Sunday, April 08, 2007

Next book, for May, Plan B 2.0

Our next book will be Lester Brown's Plan B 2.0 Larry is working on getting paper copies, but the entire book is available on line at

Friday, March 09, 2007

Einstein and the Mind of God

Einstein and the Mind of God
Christa Tippet on Einstein's conceptions of God and Ethics. Podcast

Monday, February 26, 2007

For April '07 - The End of Poverty, Jeffrey D. Sachs

For our next meeting in April, 2007 we are reading The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs. Larry has an alternate book with an alternate viewpoint if you've already read this one (or were turned off by the reviews).

Scientific American, September 2005 was a special issue including a long article by Jeffrey Sachs.

Amazon link to The End Of Poverty

Also available from the Wilmette Library (link?)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Faithful to God, Science - Los Angeles Times

Faithful to God, Science - Los Angeles Times: "Faithful to God, Science
Dr. Francis Collins has mapped the human genome and embraced Christ. He sees no conflict, but there are skeptics on both sides." A feature article from the LA Times on the book written by one of the participants in the Science Friday discussion mentioned below.

August 4, 2006, Science and Religion

Can a world class scientist also be a devout Christian? Join Ira Flatow on Science Friday for a look at the challenges of balancing a scientific career with religious beliefs. Ira will be joined by Francis Collins, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and Harvard Astronomer Owen Gingerich

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

NYT reviews of March of Folly

The original reviews of March of Folly from the New York Times are available from the Wilmette Library (you'll need your card number to reach Proquest. March of Folly worked as a search term for me. On March 7, 1984, pg C21 (for you microfiche hounds) was the review by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt. On March 11, 1984 pg 1 of the Book Review section, was the review by John Keegan. I have a paper copy for my personal use. See you Saturday, April 7. (Hint, the reviews were not complementary)

Sunday, February 26, 2006

coming up ... MARCH OF FOLLY

We'll discuss The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman on April 8. Larry has books to lend. Here are some links to get you thinking:

An octogenarian blogs on Iraq and The March of Folly

Christoper Lehman-Haupt's review in the NYT from March 7, 1984 (from the WPL via ProQuest - I'm not sure the link will work).

John Keenan's review in the NYT from March 11, 1984 (same issues with the link).

Your suggestions? What strikes you in the book? Make a comment.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Meeting Report "Tragedy of the Commons" on Saturday February 25

Larry's opening question was, name a favorite place, and if possible connect it to the ideas of "The Tragedy of the Commons." Here are some answers:
We got started talking about the tax base being a common and governmental projects being the sheep.

Don contributed his concerns that the minimum school expenditure per pupil in Illinois is too low. Here's a scholarly work on the experience in Michigan. National Center for Educational Statistics. and were mentioned as examples of web "sites" with elements of the common phenomenon.

Old copies of Horticulture magazine (1984-2000) are offered for donation to a good home.

Larry wound up the discussion with the connection of "The Prisoner's Dilemma" to our theme. And, also it is an example of more complex use of gaming (than the bunny game). Game on-line.

Larry distributed copies of March of Folly from the library system to be read for our next meeting - no wonder you can't check one out! Ask Larry for a copy or you can get one cheap.

Ev was concerned about bicycle safety - in light of the recent death of a cyclist (and friend of ours) in Wilmette, and the serious accident last week in Evanston. Pioneer Press article.