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The Ideas Club, which is more than just a book club, meets to discuss important ideas in the philosophy of humanism and freethought. A book is often the subject matter of a session, but having read it is not required. Instead, the group discusses the ideas in the book, after the presenter has outlined its content and general positions. 

Previous program topics have included: The God Delusion (Dawkins), Breaking the Spell (Dennett), An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (Hume), Christianity Without God (Geering), The Singularity is Near (Kurzweil), 

The group was started in 1998 by the former Houstonians for Secular Humanism (HSH). Afterwards, the group goes to lunch.

For the full time and details of the next Ideas Club, please see our calendar page. To get a monthly notice of the topics and schedule from the Club's organizer, please contact Ed Barr at e3_barr@yahoo.com, also see the Yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Houston_Ideas_Club


Examples of Past Topics

Title Author Reviewer
Moral Minds Marc Hauser Marian Hillar
The Reason Driven Life Robert Price Jim Knierien
Religion Explained Pascal Boyer C.J. Renzi
Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Tammy Renzi
Habermas James Gordon Finlayson Bob Finch
A Short History of Just About Everything Bill Bryson Bill Fricks
The Future of Life E.O. Wilson John Simpson
The Science of Good & Evil Michael Shermer Roxie Deaton, Bob Finch, Jim Knierien, C.J. Renzi
The World is Flat Tom Friedman Sheila Finch
The Middle Way: Finding Happiness in a World of Extremes Lou Marinoff Daniel Strain
Consilience E.O. Wilson Louis Daily
The God Delusion Richard Dawkins Marian Hillar
Atheism: A Reader S.T. Joshi, Editor Ron Titus
Breaking the Spell Daniel Dennett Jim Knierien
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding David Hume Bob Finch
Christianity Without God Lloyd Geering Daniel Strain
The Origins of Totalitarianism Hannah Arendt Tom Brucia
Toward  a New Political Humanism Seidman & Murphy Jim Knierien
The Americans: The Colonial Experience Daniel Boorstin Ariel Thomann
Jesus After 2000 Years Gerd Ludemann Marian Hillar
The Singularity is Near Ray Kurzweil Bob Finch
Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Amer. Psych. Assoc. Ron Titus
The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life A.C. Grayling Sheila Finch
Bookseller of Kabul Asne Seierstad Jimmy Dunne
How Capitalism Saved America Thomas J. DiLorenzor Ron Jones
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements Eric Hoffer Ron Titus
Human Nature James Trefil Sheila Finch
The Agile Gene/Nature via Nurture Matt Ridley Cindy Clark
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are Robert Wright Marian Hillar
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism Susan Jacoby Jim Knierien
Godís Funeral A.N. Wilson Tom Brucia
The Poverty of Historicism Karl Popper Che Alvandi

The Grass Roots Manual --- The Purpose-Driven Church

AHA  ------ Rick Warren

Bob Finch
Why Darwin Matters Michael Shermer Jerry Harris
Khomenei: Life of the Ayatollah Bequer Moin Tom Brucia
Quest for Divinity: Critical Examination of the Thought of Mahmoud Muhammad Taha Mohamed A. Mahmoud Daniel Strain
A Party of One: The Loners Manifesto Anneli Rufus Ariel Thomann
Genealogy of Morality Frederich Nietzsche Fernando Casas


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