One of the purposes of this blog is to promote the field that is near and dear to me, cognitive science. Posts on what I think are interesting or socially/politically-relevant cognitive science topics is one way to do that. Another way would be to engage people more directly. I get emails fairly frequently from students who are interested in grad school in cognitive science, or people who are in other disciplines but want to learn more about cognitive science. A good way for students to prepare, or people outside of cog sci but interested to learn more, is to read books on the topic. I thought it might be interesting, then, to have a sort of blogosphere reading group for people interested in cognitive science (I owe the idea of a blog reading group to Clark). We could read the books and discuss them on our individual blogs, in comments, or even through emails. It would only take a few interested individuals for me to participate, though naturally, the more the better. No special expertise would be required, of course, though anyone out there in cognitive science or related disciplines would be welcome to participate. You don't have to have a blog, either. You can participate in the discussion through comments or email.
I have a few ideas for books that might be interesting to read, but we can work out the specifics of what to read and how we'll go about talking about it when we've got a list of people who are interested, and what cog sci topics they might be interested in. So, if you think this is something you'd like to do, leave a comment or email me (if you leave a comment, be sure to leave an email address).
UPDATE: It looks like there's definitely enough interest to do this. I'm going to wait until Monday for people to join in (which is not to say that you can't join in after Monday). Then I'll send an email to everyone who's expressed an interest in participating, and we can work out the specifics.