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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.

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

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Consilience by E.O. Wilson

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Sharon Woodhouse will moderate our discussion of Consilience. Location will be forthcoming.

An enormous intellectual adventure. In this groundbreaking book, the American biologist Edward O. Wilson, considered to be one of the world's greatest living scientists, argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge and the need to search for consilience--the proof that everything in our world is organized in terms of a small number of fundamental natural laws that comprise the principles underlying every branch of learning.

Professor Wilson, the pioneer of sociobiology and biodiversity, now once again breaks out of the conventions of current thinking. He shows how and why our explosive rise in intellectual mastery of the truths of our universe has its roots in the ancient Greek concept of an intrinsic orderliness that governs our cosmos and the human species--a vision that found its apogee in the Age of Enlightenment, then gradually was lost in the increasing fragmentation and specialization of knowledge in the last two centuries. Drawing on the physical sciences and biology, anthropology, psychology, religion, philosophy, and the arts, Professor Wilson shows why the goals of the original Enlightenment are surging back to life, why they are reappearing on the very frontiers of science and humanistic scholarship, and how they are beginning to sketch themselves as the blueprint of our world as it most profoundly, elegantly, and excitingly is.

About the Author
Edward O Wilson was Curator in Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard with which he had been connected since 1953. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, for ON HUMAN NATURE and THE ANTS.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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