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message 1: by Evelyn (new)

Evelyn (il_medico) | 4 comments Basically just post what you would like us to read in March.

My Suggestions (all of which I have or will add to our booklist):

A People's History of the United States- Howard Zinn

(A pretty polarizing history book, it nevertheless offers a very different perspective on history than what most get from the public school system and college and I think it can't but add to your understanding of the world, even if you don't side with it's conclusion).

The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism - Fritjof Capra

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values - Robert M. Pirsig

(very good book, I know me and Joe have read it. It can be rather dense during the philosophy parts, but it has a road trip novella squeezed in between so it doesn't get too ponderous)

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory- Brain Greene

message 2: by John (last edited Feb 04, 2017 03:15PM) (new)

John (johnbrock) | 18 comments My one recommendation is Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. It's a story about the power of science and rational thought.

In addition I would like to voice my support for reading Pirsig or Greene.

message 3: by Bruce (last edited Feb 06, 2017 05:21PM) (new)

Bruce (geeksaurus) | 3 comments Thanks for the recommendation. I think we should vote which one would bring us the most immediate benefit to our lives.

My recommendation is Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

It's short and easy to read.

message 4: by David (new)

David Hello all. I just joined today. I liked your tags, junto, philosophy, science, and self-improvement. I don't know why he is there, but I like Godzilla too. I am not sure what the goals are that you say you wish to achieve are, but I can recommend a few books for your next read that you may find useful.

M. Tullius Cicero, Cato the Elder: on old age (there are some really good ideas here that are good to be aware of when you are younger to make things easier later on)
Free here:

M. Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (On Duty, or On Obligations)
Free here:

M. Tullius Cicero, Laelius on friendship
Free here:

Also, I suggest taking a look at the Classics and the Western Canon group here on Goodreads for some ideas you might like in organizing your own group here.
In summary:
1) Moderators add acceptable books to the group's to read list and choose 10 with a random number generator and then the group votes in a poll on which one to read next.
2) They usually have a long read, for example they are reading Plato's Republic now over 10 weeks, followed by a shorter interim read, usually something shorter found for free somewhere on the internet.
3) Each book has a discussion heading and each week's reading is discussed in a sub-discussion under each. Interim reads also have their own discussions.
4) A moderator opens each discussion usually with a little summary and a question or two to get the discussion going.

@Bruce: Nonviolent Communication is excellent. A lot of self-control is necessary though because it can be wielded like a club if you are passive-aggressive. :)

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