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Book Club: The Greatest Show on Earth

Welcome to the first book club of the year! Our full 2013 list is now on the calendar, and available here.

We'll be discussing The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins (nonfiction - science):

Richard Dawkins launches a fierce counterattack against proponents of "Intelligent Design" in his latest New York Times bestseller, The Greatest Show on Earth. "Intelligent Design" is being taught in our schools; educators are being asked to "teach the controversy" behind evolutionary theory. There is no controversy. Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence—from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the airtight case that "we find ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the midst of a blossoming and flourishing tree of life and it is no accident, but the direct consequence of evolution by non-random selection." His unjaded passion for the natural world turns what might have been a negative argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist position, into a positive offering to the reader: nothing less than a master’s vision of life, in all its splendor.

Available on Amazon and through Sac Library.

Come with a few thoughts/ideas about the book to discuss!

About the Venue
The Coffee Garden is a little coffee shop just off Broadway and 99. We're probably in the separate room off to the left when you come in the front door. If the weather's nice, we may be in the garden through the back door.

They serve all sorts of coffees and drinks, sodas, and a wide variety of sandwiches and salads perfect for dinner if you choose. They appreciate it if you at least buy a drink/pastry.

Please be courteous and do not bring outside food or drinks.

About the Book Club
We're glad to have you join us - if you hate the book, love the book, or even didn't finish the book.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I love Sac FAN events and this one was no exception!

    January 22, 2013

  • Chuck W.

    Interesting discussion. Brooke and Roberto did some grteat facilitation.

    January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone help me please? Where is the monthly book list online? February's book title?

    January 11, 2013

    • Brooke

      Full 2013 list with links to each calendar item here:

      1 · January 11, 2013

    • Brooke

      1 · January 11, 2013

  • sharif r.

    As an atheist I always read rechard dawkins book. His simple explanation of t his complex bio universe. Provides me explanations to many questions that I had and have about nature. I look foward to meet you all as one of his reader and share my thoughts and learn more from all of you as well.

    November 25, 2012

  • Kristen

    I requested this book from the library and it just came in today. Too bad I can't keep it until January. I'll have to read it and check it out again closer to the date.

    October 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      i will go return the CD's at the central library today and don't forget to use the online catalog to look up the book.......there are at least a dozen copies in the Sacramento Region.

      1 · October 30, 2012

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