Category Archives: 2017 Selections

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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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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Coal Miner

As I was helping my friend Kathy get rid of books she no longer wanted, she gave me several books of British comedy. Two of these included excerpts from scripts for such legendary radio/TV shows as Monthy Python’s Flying Circus, … Continue reading

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Summer Read: Road to Little Dribbling

Bill Bryson, The Road to Little Dribbling, 2016   This summer my wife and I are taking a walking tour of the British countryside, from a village called Osmotherly and ending in the village of Robin Hood’s Bay, in York. … Continue reading

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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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