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Book Group: Past books

Book Group Information

A list of books selected and read by this book group from 2008 to 2013 can be found here. For recent books, see below.

02/15/2016 - 2:00pm Book Group: "Unstoppable" by Ralph Nader

“Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State,” by Ralph Nader (2015). Why and how left-right cooperation is possible.

01/18/2016 - 2:00pm Book Group Discussion: "No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden . . ."

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald, 2014.
(The group originally selected this book for December 2015, but moved it to January 2016 at our October meeting.)

12/14/2015 - 2:00pm Book Group Discussion: "Affluence and Influence. . ."

Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America by Martin Gilens, 2014. An evidence-based investigation of whether money really does affect politics in America, or not, and if so, something about how much and how. "His findings are staggering."

11/16/2015 - 2:00pm Book Group Discussion: "Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality"

Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality by Patricia Churchland (2012)

10/19/2015 - 2:00pm Book Group Discussion: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (2015)

09/21/2015 - 2:00pm Book Grp: "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind"

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Narari (2015) – a “groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution” exploring ways that “biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be ‘human.’”

08/17/2015 - 2:00pm Book Group Discussion Canceled
07/20/2015 - 2:00pm Book Grp: Daniel Dennett "Breaking the Spell"

Daniel Dennett Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. Dennett is the great philosopher of (non-) religion, writing in 2007 about why and how religion became so influential in human society, “looking beneath the veil of orthodoxy.”

06/15/2015 - 2:00pm Book Grp: Sam Harris "Waking Up"

Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014) – a “scientific and philosophical exploration of the self, and a how-to guide for transcendence, from an atheist who says there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

05/18/2015 - 2:00pm Book Group: "Being Mortal"

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande (201). Available in paperback. How medicine can not only improve life, but also the process of its ending. Examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and varieties of hospice care. Includes research and riveting storytelling. See