The Persians, the Germans, and the Greeks all debated issues sober and while drinking their favorite intoxicating beverage. In Plato’s Symposium, great minds gathered around to drink and engage in intellectual discussion, becoming more animated and fanciful as the hours and the drinks add up.
We are trying to recreate this atmosphere with this book club.
Each book will be roughly 200 pages, and so easily readable in a month. If you want to read it and talk about it over a few beers, that would be great. If you just want to show up because the topic seems interesting, come on ahead.
A Reading, Thinking, and Drinking Club.
May 12 · 6:30 PM
Discuss _Emergence_ by Steven Johnson
From Amazon: An individual ant, like an individual neuron, is just about as dumb as can be. Connect enough of them together properly, though, and you get spontaneous... Learn more
April 14 · 6:30 PM
Discuss Farhad Manjoo's _True Enough_.
Why I want to read this: As a general rule, I pick books because I want to spend a month meditating on and learning about a new topic. In this case, I want to think... Learn more
March 10 · 6:30 PM
Discuss Wilfrid Blunt's _Linnaeus_
Why I want to read this: I am not saying that Linnaeus is responsible for Freud and Tinder, but he may be. He placed sex at the center of the definition of species, and... Learn more
February 11 · 6:30 PM
Discuss Joseph Ellis' _The Quartet_
Why I want to read this book: For the past year, I have been following the naturalist William Bartram around on his journeys and living in the 1770s. Again and again, I... Learn more
January 14 · 6:30 PM
Discuss Steven Johnson's _How We Got to Now_
Why I want to read this: I have been watching the DVDs that go with this book, and I am quite smitten by his style and bringing together people that have contributed to... Learn more