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Do kids tease us?

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The book “Humor y teoría de la mente en niños menores de cinco años” published by Ediciones UCC derives from a research project that seeks to show how children under five produce humor, particularly a type of humor we know as teasing. Can a 20-month-, 2-year- or 5-year-old kid tease us? The research shows that they can. For now, I would like to explain what it means to tease.Teasing is one of the most complex exercises that our social cognition can imagine. Teasing requires planning and a process that psychologists call theory of mind. The theory of mind is nothing more than the ability to understand the other’s mental state and interpret it. It is one of the most important human abilities that enables us to live in society.

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Bioethics in Organ and Tissue Transplantation: A Matter of Life and Death

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In the context of medical sciences, the human being has devised multiple techniques involving various therapeutic procedures to improve his health and combat the diseases that afflict him. One of these procedures is organ, tissue and cell transplantation, whereby a damaged organ is replaced by a healthy one. 
Organ, tissue and cell transplantation in Venezuela—for instance—has been one of the most relevant issues in the last four decades. However, it remains strictly taboo among Venezuelans generally due to ignorance or religious standpoints.  Despite this, for part of the population, donating an organ represents the prolongation of life and, for another, it is an act of giving whose origin is the deep awareness of the pain of others. Still, the absence of a culture of organ donation may give rise to other problems. 

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Social Management in Organizations and its Contribution to Human Collectives

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The research behind this book focuses on case studies aiming at characterizing social management processes in Colombian organizations, identifying categories on which transformations have been made, proposing broad lines for their strengthening in relation to responsibility to the human being and his environment, and identifying development and management trends as new benchmarks in the field of business administration.

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How Can We Approach the Labor Market of the Social Educator?

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We tried to answer this question in Catalonia (Spain) based on an empirical work presented in “Aproximación al mercado laboral del Educador Social,” which was published in the online journal Aula Magna 2.0 of the Educación en Red scientific journals, promoted by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) with the editing support of Lorenzo García Aretio and the late Ramón Pérez Juste.

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The World in the Demographic Transition: Are You Ready?

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The vertigo of 21st century globalization is responsible for an unprecedented turn in demography. Few people have realized that, as a result of ICTs, the advances in science and the frenzy of modern life, there are more and more migrants, the population is aging and fewer children are born. These three demographic phenomena are irreversible.

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Readers as main figures in the book ecosystem

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The world of books is living a silent revolution, and the main figures of such revolution are readers. In the traditional book ecosystem, they were valued as distant, blurry subjects… Today, due essentially to the Internet and social media, readers have gained importance and imposed themselves on authors and, even, on texts.

The printed book has required more than 500 years to consolidate its power and, in turn, to contemplate its crisis. This crisis should not be understood as decadence (the end of books), but as an opportunity to look at its renewal. This can be done from a dynamic perspective that sees new cultural products—the electronic book, to name one—as reinventions of others because it joins together new communication systems that allow their resurrection and adaptation to a different historical environment.

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