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Matt Dean
May 23 2012
This Sunday: Packing for Mars

The following e-mail announcement was sent by Matt Dean to the Book Group mailing list:


This Sunday, May, 27, 2012, the book group will meet to discuss Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach.

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you canít walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, itís possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASAís new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

As always, we'll meet at the West Ashley Barnes & Noble, located at 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. The discussion runs from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, and we'll go out to dinner afterward.

Hope to see you there!


Matt Dean

P.S. After a break in June and July, the book group will return on Sunday, August 26, when weíll discuss Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority, by Tom Burrell. In this powerful examination of "the greatest propaganda campaign of all time" - the masterful marketing of black inferiority, aka the BI Complex - Burrell poses ten disturbing questions that will make black people look in the mirror and ask why, nearly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, so many blacks still think and act like slaves.

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