What we're about

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

We are a group of scientific skeptics (as opposed to 'conspiracy skeptics') with a heavy emphasis on critical thinking. If you don't believe in paranormal ability, ouija boards or ghosts then this group is for you. Before Covid, we met 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 at least once a week such as field trips, movie night and Irish pub nights.

During Covid we have Zoom meetings every other Friday. The discussions very widely but are always interesting. We pride ourselves on finding the truth behind any claim and better yet, HOW to find the truth behind any claim.

(Before Covid) Our meetings were in our backyard (hence the name) and usually had 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 critical thinkers as well, and of course our great pot-luck summer and winter solstice parties. (also postponed) We have had different events such as social nights 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 questions about supernatural events

We have a VOLUNTARY annual donation of $20. Or, we have a $/4 month subscription you can sign up for at BackyardSkeptics.com. This is to support our annual conference called LogiCalLA (a 5013C organization) See our website here: LogicalLA.com

Our goal: To support the agnostic/athiest/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 (4+)

Friday evening BYS bi-weekly Zoom meeting

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Let's discuss all things skeptical and of course recent news
This group meets every other Friday at 7pm.

Join anytime during the discussion
Be respectful and try not to dominate an issue
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)

Topic: BYS Friday Zoom Discussion Group

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89454150037

Time: Jun 5,[masked]:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Friday

Sunday Morning Discussion Brunch - IN PERSON

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NEW LOCATION: Starting Jan. 2, 2022 this meeting will be held in a new location. We will meet at Corner Bakery, at 2789 N. Main St, Santa Ana, Ca. [masked]. It is at the corner of Main St. And Memory Lane, in the shopping center with the Mothers Market, not in the Main Place Mall.
We will be outside. You can order online ahead of time at cornerbakerycafe.com, so your food will be ready when you get there.
COME JOIN US AT THE NEW LOCATION!

This meetup is held every 1st Sunday of every month.

PLEASE NOTE: in response to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are asking that only vaccinated people attend this meetup. Compliance will be on the honor system. Masks are not required, wearing masks is up to the individual’s comfort level.

It's a laid back meetup designed to provide a less formal atmosphere and an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics. Enjoy a casual communal breakfast with your fellow free thinkers.

We do not tolerate trolls. If your purpose is to simply disrupt the group, you will be asked to leave.

This Meet Up, and all of the Backyard Skeptics events are funded through the Freethought Alliance. If you would like to donate to the Freethought Alliance and help support their events, please go to freethoughtalliance.org, where you can learn more about the organization and make a contribution.

Please update your RSVP if you're unable to make it.

Hope to see you there!

Friday evening BYS bi-weekly Zoom meeting

Link visible for attendees

Let's discuss all things skeptical and of course recent news
This group meets every other Friday at 7pm.

Join anytime during the discussion
Be respectful and try not to dominate an issue
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)

Topic: BYS Friday Zoom Discussion Group

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89454150037

Time: Jun 5,[masked]:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Friday

Friday evening BYS bi-weekly Zoom meeting

Link visible for attendees

Let's discuss all things skeptical and of course recent news
This group meets every other Friday at 7pm.

Join anytime during the discussion
Be respectful and try not to dominate an issue
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)

Topic: BYS Friday Zoom Discussion Group

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89454150037

Time: Jun 5,[masked]:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Friday

Past events (1,292)

2022 Summer Solstice Party! (see special notes below!)

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