Monday, July 18, 2011

August, September and October books

Meetings are limited to eight people because that is all the room we have around our table.  Earl usually cooks salmon and mashed potatoes for us.  BUT if we have any vegetarians joining us, we'll also add a vegetarian dish.

The Wisdom of  Crowds by James Surowiecki  <==That's the book topic for the August 21st dinner.
1. Susan   2. Earl   3. John R.  4. Fred  5. Julie   6. Sandy   7. Harry   8.  ??

Book for September==> The Unconscious Civilization by John Raulston Saul
We will meet one Sunday evening in September. I'm not sure which Sunday yet. If you're interested in discussing this book, please let me know which Sunday evening works best for you.
As of now, the yes RSVP for September:
1. Susan 2. Earl 3. Julie 4. Marcus 5. Fred

book for October==>  Sophie's World  by Jostein Gaarder It sold more than 30 million copies.  BE CAREFUL...don't buy the wrong one.  There is another one not written by Jostein Gaarder.
The October meeting will be the last Sunday in October (October 30th) at Earl's and my home.

Sophie's World is an easy to read novel about the history of philosophy. Not in depth (of course) but it covers plato, aristotle, descartes, spinoza, locke, hume, berkeley, bjerkely, kant, hegel, kierkegaard, marx, darwin, freud, sartre
As of now, the yes RSVP for October:
1. Susan  2.  Earl  3. Jon 4. Jenny

Here is a review I found at about the September book (The Unconscious Civilization by John Raulston Saul):
In this concise and convincing piece Saul argues that we are acting rather irresponsibly as citizens, abandoning the democratic institutions that can best articulate our needs and priorities as a society and allowing private sector entities to assume greater and greater control over our lives. While those who have not read the book may dismiss such arguments as anti-capitalist ideology, Saul's tone is in fact very measured and thoughtful, and the ideas he so deftly explores leave the reader with considerable food for thought. Moreover, the style of the writing is not at all academic - the book is as easy and enjoyable to read as it is thought-provoking.

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