Author Archives: Ron Boothe

About Ron Boothe

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

Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: IV. THE BAD

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] As I have summarized in my previous commentaries about this … Continue reading

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: III. The Silly

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] [NOTE: In previous posts I have provided some pre-discussion tutorials … Continue reading

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: II. The Good

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] [NOTE: In previous posts I have provided some pre-discussion tutorials … Continue reading

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September 2018 Selection: Billy Collins

At our September meeting we will discuss a book selected by Ron Powers: Billy Collins, AIMLESS LOVE, NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, copyright 2013.

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: I. The Ugly

  Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] While reading Dennett’s book, I encountered a strange mixture … Continue reading

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Pre-discussion Tutorials for Topics Mentioned in From Bacteria to Bach and Back

Daniel Dennet, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. Dennett discusses a wide range of topics in this book, many of which I have some familiarity with due to my background as … Continue reading

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Summer Read: Daniel Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back

We will meet in Mid-August to discuss our summer read selection picked by Jim Clifford: Daniel Dennet, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

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June Selection: The Vegetarian

Our discussion book for June, suggested by Bill Hagens, is The Vegetarian, a South Korean three-part drama novella written by Han Kang and first published in 2007. English translation by Deborah Smith published by Penguin Random House in 2016. Winner … Continue reading

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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.

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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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