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Book Club Potluck - "Beyond the Hoax"

  • Jun 21, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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I will host the June 21 discussion of Alan Sokal's Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture. Russell suggested this book. Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Hoax-Science-Philosophy-Culture/dp/0199561834.

The other option for June is Karl's pick The Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life by Shimon Edelman. See the June 14 Meetup.

The July poll results are in, and the winners are: Terry's pick,Nietzsche: Life as Literature by Alexander Nehamas, and Lincoln's pick, On Revolution by Hannah Arendt. Marc has volunteered to host the Nehamas Meetup. Both Marc and Richard have offered to host in August. Let me know if you'd be willing to host. I need two volunteers per month. I'd be happy to relinquish my duties for the Sokal Meetup in June. I definitely need someone to host the Arendt book in July. August and September are wide open.

Since we are always planning ahead, I've started the poll for our August selections. You'll find that under the "More" menu at the top of this page. Anyone who is a member of this Meetup can submit a title for the poll. Just send me an email or post on this site, and I'll add your selection. However, I will only include one title from each member. If you submitted a title last month, I've rolled it over into the new poll. If you want to change your recommendation, just let me know.

As always, it's essential that everyone who comes to the meeting reads the book in its entirety. Please also bring a food or drink item for the potluck.

Happy reading!

 

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  • Russell B.

    Great fun! Love the conversation. Love the book selection! The person who recommended it deserves kudos!

    June 21, 2013

    • Charley H.

      Yes, very nice evening, very good book, and I might be persuaded to vote for another book recommended by that person.

      1 · June 22, 2013

  • Russell B.

    Everyone make sure you have read the book before coming to the meetup, please!

    June 21, 2013

  • Sally A L.

    Sorry - found out too late that I was off the waiting list- hope to see you next time.

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • dennis c.

    I read the whole book. Very interesting, and explained why I could never get into the modern French philosophers.

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Lincoln C.

    My apologies, I did not read the book due to extensive international travel and work.

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Mark H.

    No way I'm going to get through this tome in time!

    June 15, 2013

    • Russell B.

      Darn!, I would had loved to see you there, Mark. But I'm glad Sally is coming. A biologist will be good addition.

      June 16, 2013

  • Damian C.

    Hey, I would love to attend this meetup and definitely plan to read and get into the book, but would really like to know if the group or leader can make an exception for me to attend. That is, according to the meetup rule, only 8 people are permitted, but may I be allowed to squeeze in? I'd really appreciate it. Please email me back soon dear leader. Thanks and stay cool, Damian C.

    May 24, 2013

    • Cameron K.

      Hi Damian: Sorry, but this session is filled. There is another book club meeting June 14, which has three openings.

      May 24, 2013

  • Terry O.

    Russell, Amazon wanted you to get the real feeling of a Hoax.

    May 21, 2013

  • Russell B.

    The first chapter on my kindle book is hard to follow. They got the formatting not quite right. There is the article and the notes to the article and then there are comments he puts in in this book. Hard copies came out fine, but the kindle and I suspect other ebooks formatting are not easy to follow. If you have ebook maybe get library book for just reading the first chapter.

    May 19, 2013

    • Cameron K.

      No kidding! It is hard to read on the Kindle.

      May 20, 2013

  • Russell B.

    This is just sort of a study guide:

    Relativism - 3 types

    Cognitive
    Moral
    Aesthetic

    Each has 3 variants

    Ontological
    Epistemological
    Methodological

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure where to suggest books for August. How about Philosophy in the Flesh by Lakoff?

    May 18, 2013

    • Cameron K.

      You got it, Francesca. I've added the Lakoff book to our poll. Please vote!

      1 · May 18, 2013

  • Russell B.

    Thanks so much for hosting this Cameron!!

    1 · May 18, 2013

    • Cameron K.

      No problem. I'm always happy to host.

      May 18, 2013

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