Author Archives: Ron Boothe

About Ron Boothe

I am a retired professor of psychology living in Tacoma Washington USA.

The True Believer by Eric Hoffer

To start off the new year, 2018, we will meet in January to discuss the following book, suggested by Van: Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, originally published by Harper in 1951. Advertisements

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Burk Reflects on 1925 through 2017

In response to Mohsen’s request that we all think about our own recollections of significant events leading up to 2017, Burk provides the following essay:   —————————————————- infinitum1925 – 2017 – BURK KETCHAM   As the oldest member of this … Continue reading

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December Discussion: 2017, A Year in Review

Instead of discussing a book, we are going to use our December meeting to discuss some of the events that have happened during 2017 and their historical antecedents. Mohsen will lead the discussion.

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November Selection: Moral Minds by Marc D Hauser

At our November meeting we will discuss the following book suggested by Richard Smaby: Marc D Hauser, Moral Minds: How Nature Designed our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong, originally published in hardcover by HarperCollins, 2006.

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Climate Change, Evolution, 9/11, and Truth

All of us have certain beliefs that we maintain strongly. Sometimes those beliefs seem so self-evident that it comes as a surprise when we discover that other individuals whom we consider to be like-minded have an opposed point of view. … Continue reading

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October Selection: Elisabeth Rosenthal’s An American Sickness

At our October meeting we will discuss the following book suggested by Sid Whaley: Elisabeth Rosenthal, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back, published by Penguin Press, 2017.

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Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up

At our September 2017 meeting we will discuss the following book selected by Burk: Anthony Flaccavento, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change (Culture of the Land), University Press of Kentucky, 2016.

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Trump Supporter Tribalism

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, 2016. Strangers in Their Own Land was helpful to me in terms of being able to attain a better understanding of the mindset of Trump … Continue reading

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June Selection: Strangers in Their Own Land

At our June meeting we will discuss a book selected by Neil Bergeson, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, 2016.  

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Reading Einstein’s Own Words

For our March book discussion we read Einstein’s Ideas and Opinions.1  I had previously read two biographies about Einstein2,3 as well as books by Christopher Potter4 and Amanda Gefter5 that include extensive discussions of modern developments of some of Einstein’s theoretical … Continue reading

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