Next Meetup: 7/13/16

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Our next meetup will be Wednesday, July 13 at 6PM at Gangplank Chandler. We will discuss Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman.

Publisher’s weekly says:

Recently we have seen plenty of irrational behavior, whether in politics or the world of finance. What makes people act irrationally? In a timely but thin collection of anecdotes and empirical research, the Brafman brothers—Ari (The Starfish and the Spire), a business expert, and Rom, a psychologist—look at sway, the submerged mental drives that undermine rational action, from the desire to avoid loss to a failure to consider all the evidence or to perceive a person or situation beyond the initial impression and the reluctance to alter a plan that isn’t working. To drive home their points, the authors use contemporary examples, such as the pivotal decisions of presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush, coach Steve Spurrier and his Gators football team, and a sudden apparent epidemic of bipolar disorder in children (which may be due more to flawed thinking by doctors making the diagnoses). The stories are revealing, but focused on a few common causes of irrational behavior, the book doesn’t delve deeply into the psychological demons that can devastate a person’s life and those around him.

It’s a book that’s sure to influence how you think about thinking!

Next Meetup: 6/8/16

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Our next meetup will be Wednesday, June 8 at 6PM at Gangplank Chandler. We will discuss Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. It’s available for free online via Project Gutenberg and also free on Kindle. We will also see the movie, preferably on that Wednesday night! An alternative/supplemental book is Castle Waiting Volume 1: Lucky Road by Linda Medley, a feminist fairy tale told in graphic-novel format.

Next Meetup: 5/11/16

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Our next meetup will be Wednesday, May 11 at 6PM. We will discuss American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North AmericaThis controversial book argues that America is actually comprised of eleven distinct nations, each with its own history, culture and values. It’s sure to be a lively conversation, especially for people who have moved around the country!

Upcoming Books Selected!

We met on April 13 and picked a set of upcoming books to read: