CLIO’S MUSE – A History Reading Club

Saturday, July 10 at 12:30 in the Library Yard (rain date for Zoom, Wed, July 14 at 7pm)

We will be reading The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brennen. As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet’s history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet’s five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future

Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future.

Contact Sarah Robertson if you are not on the Clio’s Muse mailing list.

Saturday, August 28 at 12:30 in the Library Yard (rain date for Zoom, Wed, September 1@7pm)

We will be reading Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker. Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In 75 jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

Contact Sarah Robertson if you are not on the Clio’s Muse mailing list.

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