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 book which will be read starting Dec 21 is:

 “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt

As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns.
This should be an interesting book on a “hot topic”.

See on Amazon

Reading Schedule (Chronological Order) Starting 21 Dec

21 Dec – Read Pages xix to xxiii plus Chap. 1 pages 3 to 18 from Chapter 1, “Where does Morality Come From?”. About 20 pages.

28 Dec – Read Pages 18 to 60. Balance of Chap. 1 (“Where does Morality Come from?”) and Chap 2 (“The Intuitive Dog and It’s Rational Tail”) About 41 pages.

4 Jan – First Wednesday, Freethought Discussion – Bring your topics of interest.

11 Jan – Read Pages 61 to 108. Chap. 3 (“Elephants Rule”) and Chap 4 (“Vote for Me, and Here’s Why”) About 48 pages.

18 Jan – Read Chap. 5 (“Beyond Weird Morality”) and Chap 6 (“Taste Buds of the Righteous Mind”) About 43 page equivalents.

25 Jan – Read Chap. 7 (“The Moral Foundations of Politics”) and Chap 8 (“The Conservative Advantage”) About 43 page equivalents.

1 Feb – We will have a Freethought Discussion on 7 December. Bring your current events, or other, ideas to discuss.

1 Feb – We will have a Freethought Discussion on 1 February. Bring your current events, or other, ideas to discuss.

8 Feb – Read Chap. 9 (“The Hive Switch”) and Chap” and 10 (“The Conservative Advantage”) . About 66 page equivalents over two weeks.
22 Feb – Read Pages 319 to 366 up, to but NOT including the “Conclusion” Chapter. Read Chapter 12, “Can we all disagree more Constructively? “This is about 47 pages in the Kindle Ap.

1 Mar – Freethought Discussion Night

8 Mar – Read the “Conclusion” Chapter, Pages 366 to 371, or so. We decided to dedicate a whole evening to a wrap up of the book.
Note: We will be selecting a new Book on this evening. So be ready with your votes. I will send out the “Book List” next week. Any new Books will not be added after midnight, Monday, 21 Feb, so get yours in quick.

Some previously read books

Our customs on book nominations & voting


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