What we're about
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.