Professor of Evolut
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Dr Malika Rahal defines a polical concept in 60 seconds for those with a spare minute to learn something new. This videocast focuses on history and the state as a political concept. Warning: video does contain bloopers and out takes. May 2010 Suitable for Undergraduate study and Community education Dr Malika Rahal, School of Politics and International Relations Dr Malika Rahal is a lecturer specializing in Middle Eastern and North African History and Politics. Before joining the School of P
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In Naples, Pope rails against mafia crime
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This video is a quick and easy synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the novel Frankenstein.  The video uses detailed cartoon animation along with a male narrator.  More information can be found at http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/frankenstein (08:56)
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Noise Pollution
How do your ears work and what kind of sound levels can damage your hearing? The five video tracks in this album explain basic concepts such as units of noise, sound insulation and noise control. Car manufacturers like Lexus have developed the quiet car, but this kind of technology benefits the driver, not the people living beside busy roads. Locals from a Derbyshire village explain how the construction of the A50 has affected their lives. The Transport Research Laboratory analyses tyre noise on
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1.5.2 What is the significance of the numbers?

In seeking the significance of these numbers, there is more information on the tablet that we have not yet taken into account, namely the text of the column headings themselves. The heading of column A is partly destroyed, but the text headings for B and C are clearer. B says something like ‘ib-sa of the front’, and C ‘ib-sa of the diagonal’, where ib-sa is a Sumerian word whose significance here is not precisely known. The geometrical
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Japanese Listening Comprehension for Absolute Beginners #17 - Talking About your Age in Japanese
Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Do you find yourself only understanding bits and pieces of Japanese conversations? Do you spend hours trying to figure out what that person said to you in Japanese? Then this Japanese Listening Comprehension for Absolute Beginners series is for you! In each lesson of this five-part series, you’ll see an image, [...]
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