Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

08/24/2014 12:00 AM

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The Rhine Book Club focuses on issues of parapsychology, according to the group’s facilitator Jeannette Briggs. It was formed in February 2013 and has 84 members.

When and where do you meet? We meet at the Rhine Research Center in Durham at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Tell us about your club. Book selections are made by the facilitator, often based upon the topics of the current events at the Rhine Research Center. Other considerations include member suggestions, cost, technical level, book length and availability in various formats. For instance, September is Leaders in Parapsychology Month at The Rhine, so we will be reading the J.B. Rhine classic “New Frontiers of the Mind.“ It will complement the 50-year anniversary of the Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man at Duke University, which was the precursor organization of the Rhine Research Center. The style of our meetings varies. Sometimes we discuss a book chapter-by-chapter, and other times we might discuss the concepts of the book in general as it relates to current research, everyday life or experiences of the members. It’s highly variable.

What are you reading now? “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind” by Michio Kaku

What is your club’s favorite book? “E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality” by Pam Grout

What’s unique about your club? The Rhine Research Center is the oldest operating parapsychology laboratory in the United States. Everyone is welcome to join us whether they are a member or not, and we will Skype with people in remote locations so they can join in the discussions.

How to join: Contact Jeannette Briggs, book club facilitator, or 919-514-0991, or Susan Freeman, events coordinator and public relations director, at or 919-309-4600

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