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Freethinkers Book Club

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) would like to welcome the Freethinkers Book Club to our list of events. Rita will continue to host and run the meetup, but HCCO will be promoting the event. The Freethinkers Book Club will be hosted via HCCO's meetup and mentioned on HCCO's website.


September's book will be Collapse by Jared Diamond.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness-- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

    November 1, 2013

  • ART M.

    Good to see you all.

    Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
    Peter H. Diamandis (Author), Steven Kotler (Author) gives a more optimistic view of the future which you may like to look at for balance.

    September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Although to be optimistic about future is good for health, it is even better to live in now. It is this moment that is important. The life is impermanent and do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

      1 · September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A jug of wine a book of verse, and thou in wilderness. that is paradise

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Jack

    Hey Rita!, the HCCO website says the meeting is next week Sep 26, but I just got an email (and this site confirms it) that it is tomorrow. Any insight?

    September 18, 2013

    • Rita M.

      It is tomorrow the 19th!

      September 18, 2013

  • Rita M.

    Ed, thanks for the suggestion, and John, for your input as well! These sound good. I know I will not likely have time to read a new book for October due to some personal and professional development reading currently, so I will put up a vote at the meeting for October to be Rights from Wrongs OR open topic (just discuss whatever you have been reading that is interesting and thought-provoking!)

    September 16, 2013

  • John

    I actually listened to that book "Collapse" as audio on a trip; I liked it but if memory serves... it did get repetitive - I won't say why now in case that would spoil it for anyone. Alas, I'm too busy to join you though. I like Ed's idea of talking about morals again. I had been studying that for a while, I got to Daniel Dennett's "The moral first aid manual" which basically says philosophy doesn't have a complete answer then I went to Richard Carrier who talks about virtue ethics and the futility of secret violations - that was very interesting and about the most practical I'd found. I'd say, mix Richard Carrier in with "The Righteous Mind" by Haidt and you've got something.

    September 15, 2013

  • Jack

    Life... is like a grapefruit. Well, it's sort of orangey-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It's got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have half a one for breakfast.

    ― Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Life is a tragedy for those who feel and
    A comedy for those who think

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Ed S.

    I suggest "Rights from Wrongs" for the group to read. Where do our rights come from? Does "natural law" really exist outside of what is written in constitutions and legal statutes? If so, why are rights not the same everywhere and in all eras? On the other hand, if rights are nothing more than the product of human law, why should we ever allow them to override the popular will? In Rights from Wrongs, renowned legal scholar Alan Dershowitz puts forward a wholly new and compelling answer to this age-old dilemma: Rights, he argues, do not come from God, nature, logic, or law alone. They arise out of particular human experiences with injustice

    2 · September 13, 2013

  • David W.

    I'd love to be there but my wife has surgery on the 18th so I don't think I'll be able to make it to the book club this month.

    September 9, 2013

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