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#1 Writersblock

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:45 PM

Even though I have an endlessly difficult and intellectually stimulating job, I find it's not enough to satisfy the little wheels that constantly turn in my head. So here's my idea. I'd like to form a little group willing to read good books and discuss the ideas in the books in an open and intellectual manner. We can do both fiction and non-fiction, but the books must have some intellectual element or over-riding philosophical idea guiding the text. We do a chapter at a time or a certain number of pages or whatever and go slow enough that it's not a burden to keep up. I'd love to participate in something like this with other "smarties."

We can all suggest books and offer why we want to read them, then vote. Majority rules on what we read and we can all veto any book we find offensive for any reason with no questions asked. Sound good?

If you are interested, post your interest here and if we get 5 people it's a go.

Admin: if you have a problem with this activity here, I fully understand. Though, we'd hope you'd join in.
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#2 hipowertech

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 11:23 PM

I think it is a wonderful idea.

I would be willing to participate as long as there is no pressure. I have found it difficult to even get back to our current discussion on the ark because my job can take enormous amounts of my time. I do not consider myself the intellectual equal of most of the people who would be willing to participate but I would be willing to give my opinion or view of whatever the current topic would be.

I look forward to seeing who will respond.

count me in.

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#3 rookie1ja

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 08:46 AM

I have no problem with that activity ... let's hope there will be enough people ... unfortunately, I don't have time to be a part of it
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 07:40 PM

yeah, same here.
Not only do I not feel as an intillectual equal
I feel as an intillectual inferior!
but I love books too.
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#5 Writersblock

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 01:49 AM

Well, that's 3. Anyone who can read and think is smart enough to take part. Anyone else interested in expanding your personal circle of knowledge?
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 01:41 AM

Anyone who can read


hey I qualify!!!

and think is smart enough to take part


oh... Maybe I don't qualify...

interested in expanding your personal circle of knowledge


wait... that's me!!!

hmm. lemme think
two for three,
I guess I qualify!
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 02:24 AM

I guess that was a little ambiguous. I meant anyone who can read & think is someone who is smart enough. I didn't mean someone who thinks they are smart enough.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 01:47 AM

ohhh!
see that makes sense...

hey... people
why aren't you interested in this?
say something so we can do it!
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 10:38 PM

i would, but i barely have time to get on this forum as it is, i simply dont have more time.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 01:02 AM

I would be willing to give it a whirl. I'm fairly omnivorous in my reading habits, but I won't read pornography or anything I consider pornographic. I also have a fairly low tolerance for fiction that makes my eyes roll; I recently gave up on Red Mars about halfway through because the characterizations were so absurd and the human interactions faaaar less believable than the terraforming (which, considering the stretch of imagination required to accept terraforming, is really saying something). So I don't know if you want me or not.

My suggestion for a book: Goedel, Escher, Bach by Doug Hofstadter. Second possibility: On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins. Third possibility: Some incarnation of Stephen Hawking's Brief History.
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