Free Thought Discussion – Online

We are holding our meeting online via Zoom and in person at the Sunnyvale Public Library at 7:15 PM in the Study Room. If you wish to join us, please sign up at and the link to the meeting will be available to you.

New Current Book

New Book — New Book

“The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America”, by Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld, 2015, 352 pages

“That certain groups do much better in America than others—as measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so on—is difficult to talk about. In large part this is because the topic feels racially charged. The irony is that the facts actually debunk racial stereotypes. Black and Hispanic subgroups in the United States far outperform many white and Asian subgroups. Moreover, there’s a demonstrable arc to group success—in immigrant groups, it typically dissipates by the third generation—puncturing the notion of innate group differences and undermining the whole concept of ‘model minorities.'”
Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all.

Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success. A superiority complex, insecurity, and impulse control—are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success. The Triple Package is open to anyone. America itself was once a Triple Package culture. It’s been losing that edge for a long time now. Even as headlines proclaim the death of upward mobility in America, the truth is that the old-fashioned American Dream is very much alive—but some groups have a cultural edge, which enables them to take advantage of opportunity far more than others.

Readings this week:
Readings this week:
20 Sept – Chapt 2 and 3 (The Triple Package) Pages 27 to 85
4 Oct – Freethought Group, Bring your topic to share and discuss, join us


Past Books we have Read

o “Defying Hitler”, by Sebastian Haffner, Oliver Pretzel (Translator), written in 1939, published in 2003, 309 pages

o “The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong”, Laurence J. Peter

o “The Measure of Civilization: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations”, by Ian Morris, 2014, 235 pages

o Survive: Why We Do What We Do, by Jerry Pannone, 2022

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

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