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October 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Second Tuesday of each month 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Quench your thirst for beer and knowledge and join our nonfiction book group at Verboten Brewing. No purchase required, non-alcoholic drinks available.
Oct 13 Factfulness by Hans Rosling
When asked simple questions about global trends―what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school―we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.
In Factfulness, Professor of International Health Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a new explanation of why this happens―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).
Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.
It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.
Nov 10 The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler
Dec 8 Just kids by Patti Smith