Sunday, December 27, 2009

Grow wise along with me - The best is yet to be.

Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be...
 Robert Browning.

I heard that phrase recently at a 60th anniversary party and well, what a crock of bulls--t. Maybe the best is yet to come for newleds, but for 80 year olds? I don't think so.

But it does have a nice ring to it. So I adapted that slightly and turned it into the theme for this new blog.

This blog is intended to be a virtual book club. I won't limit it to books about skepticism but I imagine there will be plenty of that.
Here's what I plan on doing. As I get a hold of what ever books come my way, I'll be posting them in the side-bar. And I invite you to try to get a hold of the same book or one on a similar topic. The book will almost always be a popular book that is readily available at your public library. Several weeks after the book is posted in the side bar, I plan to post about it. The more people who read it, the better conversation we can have about it. Capiche?

The first book which I've already started reading is Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth. It promises to demonstrate the evidence of evolution. I'm around 80 pages in and so far the book has not lived up to it's stated premise. It starts off by discussing what is meant by theory and spends a lot of time discussusing what he demonstrates as a smooth transition between natural and artifical selection but it's not yet to the point where I would call anything evidence. But I fully expect him to deliver the goods and we can discuss it when I'm finished reading it.

We'll chat later.

Guest posts are appreciated! Just give the club several weeks notice of your intended book.

The song below is dedicated to the Baal Habuste.


  1. Hatzlocha on your new blog.
    My two cents: Broaden your topics and allow your readers to suggest titles.

  2. I finished The Greatest Show on Earth (I also got it signed by him at a book signing--I think it's on youtube). Trust me, as you go through it, it will live up to the standards of Dawkins!

  3. Tischadesh on the new blog. I'm currently reading "Betraying Spinoza" by R. Newberger Goldstein and I may want to post about it here.

  4. OTD, Baruch Tihyieh. Is that book available in public libraries?

  5. good books, people reading, discussing... lots of potential. hatzlacha

    sidenote: as a country music & especially a Mary Chapin Carpenter fan from way, way back (but not so much lately)---I've long loved her rendition of this song. It's eloquent, sincere, very pretty. Good choice!

  6. Hatzlacha rabah. Bruce Wayne

  7. Bruce, wow, I haven;t heard from you in ages!

    I hope all went well with your dillema.

  8. "Abe Silberstein said...
    I finished The Greatest Show on Earth (I also got it signed by him at a book signing--I think it's on youtube). Trust me, as you go through it, it will live up to the standards of Dawkins!"

    LOL You mean smug, irritating and know it all? He's getting to be an old bastard. Maybe we all are. Howdy Baal. Just dropping by to say hello.

  9. Aw Heck. I'll read the book. I'll order it from the library. Hopefully it will be good.

  10. >. Hopefully it will be good.

    Welcome back, RG. It is quit compelling so far. He is an excellent writer.

  11. Ok Doke. I'll give it a whirl. I see XGH is having fun doing the same crap over and over again. I think I like life on your channel better. By for now while I blast out of the skeptic Blog dimension back to real life and the business and physics blog dimensions.

  12. Louise Bourgeois did her best work after the age of 80. It can happen.