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After all these meetings, Thinkers, at the restaurant that once was the Dobbs Ferry train station, what took us so long to select a book that examines trains? Tom Zoellner's work begins with a historical perspective and then 'switches' to the interaction we have had with trains over the years. The over three hundred page book was written in 2014, so his writing about the high speed train being built to travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco, affectionately known as the Insane Train, might be interesting to read now. There are at least eight copies of the book in the Westchester library system at the time of this writing. __________________________________ I'd like to comment on the meeting we had last Tuesday night. We discussed the Into Thin Air book. Among other things. What struck me is how we brought together an aggregate of people with disparate backgrounds and had what I thought was an engaging discussion. It was pleasant for me to finally get together in person. It was equally as enjoyable to be in the company of so many thoughtful people. As Lloyd Thaxton would say, "Give yourself a hand, Group".
Over the months we've been together, we became know-it-alls about epidemics, the cosmos, libraries, the origin of the OED, 1927, and Einstein. And the list could continue. Clearly, we gained insights into a myriad of subjects. Interpretative discussion of these books was usually skewed toward anecdotes and additional insights from the participants. For this December's meeting, our selection, "21 Lessons for the 21st Century", has shifted to a wider perspective. Here we are expecting Yuval Harari to present us with a historically large picture and a global view to to let us know what has and will happen to the world. Thinkers, this book will allow us to take Mr. Harari's ideas and collectively extrapolate them to our individual points of view. As you may recall, we sailed through the enduring point of contention 'was Balto or Togo the braver dog?' debate. Matters of politics and religion are clearly ancillary to this debate. Digression aside, this book has more innovative ideas than you can shake a stick at. The book is readily available through the Westchester Library System in book and CD audio book. The Dewey Decimal system classifies 21 Lessons in[masked] and so becomes part of world history. A companion book might be "A Hitchhiker's Gide to the Galaxy" so we can become authorities not only about the world but also the galaxy. Each author has a definitive answer to the problems presented in their chosen areas of study. See you in December.