Category Archives: 2017 Selections

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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The Moment of Truth

Mohsen invites our reactions to events of this last year and perhaps back further, including reading books together. I choose to focus on truth events. We have read the same books, many of which involve truth in some way. Our … 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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Moral Minds: Summary and Critique

Marc D. Hauser, Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong (New York: HarperCollins, 2006).   [Thesis.  “[W]e evolved a moral instinct, a capacity that naturally grows within each child, designed to generate rapid judgments about what is morally … Continue reading

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What’s in a List? A Commentary on Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish (New York: Tyrant Books, 2015)

“Lists today are a way of trying to get through the day, because we’re losing our sense of time.” –David Viscott. Most of my student life in learning languages was spent in memorizing lists. If the reader is familiar with … Continue reading

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Linguistic Background to Moral Minds

Moral Minds by Marc Hauser General Linguistics Perspective Scientific linguistics seeks to describe and explain our language behavior. It is distinct from prescriptive linguistics, which attempts to say how we should use our language. Marc Hauser wants to develop a … Continue reading

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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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Humor in “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” E. B. White At the risk of fulfilling White’s prophecy, I will attempt to analyze Bryson’s humor. Bryson frequently communicates using various kinds … Continue reading

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