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Book Discussion: the Third Chimpanzee

It’s my pleasure to facilitate the next book discussion for FAN members. The selected book is The Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond. The book is divided into 5 parts. It would be great if one or more attending members took on selected part and created general questions for discussion. I’ll take on Part 5 since I have already finished the book. More than one member can create questions for the same part of the book. To insure that there’s enough interest in holding this book club discussion, I would like to see at least 5 members RSVP by the end of this month. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

I also have an extra copy of the book if anyone needs it.

From Library Journal
Research biologist (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands) Diamond argues that the human being is just a third species of chimpanzee but nevertheless a unique animal essentially due to its capacity for innovation, which caused a great leap forward in hominoid evolution. After stressing the significance of spoken language, along with art and technology, Diamond focuses on the self-destructive propensities of our species to kill each other (genocide and drug abuse) and to destroy the environment (mass extinctions). He also discusses human sexuality, geographic variability, and ramifications of agriculture (metallurgy, cultivated plants, and domesticated animals). Absent from Diamond's work is the role religion plays in causing both war and the population explosion as well as long-range speculations on the future of our species. This informative, most fascinating, and very readable book is highly recommended for all libraries.
- H. James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.

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  • Bakari

    Here is current list of suggested books: http://www.meetup.com/SacFAN/messages/boards/thread/9585743

    You can vote in the thread or email me your choices.

    August 16, 2010

  • Anyse J.

    Talk about lively and, at times, heated discussion! The participantes are a pretty outspoken group and seem to have taken some time to really think about parts of this book and were ready to talk and to share ideas and such. If you like to be on our toes, this is a group to participate in!

    August 13, 2010

  • Bakari

    Great sharing. Looking forward to the next book and discussion.

    August 13, 2010

  • Bakari

    My book recommendation:
    Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, by Jeff Rubin

    I have not read this book, but it seems to speak to some of the issues we raised in the book club discussion.

    http://www.amazon.com/Your-World-About-Whole-Smaller/dp/1400068509/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1281680678&sr=8-1

    August 12, 2010

  • Bakari

    Thanks everyone for showing up. The discussion was very fruitful.

    I?m going to set the next meeting for Sept. 16th. Everyone has until next Tuesday to make book recommendations. The following two days will be voting on the next book. You can make one vote for your own book, of course, and one vote for another. Just two votes. I hope that sounds fair.

    Please include a brief reason why you recommend the book. You can post your recommendations here. I?ll compile the list by Tue. night.

    August 12, 2010

  • Don F.

    OK, I'll lead Part 2.

    August 3, 2010

  • Bakari

    Now that you have probably started reading the book, if you could please select a chapter or part of the book to base discussion questions on. You can post in the comment box below which chapter or part you select for discussion questions. There are 5 parts.

    Anyse signed up for Part 3 (chapters 8-12)
    Bakari: Part 5 (chapters 17-19)

    More than one person take on a chapter or part.

    August 2, 2010

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