This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Humanists and cross-posted from https://www.meetup.com/sfhumanists/events/256339394/
Join us in the Stong room as we discuss "Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment" by Robert Wright. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions.
We will be selecting the next book from those presented in person at this meeting. If you'd like to add a book to the running, come ready to make a short pitch for it and bring a copy if you can. We will want to know the page count of the book and whether it is available in the SF Public Library.
About "Why We Believe in God(s)" (http://bit.ly/2QD7aJx):
"At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don't see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness.
In this "sublime" (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution.
This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright's landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world's most skilled meditators. Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species."
If you have not read the book, you're welcome to attend and learn what we're about. We only ask that you allow those who have done the reading to speak first.
We typically go to dinner together afterward at a nearby restaurant, for those who would like to stick around.
This is not a Library Sponsored Program.
Join us every first Tuesday of the month at Wicked Grounds, San Francisco’s renowned BDSM-themed coffee house for an evening of conversation and socializing. Community is one of the reasons we started Godless Perverts. There are few enough places to land when you decide that you’re an atheist; far fewer if you’re also LGBT, queer, kinky, poly, trans, or are just interested in sexuality. All orientations, genders, and kinks (or lack thereof) welcome. There’s no admission, but we ask that you buy food and drink at the counter, or make a donation to the venue.
** RSVP Deadline November 24th **
This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Humanists and cross-posted from https://www.meetup.com/sfhumanists/events/256453450/
Christians have Christmas, Jews Hanukkah, and Muslims Ramadan but everyone can celebrate a holiday given to us by nature, the Winter Solstice. To celebrate the solstice (a little early), we’ll have dinner together at the Delancey Street Restaurant. We will not only have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner and each-other’s company but also to support the mission of Delancey Street. “Delancey Street Restaurant is a key training school of the Delancey Street Foundation, the country's largest self-help residential organization for people who have hit bottom to completely rebuild their lives.”
In order to reserve a room for our dinner, we need to prepay for the dinner ($45/person. This includes tax and tip but not alcoholic beverages which must be purchased at the bar in the restaurant). Check the menu out: https://go.sfhumanists.org/menu. We must receive your payment by Nov 24 so we can reserve your place at the table. Please use this link https://go.sfhumanists.org/party to send your payment ASAP. Everyone is welcome. This event is sponsored by Bay Area Humanists.
Hi folks, not sure why there was a BNG scheduled for 10/24 because I changed them to once a month, so we’ll be meeting 2nd Wednesdays at Era, meaning the next one is 11/14. Remember, happy hour until 7:00, they don't serve food but you can bring it in, parking free after 6, and close to 19th Street BART. So please join fellow East Bay Atheists for an evening of friendly conversation and, um, beer.
Thousands of planets have been found circling stars other than our own in the past few decades! Come and learn about some of the underlying physics of planet hunting, as well as learn to focus your skeptical lenses to cut through to the truth for a variety of different planetary claims made from popular science articles.
Jay Lofy has a bachelor in physics, and is the author of "Joshing with Physics" https://joshingwithphysics.com/ , a website that demystifies physics for the rest of us. He works at the Exploratorium, and is an officer of the Bay Area Skeptics.
The first Tuesday of November is Election Day, and the Godless Perverts organizers will be home biting our nails and relentlessly hitting "refresh" on election returns. We are therefore cancelling the Social Club for November 2018. We'll be back on Tuesday December 4!
This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Humanists and cross-posted from https://www.meetup.com/sfhumanists/events/254953269/
The contested nomination of Brett Kavanaugh highlights the fact that many Americans on the left and the right look to the Supreme Court to decide some of society's big questions: whether abortion should be legal, whether corporations can spend freely on elections, whether all citizens who are real persons have the right to vote.
Why do we invest so much power in the "third branch of government," the one that Alexander Hamilton referred to in Federalist Papers No. 78 as the "weakest" branch because it had "no influence over either the sword or the purse"? Is it because of judicial activism? Are we better off with original intent or living constitutionalism? Or should we just abandon judicial philosophy - in other words just accept the reality that judges are political and be sure we get the right ones in order to get the right results?
We will examine these intriguing questions in the next segment of the Mini Law School.
RSVP REQUIRED: This event venue requires us to submit a list of attendees before the event, so it's very important that you RSVP if you're thinking of coming.
The 17th annual California Freethought Day celebrates the First Amendment, scientific progress, and secular rights, combining the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference.
Join us on Sunday, October 14, 2018, for engaging speakers, live entertainment, an authors' and podcasters' panel, door prizes, and more!
🎟 Tickets and Registration
Admission is free, but we want you to register to ensure there are chairs and programs for everyone.
To be eligible for $300 in door prizes you *must* register!
Donate $25 or more for a free "Supporter" keepsake button and you'll get access to free drinks and snacks during the main event.
Donate $75 or more and join us at the Supporters' Reception on Saturday, October 13 with most of our speakers and other guests. ($85 at the door.)
🎤 Speakers, Entertainers, Authors, and More
We are thrilled to share with you the many people who will be speaking, entertaining, and participating at our Authors' and Podcasters' Panel at this year's Freethought Day (and the Supporters' Reception the night before):
• Eugenie Scott, author, professor, activist
• Kavin "Science Mom" Senapathy, science and health writer, author
• Seráh Blain, Humanist lobbyist, mother, and grassroots activist
• Evan Clark, facilitator and entrepreneur
• Abby Hafer, author, scientist, educator
• Steve Hill, comedian and activist
• Representative Jerry McNerney (CA-9)
• Greydon Square, hip hop emcee and producer
• Victor Harris, poet
• Sean O'Brien, actor, director, and teacher
• Marie Bain, jazz singer and songwriter
• Elbe Spurling, Author, The Brick Bible
• Ryan Bell, author and podcaster
• Rebecca Hensler, Author and founder of Grief Beyond Belief
• Judy Saint, local activist and organizer
• and more to come!
❤ Support the Event
California Freethought Day is an entirely non-profit event, supported by our community. Your donation helps us cover insurance, advertising, equipment, speaker travel, and food for our volunteers.
Here are four ways you can help make Freethought Day a continued success:
• Donate: Those that wish to support Freethought Day will be recognized in the program and on the website. And you can show your support with a keepsake button, all for just $25. You'll get free drinks and snacks during the main event.
• Fundraising Reception: Attend this special evening event on Saturday, October 13th featuring live entertainment, a selection of great appetizers and desserts, an open bar, and the company of our speakers starting at $75. Also includes drinks and snacks at Freethought Day.
• Sponsor: Businesses and organizations looking for exposure can sponsor Freethought Day starting at just $150. Benefits include reception attendance, on-stage announcements, an exhibitor table, program advertisements, reception tickets, and more.
• Are you a Secular Leader? Join us for Secular Leadership Day! Activists and organizers from the area will love this day of workshops, networking, and the sharing of ideas, to make their groups more successful. It's Saturday (October 13) from 10-4, lunch included!
🔗 More Information and Social Media:
Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @FreethoughtDay.