Category Archives: 2019 Selections

An Evolutionary Psychology Perspective Regarding Knowledge

Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach, The Knowledge Illusion, Riverhead Books, 2017. I provided a critique of our book club selection, The Knowledge Illusion, in a previous post. One of my criticisms was that the book did not provide an adequate … Continue reading

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"Flower Hunters” in Florida by Lauren Groff

A vignette of a woman searching for herself, searching for value in herself. Feeling a failure as a mother compared to her husband. Comparing herself to Meg, who is better than everyone. Escaping  into William Bartram’s adventures in Florida. Then … Continue reading

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East Coast Branch of the TRMBC reporting in on Florida

NOTE: The following post was sent to us via email from our former member Burk Ketcham who moved to East Coast but still participates in reading our book selections. I posted his comments here for him. Ron I have only … Continue reading

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East Coast Branch of the TRMBC reporting in on American Dialogue

NOTE: The following post was sent to us via email from our former member Burk Ketcham who moved to East Coast but still participates in reading our book selections. I posted his comments here for him. Ron I want to … Continue reading

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East Coast branch of the RMBC reporting in about The Knowledge Illusion

NOTE: The following post was sent to us via email from our former member Burk Ketcham who moved to East Coast but still participates in reading our book selections. I posted his comments here for him. Ron Let me start … Continue reading

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Notes on Lauren Groff’s Florida

(References to the paperback edition of Florida (New York: Riverhead Books, 2018) “Black vultures that smell ‘like a thousand rotten corpses’ have brought a Florida neighborhodd to its knees.” (Business Insider, August 17, 2019) Florida by Lauren Groff is storytelling … Continue reading

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Ron Boothe Critique of The Knowledge Illusion

Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach, The Knowledge Illusion, Riverhead Books, 2017. The authors of The Knowledge Illusion are cognitive scientists. They use the term knowledge illusion to refer to the fact that humans often think they are more knowledgeable than … Continue reading

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Lessons from and Critique of The Knowledge Illusion by Steve Sloman and Philip Fernbach

SYNOPSIS OF ARGUMENT Knowledge is a relation between people (the ones who claim to know) and a set of assertions. The knowers commit to those assertions by calling them true. Commitment is an emotional component of truth. People who commit … Continue reading

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Reflections on “The Knowledge Illusion” by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach

I’m writing this essay after listening in, via DUO, to our book club’s discussion of “The Knowledge Illusion” by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach on November 7th, 2019. At that time, I wasn’t able to offer my opinions about the … Continue reading

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December Pick: Lauren Groff’s Florida

At our December meeting we will discuss a book suggested by David Gilmour: Lauren Groff, Florida, Riverhead Books, 2018.

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