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Humanist Book Discussion Group - Jacksonville

The FCFS Humanist Book Discussion Group - Jacksonville meets on the FIRST SUNDAY of each month, at different times and at different Jacksonville locations. To participate, you need to join the Humanist Book Group Meetup, where you will find all meetup details (books, meeting times and locations). You can suggest books or articles for discussion and can RSVP. To join: http://www.meetup.com/humanistbookgroup/

 We look forward to your participation!

Reading List

• May 7, 2017 - Strangers in their Own Land, by Arlie Russell Hochschild
• April 2, 2017 - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
• March 5, 2017 - 1984, by George Orwell
• February 5, 2017 - A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter
• January 1, 2017 - Tending the Epicrean Garden, by Hiram Crespo
December 4, 2016 - "Interpath" - An Alternative to Interfaith?" An article by Greta Christina (See http://the-orbit.net/greta/2014/03/24/interpath-an-alternative-to-interfaith/ for article.)
• November 6, 2016 - Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, by Robert Reich

 

• October 2, 2016 - Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason, by Russell Shorto
• September 4, 2016 - Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine, by Paul A. Offit, MD
• August 7, 2016 - A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, by William B. Irvine
• July 3, 2016 - Hope is What Remains, an article about humanist themes in music of the rock ban, Rush
• June 5, 2016 - At the Existentialist Café, by Sarah Bakewell
• May 1, 2016 - Exuberance, by Paul Kurtz
• April 3, 2016 - Move Upstream:  A Call to Solve Overpopulation, by Karen I. Shraggs
• March 6, 2016 - The Road To and From Extreme Religious Liberty" by Marci Hamilton
• February 7, 2016 - Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue, by Sam Harris
• January 3, 2016 - Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn't Work without a Strong Middle Class, by David Madlan
• December 6, 2015 - Animal Farm, by George Orwell
• November 1, 2015 - Faith vs. Fact:  Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible, by Jerry A. Coyne
• October 4, 2015 - Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction, by Julie Ingersoll
• September 6, 2015-- Why Are You Atheists So Angry? by Greta Christina
• August 2, 2015 - Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, by Susan Jacoby
July 5, 2015 - Forbidden Fruit, by Paul Kurtz
June 7, 2015 - One Nation Under God, by Kevin M. Kruse
May 3, 2015  - Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order (2011), by Noam Chomsky and Robert W. McChesney)
April 5, 2015  - Six Amendments, by Justice John Paul Stevens
March 1, 2015 - Tending the Epicurean Garden, by Hiram Crespo
February 1, 2015 - Maus, volumes I and/or  II, by Art Spiegelman

January 4, 2015 - A Man without a Country, by Kurt Vonnegut
December 7, 2014 - This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation, by Barbara Ehrenreich
November 2, - The Genesis of Justice, by Alan M. Dershowitz
October 5, 2014 - No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, by Glenn Greenwald
September 7, 2014 - Blueprint for Theocracy: The Christian Right's Vision for America, by James C. Sanford

August 3, 2014 - This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation, by Barbara Ehrenreich

July 6, 2014 - The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Stephen Pinker
June 1, 2014 - Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America, by Ariana Huffington
May 4, 2014 - Beginning of Infinity, by David Deutsch

April  6, 2014 - The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins
March 2,  2014 - Extreme Prejudice, by Susan Lindauer
February 2, 2014 - The Wrecking Crew, by Thomas Frank

