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Reading with the Skeptics

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This month we'll discuss "Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body". See details below.

The skeptical book-club meets the second Monday of each month, during which we discuss fictional or non-fictional books of a skeptical, scientific or atheistic nature.

Please bring a simple snack or drink to share. Post a comment below indicating what you plan to bring.

Please email book suggestions to David Redmond.

Title: "Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body"

Author: Neil Shubin

Description: Why do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

Links: Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Your-Inner-Fish-Journey-3-5-Billion-Year/dp/0307277453), Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/your-inner-fish-neil-shubin/1102811347), iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/your-inner-fish/id419968067?mt=11), Good Reads (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1662160.Your_Inner_Fish)

Possible future book selections:

- "Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions" by Rachel Held Evans

- "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error" by Kathryn Schulz

- "The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children" by Katherine Stewart

- "The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality" by Chris Mooney

- "Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients" by Ben Goldacre