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  • Backyard Skeptics

     Hello everyone. By the next meeting, y'all will have a pic of me. But meantime, the meetup was one of the best social events I've been to in a long, long time. Absolutely great being around people who are so articulate, funny, and compassionate about a lot of things. Very unusual combinations in my life in the past few years. Thank you for a beyond lovely afternoon. 

    Dorrie L. on May 31, 2018.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Awesome! 10/10 

    Brandon on Mar 11, 2018.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Fun lively crowd. 

    DaN on Feb 22, 2018.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     I'm glad BYS exists and hope to see it grow. This world needs more skeptics and people of reason. 

    Michael Steven M. on Jan 26, 2018.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     skeptical 

    Craig on Jan 8, 2018.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Welcoming. 

    Lena N. on Dec 23, 2017.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Friendly people 

    jim R. on Oct 22, 2017.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     nice to meet some new folks 

    Carolyn Z. G. on Oct 20, 2017.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     As always, an oasis of rationality in a wasteland of mumbo-jumbo. 

    John H. on Sep 29, 2017.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Nice 

    Michael T. on Sep 3, 2017.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Excellent 

    Bob W. on Sep 3, 2017.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     This is unequivocally the BEST Meetup Group I belong to. It is well organized and diverse in its events. I have met more of the most intelligent and exceptional people during my time as a member of this group than I have in my entire life. I thank Bruce Gleeson for creating this group. 

    Sinha S. H. on Aug 11, 2017.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Well educated professionals made meetings pretty educational. 

    Trudy on May 27, 2017.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Wonderful organization and always the BEST events. 

    Jack T. on Apr 5, 2017.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Super. 

    guynemer on Sep 10, 2016.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     OK 

    Carol K. on Aug 30, 2016.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     All of the Backyard Skeptics meetings I've been to have been interesting. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing ideas. 

    John M. G. on Aug 24, 2016.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Very good! 

    Denise on Apr 3, 2016.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Interesting that when seats opened, group spontaneously reconfigured itself demographically (an all male group and an all-but-one female group) 

    David on Apr 3, 2016.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Great 

    Amy on Feb 9, 2016.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Thank you for hearing me out, challenging my mind and making me feel welcome. 

    Dan on Jan 4, 2016.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Certainly they have many activities going. I wish I had the time to attend more of them but I'm part of many different 'meet-up' groups as well as Humanist groups. 

    Paul R. on Dec 7, 2015.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Great idea, love the sunday Morning Breakfast discussions! 

    Dev on Sep 7, 2015.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Exceptional! 

    Steve M. on May 4, 2015.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     A desirable group to be a part of. 

    Gordon M. on May 2, 2015.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Great! 

    Benito F. on Apr 22, 2015.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Reasonably respectful ! 

    Yohan b r. on Mar 26, 2015.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     I'm a newbie, everyone is friendly and giving me tools to educate myself on atheism so I can have some spirited debates with those believing otherwise. 

    Christine G. on Jan 31, 2015.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     great folks with pleasure to socialize & share with out re-assumptions of swami belief or faith journeys... 

    Bill S. on Jan 4, 2015.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     A nice group of people (of those who actually attended). 

    Buck B. on Sep 19, 2014.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Thanks for bringing us together through this informal, welcoming organization. 

    Jared P. on May 10, 2014.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     well attended meetings with great diversity among participants and very dynamic conversation. 

    Revilee L. on Jan 7, 2014.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     It is great being with like minded people. 

    Timothy T. on Nov 20, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     The best... 

    David F. on Nov 18, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     It's great to be around like minded people, and to have a platform to let other people know that it's okay to question your religion. 

    tracy on Jul 20, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     GREAT people!!! 

    Sharon E. on May 6, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Fantastical. 

    Jamie on May 4, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Lovely setting. Thanks to the host for sharing her home. Gratitude to the organizers. Dave's comments on the Free in Free thought were excellent. K 

    Kay H. on Apr 8, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     I don't attend many BYS functions because I'm not an atheist. But the ones I attend are nearly always worthwhile. I prefer BYS over any of the other meetups in the Orange County area. 

    Cary C. on Mar 21, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Can't wait to have an opportunity to speak with people 

    Harriet on Feb 23, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Great people, great company, great times. What more needs to be said? It's important for all of us to work toward getting the various, numerous secular groups together into a solid, committed, organized voting block. Only then will we be able to exert our political muscle and confront our politicians, the Religious Right, the naysayers, et al, as a viable force to be reckoned with. We need to take it to the next level and transform ourselves into a formidable secular social and political demographic that will no longer be silent, which will no longer be silenced, and which will not go away. Let's leverage the hard-won momentum we've finally achieved to demand our proper place at the table of respected ideas in contemporary American society. The time is NOW. 

    Den on Feb 23, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Great organization. 

    Michael on Jan 15, 2013.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Super. The attendees are not only friendly, they are smart and interesting and appreciate my sense of humor. (I think they do!) 

    Carol G. on Dec 23, 2012.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Excellent 

    Loren T. on Oct 25, 2012.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Excellent! 

    Dave S. on Jul 27, 2012.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Everyone was very friendly. It was a nice mix of people. We appreciated being among so many like-minded individuals. 

    Dale s. on Jun 7, 2012.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Terrific means for the freethinking community to network and to organize itself. 

    Christine J. on May 28, 2012.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Always a good, though-provoking time. 

    Kent M. on May 2, 2012.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Good people and stimulating discussions. 

    Bert on Apr 4, 2012.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Great group, I look forward to the next gathering. 

    Irma on Feb 10, 2012.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Well, as i said in reviewing the particular meetup, I enjoyed meeting everyone (even our buddies across the aisle). Everyone seems to have great ideas to contribute and I look forward to coming back. 

    Terry E. on Jan 26, 2012.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Nice to meet people where one can speak freely...not sure about how fervent I am to change the world in this regards, but am glad that someone is! As much as provoking doubt, maintain an element of inclusiveness in your marketing. 

    Lars on Dec 4, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     This is one of the best Meetup groups I belong to. 

    Charlene on Dec 3, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Not sure yet. Sometimes takes me a while to make up my mind about things. Definitely positive though. 

    Derek W. on Nov 25, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Love it! We will return. 

    Suzen on Sep 23, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Great group 

    Al on Sep 23, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     This is a group for people that value critical clear-thinking, logic and science. 

    cravingthesun on Sep 15, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     It was my first time, and I felt very comfortable. Look forward to attending the lecture and discussion meetups with this group. 

    Marion J. on Aug 21, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     WOW! This was a great event. Thank you to everyone who came and was able to open up and share experiences and ideas freely. Everyone had something to contribute. Unlike most parties/get togethers I have been to, almost everyone here had no problem going up to complete strangers and introducing themselves and have a conversation with them. What a terrific experience and group of people. 

    Darran on Aug 21, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Great group 

    Jack C. on Jun 9, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Usually courteous discussions & interesting speakers. 

    Sprite on Apr 25, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     Excellent, informative, friendly folks! 

    Jennifer on Apr 16, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     It was fun and thought-provoking. Will attend again. 

    Allan S. on Apr 15, 2011.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     I truly have enjoyed this group and the setting is wonderful. The Gleasons are great hosts! I look forward to our meetings every month and appreciate all the effort Bruce puts into it. The discussions are intellectual, thoughtful and fun. 

    ana on Oct 28, 2010.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     It is a great meetup group. 

    ERNST G. on Aug 15, 2010.

  • Backyard Skeptics

     These talks are very informative. 

    Mary T. on Jul 28, 2010.

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