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Book Club (Ceres)

On First Tuesday of every month (in Ceres) please come join us to talk, relax, and share discussions about the monthly book selection while we enjoy each others' company.

Meetings begins at 7 and will end around 8 or 8:30 depending on how long everyone is enjoying the evening. Please come whether you enjoyed the book, hated the book, or didn't quite finish it!

All of the books are available on Amazon, at your local public library, or other book stores.

July's Book

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, Sam Harris [Amazon]

Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide
debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to non-believing scientists—agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the primary justification for religious faith.

In this highly controversial book, Sam Harris seeks to link morality to the rest of human knowledge. Defining morality in terms of human and animal well-being, Harris argues that science can do more than tell how we are; it can, in principle, tell us how we ought to be. In his view, moral relativism is simply false—and comes at an increasing cost to humanity. And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our “culture wars,” Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.

Future Selections

  • July: The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, Sam Harris
  • August: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code, Sam Kean
  • September: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Reza Aslan
  • October: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Daniel C. Dennett (And Planning for 2014)
  • November: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkins
  • December: When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, T.M. Luhrmann

About the Venue

The meetings takes place at a private residence in Ceres (just south of Modesto) with room for 8-9 (adults only please).

Our hosts, Charly and Anton, enjoy baking and will provide some goodies each month and attendees are may bring something to share as well.

Online Discussion

Before and after the meetup, please use the discussion area below to discuss your thoughts on the book. You can also use it to coordinate a book exchange, or share where you got your copy to help others. But please, no spoilers!

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  • Vincent

    So with all the Paganini talk in the new book one must listen to the guy's music. Spotify may be good and fine for you. Additionally, I have some Paganini available in a dropbox file. If you don't have a dropbox account, it's free here: http://db.tt/riGr4XWS The Paganini (Complete concerti, 24 Caprices for violin and a version transcribed for guitar, and some sonatas): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/aldnt2dayz8q5i/k3YMJ8jx_p

    And by the way, oughtn't we start posting in the next book club meeting's announcement?

    July 6, 2013

  • Troy S.

    I password protected my book directory. If you would like access, please send an email to [masked]

    July 4, 2013

    • Troy S.

      User: saaf
      Pwd: hum@nit@s

      July 5, 2013

  • Amanda

    I won't be able to make tonight. I have another meeting to attend. :(

    July 2, 2013

    • Amanda

      :) I wish I could have been able to make it. I wanted to prove that I read the book! Hopefully I can make the next one.

      July 3, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      I don't think we've met, yet Amanda. We'll see you when you can! It'll be nice to meet you!

      July 3, 2013

  • Vincent

    No-Cheese Spread Recipe

    5 tablespoons olive oil
    1 whole red bell pepper (roasted and skinned)
    1 1/2 cups raw cashews
    1/4 cup sesame seeds
    1/2 cup water
    1/3 cup nutritional yeast
    1/4 lemon juice
    1 teaspoon
    1/4 water (probably not needed, just in case texture needs to be adjusted at the end)

    Combine all ingredients (except 1/4 cup water) in a blender and mix to a smooth spread. Adjust texture with reserved water, if necessary.
    Yields 2 cups

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      It turns out hotdogs are wayyy too dangerous for the likes of me!!

      1 · July 3, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      =>

      July 3, 2013

  • Shelli L. E.

    Great time, great people and and great conversation!!!!! Thanks everyone!!!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Freedom

    I had a great time!

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Vincent

    So I'm bringing No-cheese and a baguette or crackers. No-cheese is a vegan spread (don't worry, it's great!) made with cashews and and roasted red peppers. Cheers! Looking forward to the meeting... And to see how far past the introduction Troy got. ;)

    2 · July 1, 2013

  • Troy S.

    Next month's reading, The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean.

    EPUB version
    http://goldendrippings.com/books/%5bKean,%20Sam%5d%20The%20Violinist%27s%20Thumb%20-%20Tales%20of%20Love,%20War,%20and%20Genius.epub

    Kindle MOBI version
    http://goldendrippings.com/books/%5bKean,%20Sam%5d%20The%20Violinist%27s%20Thumb%20-%20Tales%20of%20Love,%20War,%20and%20Genius.mobi

    Adobe PDF version
    (Remember to check the checkbox "Fit to Page" if you print it because it converted without margins.)
    http://goldendrippings.com/books/%5bKean,%20Sam%5d%20The%20Violinist%27s%20Thumb%20-%20Tales%20of%20Love,%20War,%20and%20Genius.pdf

    PS: These are posted so our discussion will be educated and lively. However, I strongly recommend that you purchase the book in some form or donate to the author in some other way to support this type of research and writing.

    PSS: I found a great site http://convertfiles.com that allows you to change files from a variety of formats into other formats.

    1 · June 27, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      Thanks for this, Troy! I just bought the hard copy of Doubt, just so I could have it. I will continue to do it, too. I always end up with the hard copy when I like it. :)

      1 · June 27, 2013

  • Shelli L. E.

    Can anyone give me a ride to the book club meeting? I broke the same ankle, again.

    June 25, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      Did you get my message last night? I think there were two of them.

      1 · June 27, 2013

    • Vincent

      Yes, got it/ them. Will respond after class today.

      June 27, 2013

  • Troy S.

    Does anyone need ebook or PDF of the Moral Landscape?

    June 16, 2013

    • Shelli L. E.

      How freaking awesome was that!! Ding dong the DOMA's dead!!! You're right, Troy!! Nice pick!!

      2 · June 26, 2013

    • Troy S.

      Just so's y'know. My house 1905 Kienitz Ave near Oakdale & Orangeburg. My cell[masked]

      1 · June 26, 2013

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