January 5, 2014 - The Brothers, by Stephen Kinzer
• December 1, 2013 - American Fascists, by Christopher Hedges
• November 3, 2013 - The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, by Kevin Dutton
• October 6, 2013 - Crooked Timber of Humanity, by Isiah Berlin
• September 1, 2013 - The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God, by Dan Barker
. August 4, 2013 - Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became one of America's Leading Atheists, by Dan Barker
. July 7, 2013 - The Attack of the Theocrats, by Sean Faircloth
. June 2, 2013 - The Great Agnostic, Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought, by Susan Jacoby
. May 5, 2013 - Any magazine article or book by Chris Hedges
. April 7, 2013 - Candidate Without a Prayer, by Herb Silverman
. March 3, 2013 - Nonbeliever Nation, by David Niose
. February 3, 2013 - Whale Falls: An Exploration of Belief and Its Consequences, by Cecil Bothwell
. January 6, 2013 - Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
. December 2, 2012 - Energy for Future Presidents, by Richard A. Muller
. November 4, 2012 - The Mindfullness Revolution, edited by Barry Boyce
. October 14, 2012 - People of the Lake, by Richard E. Leakey
. September 9, 2012 - When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?" by George Carlin
. August 4, 2012 - The Men Who Stare at Goats, by Jon Ronson
. July 1, 2012 - Billions & Billions, by Carl Sagan
. June 3, 2012 - The Conscience of a Liberal, by Paul Krugman
. May 6, 2012 - Any book by Christopher Hutchens
. April 1 , 2012 - Thomas Paine's Rights of Man, by Christopher Hitchens (or any other book about or by Thomas Paine)
. March 4, 2012 - Nemesis, by Chalmers Johnson
. February 5, 2012 - The Limits of Power, by Andrew J. Bacevich
. January 8, 2012 - Magazine or website article of choice, pertaining to humanism, skepticism, science, separation of church and state.
. December 4, 2011 - Technical Singularity (the covery story in TIME Magazine 2/21/2011), by Lev Grossman titled, "2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal" (Theo Lichtenstein, Discussion Leader) Click here for article.
. November 6, 2011 - Blood and the Covenant: The Historical Consequences of the Contract with God, by Pierre Parisien (John Ruskuski, Discussion Leader)
. October 2, 2011 - Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations can Teach Us about Contentment, by Phil Zuckerman (Bill House, Discussion Leader)
. September 4, 2011 - The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, by A. C. Grayling (Don DuClose, Discussion Leader)
. August 7, 2011 - Shock Doctrine, by Naomi Klein
. July 3, 2011 - Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers, by Brooke Allen
. June 5, 2011 - Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, by Wendell Potter
. May 1, 2011 - The Cheating Culture, by David Callahan
. April 3, 2011 - No Impact Man, by Colin Beavan
. March 6, 2011 - Idiot America, by Charles Pierce
. February 6, 2011 - The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, by Julian Jaynes
. January 2, 2011 - Article, poem, or book of your choice
. December 5, 2010 - Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes, by Daniel Everett
. November 7, 2010 - The Diaries of Adam and Eve, by Mark Twain. (Held in a private home this month, contact info above.)
. October 3, 2010 - Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Believe, by Greg M. Epstein. (Bill Howes will lead.)
. September 5, 2010 - Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas L. Friedman (to be held in a private home in September only, contact info above. Jane Flesher will lead.)
. August 1, 2010 - Rigging The Game: How Inequality is Reproduced in Everyday Life, by Michael Schwalbe (Sociologist Lance Stoll will lead.)
. July 4, 2010 - Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Thomas L. Friedman
. June 6, 2010 - Where Was God: Evil, Theodicy, and Modern Science, by Gary A. Stilwell, Ph.D. Note: Author and Humanist Gary Stilwell is the featured speaker at the FCFS
June 21 monthly meeting. (Follow the "Meetings" link for details.) Hear him, meet him, talk with him! (He will have books available at the meeting.)
. May 2, 2010 - The Closing of the Western Mind, by Charles Freeman (led by Fred Hill)
. April 4, 2010 - The Imperial Cruise, by James Bradley (led Bill Howes), now meeting at BARNES & NOBLE at 11112 San Jose Blvd.
. March 7, 2010 - The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer (led by John Ruskuski)
. February 7, 2010 - Book or magazine article of your choice
. January 3, 2010 - Night, by Elie Wiesel; and God on Trial, a Masterpiece Theater presentation of a play written by Elie Wiesel
. December 6, 2009 - Coal Country, a documentary about mountaintop removal (to be held in a private home in December only, contact info above)
. November 1, 2009 - When Atheism Becomes Religion, by Chris Hodges
. October 4, 2009 - Christianity: 5000 Years of History and Development, by Gary A. Stilwell, Ph.D. Note: Author Gary Stilwell is the featured speaker at the FCFS October monthly meeting!! (Follow the "Meetings" link for details.) Hear him, meet him!
. September 6, 2009 - The Tyranny of Dead Ideas, by Matt Miller
. August 2, 2009 - Article of choice from http://atheism.about.com/
. July 5, 2009 - The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard De Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man, by Amir D. Aczel. ($16)
. June 7, 2009 - Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
. May 3, 2009 - 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance, by Gavin Menzies
