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new date November 17.

(1) A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada, by John Ralston Saul. Saul argues that the famous "peace, order, and good government" that supposedly defines Canada is a distortion of the country's true nature, that Canada is a Metis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas, and that our non-intellectual business elite doesn't believe in Canada. (2) Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West, by John Ralston Saul. A sweeping and provocative exploration of nothing less than the political, economic, social, and cultural origins of Western society. (3) How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass : a Practical Guide to Thinking Critically, by Christopher DiCarlo (4) In Defense of Food : An Eater's Manifesto, by Michael Pollan. The balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

Sep 4, 2011 0 so far

What do you want to be reading as Halloween approaches? Please choose our book for October 27

(1) The Stuff of Thought: language as a window into human nature, by Steven Pinker A fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. (2) Our Inner Ape, by Franz de Waal The duality of human nature is brought home by looking at our two closest animal relatives. The chimpanzee has a reputation as murderous and power-hungry, whereas the bonobo, the hippie of the primate world, seems to prefer to "make love - not war." Both apes are equally close to us on the primate family tree. (3) The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Per­sonal Tri­umph from the Fron­tiers of Brain Sci­ence, by Nor­man Doidge An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable.

Sep 4, 2011 1 so far

Which book would you like to read and discuss for July?

Please vote on the "Humanities" title that you would like to read and discuss for July. For more information on the nominated titles, please visit the message board (under the "Discussions" tab) on the Meetup site. This poll will close at the end of May 29th. Vote your conscience.

May 16, 2011 1 so far

Which book would you like to read and discuss for June?

Please vote on the "Science" title that you would like to read and discuss for June. For more information on the nominated titles, please visit the message board (under the "Discussions" tab) on the Meetup site. This poll will close at the end of May 25th. Vote your conscience.

May 16, 2011 1 so far

Which book would you like to read and discuss for May?

Please vote on the "Humanities" title that you would like to read and discuss for May. For more information on the nominated titles, please visit the message board (under the "Discussions" tab) on the Meetup site. Please bear in mind the length and availability of the title that you wish to vote for: certain titles require a greater level of commitment to acquire and/or read completely. This poll will close at the end of February 11th. Happy voting!

Jan 27, 2011 11 so far

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