Book Club (Stockton)

  • August 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM

On Second Monday of every month (in Stockton) 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: Planning for 2014
  • November: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Daniel C. Dennett
  • December: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkins

About the Venue

Our first Stockton meeting takes place at Dante's Pizza. Eating is optional, but come hungry if you plan to eat because they take pizza seriously. Please do not bring outside food or drink.

Future meetings will likely be held at our host's home.

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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  • Valerie S.

    I have cancelled the meetuup at Dante's tonight. I made two mistakes (I am very sorry and disappointed!). I failed to update this month's book list reflecting a change in the reading material, and I found out today that Dante's is not open on Mondays. I apologize for the mishap, and I hope that we can meet next month. I have emailed all members that RSVP'd, and I hope to get input about a book selection for next month. I apologize for the inconvenience.

    August 12, 2013

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