Free Thought Discussion

The Group meets every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For more information contact Hilton at:

Strictly speaking, this is not a “book group,” since we devote the first Wednesday of each month to discussion of current news events, and, on the other evenings, discussions tend to be wide-ranging, centered about, but not exclusively about, the chosen book.  The word “group” is often used but does not imply that you have to join formally in any sense. Visitors are welcome. Just show up—the more the merrier!

The current Book is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Book Description

This is a book about how the middle class got ignored by the Democratic Party, and other liberals This led the way to some of our current political concerns.

For further information, please go to for a full description and reviews.
About the Author

Yuval Noah Harari (born 24 February 1976) is an Israeli professor of history and the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. He teaches at the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Yuval Noah Harari (Yuval Noah Harari) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

From Amazon:

Yuval Noah Harari has some questions. Among the biggest: How did Homo sapiens (or Homo sapiens sapiens , if you’re feeling especially wise today) evolve from an unexceptional savannah-dwelling primate to become the dominant force on the planet, emerging as the lone survivor out of six distinct, competing hominid species? He also has some answers, and they’re not what you’d expect. Tackling evolutionary concepts from a historian’s perspective, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, describes human development through a framework of three not-necessarily-orthodox “Revolutions”: the Cognitive, the Agricultural, and the Scientific…… See more on Amazon.

1 Aug – Freethought Discussion – Bring a Topic to Discuss by the Group.

8 Aug – Read Book – Part 1, Intro Material and Chapters. 1 and 2. About 45 Pages over two weeks.

15 Aug – Read Book – Part 1, Chapters. 3 and 4. About 40 Pages

22 Aug – Read Book – Part 2, Chapters. 5 and 6. About 42 pages

29 Aug – Read Book – Part 2, Chapters. 7 and 8. About 43 pages

5 Sept – Freethought Discussion – Bring your current topics to for an open discussion about them. These are always lively. We pause in our Book Reading for a week.

12 Sept – Read Book – Part 3, Chapters. 9, 10 and 11. About 46 pages over two weeks

19 Sept – Read Book – Part 3, Chapters. 12 and 13. About 38 pages

Some previously read books

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