Thursday, January 17, 2008

SOC376: Social Change

Oh man! The gears are turning, the juices are flowing, I'm getting excited!

I'm about halfway into the first book for my Sociology class this term, A Short History of Progress. This truly is a fascinating read on the depravity of human nature (aka. we screw things up time and time again because of our selfishness). I also read an excerpt from Lifelines From Our Past on Kinship Societies, and a short essay by Jared Diamond called "The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race". Anyone want to take a shot at what that might be? Later in the term we will be reading (I'm not going to lie, I already started it) PowerDown, which is a forecast of society by taking a brutal look at some of the crises stacked against us.

The class is a hybrid. Half in the classroom and half online. There is a lot of potential for great dialog on the discussion board. It will also be a good excuse to process what I am turning over in my brain and then repost it on my blog as well. So keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks!


Wandering Home said...

That's awesome you are so excited for your class and my WORD you read a lot lol! I thought I was bad but you entirely beat me!

David Knepprath said...

Haha, ya I'm am normally only reading about 5 or 6 book at a time. You making it down to Nightstrike tonight!?