A number of you expressed a desire to give each section of our discussion its own thread. Therefore this thread will be dedicated to the Author's Preface. To avoid confucion and keep the integrity of the structure of thos discuss please do not discuss and other section of the bood in this thread unless you're making a brief mention as it relates to this section. Here are the first questions based on the Author's Preface. Please read the preface before joining the discussions. It would also be helpful if you jot down your ideas beforehand so everyone will have something to bring to the table thus reducing the occurance of "group think." During the discussion you may change your ideas but first have some ideas to change. Your answers should be substantiated by what is in the book. However they can also show your own independent thoughts. 1. Why don't ideas about religion/science constitute a religion/science? 2. Why was the white race so slow/reluctant to acquire the knowledge the Black and oriental races already had? 3. How is reading this book different from going to a museum? The structure of this discussion is open. You can discuss one question at a time (recommended) or have several going on at once. So that nothing is missed I suggest doing one question st a time then when everyone is satisfied go to the next question. Thanks for the opportunity to flow!