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July 2018 Book Club mtg: The case for optimism.
Someone coined the term "prog lit" to describe a genre of books that tells us to relax a bit about our present troubles. Let's not lose sight of the fact that human progress by any measure has been enormous in recent decades, be it material prosperity, human health, or even social justice. To paraphrase President Obama, the arc of history bends upward. According to one scholar I found that has read all 12-15 book in this genre, they share a lot in common. So, let's all read one of them. These first two he said were the best, but I listed a few others that had some library access. BOOK 1: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. By Steven Pinker. -- 450pp of text, 2018 PB. -- Well-known book/author. Emphasizes centrality of humanism/enlightenment. -- Best, but long + $20 for PB. -- Library: Nothing. City 0 of 38 w/44 holds. County 0 of 20 w/50 holds. (BOOK 1B. A 58p, $8 PB summary of book 1, probably for students: ) BOOK 2: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. By Hans Rosling. -- 260pp of text, 2018, HB $19. -- Library = Nothing. City 0 of 17 w/157 holds. County 0 of 8 w/71 holds. 3. Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future. By Johan Norberg. -- 260pp of text, 2017 PB. -- By a Swedish libertarian, but no big deal. -- Library: City 1 of 2. County 1 of 3. 4. It's Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear. By Gregg Easterbrook. -- 270pp of text, 2018 HB $24. -- By a great journalist and writer. Short but expensive. -- Library: Yes! City 3 of 5 available. County 1 of 5 available. I will post the following month's books shortly.

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This group is for dedicated readers and knowledge seekers who want to learn more about the world we live in. Knowledge is, after all, power, and having facts and figures to back up arguments is never a bad thing. Ideally this group will meet once a month to discuss a book of the month. We can read both fiction and non-fiction, and the literature we read need not be political. The overall aim of the group will be to enrich ourselves with knowledge and get together to share this knowledge.

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