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Category Archives: 2017 Selections
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
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
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
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
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.