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RMA Book Club, December 14, 2023 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm MST



Interested in joining Book Club? We meet virtually, once a month on the second Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome and everyone will have a chance to share their personal impression of the book. Then there will be an open discussion.


This month, the Book Club is reading and discussing Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Max Tegmark. Tegmark has a PhD in physics, specializing in cosmology. He also started writing computer programs in machine language when he was in high school so he is fascinated with AI and likes to speculate. What is artificial intelligence? For that matter, what is intelligence? Is a machine intelligent because it can do math hundreds of times faster than a human? Can a machine learn? What does it mean to learn? Is memorizing the multiplication tables learning? What are bits and bytes? Is AI a danger or a boon to society? You might find answers in the book or you might just find more questions. To join the discussion, just click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87322462666.


If you would like to plan ahead, the upcoming books are listed below.


Jan 11, 2024: Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America, by John McWhorter


Feb 8, 2024: Stolen Focus, by Johann Hari


Mar 14, 2024: A Grain of Salt, The Science and Pseudoscience of What We Eat, by Joe Schwarcz


Apr 11, 2024: Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, by Leonard Mlodinow


May 9, 2024: Best Things First: The 12 most efficient solutions for the world’s poorest and our global SDG promises, by Bjorn Lomborg


June 13, 2024: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, by Michael Pollan


July 11, 2024: Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization, by Neil deGrasse Tyson


Aug 8, 2024: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff


Sep 12, 2024: Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism, by Bradley Onishi


Oct 10, 2024: The Petroleum Papers: Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change, by Geoff Dembicki


Nov 14, 2024: Your Brain, Explained: What Neuroscience Reveals About Your Brain and its Quirks, by Marc Dingman, PhD

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