What we're about

The Atheist Community of San Jose (ACSJ) is an organization for atheists and like-minded non-believers, founded to develop and support the atheist community and to provide opportunities for socializing, philanthropy, education, and friendship. We promote a positive public perception of atheists and secularists, and work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.

We typically meet every other Wednesday for a presentation by a guest speaker. Presentations by notable guest speakers and ACSJ members cover a broad spectrum of topics, some examples include atheism, religion, secularism, science, philosophy, and more. Additional events range from attending outside speaking events and debates to hiking, bowling, pub crawling, dinners, and philanthropic activities. We are a community in every sense of the word, with members having diverse talents and interests. We are also a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity organization.

"We are not creating atheists, we are creating a home for them."
David Silverman
President, American Atheists

Deconverted; Freethinkers; Agnostics; Skeptics and Humanists are welcomed!

Please join us!

http://www.sanjoseatheists.org

To Donate, Go To: http://sanjoseatheists.org/donate/

For Family Themed Events, Join ACSJ Family Fun (http://www.meetup.com/ACSJ-Family-Fun-A-Secular-Playgroup/events/230327423/)!

Upcoming events (5+)

ACSJ Annual Picnic with follow-on Bluegrass Concert

Vasona Lake County Park

We're On! ACSJ Potluck Summer Picnic at Vasona Lake County Park, Sat. July 27. We plan to start around 3 PM and then move over to the free outdoor Bluegrass concert from 5 - 7:00. The park sponsors these concerts to support one of our favorite charities, the 2nd Harvest Food Bank (optional donation). Note there is a $6 per car entrance fee, so carpool if possible. The band that day is billed as "Bean Creek - Award-Winning Traditional Bluegrass". To find us, ask for the music stage when you enter and look for us with ACSJ banner in the picnic area marked 1, and if we're not there, look in area 2, or any nearby area. Bring lawn chairs for both the picnic and bluegrass concert. Please sign up in the comments below for what you can bring. We could use a second 10'x10' canopy so please reply if you can bring that.

2nd Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank – Cypress Center

As before, we will be sorting food at the Second Harvest's Cypress Center to prepare it for distribution. The Food Bank always has praise for the speed and efficiency of ACSJ, and our visibility to other groups at these events helps improve peoples' image of atheists. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required (T-shirts OK, but no tank tops). Everyone must be at least 14 years old. Anyone 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Second Harvest suggests that volunteers consider bringing a donation of non-perishable foods. High-protein items like peanut butter and tuna are preferable along with canned meals like stew or soup. Learn more about Second Harvest at http://www.shfb.org. We now need to sign up individually at https://shfb.tfaforms.net/27 Our Group No. this time is GR-16525. ~Thank you for volunteering with ACSJ. Our philanthropic efforts are meant to demonstrate that atheists care about our community. All volunteers are ACSJ representatives so it is essential to show respect and consideration for others, including those who may hold beliefs different than your own.

ADAM GAZZALEY AND ROBERT STRONG: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF MAGIC

4000 Middlefield Rd

From ancient conjurers to quick-handed con artists to Las Vegas illusionists, magicians throughout the ages have been expertly manipulating human attention and perception to dazzle and delight us. The phenomena of cognitive and sensory illusions are responsible for the “magic” of a magic trick, but how and why? Come meet neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and magician Robert Strong as they team up to demonstrate how magicians use our brains as their accomplices in effecting the impossible—and explain what scientists can learn about the brain by studying the methods and techniques of magic.

2nd Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank – Cypress Center

As before, we will be sorting food at the Second Harvest's Cypress Center to prepare it for distribution. The Food Bank always has praise for the speed and efficiency of ACSJ, and our visibility to other groups at these events helps improve peoples' image of atheists. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required (T-shirts OK, but no tank tops). Everyone must be at least 14 years old. Anyone 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Second Harvest suggests that volunteers consider bringing a donation of non-perishable foods. High-protein items like peanut butter and tuna are preferable along with canned meals like stew or soup. Learn more about Second Harvest at http://www.shfb.org. We now need to sign up individually at https://shfb.tfaforms.net/27 Our Group No. this time is GR-16805. ~Thank you for volunteering with ACSJ. Our philanthropic efforts are meant to demonstrate that atheists care about our community. All volunteers are ACSJ representatives so it is essential to show respect and consideration for others, including those who may hold beliefs different than your own.

Past events (584)

7/13 Blood Donation + 11:30am Brunch

Stanford Blood Center - Mountain View

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