The Human Experience Book Club is a survey of non-fiction books concerning anthropology, psychology, and other disciplines exploring what it is like to be human. They typically meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Click here to join the mailing list for this book club through which you will receive monthly meeting date reminders with links to books, reviews, and other relevant information. Below you will find the list of books we’ll be reading and a more in-depth description of what we’ll tackle together over the next six months.
After the 200,000 years since the first people came to inhabit the Earth, we find ourselves in a unique position. We have just begun to dip our toes into the vast ocean of knowledge that spreads around us and beyond the horizon. Yet, we have already learned so much! We find ourselves able to contemplate concepts from the absolute vastness of the most massive stars, the most gigantic galaxies, the potentially infinite nature of our Universe (or more), and even a Multiverse, to the tiniest of organisms, the minutest of cells and organelles, atoms, particles, and potentially indescribably small, vibrating strings that may very well permeate all that exists around and inside of us. We have even developed technologies unimaginably powerful in computational and analytical thinking and capability.And yet, as we journey through this world of discovery and realization, our current cultural progress has led us to strain the very world around us. The industrial and technological revolutions that allow us to do so come at what cost?
With the collection of these ideas at the forefront of our minds we must use our amazing tools and insights, our unique imaginations, and turn them inward. We must ask powerful questions such as, Who are we? What is it we are actually doing? How do we affect and interact with the world around us, and how does that world affect and interact with us? Is the way that any of us think about the world indicative of all humanity, or is there something else at work? What is human nature, and what role does it play in the way our world operates? It is with these and many other questions in mind that we come to the Human Experience Book Club. By turning an exploratory light on ourselves, we can create a better understanding of the world around us, what has led to the present, what is possible for ourselves, and what choices we have for the future as global citizens of the planet Earth.