What we're about

Are you a scientific skeptic? See our main page at www.BackyardSkeptics.com to find out if you are.

We are a group of scientific skeptics (as opposed to 'conspiracy skeptics') with a heavy atheist 'bent'. If you don't believe in any supernatural deity, intercessory prayer or any paranormal ability this group is for you. We meet once a month in Villa Park (next to Orange) in Orange County, CA on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday (alternating). We also have many other events - usually at least once a week such as field trips, movie night and Irish pub nights.

Our meetings are in our backyard (hence the name) and usually has a guest speaker or a topic which is posted on the meetup announcement. We have many field trips and casual get-togethers just to socialize with other non-theists as well, and of course our great pot-luck summer and winter solstice parties.

We have a voluntary semi-annual donation of $20 on Jan 1 and July 1 which includes your first meeting and a dinner. As an alternative we have a $/month subscription you can sign up for at BackyardSkeptics.com.

We have different events such as social nights (See the 3-D dinners) informal meetings such as our 3-minute talks, and meetings with speakers from many different areas of science. Our meetings are where you can freely talk about your skepticism and non-belief without religious dogma.

Our goal: To support the atheist/agnostic/skeptic/humanist community with local meetings, potluck parties, and other social events. To spread the word that skeptics and non-believers are good and moral people and to promote secular values and the separation of church and state. We cherish humanistic values over any supernatural superstitions and encourage others to look at their worldview with critical thinking skills.

Bruce Gleason, founder

Upcoming events (5)

Friday evening Zoom meeting

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Let's discuss all things skeptical and of course recent news. Join anytime during the discussion Be respectful and let others talk Please keep your mic off if you are in a noisy environment...... You can join and listen if you do not have a phone with a camera or computer without a camera or mic. (even a flip phone will work) You can join as early as 6:30pm to test your connection. Bruce Gleason is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: BYS Friday Zoom Discussion Group https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82003500862 Time: Jun 5,[masked]:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Friday Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZYtd-qtrjsiHNbZpxVVyWIyCkfMa1m6xfb_/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGqrjspH9SVuB-FRpwQAoigb-_ziGJHgo1fpg_9NRZKVSrvFelEH7MuHY7I Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82003500862 Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]# US (Tacoma) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd1yE9Blwj

Secular Student Alliance Online Conference

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Due to COVID-19 health crisis, the Secular Student Alliance will conduct their annual conference virtually this year. The online conference will take place July 22-25, 2020 starting at 9:00 AM (PDT) until 5:00 PM (PDT). The event is free and open-to-the public. Speakers include Cara Santa Maria, Representative Jared Huffman, Rachel Laser, Anthony Pinn, Katherine Stewart, Elle Harris, Sikivu Hutchinson and many more. Register at: https://secularstudents.org/conference/2020conference/

Friday evening Zoom meeting

Online event

Let's discuss all things skeptical and of course recent news. Join anytime during the discussion Be respectful and let others talk Please keep your mic off if you are in a noisy environment...... You can join and listen if you do not have a phone with a camera or computer without a camera or mic. (even a flip phone will work) You can join as early as 6:30pm to test your connection. Bruce Gleason is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: BYS Friday Zoom Discussion Group https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82003500862 Time: Jun 5,[masked]:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Friday Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZYtd-qtrjsiHNbZpxVVyWIyCkfMa1m6xfb_/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGqrjspH9SVuB-FRpwQAoigb-_ziGJHgo1fpg_9NRZKVSrvFelEH7MuHY7I Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82003500862 Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]# US (Tacoma) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd1yE9Blwj

Friday evening Zoom meeting

Online event

Let's discuss all things skeptical and of course recent news. Join anytime during the discussion Be respectful and let others talk Please keep your mic off if you are in a noisy environment...... You can join and listen if you do not have a phone with a camera or computer without a camera or mic. (even a flip phone will work) You can join as early as 6:30pm to test your connection. Bruce Gleason is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: BYS Friday Zoom Discussion Group https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82003500862 Time: Jun 5,[masked]:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Friday Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZYtd-qtrjsiHNbZpxVVyWIyCkfMa1m6xfb_/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGqrjspH9SVuB-FRpwQAoigb-_ziGJHgo1fpg_9NRZKVSrvFelEH7MuHY7I Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82003500862 Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]# US (Tacoma) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd1yE9Blwj

Past events (1,157)

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