Category Archives: Bookclubs

The Geek Manifesto – @SciBookChat – February 2014 Book

index@SciBookChat is starting in 2014. We, being myself (@popsciguyoz), and Lisa Bailey (@lisushi) from Royal Institute Australia (RiAus) will be running the book club over twitter and hope to chat to many people around the world about science books! Our second book, which we will talking about on the 3rd of February, 2014 at 8:30pm Australian EDT. I hope to see you online then!

I have started an Eventbrite event. Please join it!


The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters by Mark Henderson

Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance public health or to generate clean energy, we need the experimental methods of science – the best tool humanity has yet developed for working out what works. Yet from the way we’re governed to the news we’re fed by the media we’re let down by a lack of understanding and respect for its insights and evidence. In The Geek Manifesto Mark Henderson explains why and how we need to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into every aspect of our society. A new movement is gathering. Let’s turn it into a force our leaders cannot ignore.

The Science Book Chat Book Club (@scibookchat) meet on the first Monday of every month on TWITTER at 8:30pm AEDT. Follow @scibookchat and the hashtag #scibook for announcements on upcoming book selections. Hosted by Lisa Bailey (@lisushi) and George Aranda (@popsciguyoz). Come on down and join us. Tell us if you loved the book, hated it, or even didn’t get a chance to finish it!

Stumbling on Happiness – @SciBookChat – January 2014 Book

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@SciBookChat is starting in 2014. We, being myself (@popsciguyoz), and Lisa Bailey (@lisushi) from Royal Institute Australia (RiAus) will be running the book club over twitter and hope to chat to many people around the world about science books! Our first book, which we will talking about on the 6th of January, 2014 at 8:30pm Australian EDT. I hope to see you online then!

I have started an Eventbrite event. Please join it!

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

  • Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink?
  • Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight?
  • Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want?
  • Why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it?

In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Gilbert reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.

The Science Book Chat Book Club (@scibookchat) meet on the first Monday of every month on TWITTER at 8:30pm AEDT. Follow @scibookchat and the hashtag #scibook for announcements on upcoming book selections. Hosted by Lisa Bailey (@lisushi) and George Aranda (@popsciguyoz). Come on down and join us. Tell us if you loved the book, hated it, or even didn’t get a chance to finish it!

A New Science Bookclub – SciBookChat

I’m delighted to tell you about a new book club that I’m proud to be involved with. I’ve been involved with running Big Ideas Book Club for over a year now, but wanted to do something that was BIGGER. Something that was run online and it seems that Twitter was the way to go.

So Lisa Bailey (@lisushi) from Royal Institution Australia (RIAus) and I (@popsciguyoz) will be running the Twitter science book club that we’ve dubbed SciBookChat. It will run on the first Monday of each month with the handle @scibookchat on Twitter with the hashtag #scibook.

Lisa and I will alternate running the book club each month, which means that we should be able to get through 12 books per year, which I think is awesome 🙂

Stay tuned for details!

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The Circle – Big Ideas Book Club – January 2014

Huzzah! Our first book for 2014 has been selected and we’re starting out with a fiction by Dave Eggers. Join us on the 29th of January at 6:30pm at Embiggen Books in Melbourne, Australia or follow us via Facebook or Meetup or Eventbrite

The Circle

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Poster for Big Ideas Book Club August & September

The Big Ideas Book Club has selected its books for August and September 2013.

For August, we thought we’d go for a classic in Science Ficiton. Foundation by Asimov is the beginning of a trilogy and books that have many of the members excited.

For September we decided to go for a more recently released Scatter, Adapt and Remember by Annalee Newitz which I featured on Science Book a Day. The ideas revolve around how we have escaped near-extinction in the past and goes further to speculate about how humans may adapt into the future. I think it will be a great read 🙂

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