Free Thought Discussion

The Group meets almost every Wednesday, at 6:30 or 7:30 p.m., at various locations in, around or near Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. For more information contact Please check the Humanist Community Meetup Group at for furthur information.

Strictly speaking, this is not a “book group,” since we devote one 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 we are reading is: “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions. By Johann Hari’s, 2019, 255 pages

Book Description and Reviews

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Chasing the Scream, offering a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

What really causes depression and anxiety–and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true–and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong…… more see

About the Author

Johann Eduard Hari (born 21 January 1979) is a British writer and journalist who wrote columns for The Independent (London) and The Huffington Post and made contributions to other publications.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by internets_dairy (Flickr: Johann Hari) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


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From Amazon Reviewers:

“Lost Connections offers a wonderful and incisive analysis of the depression and alienation that are haunting American society.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

“If you have ever been down, or felt lost, this amazing book will change your life. Do yourself a favour–read it now.” – Elton John

Next Readings

June 19 – We will read (“Prologue”) through the Chapter 1 (“The Great Excepton) Pages 1 through 46, about 45 Pages. Please come and join us.


Some previously read books

Our customs on book nominations & voting