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Bainbridge, William Sims

Works: 68 works in 461 publications in 3 languages and 18,504 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Encyclopedias  Conference papers and proceedings  Case studies  Forecasts 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by William Sims Bainbridge
The endtime family : Children of God by William Sims Bainbridge( )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This analysis of the controversial religious group, The Family, or The Children of God, uses interviews, observational techniques, and a comprehensive questionnaire completed by more than a thousand Family members. William Sims Bainbridge explores how Family members infuse spirituality with sexuality, channel messages that they believe emanate from beyond life, and await the final Endtime. He also examines attempts by anticultists and the state to "deprogram" members of the group, including children, by forcibly seizing them. The book's blending of theoretical analysis with vivid accounts of this remarkable counterculture poses a fascinating question for social scientists and society - how is it that The Children of God both differ from the general public and, in other ways, are so surprisingly similar to it?"--Jacket
The Warcraft civilization : social science in a virtual world by William Sims Bainbridge( )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: World of Warcraft is more than a game. There is no ultimate goal, no winning hard, no princess to be rescued. WoW contains more than 5,000 possible quests, games within the game, and encompasses hundreds of separate parallel realms (computer serves, each of which can handle 4,000 players simultaneously). WoW is an immerse virtual world in which characters must cope in a dangerous environment, assume identities, struggle to understand and communicate, learn to use technology, and compete for dwindling resources. Beyond the fantasy and science fiction details, as many have noted, it's not entirely unlike today's world. In The Warcraft Civilization, sociologist William Sims Bainbridge goes further, arguing that WoW can be seen not only as an allegory of today but also as virtual prototype of tomorrow, of a real human future in which tribe-like groups will engage in combat over declining natural resources, build temporary alliances on the basis of mutual self-interest, and seek a set of values that transcend the need for war. Bainbridge explored the complex Warcraft universe firsthand, spending more than 2,300 hours there, deploying twenty-two characters of all ten races, all then classes, and numerous professions. Each chapter begins with one character's narrative, then goes on to explore a major social issue such as religion, learning, cooperation, economy, or identity through the lens of that character's experience. What makes WoW an especially good place to look for insights about Western civilization, Bainbridge says, is that it bridges past and future. It is founded on Western cultural tradition, yet aimed toward the virtual worlds we could create in times to come
Goals in space : American values and the future of technology by William Sims Bainbridge( )

6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leadership in science and technology : a reference handbook( )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This 2-volume set within the SAGE Reference Series on Leadership tackles issues relevant to leadership in the realm of science and technology. To encompass the key topics in this arena, this handbook features 100 topics arranged under eight headings. Volume 1 concentrates on general principles of science and technology leadership and includes sections on social-scientific perspectives on S & T leadership; key scientific concepts about leading and innovating in S & T; characteristics of S & T leaders and their environments; and strategies, tactics, and tools of S & T leadership. Volume 2 provides case studies of leadership in S & T, with sections considering leadership in informal communities of scientists and engineers; leadership in government projects and research initiatives; leadership in industry research, development, and innovation; and finally, leadership in education and university-based research. By focusing on key topics within 100 brief chapters, this unprecedented reference resource offers students more detailed information and depth of discussion than typically found in an encyclopedia entry but not as much jargon, detail or density as in a journal article or a research handbook chapter. Entries are written in language and style that is broadly accessible, and each is followed by cross-references and a brief bibliography and further readings. A detailed index and an online version of the work enhances accessibility for today's student audience"--
The future of religion : secularization, revival, and cult formation by Rodney Stark( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in English and Chinese and held by 1,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion is alive and well in the modern world, and the social-scientific study of religion is undergoing a renaissance. For much of this century, respected social theorists predicted the death of religion as inevitable consequence of science, education, and modern economics. But they were wrong. Stark and Bainbridge set out to explain the survival of religion. Using information derived from numerous surveys, censuses, historical case studies, and ethnographic field expeditions, they chart the full sweep of contemporary religion from the traditional denominations to the most fervent cults. This wealth of information is located within a coherent theoretical framework that examines religion as a social response to human needs, both the general needs shared by all and the desires specific to those who are denied the economic rewards or prestige enjoyed by the privileged. By explaining the forms taken by religions today, Stark and Bainbridge allow us to understand its persistence in a secular age and its prospects for the future.--Publisher description
Managing nano-bio-info-cogno innovations : converging technologies in society by William Sims Bainbridge( )

