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My three suggestions are from different literary disciplines: (and all of which have been on the all important New York Times Bestseller list):

1) The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

"Greene peels away the layers of mystery surrounding the string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter - from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas - is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy."

2) The Adventures of Lucky Pierre by Robert Coover

"What is destiny in a world where there is no line between reality and the incresingly outrageous fantasy of the director and the camera? Recalling the protagonist of The Truman Show if George Bataille had written it, Lucky Pierre is both louche and innocent, a caricature of pornographic conventions and a stand-in for all human efforts to sort out vanity, performance, emotion, and motive from ecstacy that reveals us to ourselves. A sparkling love song to the magic of moving pictures and meditation - both joyous and serious - on how sex compels and invents us."

3) The Eagle's Shadow by Mark Hertsgaard

"How can the world's most open society be so proud of its founding ideals yet so inconsistent in applying them? So loved for its pop culture but so resented for its high-handedness? Exploring such paradoxes, Hertsgaard exposes uplifting and uncomftable truths that forces natives and foreigners alike to see America with fresh eyes."



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Post Re: three suggestions
The poll should be up within a day or two. Right now I think the following books make sense to be on the poll. I am considering many factors when choosing which books out of our long list, but these seem to fit with our vision very well.

1. The Philosophy of Humanism - by Corliss Lamont
2. Atheism: The Case Against God - by Goerge Smith
3. How We Believe - Michael Shermer
4. Steven Pinker - The blank slate: The modern denial of human nature.
5. Jews, Christians, Muslims: A Comparative Intro to Monotheistic Religions


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There are too many excellent suggestions for a poll of five. Lets do two rounds - the first 5 each a list of five, and then the five from the selected list




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Even 5 choices is excessive for as few of members as we have. The winning book shouldn't be the book that gets only 2 total votes. We will probably have only a total of 10 people even casting votes.

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