Aug 19 A discussion of proposed Florida constitutional amendments which will be on the November ballot
Led by Nu Class member and former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charley Wells
Aug 26 Raymer Maguire: Book Review:
“12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan Peterson
Humorous, surprising and informative, Canadian clinical psychologist and psychology professor, Dr. Jordan Petersonjou tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.
What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.
Sep 02 TBA
Sep 09 Raymer Maguire: Book Review
“The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve” by Professor Stephen Greenblatt Part 1
Review by Peter Conrad of The Guardian 3 Sep 2017
Greenblatt – a professor of humanities at Harvard, academically celebrated as the biographer of Shakespeare and the founder of the new defunct fashion in literary criticism known as the new historicism – here picks apart the most invidious and onerous of myths. Genesis devised a story that told us where we are, why we are here, and established rules for our conduct. Human history in the Christian west has been a long battle to come to terms with that tale, whose inflictions include a drastic ban on acquiring knowledge and a baleful sexual morality, with the pain of childbirth and inevitable death imposed by God as penalties for disobedience. Greenblatt follows Adam and Eve out of the garden and shows how they were loaded with an extra burden of guilt by St Augustine, who invented the vile notion of original sin to make us all take the blame for an impromptu erection that embarrassed him in the public baths. Greenblatt welcomes the redemption of Adam and Eve by Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo or Dürer, who saw them as ideal physical specimens, not the harassed victims of a repressive God. Finally, a little relieved, he has Darwin kill them off.
Sep 16 Raymer Maguire: Book Review
“The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve” by Professor Stephen Greenblatt Part 2