Course Description

“There is no Frigate like a Book, to take us Lands away,” wrote Emily Dickinson. Members of the OLLI Book Club visit new lands once a month. We invite you to join six of our members as we explore some of the science books we’ve recently read that “Took us Lands away.” There is no need for you to read all the books or indeed any of them—although we hope that you will read at least one book.  |  Lecture (plus questions).

Special note: To see the books the instructors will present, see the course details at learnmore.duke.edu/olli.

The presenters and the books they present will include:

May 7 - Phil Carl: Rigor Mortis-How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions by Richard Harris.

May 14 - David Sokal: How to Change Your Mind-What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence by Michael Pollan.

April 23 - Jeff Tuson: The Story of Earth-The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet by Robert M. Hazen.

April 30 - Bruce Wieland: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

April 16 - Dan Oldman & Doug Lyda: Darwin's Backyard:How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory by James T. Costa.

May 21 - Mike Rychener: The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human by V.S. Ramachandran.

Lecture (plus Questions)

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