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Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group Message Board › New Meetup: Little Canada Book Club - "Parasite Rex" by Carl Zimmer.

New Meetup: Little Canada Book Club - "Parasite Rex" by Carl Zimmer.

Patricia M.
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Saint Paul, MN
Announcing a new Meetup for Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group!

What: Little Canada Book Club - "Parasite Rex" by Carl Zimmer.

When: Sunday, February 13, 2011 1:00 PM

Where: Caribou Coffee
3354 Rice St
Little Canada, MN 55126

For our February meeting we will be discussing the book "Parasite Rex" by Carl Zimmer.

From Library Journal:
Zimmer, a columnist at National History, has written an absolutely fascinating book about parasites, once the reader gets past the "grossness" factor. As with his previous book, At the Water's Edge (LJ 2/1/98), evolution is central: Zimmer considers not only how parasites have evolved but how they may have helped the evolution of other species. Though humans are not the only species discussed, some of the most interesting evolutionary theories come from human-parasite relations. Mild cases of sickle cell anemia, for instance, seem to protect against malaria, implying that these sorts of blood diseases have evolved with the aid of parasites. The author discusses more recent research suggesting that some modern diseases, such as allergies or ulcerative colitis, may actually be triggered by our immune systems' not having parasites to fight. This well-written book makes parasitology interesting and accessible to anyone. Margaret Henderson, Cold Spring Harbor Academics, NY Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Our tentative list for future books is:
March: "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman
April: "The Meme Machine" by Susan Blackmore
May: "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins
June: "The Riddle of Gender" by Deborah Rudacille

Due to the limited space available in the meeting room, "maybe" RSVPs will not be allowed. Please be sure to update your RSVP if your plans change.

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