World Events, History, and Culture Book Group

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January 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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All are welcome to join this monthly discussion of books on current and historical world events and international culture. This month’s book is: World Without Mind by Franklin Foer

Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley—Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate ambitions of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are trampling longstanding liberal values, especially intellectual property and privacy. This is a nascent stage in the total automation and homogenization of social, political, and intellectual life. By reclaiming our private authority over how we intellectually engage with the world, we have the power to stem the tide.

Foer explains not just the looming existential crisis but the imperative of resistance.

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January 10
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6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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