About Book Club

The InspireSeattle book club is always seeking new  regarding key political issues of these times. We meet every 4 to 6 weeks on a weekday evening for 2 hours to discuss our latest book. The meeting place rotates among the homes of our membership, located from West Seattle to the Greenlake neighborhood. Carpooling is encouraged and is generally available.

Each book club concludes with a discussion of which book the majority of attendees would prefer to read next. You can take a look at a list of books previously suggested by InspireSeattle members or make your own suggestion at the book club or online.

 
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Click here to see a list of books previously read by the InspireSeattle book club.

   

What we're reading for our next gathering,
Sunday, January 7, 2018

On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not
by Robert A. Burton M.D.

You recognize when you know something for certain, right? You "know" the sky is blue, or that the traffic light had turned green, or where you were on the morning of September 11, 2001--you know these things, well, because you just do.

In On Being Certain, neurologist Robert Burton shows that feeling certain―feeling that we know something--- is a mental sensation, rather than evidence of fact. An increasing body of evidence suggests that feelings such as certainty stem from primitive areas of the brain and are independent of active, conscious reflection and reasoning. In other words, the feeling of knowing happens to us; we cannot make it happen.

Bringing together cutting-edge neuroscience, experimental data, and fascinating anecdotes, Robert Burton explores the inconsistent and sometimes paradoxical relationship between our thoughts and what we actually know. Provocative and groundbreaking, On Being Certain challenges what we know (or think we know) about the mind, knowledge, and reason.

 

Planning ahead? We will be discussing
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
by Jane Mayer

at the gathering to follow the one described above.

 

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