What we’re about
This group is for readers interested in science, history, philosophy, and contemporary social issues who enjoy discussing big ideas from a critical, rational perspective. From broad philosophical questions about the human mind to current scientific discoveries, the goal is to entertain our brains and learn from each other. The focus is on deep scientific, philosophical and social questions, and we avoid self-help, spirituality, and business-oriented books.
**Please note that at this point we have a fairly large group and only accept new members if their interests closely match the group's interests (your answers to the profile questions really matter), so please do not take it personally if you are turned down.
Upcoming events (2)See all
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan CainUWM Student Union, Milwaukee, WI
In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, impeccably researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
- February Meetup SuggestionsUWM Student Union, Milwaukee, WI
Please tell me in the comments which of these books (in no particular order) you would like to discuss in February or add a suggestion of your own:
The origin story of the Age of Disinformation: the candid inside tale of two online media rivals, Jonah Peretti of HuffPost and BuzzFeed and Nick Denton of Gawker Media, whose delirious pursuit of attention at scale helped release the dark forces that would overtake the internet and American society.
Caste - Isabel Wilderson - recommended by one of my Black co-workers - a really interesting analysis and comparison of caste in India with the black/white dynamic in the US, and of Jews in Nazi Germany -----
The Fifth Domain - Defending out Country, Our Country, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats A very approachable book about the Cyber threats and what our country need to do to be more secure. -----
In Defense of a Liberal Education - Fareed Zakaria -----
Fascism - A Warning - Madeline Albright A good walk through history of the development of Fascism in Italy and Germany, drawing parallels to present day US