What we're about

The centerpiece of the discussion will be a book, mostly non-fiction but some fiction. The book might be the centerpiece, but the discussions' value will come from the everyone's inputs. Disagreements or agreements, what matters is how you engage with the knowledge learned in the book and everyone's ideas. The diverse backgrounds we come from will cause us to have different approaches to the topic which will elucidate arguments for and against the topic. Critical thinking enables the group to understand the ideas in their complexity.

My role of moderator is to make sure everyone gets heard. Within the discussion, priority goes to those who did not speak much, which facilitates diverse perspectives.

The list of books are mostly member suggestions. Every cycle members suggest books, and then poll which book they wish to read. Books are selected for poll rank, and topic diversity.

For for details about How The Book List Gets Made, see link below. Page contains the reasons why books are listed, and things to consider when suggesting books.
https://www.inquiryreviews.com/p/how-book-list-gets-made.html

If you have any questions, use Meetup internal communication or contact me via eugenefrominquiry@gmail.com (Preferred).

If you would like to help support this group and help cover the costs of running it, you can donate via Zelle, PayPal, or Venmo. You can send money to eugenefrominquiry@gmail.com. This is not a requirement. Just an option. If you feel that you get a lot out of the events, this allows you to support the group (and me primarily) financially. It will be much appreciated.

My blog for book reviews: https://www.inquiryreviews.com/p/about-inquiry.html

Goodreads affiliated site: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/976921-inquiry-non-fiction-book-club-for-inquiring-minds

Past Events =63
Book Club Events = 61
Author Appearance = 6
Book Shop Visits = 1
Related Events = 1

Attendance: Average = 11, Standard Deviation = 6

Upcoming events (4+)

The Secret of Our Success by Joseph Henrich | Book Club

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Full Title: The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter

Book was suggested by: Brandon W.

Pages to read: 340
ISBN:[masked] (Originally listed edition & edition I am using)

While reading the book, consider the below questions:
•What is the raison d’etre of the book? For what purpose did the author write the book? Why do people read this book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•To whom would you suggest the book?
•What is culture?
•What is a cultural species?
•What is cultural evolution?
•How did humans self-domesticate themselves?
•Do humans use instinctual ability or individual capacity to survive?
•What information does culture possess?
•Why is culture referenced as being usually smarter than the individual?
•From whom do people learn?
•Why can culture have information loss?
•How can culture overcome information loss?
•How did culture and genes coevolve?
•What is prestige status?
•What is dominance status?
•How is cultural learning different from social learning?
•What are some marriage norms and how are they enforced?
•How did complex communicative tools develop?
•How do social norms spread to other groups?
•Are there harmful consequences to social norms?

Your questions are important and will take priority. If you have questions about the book's content or related ideas, either let me know what your questions are or raise them during the discussion.

Eugene's review of the book:
https://www.inquiryreviews.com/2022/10/review-of-secret-of-our-success-how.html

Upcoming event:
https://www.meetup.com/Inquiry-Non-Fiction-Book-Club-for-Inquiring-Minds/events/

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson | Book Club

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Pages to read: 376
ISBN:[masked] (Originally listed edition, and edition I am using)

While reading the book, consider the below questions:
•What is the raison d’etre of the book? For what purpose did the author write the book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•To whom would you suggest this book?
•How complex is reality?
•What happens when complexity is denied?
•Why simplify reality?
•What are consequences of simplification?
•How to simplify reality?
•How to bring order to chaos?
•What are rules for?
•How can constraints make people free?
•What are ideologues ad ideologies?
•How to become better?
•Who is considered authentic, and inauthentic?
•How to have a conversation?
•Who is worthy of friendship?
•Why do people want to belong to groups?
•What are consequences of having values?
•What are consequences of not having values?
•What are sources of suffering?
•How and why do individuals take responsibility for their own life?
•Why do individuals take risks?
•What value does aggression have?
•How does social status impact health?
•Can there be equality between people?
•Are people social or antisocial?
•What is natural selection? How does chaos and order apply to natural selection?

Your questions are important and will take priority. If you have questions about the book's content or related ideas, either let me know what your questions are or raise them during the discussion.

My review of the book:
https://www.inquiryreviews.com/2022/11/review-of-12-rules-for-life-antidote-to.html

Upcoming event:
https://www.meetup.com/Inquiry-Non-Fiction-Book-Club-for-Inquiring-Minds/events/

Contribute:
The club has costs. If you get value out of the event, support the club. Contribute via:

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Beyond Order: 12 More Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson | Book Club

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Pages to read: 308
ISBN:[masked] (Originally listed edition, and Edition I am using)

While reading the book, consider the below questions:
•What is the raison d’etre of the book? For what purpose did the author write the book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•To whom would you suggest the book?
•What is needed for mental health?
•What is communication used for?
•Why are laws needed?
•Why is deviation behavior needed?
•How to manage order and chaos?
•How does culture work?
•How to resolve problems?
•What are sins of commission, and sins of omission?
•What is genuine authority?
•What is an ideologue?
•What happens to those overprotected?
•How to build skill?
•How does writing impact memory?
•How to maintain a relationship?

Your questions are important and will take priority. If you have questions about the book's content or related ideas, either let me know what your questions are or raise them during the discussion.

My Review of the Book:
https://www.inquiryreviews.com/2022/10/review-of-beyond-order-12-more-rules.html

Upcoming event:
https://www.meetup.com/Inquiry-Non-Fiction-Book-Club-for-Inquiring-Minds/events/

Contribute:
The club has costs. If you get value out of the event, support the club. Contribute via:

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On Obligations by Cicero | Book Club

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Pages to read: 171

ISBN: '[masked] (Originally listed edition, and Edition I am using)

While reading the book, consider the below questions:
•What is the raison d’etre of the book? For what purpose did the author write the book? Why do people read this book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•What are the obligations that community members have towards each other?
•What are injustices of commission, and injustices of omission?
•Why is there a need for individuals to be useful to the community?
•What is justice?
•What happens when justice and being useful are in conflict?
•Why is the purpose of philosophers?
•How can philosophers betray the ideas of obligations?
•What is the purpose of knowledge?
•What are just behaviors?
•Why is injustice committed?
•Why is there uncertainty in decisions?
•How does success change the way decision making is made?
•Can there be a just war?

Your questions are important and will take priority. If you have questions about the book's content or related ideas, either let me know what your questions are or raise them during the discussion.

My review of the book:
https://www.inquiryreviews.com/2022/10/review-of-on-obligations-by-cicero.html

Upcoming event:
https://www.meetup.com/Inquiry-Non-Fiction-Book-Club-for-Inquiring-Minds/events/

Contribute:
The club has costs. If you get value out of the event, support the club. Contribute via:

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Past events (85)

Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong | Book Club

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