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Common Book 2013-14: In Pursuit of Silence: For Research & Discussion

In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise is the 2013-14 Common Book.

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General discussion:

  • Define the term noise before and after reading each chapter of the book
  • Spend a day without your iPod/mp3 player, and write about it.


Introduction and Chapter 1:
Reason for the book | Religious silence  

Chapters 2 and 3:
Biological basis for hearing and making noise 

Chapters 4, 5 and 6: 
Background noise, retail and otherwise

Chapters 7 and 8:
Boom cars and iPods

Chapters 9 and 10:
Soundproof engineering | Noise control public policy

Chapter 11:
The world of the deaf

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