21 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tremendous human progress is becoming possible through the development of converging technologies stimulated by advances in four core fields: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology Information technology, and new technologies based in Cognitive science (NBIC). This book provides a unique review of technical developments related to the unification that is rapidly taking place today among these fields. It assesses potential for revolutionary applications of these developments and their likely impact in improving the human condition. The essays included in the book offer a wide variety of scholarly views on the likely societal impacts and policy implications of these developments and applications, including assessments of educational, economic, commercial, legal, ethical, political, and social implications. This is the third in a series of such volumes on converging technologies edited by Drs. Roco and Bainbridge, the first of which is also available from Springer
Nanoconvergence : the unity of nanoscience, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science by William Sims Bainbridge( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nanoconvergence is the coming unification of all significant technologies based on control of structures at the nanoscale. In Nanoconvergence, William Sims Bainbridge tours the future of science and technology in plain, nontechnical English. He successfully integrates insights from far-reaching scientific fields into a compelling human story - offering insights you can use to plan your career, seek new investment opportunities, or simply understand what's coming next."--Jacket
Satan's power : a deviant psychotherapy cult by William Sims Bainbridge( Book )

7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nanotechnology : societal implications by Mihail C Roco( )

31 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology promise to have major impacts on human health, wealth, and peace in the coming decades. Among the expected breakthroughs are orders of magnitude increases in computer efficiency, human organ restoration using engineered tissue, `designer' materials created from directed assembly of atoms and molecules, and the emergence of entirely new phenomena in chemistry and physics. This book includes a collection of essays by leading scientists, engineers, and social scientists reviewing the possible uses of these impending technical developments in various industrial, medical, and national security applications, and the corresponding ethical, legal, social, economic, and educational issues that they raise. The report outlines potential areas for research into societal implications of nanotechnology, as well as some preliminary suggestions for how potential positive impacts of nanotechnology can be maximized, while minimizing any possible negative impacts, real or imagined. This book also provides the beginning of a blueprint for how one should address second-order consequences of the new technology, either positive implications or potential risks. This material was prepared under the auspices of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The issues raised in the book are global in scope, going far beyond the immediate impact of the NNI. They ask the general questions of how history and the human condition are affected by technological progress, and how individuals and institutions can seek to guide that progress in ways most beneficial to mankind in the long run
Dimensions of science fiction by William Sims Bainbridge( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Online worlds : convergence of the real and the virtual by William Sims Bainbridge( )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Virtual worlds are persistent online computer-generated environments where people can interact, whether for work or play, in a manner comparable to the real world. The most popular current example is World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online game with eleven million subscribers. However, other virtual worlds, notably Second Life, are not games at all but internet-based collaboration contexts in which people can create virtual objects, simulated architecture, and working groups. This book brings together an international team of highly accomplished authors to examine the phenomena of vi
The sociology of religious movements by William Sims Bainbridge( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

EGods : faith versus fantasy in computer gaming by William Sims Bainbridge( Book )

16 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the relationship between religion and multi-player online roleplaying games? Are such games simply a secular distraction from traditional religious practices, or do they in fact offer a different route to the sacred? In eGods, a leading scholar in the study of virtual gameworlds takes an in-depth look at the fantasy religions of 41 games and arrives at some surprising conclusions. William Sims Bainbridge investigates all aspects of the gameworlds' religious dimensions: the focus on sacred spaces; the prevalence of magic; the fostering of a tribal morality by both religion and rules programmed into the game; the rise of cults and belief systems within the gameworlds (and how this relates to cults in the real world); the predominance of polytheism; and, of course, how gameworld religions depict death. As avatars are multiple and immortal, death is merely a minor setback in most games. Nevertheless, much of the action in some gameworlds centers on the issue of mortality and the problematic nature of resurrection. Examining EverQuest II, Lord of the Rings Online, Rift, World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and many others, Bainbridge contends that gameworlds offer a new perspective on the human quest, one that combines the arts, simulates many aspects of real life, and provides meaningful narratives about achieving goals by overcoming obstacles. Indeed, Bainbridge suggests that such games take us back to those ancient nights around the fire, when shadows flickered and it was easy to imagine the monsters conjured by the storyteller lurking in the forest. Arguing that gameworlds reintroduce a curvilinear model of early religion, where today as in ancient times faith is inseparable from fantasy, eGods shows how the newest secular technology returns us to the very origins of religion so that we might "arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."--Publisher's website
A theory of religion by Rodney Stark( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The virtual future by William Sims Bainbridge( )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Personality capture and emulation by William Sims Bainbridge( )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Personality Capture and Emulation is the gateway to an amazing future that actually may be achieved, enabling the preservation and simulation of human personalities at progressively higher levels of fidelity. This challenge is no longer the province merely of uninhibited visionaries, but has become a solid field of research, drawing upon a wide range of information technologies in human-centered computing and cyber-human systems. Even at modest levels of accomplishment, research in this emerging area requires convergence of cognitive, social, and cultural sciences, in cooperation with information engineering and artificial intelligence, thus stimulating new multidisciplinary perspectives. Therefore this book will inspire many specific research and development projects that will produce their own valuable outcomes, even as the totality of the work moves us closer to a major revolution in human life. Will it ever really be possible to transfer a human personality at death to a technology that permits continued life? Or will people come to see themselves as elements in a larger socio-cultural system, for which a societal information system can provide collective immortality even after the demise of individuals? A large number and variety of pilot studies and programming projects are offered as prototypes for research that innovators in many fields may exploit for the achievement of their own goals. Together, they provide an empirical basis to strengthen the intellectual quality of several current debates at the frontiers of the human and information sciences
Religion, deviance, and social control by Rodney Stark( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Does religion have the power to control individual behavior? Can a person's commitment to religion keep him or her from abusing drugs or committing suicide? In Religion, Deviance, and Social Control, Bainbridge and Stark argue that religion does in fact have the power to shape behavior."--Jacket
Berkshire encyclopedia of human-computer interaction by William Sims Bainbridge( Book )

15 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This encyclopedia, edited by the deputy director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, compiles 186 articles on the maturing field of human-computer interaction (HCI). Topics cover applications (e.g., Classrooms, Law enforcement, Telecommuting), computer hardware (Keyboard, Liquid crystal displays, Mouse), fields of study (Ergonomics, Sociology and HCI), methods (Gesture recognition, Icons, Natural-language processing), societal issues (Cybersex, Workforce), and other subjects (Arpanet, Mosaic, Website design). Article length averages 3-5 pages, with some longer articles, such as the 10-page History of HCI. Many entries are divided with boldface subheadings, enabling users to quickly identify main elements
Alternatives to American mainline churches by Joseph Henry Fichter( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spaceflight revolution : a sociological study by William Sims Bainbridge( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 1983 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The endtime family : Children of God
The Warcraft civilization : social science in a virtual worldLeadership in science and technology : a reference handbookThe future of religion : secularization, revival, and cult formationManaging nano-bio-info-cogno innovations : converging technologies in societyNanoconvergence : the unity of nanoscience, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive scienceNanotechnology : societal implicationsOnline worlds : convergence of the real and the virtualThe sociology of religious movements
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Bainbridge, Bill 1940-

Bainbridge, William S. 1940-

Bainbridge, William Sims

Sims-Bainbridge, William 1940-

William Sims Bainbridge American sociologist

William Sims Bainbridge Amerikaans socioloog

William Sims Bainbridge sociólogo estadounidense

William Sims Bainbridge sociologue américain

William Sims Bainbridge US-amerikanischer Soziologe, Kommunikationswissenschaftler und Religionssoziologe

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