|Sent on:||Friday, November 25, 2011 8:23 AM|
Freethinkers LA is now Backyard Skeptics LA.
Backyard Skeptics is the largest skeptics group in the OC - over 560 members - and has expanded to south county earlier this year. Backyard skeptics motto: to promote secular values, reason and critical thinking.
Even though the name has changed, the goal of this group is the same, to have a discourse over topics which are of interest to the skeptical and freethought community. When I say freethought, I take the Wikipedia definition: a philosophical viewpoint that holds that opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason. To me, the term freethought is not a open-ended philosophy where everything is accepted. Nor is it a free-for-all for all spiritualists to discuss different energy levels and quantum fluctuations. Claims brought by such ideas have no scientific basis and do not lead to better well being IMHO. In other words, give me the verifiable evidence and I will accept it. Keep an open mind, but give me some type of peir-reviewed publications that a claim is falsifiable and repeatable.
Although some skeptics who believe in a deity might be hesitant to come to our meetings, please don't be. We talk about most everything including politics and religion, but mostly about recent news and how church-state issues affect us and other Americans. We are respectful of those skeptics why have a religious viewpoint. Yes there will be atheists at meetings. Wherever you gather skeptics, many will be non-theists. But the conversation is always lively and respectful.
I live in the OC, but since there or 116 members in this group from LA, I'd like to see some ideas on where to meet for dinner and conversation from any member in Los Angeles. Suggest a place and I'll set it up.
I'll be adding a poll to find out where most of our members live so I can coordinate a meeting in that area.