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Here's a platform for you to 1) introduce a book and 2) have a group discussion on the theme/topics/arguments of the book. Each meetup consist of a member presenting a book(s) (1st half) followed by group discussion (2nd half). The genre can be fiction or non-fiction.

Not only books but articles or essays would do also. And depending on the genre of works we may delve into textual reviews a bit more than otherwise.

Upcoming events (5)

Prisoners of Geography

TBD

[Sorry for the change of date -- hosts yet to get back to Shanghai ...]

Prisoners of Geography -- Tim Marshall
[both book covers are of same content, same publication year (2015), just different publishers]

Free discussion

Would you like to take up a chapter? -- briefly describe and/or critique, for 5~10mins? Most welcome.
Pls PM wechat: mangojango

Democracy? Well, depends...
Needs a date and time

Needs a location

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

The title of the book can be misleading. For the title is an extreme condensation of something frightfully larger than just 'Democracy' and 'America.' The book is rather about 'something' in Democracy that transcends whatever political systems and 'something' in America that transcends all nations. It's a book, in the final analysis, about human nature. No wonder it remains a classic transcending eras and as spookishly relevant even today.

Meeting format:

1) A pre-assigned member (presenter) will introduce the above book -- one presenter per meeting. Approx 30mins for the book intro.

2) Followed by group discussion on the themes of the book. The discussion session would take the remainder time of the meeting. Focus of discussion will be the theme/topic/argument of the book(s), rather than textual analysis (though may vary per genre of the written works)

3) No prior knowledge of the book is expected from the attendees. Purpose of meetup is to discuss the theme/topics/arguments of the book rather than showcase one's knowledge of the book; nor is expected any expertise on the subject from the attendees nor the presenter; collective dialogue in exploring a common theme are the main purposes of the meetup.

For future Presenters, let this occasion to be a chance to go over the book(s) you once read and share the highlights. Prepare and schedule your book presentation! Can be books of any language, as long as your presentation would be in a language the audience would follow :)

Free entrance, pay your own menu orders

Your RSVP would help in booking space... Thanks!!

'Siddhartha'­ by Herman Hesse
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".... In a space of just a few years (early 70's), Hesse became the most widely read and translated European author of the 20th century.[48] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Hesse#cite_note-z185-48) Hesse was especially popular among young readers, a tendency which continues today.[51] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Hesse#cite_note-51)"

Meeting format:

1) A pre-assigned member (presenter) will introduce the above book -- one presenter per meeting. Approx 30mins for the book intro.

2) Followed by group discussion on the themes of the book. The discussion session would take the remainder time of the meeting. Focus of discussion will be the theme/topic/argument of the book(s), rather than textual analysis (though may vary per genre of the written works)

3) No prior knowledge of the book is expected from the attendees. Purpose of meetup is to discuss the theme/topics/arguments of the book rather than showcase one's knowledge of the book; nor is expected any expertise on the subject from the attendees nor the presenter; collective dialogue in exploring a common theme are the main purposes of the meetup.

For future Presenters, let this occasion to be a chance to go over the book(s) you once read and share the highlights. Prepare and schedule your book presentation! Can be books of any language, as long as your presentation would be in a language the audience would follow :)

Free entrance, pay your own menu orders

Your RSVP would help in booking space... Thanks!!

'Happiness: The Science behind Your Smile' by Daniel Nettle

Bringing together the latest insights from psychiatry, psychology, and philosophy, Daniel Nettle sheds light on happiness ... Nettle examines whether people are basically happy or unhappy, whether success can make us happy, what sort of remedies to unhappiness work, why some people are happier than others, and much more.

We discover the evolutionary reason why negative thoughts are more powerful than positive ones. We read that happiness varies from country to country, ...

... is particularly insightful in discussing the brain systems underlying emotions and moods, ranging from serotonin, to mood enhancing drugs such as D-fenfluramine, which reduces negative thinking in less than an hour; to the part of the brain that, when electrically stimulated, provides feelings of benevolent calm and even euphoria. In the end, Nettle suggests that we would all probably be happier by .....

https://books.google.com.tw/books/about/Happiness.html?id=pbPNUWbtrA8C&redir_esc=y

Meeting format:

1) A pre-assigned member (presenter) will introduce the above book -- one presenter per meeting. Approx 30mins for the book intro.

2) Followed by group discussion on the themes of the book. The discussion session would take the remainder time of the meeting. Focus of discussion will be the theme/topic/argument of the book(s), rather than textual analysis (though may vary per genre of the written works)

3) No prior knowledge of the book is expected from the attendees. Purpose of meetup is to discuss the theme/topics/arguments of the book rather than showcase one's knowledge of the book; nor is expected any expertise on the subject from the attendees nor the presenter; collective dialogue in exploring a common theme are the main purposes of the meetup.

For future Presenters, let this occasion to be a chance to go over the book(s) you once read and share the highlights. Prepare and schedule your book presentation! Can be books of any language, as long as your presentation would be in a language the audience would follow :)

Free entrance, pay your own menu orders

Your RSVP would help in booking space... Thanks!!

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