1. THE SWERVE – How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

A wonderful book. See my review at https://bit.ly/2NTrmog. Please take a few minutes to read through the bulletted list in the middle of my review. It summarizes the philosophy of Epicurus, and I think you will appreciate it.

If the last 2000 years had been dominated by Epicurus instead of Aristotle, we would be much better off.


2. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

by Sean M. Carroll

See NY Times review at https://nyti.ms/2AlTQ6L

Carroll calls his world view Poetic Naturalism. It’s the same as Epicurus’, but enhanced by the great advances of modern science.

Together, these two books present a broad and beautiful world view unencumbered by superstition and dogma. My impression is that this is what this group is about.



What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

by Michael Pollan

On Amazon: https://amzn.to/2R2dpXh

If you’re not interested in psychedelis, read this anyway! Pollan brings a skeptic’s mind to the topic and explores the fascinating interface between the mind and the real world.



The time is now. Or is it?

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