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ASF Book Club


Join us to discuss this month's book selection and enjoy food and friends. Bring your favorite dish to share; soft drinks and water will be provided. Haven't read the book? No worries, come join the fun anyway!

 In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.

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  • Dan T.

    Blank Slate is on Kindle - I may actually be able to read some of this one :-)

    July 31, 2014

  • Stacey B.

    Have ya'll chosen the book for Aug yet?

    July 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We have, apologies for my lateness! We are reading The Blank Slate by Pinker. Its a doozy, so depending on how everyone feels about it in a few weeks, we might extend it over to September. Happy reading!

      July 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have, apologies for my lateness! We are reading The Blank Slate by Pinker. Its a doozy, so depending on how everyone feels about it in a few weeks, we might extend it over to September. Happy reading!

    July 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is this months selection?

    June 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We haven't chosen one for August yet, but we are reading the Poisonwood Bible for July.

      June 28, 2014

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