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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
“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