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 further 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 contact Carl at

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

We often think of our capacity to experience the suffering of others as the ultimate source of goodness. Many of our wisest policy-makers, activists, scientists, and philosophers agree that the only problem with empathy is that we don’t have enough of it.

Nothing could be further from the truth, argues Yale researcher Paul Bloom. ……..

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About the Author – From Amazon

Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction, and art……….

Note On Our Meetings in the Future:

We will be alternating locations and starting times in the future, always check to see where a meeting will be held and at what time. Some will be at Mitchell Park Public library, some at private homes.

Next Readings for HCSV Freethought Meetings for 5 and 12 February, 7 PM

Please put these dates, times and meeting places on your Calendar. Check the locations below. Please put these dates, times and meeting places on your Calendar. Check the locations below.

Be sure to note that the meetings change around venues and meeting times each week. Check the notice below for the meeting place and time for each week.

Feb 19 – 7:30 PM – Readings for the 1 week period is: Chapter 2 (“The Anatomy of Empathy”) through Chapter 2 (Doing Good)  Total = approx. 55 pages.)

Feb 19  – Location – Mitchell Park Library, Greenmeadow Room, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto CA 94303, See Map –

Questions? Email Carl Angotti at  for the  current address near Sunnyvale, CA