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January 24 thru April 25, 2017
4th Tuesday of each month
7:00 pm @ Louisburg Library

Science in Everyday Life: Cameron Clapp
In this video a courageous young man, Cameron Clapp, uses new technologies to push the limits of what it means to be human. Cameron is a triple amputee, who with the aid of new prostheses, is continuing to thrive athletically, socially, and emotionally. The story touches on how his nature may have been a contributing factor to the accident that caused him to lose his limbs, but it is also a factor that helps him to adapt to this new life. With these prostheses, Cameron and others in similar situations are pushing human boundaries and what we typically consider natural. Over time, can our
conception of what is human change? What of less obvious kinds of assists? Did Cameron and his twin brother grow to both become risk-takers, or were they born that way naturally? How much does the environment contribute to how people or other species progress? What is our threshold for an
engineering of life that still seems natural?

Book: When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle
Boyle’s book fictionalizes the true story of an effort to eradicate a colony of rats that had overtaken the Catalina Islands off the coast of California. The rats were not originally part of the island wildlife, but made it to the island by virtue of a shipwreck. There are all sorts of odd ways that species acquire new habitats. What is the difference between rats coming via shipwreck, versus
larvae immigrating in the mud attached to a seagull’s feet? Is a human effort to eradicate a species different from one species removing another according to their predator-prey relationship? Does one seem less natural than the other? If so, why? What about habitat destruction? Is that or isn’t that
natural? Why or why not?

Please review the following chapter(s) before our discussion:
Back Cover, The Wreck of the Winfield Scott
(p. 38), Boiga Irregularis (p. 90)


Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is the work of a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers from organizations including Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Library Group, Public Library Association, Dawson Media Group, Institute for Learning Innovations, Goodman Research Group, and Oregon State University.

Theme 1:   SURVIVAL
Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Theme 2:   CONNECTION
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Theme 4:   KNOWLEDGE
The Land of the Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

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Theme 3:  NATURE

UNLEASH YOUR MIND
Explore ideas about Survival, Connection, Nature, and Knowledge.


Pushing the Limits of NATURE
What does it mean for something to be “natural,” in the environment or in ourselves? If the environment changes, or we change, when is that change no longer part of what is natural? Is there such a thing as human nature, and can we escape it, or even shape it?

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Books for Additional Reading
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling