Author Archives: Ron Boothe

About Ron Boothe

I am a Professor Emeritus at Emory University, currently living in Tacoma Washington USA.

May Selection: Why Buddhism is True

At our May 2018 discussion meeting we will discuss a selection suggested by me (Ron Boothe): Robert Wright, Why Buddhism is True, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2017. Advertisements

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March Selection: Witold Gombrowicz’s novel Trans-Atlantyk

At our March meeting we will discuss a book suggested by David Gilmour: Witold Gombrowicz’s novel Trans-Atlantyk, published originally in Polish (Paris: Instytut literacki, 1953)   David recommends that we read either of the following translations: tr. by Carolyn French … Continue reading

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A Critique of deHaven-Smith’s Conspiracy Theory 

deHaven-Smith, L. Conspiracy Theory in America, University of Texas Press, 2013. DeHaven-Smith, a professor at Florida State University when he wrote this book (now retired), proposes a theory that he refers to as “The CIA’s Conspiracy Theory Conspiracy.” This is a … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Theory in America

At our February 2018 meeting we will discuss a selection suggested by Stirling Smith: Lance deHaven-Smith, Conspiracy Theory in America, University of Texas Press, 2013.

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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.

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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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