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Fall 2018 Schedule



 Meetings are held from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from September through early June with occasional exceptions, and holiday recesses. They will be held in room 104 of the Campus Center, Sage College, Albany, unless otherwise noted at the site.


>Next session will be Thursday May 23, 1:30-3:30, Room 101, Sage Campus Center, N. Scotland Ave & Academy Rd.

We had a good general discussion about Science for Heretics and agreed that we would take at least one more session to talk about some of the specific points made in it. Sherrie will lead on the first 8 Chapters and I will take the rest. (There’s a consensus that while the book goes way overboard in its broad critique of modern science, some of the particular issues it raises are worthy of discussion.) Meantime we are nowhere near consensus on the next book selection. I would like to strongly request that each of you reply to the group naming ONE book you propose. Well, okay, two if you must. And please please bear in mind the book’s potential discussability. For example, Andy suggested a book about how life may have begun. Very interesting surely, but I don’t know what there’d be for us to have a conversation about. On the other hand, he also suggested a book by Thaler on “behavioral economics” which I could see having plenty of fodder for discussion. (I still think Pinker’s Enlightenment Now would inspire discussion till the cows come home, but several in the group are dead set against it for reasons I don’t quite understand.) 

This will include the perennial issue of free will. The issue is fully resolved in my recent article in Philosophy Now magazine:

For information, contact Frank Robinson at 482-2639 or
Newcomers are always welcome.

Directions to room 101: Enter the Campus Center parking lot from Academy Road (one block south of New Scotland Ave., and actually the second entrance to the Sage Campus when coming from New Scotland).  Enter either door when proceeding from parking lot, and go to the right.  Room 101 is down the hall through one or two doors, and on the left.   If per chance you have parked at the administration building, walk over to the Campus Center, and from that entrance, turn left and proceed down the corridor as above.

If you want to be included on the CDHS Book Seminar elist and be kept fully up to date, please contact Frank Robinson at frank(at) and provide your name, email address, and telephone number.