. April 5, 2009 -There are a great many high-quality magazines, newspapers, and newsletters devoted to humanism, skepticism, and state/church separation in the USA. To become familiar with them, for the April discussion buy a couple of samples. You will be helping to support some great organizations while keeping abreast of the latest religious foolishness. Suggestions: The Skeptical Review, Freethought Today Free Inquiry (published by the Council for Secular Humanism) American Atheist Magazine The Humanist (published by the American Humanist Association) The Skeptical Inquirer Reason Church and State.
. March 1, 2009 - Doubt: A History - The great doubters and their legacy of innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickenson - by Jennifer Michael Hecht
. February 1, 2009 - Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and the Perils of Piety, by Wendy Kaminer (Note: Borders will not stock this book. Go to http://www.firstcoastfreethoughtsociety.org/ and click the Amazon link.
. January 4, 2009 Humanist Manifesto III Any article on the definition of humanism Both can be found at www.americanhumanist.org. Search for "Humanist Manifesto" and "what is humanism?"
. December 7, 2008 - Becoming Evil, by James Waller (to be held in a private home in December only, contact info above)
. November 2, 2008 - Book of your choice. Come and tell us about a good Humanist book or magazine article you have read recently. (We will divide the time among the people who want to present.)
. October 19, 2008 - The Age of Unreason, by Susan Jacoby - NOT available at Borders. If you purchase from Amazon.com, please use the Amazon link on the FCFS home page!!
. September 21, 2008 - The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan
. August 17, 2008 - The Atheist Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts, edited by Joan Konner
. July 20, 2008 - Book of your choice
. June 15, 2008 - The Future of Life, by Edward O. Wilson
. May 18, 2008 - The Portable Atheist, edited by Christopher Hitchens
. April 20, 2008 - Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, by Bjorn Lomborg
. March 16, 2008 - Robbing Us Blind, by Steve Brouwer and Matt Wuerker
. February 17, 2008 - Dark Ages: The Final Phase of Empire, by Morris Berman
. January 20, 2008 - Book or article of your choice.
. December 16, 2007 - Christ Stopped at Eboli, by Carlo Levi
. November 18, 2007 - The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, by Bobby Henderson. Note, in November the group is meeting at Barnes & Noble, 9282 Atlantic Blvd., in Jacksonville. (Books will be held behind the cash register under the name of "Humanist.")
. October 21, 2007 - Any book by Kurt Vonnegut
. September 16, 2007 - The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore
. August 19, 2007 - Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
. July 15, 2007 - Book of choice - Come prepared to discuss the latest book you have read.
. June 17, 2007 - Breaking the Spell, by Daniel Dennett
. May 20, 2007 - Affirmations: Joyful and Creative Exuberance, by Paul Kurtz
. April 15, 2007 - A Rulebook for Arguments, by Anthony Weston
. March 18, 2007 - The March reading selections are found on the website: www.positiveatheism.org/tochtwai.htm. There you will find printable writings of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).
. February 18, 2007 - The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, by Robert Wright
. January 21, 2007 - The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
. December 17, 2006 - Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris
. November 19, 2006 - Humanism as the Next Step, by Lloyd and Mary Morain
. October 15, 2006 - Free Inquiry Magazine, Oct/Nov 2006 edition(This publication should be available in all public libraries. Please let the board know if it is not.)
. September 17, 2006 - Civil Liberties vs. National Security in a Post 9/11 World, edited by Katherine B Darmer, Stuart E. Rosenbaum, and Robert M. Baird
. August 20, 2006 - Values and Virtue in a Godless Universe, by Erik J. Weilenberg
. July 16, 2006 - Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins
. June 18, 2006 - Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi
. May 21, 2006 - God Versus the Gavel, by Marci A. Hamilton
. April 16, 2006 - One Planet, One People, by Carl Coon
. March 19, 2006 - The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins
. February 19, 2006 - The Crisis of Islam, by Bernard Lewis
. January 15, 2006 - Life, Sex, and Ideas: The Good Life without God, by A.C. Grayling
. December 18, 2005 - The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, by Sam Harris
. November 20, 2005 - The Happy Heretic, by Judy Hayes
. October 16, 2005 - Atheism: The Case Against God, by George H. Smith
. September 18, 2005 - Aug/Sept issue of Free Inquiry magazine
. August 21, 2005 - July issue of Skeptic Magazine
. July 17, 2005 - May/June issue of The Humanist
. June 19, 2005 - Why People Believe Weird Things, by Michael Shermer
. May 15, 2005 - The Fundamentals of Extremism, by Kimberly Blaker, Ed.
. April 17, 2005 - Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
. March 20, 2005 - Dumbth: The Lost Art of Thinking, by Steve Allen
. February 15, 2005 - Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
. January 16, 2005 - The Philosophy of Humanism, by Corliss Lamont
. December 19, 2004 - Drug Crazy, by Mike Gray
. November 21, 2004 - Best of Robert Ingersoll: Selections From His Writings and Speeches - by Rober E. Greeley, Ed.
. October 17, 2004 - Continuation of previous discussion on the Bush administration and implications for November elections. Book of your choice. Recommended: The New American Empire. - by Rodrigue Tremblay
. September 15, 2004 The Bush-Hater's Handbook, by Jack Huberman; The Despoiling of America, by Katherine Yurica
. August 15, 2004 - Writings On An Ethical Life, by Peter Singer