Paula Wachowiak presents: The Common Book

A Common Book is an ongoing event in the history of your reading.
It is an essential part of your character and your life. Like the meals
you have eaten, your Common Book is what you have fed your brain.
It is not a compilation of hunter's trophies but the living animals themselves.
12/31/16 The Common Book Show #7
The Panel (Paula Wachowiak, Greg Sterlace, Julia Dzwonkoski and Richard Wicka) discussed these topics:
- "All of my emotions are anger"
- A hate-hate relationship with my parents
- A inadvertant poem by Pam Swarts
- Hypernormalization: Not being able to think outside of what is presented to us in the media
- Seeing patterns in history
- Carlton Pearson: the preacher who stopped believing in hell
- The importance of your life outside of work
- Is it true that you create your negative emotions and not the world?
- It is much easier to forgive dead people than living ones
- Creativity can save your life
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11/6/16 The Common Book Show #6
The panel (Paula Wachowiak, Greg Sterlace, and Richard Wicka) discussed these topics:
- Being 50 and remembering what it was like to be 20 vs. being 20 and projecting what it would be like to be 50.
- The world imposes limits on us and within those limits we have room to act.
- Speculating on the fascination with going to casinos.
- Piercing through the veil of doing something for fun.
- Wanting to be in a conversation where honest things are said vs. preferring to be in a conversation where honest things are suppressed.
- Changing someone else's mind, but never being told about it.
-Trump's options if he loses the election.
- How politics is similar to professional wrestling.
- "Let us choose those pearls hanging in the window, and then imagine how, if we put them on, life would be changed."
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10/23/16 The Common Book Show #5
The panel (Paula Wachowiak, Greg Sterlace, Loretta Szewczyk and Richard Wicka) discussed these topics:
- If you have spent years in a job that diminished the quality of your life, is that your fault or the fault of the society that gave you limited choices?
- What if every citizen was given at birth $20,000 per year for life so they could live however they wanted. If someone decided to work, it would only add to that.
- What is a better plan: Science finding a cure for death or adopting a philosophy that accepts death?
- How many of our life experiences in the world are artificially prepared by others and sold to us? (for example, the artificially created skywalk at the Grand Canyon)
- Gender identity and self deception
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8/19/16 The Common Book Show #4:
The panel (Paula Wachowiak, Greg Sterlace, Kayla Szewczyk and Richard Wicka) discussed these topics:
- If you were in charge of a film school, would you teach the students how to make films that were popular or films that were artistic?
- If a particular piece of art cannot be appreciated without an explanation, does it deserve to be called "art"?
- Why do 46% of transgender people attempt suicide?
- It is possible that you have become a creation of the people around you (because you are trying to please them). How difficult is it to overcome that?
- If every experience changes you even if just a little, at what tipping point do you become a new person?
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2/20/16 The Common Book Show #3:
The panel (Paula Wachowiak, Greg Sterlace, Tom Mazur and Richard Wicka) discussed these topics:
-The arbitrariness of beauty and how it gives one privilege in the world.
-The art of relating to a camera and accepting our photographic self.
-Songs of innocence and songs of experience.
-Michele Brule's poem "The woman at the other end of the bar".
-The surprising effectiveness off Electroshock Therapy.
-"Words gave me the wound and words can heal me."
-"Let's save our tears for a greater sorrow."
-Eusebius decides what goes in and what gets left out of the first Bible in 331 AD.
-The love of things - good idea or bad idea?
-"Objects: Supreme indifference renders them angelic."
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1/30/16 The Common Book Show #2
The panel (Paula Wachowiak, Sanford Silverstein, Tom Stroz, Kenny Vaughan, Greg Sterlace and Richard Wicka) discussed these topics:
- Is the silence in your life a welcome respite or a source of stress?
- Can logic allow one turn off all their regrets of the past and fears of the future?
- Does aging have more up sides or down sides?
- What did Schoepenhauer mean when he said that "Pleasure and well being is negative and suffering is positive"?
- Is art necessary?
- Does religion do more harm or good in the world?
- If there is no life after death, should that bother us?
- What does "the pattern of my life keeps holding me" mean?
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1/23/16 The Common Book Show #1
The Panel (Paula Wachowiak, Richard Wicka, Greg Sterlace and Paul Drajem) discussed these topics:
- What would the News sound like if you removed all the entertainment stories?
- If you made two columns: "What science fiction got right" and "What science fiction got wrong", which would be bigger?
- More and more roadblocks are being legislated when it comes to women who want abortions. What would legislation sound like if those same roadblocks were applied to men who want to purchase Viagara?
- If someone says "I have a sore back", how do you know if they are telling the truth? In other words, how private is pain? We also talked about Michael's illness.
- The history of persecution of gay people by the police, organized religion, the government and the psychiatric establishment.
- Those adults who refuse to use the most recent technology.
- Why suicide should continue to be against the law.
- Would you want to live the rest of your life in a happiness machine and remove yourself from reality?
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