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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Publisher Blurb: "The story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance--until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?" I truly cannnot add anything as an introduction to this book, just that I cannot wait to start reading it! Aida

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    There are many reasons to fear death, the anxiety of missing out, the terror of unachieved goals, the dread of nothingness, but for me the most distressing one is the realisation of the vastness of knowledge and the limit of my petty minuscule life. As Turgenev put it masterfully in Fathers and Sons:

    "I’m lying here in a haystack... The tiny space I occupy is so infinitesimal in comparison with the rest of space, which I don’t occupy and which has no relation to me. And the period of time in which I’m fated to live is so insignificant beside the eternity in which I haven’t existed and won’t exist... And yet in this atom, this mathematical point, blood is circulating, a brain is working, desiring something... What chaos! What a farce!"

    And thus, being inspired by a similar book club in Melbourne, Brisbane Big Ideas Book Club is born. We will meet (mostly) on the last Wednesday of each month, explore and savour the ideas, dreams and achievements of human consciousness by reading non-fiction and fiction books covering various subjects, from ethics and philosophy to science and technology.


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