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Post March/April 2003 - Suggest a Book!
Everyone:

It might be a good idea for us all to begin the process of choosing our March and April 2003 book selection. Please make suggestions in this forum.

Be sure that your book nomination sticks to our focus. You may wish to reread the ABOUT page, if you are a newcomer, so that you fully understand what type of book suggestions are appropriate.




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It would be ideal to have all of the nominations in by around Friday, February 7th. The poll can go up that night and we can all cast our votes over the weekend, with a final count occurring around Monday, February 10th.

It is nice to give people plenty of time to go out and buy the book before the actual two-month reading period commences. With this schedule our members can order the new book through our Amazon.com links located all over the site. There should be no problem ordering the book and receiving it by March 1, 2003.




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Post Re: March/April 2003 - Suggest a Book!
Kaufmann, At Home in the Universe




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Post Re: March/April 2003 - Suggest a Book!
Dawkins, The Extended Phenotype or Unweaving the Rainbow




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The Feeling of What Happens by Antonio Damasio

You can read an excerpt here:
www.cbi.cgey.com/journal/issue5/features/damasio/index.html
which has this to say by way of introduction:

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Although consciousness has historically been in the domain of philosophers, it is neurologists who are doing the breakthrough work right now. Antonio Damasio has written a book that will probably be in print a hundred years from now. Along with his wife, the neurologist Hanna Damasio, he has created one of the world's leading facilities for the study of neurological disorders. In his 1994 book, Descartes' Error, he argued that reason and emotion were not two separate things, that Platonic and Cartesian distinctions were not borne out by science. Using case studies and laboratory research, he showed that emotional deficiencies, from either accidents or disease, caused impairments in reasoning. The brain structures that process emotion in fact underlie the brain processes of thinking. It's not either/or any more.

In The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness (Harcourt Brace, 1999.) Damasio moves from emotion to consciousness itself. The book is made up of equal parts of scientific rigor, elegant writing, philosophical awareness, and deep-seated humanism. The following is an excerpt from the book, which was named one of the 10 best of 1999 by The New York Times Book Review.




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Post Re: March/April 2003 - Suggest a Book!
btw, Jeremy, I did finally get that At Home topic up in The Academy if you don't want to wait




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I'll nominate Dawkins Unweaving the Rainbow too.

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Pinker, the blank slate




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Post Re: March/April 2003 - Suggest a Book!
I'm with the Pinker suggestion




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Post Re: March/April 2003 - Suggest a Book!
The Feeling of what Happens is a wonderful book, that I heartily recommend. I found Damasio's first book, Descartes' Error, more comprehensive and a good backdrop to Feeling. My recommendation is that if most of the group has not read Descartes' Error, we read that one before The Feeling of what Happens.




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Post We Gotta Read Axelrod!
The Complexity of Cooperation

Axelrod, The Evolution of Cooperation, is another outstanding work that illuminates much of the world around us. A series of contests were run, with computer programs playing "Prisoners' Dilemma" against one another. Prisoners' Dilemma, for anyone unfamiliar with the game, works something like this: If neither suspect tells anything, both go free. (Cooperation). The one who "defects", Tattles, first, however, is guaranteed freedom; and that person cannot know what the other person is going to do. The result is that in any single contest, self-interest is served by defecting as quickly as possible, before the other guy (or program) does. Where the game gets interesting is when you play the same "person" over and over



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Post Re: We Gotta Read Axelrod!
Hmm....If we want the flipside of Lucifer Principle we could go with Dawkins' The Selfish Gene




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The UN-TV and the 10MPH Car: Experiments in Personal Freedom and Everyday Life

It's a book full of experiments in sociology and anecdotes from students.

The amazon link and links to other books I've read are here:

www.soulaquarium.net/core/links.htm




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The Illusion of Conscious Will by Daniel M. Wegner (MIT Press, 2002). This is one of the most fascinating books I have read. It embodies the ultimate skepticism



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If we want to deviate from the context of evolutionary biology and sociology we could read Elaine Pagel's The Origin of Satan which I read last year. The book does not focus on the cultural roots of the idea of Satan but on the early Christian movement which "demonized" their enemies (Jews, Gnostics etc) under the umbrella of being "agents of the Devil." I feel that it is especially relevent in the world climate today where religious and political fanatics have brandished whatever outgroup they are opposed to as being Satanic and depraved. When our own president can paint the world in such a black and white fashion ("axis of evil"; "you're either for us or against us") it would be interesting to get into the dynamics of such thinking. Besides being erudite in her portrait of 1st century Palestinian religion, Pagels writing style is captivating.

Might be kind of hard to get her as a chat guest, though.

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Might be kind of hard to get her as a chat guest, though.
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