Freedom Evolves – Daniel Dennett

The book for November is Freedom Evolves.  The gatherings will be held at Gillie Trowbridge’s home, 24 Cricket Place at 2pm on November 9 & 23.

Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically

answers “yes!” Using an array of provocative formulations, Dennett sets out to show how we alone among the animals have evolved minds that give us free will and morality. Weaving a richly detailed narrative, Dennett explains in a series of strikingly original

arguments—drawing upon evolutionary biology, cognitive  neuroscience, economics, and philosophy—that far from being an enemy of traditional explorations of freedom, morality, and meaning, the evolutionary perspective can be an indispensable ally. In Freedom Evolves, Dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, naturalistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature.

How’s Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey – David Gregory

Our October discussions will be held at Ed Adams home, 1042 Oriole Dr at 2pm on October 12th and 26th. All are welcome to join us,Join former NBC newsman and Meet the Press moderator David Gregory as he probes various religious traditions to better understand his own faith and answer life’s most important questions: who do we want to be and what do we believe?

While David was covering the White House, he had the unusual experience of being asked by President George W. Bush “How’s your faith?”

David’s answer was just emerging. Raised by a Catholic mother and a Jewish dad, he had a strong sense of Jewish cultural and ethnic identity, but no real belief—until his marriage to a Protestant woman of strong faith inspired him to explore his spirituality for himself and his growing family.

David’s journey has taken him inside Christian mega-churches and into the heart of Orthodox Judaism. He’s gone deep into Bible study and asked tough questions of America’s most thoughtful religious leaders, including evangelical preacher Joel Osteen and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York. It has brought him back to his childhood, where belief in God might have helped him through his mother’s struggle with alcoholism, and through a difficult period of public scrutiny and his departure from NBC News, which saw his faith tested like never before.

David approaches his faith with the curiosity and dedication you would expect from a journalist accustomed to holding politicians and Presidents accountable. But he also comes as a seeker, one just discovering why spiritual journeys are always worthwhile.

 

UNSETTLING THE SETTLER WITHIN by Paulette Regan

The bookclub will begin the fall with this challenging book.
We will be meeting at Helen Griffn’s home 1370 Armstrong Dr. on September 14 and 28 at 2.00pm.  All are invited to join us!

In 2008, Canada established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to mend the deep rifts between Aboriginal peoples and the settler society that created Canada’s notorious residential school system. Unsettling the Settler Within argues that non-Aboriginal Canadians must undergo their own process of decolonization in order to truly participate in the transformative possibilities of reconciliation. Settlers must relinquish the persistent myth of themselves as peacemakers and acknowledge the destructive legacy of a society that has stubbornly ignored and devalued Indigenous experience. A compassionate call to action, this powerful book offers a new and hopeful path toward healing the wounds of the past.

October 2016: THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC, by Daniel J. Levitin

This is the book selection for the October meetings of the non-fiction bookclub being held at the home of Helen Griffin, 1370 Armstrong Drive on the 13th and 27th at 2.00pm All are welcome to attend and enjoy the discussion of this fascinating book. Think of a song...

JUNE 2016: Thoreau’s “Walden”

The book Club will be meeting only once in June, on the 16th at the home of Brian Ling, 440 Carriage lane, at 2pm. Nature was a form of religion for naturalist, essayist, and early environmentalist Henry David Thoreau (1817–62). In communing with the natural world, he...

APRIL 2016: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING BY NAOMI KLEIN

The non-fiction book club will be meeting in April at the home of Isobel Knowles, 1690 Cherryhill Road, on the 14th and 28th at 2pm.  Our book at that  time will be This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. “This is the new environmentalism . . . and it has a powerful...

March 2016: The Impossible Will Take a Little While, by Paul Rogat Loeb

Our book this month is “The Impossible Will Take a Little While” by Paul Rogat Loeb. What keeps us going when times get tough? How have the leaders and unsung heroes of world-changing political movements persevered in the face of cynicism, fear, and seemingly overwhelming odds?

January 2016: Unlikely Utopia, by Michael Adams

The January meetings of the book club will be January 8th and 22nd at 2pm at the home of Ed Adams, 1042 Oriole Dr. Our book this month is Unlikely Utopia by Michael Adams. Around the world, sectarian tensions divide societies, sometimes erupting into violent...

November 2015: The Art of Stillness, by Pico Iyer

Our book this month is The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere, by Pico Iver. It considers the unexpected adventure of staying put, and reveals a counterintuitive truth: the more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug.