Free Thought Discussion – Online

Because of the Corona Virus “Shelter in Place” situation, we are holding our meeting online via Zoom. If you wish to join us, please send an email to carl@angotti.com and request the link.

New Book

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, 650 Pages, Robert M. Sapolsky, 2017

From the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior, both good and bad, and an answer to the question: Why do we do the things we do?

Sapolsky’s storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person’s reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. ….. more on Amazon.com link: https://www.amazon.com/Behave-Biology-Humans-Best-Worst/dp/1594205078

Readings this week:

30 Nov – Chapt. 4, “Hours to Days Before” , 19, pages over one week
7 Dec – Freethought Discussion, Bring your ideas to discuss.

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Past Books we have Read

o “Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from within on Modern Democracy”, 2021, by Thomas M. Nichols

o “The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity”, March 24, 2020 by Toby Ord

o “The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It” by Robert Reich

o “The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life”, by Anu Partanen,

o “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis

o “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody”, by by Helen Pluckrose (Author), James Lindsay (Author), Hardcover – August 25, 2020

o “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD, 2019

o“The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good” by Michael J. Sandel, 2020

o “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know” by Malcolm Gladwell, 2019

o “Influence:  The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert B. Cialdini, PhD, 2009

o “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov, 1950, 1977

o “A Confession” by Leon Tolstoy, 2011

o “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things Are Better than You Think” by Hans Rosling, 2018

o “The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley” by Malcolm X, Alex Haley, and Attallah Shabazz, 1992

o “The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy” by Stephanie Kelton, 2020

o “Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and other Animals” by John Gray, 2007

o “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny” by Robert Wright, 2000

o “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion” by Paul Bloom, 2016

o “Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts” by Stanislas Dehaene, 2014

o “The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm” by Lewis Dartnell, 2015

o “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, 2013

o “The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins, 2016

o “The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning” by Daniel Bor, 2012

o “The Skeptics Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake” by Dr. Steven Novella & 4 more, 2018

o “Creating Change though Humanism” by Roy Speckhardt, 2015

o “The Fourth Turning” by William Strauss and Neil Howe, 2009

o “The Human Web: A Bird’s-Eye View of World History” by J. R. McNeill & William H. McNeill, 2003

o “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Picketty, 2017

o “The Origins of Totalitarianism” by Hanna Arendt, 1973

o “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari, 2015

o “The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” by Jonathan Haidt, 2006

o “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt, 2013

o “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do” by Michael J. Sandel, 2009

o “Listen Liberal: What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?” by Thomas Frank, 2017

o “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away” by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, 2014

o “Intuition Pumps and other Tools for Thinking” by Daniel C. Dennett, 2014

o “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt, 2012