Q4 2006 Nonfiction Book Poll!
Official Q4 2006 Nonfiction Book Poll!
Q4 2006 = October, November & DecemberWhy Darwin Matters has been removed from this poll and will be added to a Q4 2006 Freethinker Book Poll. I'm adding a new book to replace it, which will be Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam by Robert Dreyfuss - suggested by God defiles Reason. If you are one of those members that cast a vote for Why Darwin Matters don't fret! (Now there is a word rarely used!) Just click on the Q4 2006 Freethinker Book Poll thread and consider voting for it there. Please, also look over the other selections. And ALL members should rethink their votes now that we're adding a new nonfiction choice.
Please read these directions BEFORE you vote!
How many nonfiction books will we be reading?
This poll will select 1 nonfiction book for community discussion. The Q4 2006 Freethinker Book Poll
will select another book. So we're reading a total of 2 nonfiction books where one is of general interest and the other advances issues of importance to freethinkers. Periodically, there will be some overlap of these two sections.How long will the poll stay open?
This poll is opening on Thursday, September 14th, 2006 and will be closing on Sunday, September 24th, 2006. This is a total of 10 full days.Since we are making a few changes this poll will stay open several extra days. Be sure to reassign your votes if you feel the need. Let's aim at closing the poll on Tuesday the 26th of September.Who can vote?
All active members are invited and encouraged to vote and participate in our book selection process, but please follow these 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. You can meet this requirement in one day.
Don't vote if you don't plan on participating if your book
wins. Again, if you vote for a book and it wins we really
hope you participate. You should not be influencing the direction of the community if you're not actively involved.
If you vote for a book and it does not
win we still hope you read and discuss the winning book with us, but we understand if you opt to not participate. Please try to get involved no matter which book wins, as this is all about education AND entertainment. We can all learn from our book selections and from each other, and reading a book you typically would never have even picked up is a great way to expand your horizons and perspective on life.How do I vote?
If you are an active member with 10 or more total posts AND you plan on participating in the Q4 2006 discussion if your chosen book wins 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. No half-points assigned to books.
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 and encouraged 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. NOTE:
As always, we will need a discussion leader that is willing to be 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.
Or, if you are only interested in being the discussion leader if your choice of books wins the poll, you may wait to see if it wins and then let us know of your interest in the forum that is created to discuss that book. But please consider volunteering!
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 NONFICTION book choices for 4th Quarter 2006 (October, November & December). Please read about all books 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... Edited by: Chris OConnor at: 9/15/06 11:56 am