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Official Poll - 1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selection! 
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Official Book Selection Poll


1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selection!


Please read these directions BEFORE you vote!




How many nonfiction books will we be reading?

We will only be reading 1 nonfiction book in 1st quarter of 2006. In time, as our membership grows, we will tackle several nonfiction books concurrently.

How long will the poll stay open?

This poll is opening on Tuesday, December 6 and will be closing on Thursday, December 15th. This is a total of 10 full days.

Who can vote?

All active members are invited and encouraged to vote and participate in our book selection process, but please follow the following simple rules:

Only cast a vote if you have 10 or more posts on our forums. If you don't have at least 10 you should have no problem jumping into some discussion threads and meeting this rather relaxed criterion.

Don't vote if you don't plan on reading and discussing the winning book. And please understand that only one nonfiction book can win, but we are counting on you to actively participate independent of which book wins the poll. You matter and we need every member to participate.

How do I vote?

If you are an active member with 10 or more total posts AND you plan on participating in the Q1, 2006 discussion THEN you are permitted to cast a total of 3 votes. You can use your three votes however you see fit, which could mean assigning all three votes to just one of the book choices, or distributing the three points over the book choices according to your own interest level for each book. You should make a brief post to this thread telling everyone how you wish to distribute your three votes. Nothing further needs to be said, but you're welcome to be as verbose as you like. Just make it crystal clear how you are voting.

It is inevitable that some people will either forget to cast all three votes or will not have read this entire post. They will simply vote on one book. If this happens I will be assigning all three of their votes to the one book they selected.

You are permitted to change your vote during the voting period, but not after I close the poll. The poll is closed on the last day of the polling period as stated above.

This thread can be used as an open discussion of the books on the poll. You're welcome to try to sell people on a particular book, or dissuade them from another.

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As always, we will need a discussion leader that is willing to be very active in the reading and discussion of the winning book. If you are up to the task please let us all know in this forum by making a post and stating your interest in the position.

Please don't nominate yourself if you will not be active. Being active means checking the forum just about every day and making posts regularly. Regularly means a few times each week at the minimum.

Being a discussion leader does not entail being an authority on the subject matter or defending the author's position. You simply need to attempt to stimulate discussion.

And here are our book choices for 1st Quarter 2006. Please read about all four before casting your votes. Think hard about which book will be the most educational, entertaining, and worthy of discussion. May the best book win!

Drum roll please...





Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Best-selling author Gladwell (The Tipping Point) has a dazzling ability to find commonality in disparate fields of study. As he displays again in this entertaining and illuminating look at how we make snap judgments



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Post Re: Official Poll - 1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selecti
Two votes for BLINK
One vote for VIRTUE AND VALUE

I've already read BLINK but found it to be a marvelous work. If we select it I will probably read it again, certainly engage in the discussion. VIRTUE sounds interesting but I'm afraid it will be the sameold/sameold material that was covered in "WHAT IS GOOD" and "THE EVOLOUTION OF COOPERATION", which is, in my opinion, the seminal "must read" book in this field.

RWANDA... Diamond discusses it at some length, in context, in COLLAPSE. Studying it buy itself seems like pointless self abuse to me.

I already know US foreign policy is a messy disaster. What good will it do me to know it in greater detail?


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Post Re: Official Poll - 1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selecti
Two votes for "We Wish to Inform You..."
One for "Value and Virtue..."

Personally, I'm interested in reading "We Wish to Inform You..." not for anything it may have to say about American foreign policy but because I'm interested in Rwanda itself and its current political and cultural situation. Knowing more about the world never hurt much.

As for "Value and Virtue...", I'm interested in morality and the changes it may have to undergo once it's divorced from religion. I don't know that I would have chosen that book for myself, but it may be worth reading. My one big concern is that this is one of those topics that is likely to make for unseemly conduct on the boards.




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Post Re: Official Poll - 1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selecti
The "Foreign Plolicy" remark referred to THE NEXT ATTACK.




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Post Re: Official Poll - 1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selecti
Ah. My mistake.




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Two for "The Next Attack."
One for "We Wish to Inform You."




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misterpessimistic

Hey! You're supposed to be keeping count for us. ::44

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Post Re: Official Poll - 1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selecti
whoo hoo! a real choice this time! ::171

I usually find one book and give it all three votes, but find myself unable to do so this time.

Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe gets 2 votes from me. I'm of this ilk and am always looking for more ideas on why this view is true.

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families get 1 vote from me. I don't usually like to read/view things this horrible (especially if true!) but think I need to own up to it....




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Post Re: Official Poll - 1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selecti
One vote for BLINK
Two votes for VIRTUE AND VALUE

finally have 10 posts and am looking forward to joining in on the next non-fiction reading and discussion.

blink looks interesting though some reviews seem to indicate the premise is less well put together than the prose and storytelling, so it gets one vote.

two votes for virtue and value as the subject seems very interesting in a country that's climate seems to trend towards indications that many people think value and morality are deeply tied to religeon. i suspect this book might drum up the most discourse, for better or for worse.

after watching hotel rowanda, i do not have much interest in delving into the details of that brutal period of recent history. while a movie could never provide all the details, it provided enough that i got the picture and don't feel much inclided to further study of the subject.

and no vote for the other book as i can't stomach any more information about the current state of affairs in middle east. i have done enough reading and research to have formed an opinion and have come to the conclusion that unless the subject matter is truly new and fresh information, further research and reading just makes me mad. regardless, i am on board which ever book gets the most votes! ::80

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Post Re: Official Poll - 1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selecti
Until Mr. P gets back around to it, here's your update on the vote so far:

Blink: 3 votes
We Wish to Infom You: 4 votes
Value and Virtue: 6 votes
The Next Attack: 2 votes

That represents the votes of Jeremy, ldkrn, ginof, riverc0il, and myself.

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Blink - 1

Value and Virtue - 2


To use Mad's tally:

Blink: 4 votes
We Wish to Infom You: 4 votes
Value and Virtue: 8 votes
The Next Attack: 2 votes


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Post Re: Official Poll - 1st Quarter 2006 NONFICTION book selecti
Shauna/Disabled doesn't log in enough to see our message to her prior to this poll closing. Part of the rules state that all 3 of her votes would go to Value & Virtue, since this is her only vote.

And then Rolf comments that he would vote for Value & Virtue, even though his comment doesn't constitute an actual vote. Even without Shauna and Rolf Value & Virtue wins clearly. :)




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Dr. Erik J. Wielenberg will be joining us for a live chat session on Thursday, March 23, 2006! I just spoke with him on the phone and he actually knew about his book being on our poll.

Please order your copy of Value & Virtue in a Godless Universe from the links found throughout the BookTalk site. And order today! We have two weeks before this reading period even begins, so enough time to order and receive your books.

Order here now!

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