What we're about

The Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics is a fun and active non-profit community for Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Humanists, Free-thinkers and others who don't believe in any gods or follow any religions.

We seek to be an active force for good in our community and the lives of non-believers. Every month, our members host fun and welcoming social events, engage in intellectual discussions, and host entertaining and educational speakers in the Riverside, Redlands, and Inland Empire area.

We welcome you to join us and become a part of our community today! To learn more about the leadership of the IEAAH, or become involved as an Organizer, please click Here (https://www.meetup.com/InlandEmpireAtheists/pages/IEAA_Leadership/).

Upcoming events (4+)

Winter Dog Park Get Together and Lunch

Pat Merritt Dog Park

Your dog is atheist. It's doubtful that your dog is spiritual but not religious. Certainly not any other denominations of any flavor of religion. It is possible they could think you are god-like in their own doggie way. Come to the dog park with the atheists whether you bring your dog or not. We'll watch the happy animals run around and play and we'll get in some good conversation. Wear your bug spray. Bring a drink. Come when you can, leave when you need to. There are no potties for humans. There are little doggie poop bags a plenty.

We're hoping the dogs will be good at a dog friendly restaurant for lunch after, possibly Monty's Good Burger at the Food Lab or Heroes.

NOTE: This is a family friendly event. Dogs not required to attend.
Many of the dogs that will come do play on the large dog side of the park. There is a small dog side as well if your pup would prefer. You don't need to bring a dog to come, though. It's the outdoor camaraderie that counts.

This dog park is nice and shady on a hill with a lovely breeze. It is located roughly on the other side of Mount Rubidoux away from Riverside but NOT the dog park right at the base of Mount Rubidoux. We plan to be at the picnic table closest to the large dog entry gate unless it is already occupied. Throw a lawn chair in your trunk if more than about 8 sign up to come, which is all that will fit on the seats of the picnic tables. Plenty room for more if you have a lawn chair. Bring your dog a water bowl and water if you like. There are hoses there and usually a kiddie pool or community water bowl.

Remember that "dog" is "god" spelled backwards for a reason! The people are friendly and so are the dogs. Can't find us? Text Reb at[masked] day of if you need to.

Winter Dog Park Get Together and Lunch

Pat Merritt Dog Park

Your dog is atheist. It's doubtful that your dog is spiritual but not religious. Certainly not any other denominations of any flavor of religion. It is possible they could think you are god-like in their own doggie way. Come to the dog park with the atheists whether you bring your dog or not. We'll watch the happy animals run around and play and we'll get in some good conversation. Wear your bug spray. Bring a drink. Come when you can, leave when you need to. There are no potties for humans. There are little doggie poop bags a plenty.

We're hoping the dogs will be good at a dog friendly restaurant for lunch after, possibly Monty's Good Burger at the Food Lab or Heroes.

NOTE: This is a family friendly event. Dogs not required to attend.
Many of the dogs that will come do play on the large dog side of the park. There is a small dog side as well if your pup would prefer. You don't need to bring a dog to come, though. It's the outdoor camaraderie that counts.

This dog park is nice and shady on a hill with a lovely breeze. It is located roughly on the other side of Mount Rubidoux away from Riverside but NOT the dog park right at the base of Mount Rubidoux. We plan to be at the picnic table closest to the large dog entry gate unless it is already occupied. Throw a lawn chair in your trunk if more than about 8 sign up to come, which is all that will fit on the seats of the picnic tables. Plenty room for more if you have a lawn chair. Bring your dog a water bowl and water if you like. There are hoses there and usually a kiddie pool or community water bowl.

Remember that "dog" is "god" spelled backwards for a reason! The people are friendly and so are the dogs. Can't find us? Text Reb at[masked] day of if you need to.

On Winter Hiatus! Ask An Atheist Magnolia Center Marketplace

Magnolia Center Marketplace Riverside

Note: This event is on winter hiatus and will start back up in the spring.

Come join the best Ask An Atheist team in SCA with education and outreach as we meet with the greater community and answer questions from the religious about atheism and Humanism and invite unaffiliated fellow skeptics to join in our community. You DO NOT have to answer or debate anyone at all but you will enjoy the community engagement. It's fun to hang out.

Bring your lawn chair if you'd like to sit and bring some water and some cash to find food from one of the other vendors. This market is still very small but growing compared to the Redlands Market Night but Redlands is still on hiatus. Magnolia Center Marketplace is located adjacent to Riverside Place around the post office.

SKEPTICS FORUM: TED TALKS AND TEA

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Back by popular demand from our group in[masked] The Skeptics Forum: TED Talks and Tea are sit down dinners hosted by 4 members in their homes and are discussion groups for about 8 people modeled on the European Salons of the 16th century. Each month you will come together with like minded folks beginning with social cocktail time, then watching two preselected TED talks, while having dinner (or lunch) and dessert and sharing your thoughts. These fill up fast and if you are on the waitlist, check back often for updates. Please change your reservation early if you need to so the wait list can progress. Often people on the waitlist move up to confirmed.

Note carefully, the time for each one. Generally, they all occur on the second Saturday of the month but some may be day time. This one will be indoors. Masks are optional but vaccinations are required.

We ask that you have attended at least one public event so we know who's coming into our homes. Can't make a public event prior to this one? Email me. Once you RSVP the address of the event will be sent to you a few days before the event. Please watch your Meetup email notifications for it. All homes are in centrally located Riverside.

Paying members attend at no additional cost. Sign up on https://www.patreon.com/IEAAH to become a member. Non members contribute $10 to help offset some of the costs. If you feel you cannot afford the contribution, you are still welcome to attend. No need to point it out at the event but simply do not drop money in the hat at the event and the club will cover it. The TED Talks will be posted as an addendum here as they become available.

TED Talk 1:
Trust, morality and oxytocin? What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.
What’s behind the human instinct to trust and to put each other’s well-being first? When you think about how much of the world works on a handshake or on holding a door open for somebody, why people cooperate is a huge question. Paul Zak, researches oxytocin, a neuropeptide that affects our everyday social interactions and our ability to behave altruistically and cooperatively, applying his findings to the way we make decisions. A pioneer in a new field of study called neuroeconomics, Zak has demonstrated that oxytocin is responsible for a variety of virtuous behaviors in humans such as empathy, generosity and trust. Amazingly, he has also discovered that social networking triggers the same release of oxytocin in the brain -- meaning that e-connections are interpreted by the brain like in-person connections.
TED Talk 2:
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.

TED Talk 3:
"Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence". Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.
Jonathan Haidt, studies how — and why — we evolved to be moral. By understanding more about our moral roots, his hope is that we can learn to be civil and open-minded.

Haidt is a social psychologist whose research on morality across cultures led up to his much-quoted 2008 TED Talk (https://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind.html) on the psychological roots of the American culture war. He asks, "Can't we all disagree more constructively?" In September 2009, Jonathan Haidt spoke to the TED Blog.

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