• Rock Stars Discover Deep Time at 2 p.m.

    Reason Center

    Doors open at 1:00. Event begins at 2:00. Buy fossils! Silent auction after the talk!! (details coming) Dr. Earl Arthur Murchison, our resident science historian, has produced another gem, "Rock Stars Discover Deep Time." The "rock stars" are the giants of geology and "deep time" is under our feet, not in outer space. "Murch" will show us the exciting story of the old, old, old rocks beneath our feet---and the story of how the story was figured out with those rocks. Bring a few bucks to help pay for renting the room. We figure $3 per person will cover it. If you can't, come anyway. The important thing is for you to be there so you can meet your new friends. This is truly a wonderful group of people. Reason Center is the ONLY venue in the region dedicated to freethought, non-theism, rationality, skepticism, atheism, agnosticism, Humanism, and other flavors of non-belief. It's open for you and any friends you'd like to bring. We host the whole herd of cats! To continue Reason Center's success, donate as generously as you can. Even SacFAN has to pay to use Reason Center, so your help is very much appreciated, and since Reason Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all donations are tax-deductible. www.reasoncenter.org Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports, among other things, SacFAN's Speaker Series, which is what you've enjoyed for most of the last 40+ months at the general meetings. AOF membership forms are at www.aofonline.org and at Reason Center. $10/yr for low-income individuals, $20/yr for non-low-income individuals, $30/year for families, and $50/year to be a patron. This is what pays for these terrific presentations! We meet on the last Sunday of each month at Reason Center at 2 p.m. Bring a beverage or finger-food snack to share if you can. http://www.reasoncenter.org/ http://www.aofonline.org/ https://www.meetup.com/SacFAN/

  • Movie Night at Reason Center

    Reason Center

    Reason Center and AOF (Atheists and Other Freethinkers) co-sponsor a movie night two Fridays each month. Reason Center has a big screen and sound system. We have chairs, but they're not great for 2 hours of movie watching so we recommend you bring a comfy lawn chair, blankets, and pillows. You can also bring your own dinner and drinks to enjoy in addition to our complimentary theater popcorn. Our movie nights are free for Reason Center members, which starts at only $5/month and supports other activities for our local freethought community. If you would like to become a member sign up here: http://reasoncenter.org Did you notice we didn't say the name of the movie? Unfortunately the type of discounted movie license we have doesn't allow us to share the name of the movie. But you can become a Reason Center member to find out, or sometimes we include a hint in the comments. :)

  • Compassionate Humanists in Roseville

    Roseville Labou

    This is a discussion group whose members value kindness and compassion in their lives. Participants are interested in enhancing their relationships with loved ones, their communities, and the larger world. We use material from the following books to guide our discussions: -- Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, by Karen Armstrong -- The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, by Michael Shermer Attendees of the Meetup are not required to have read either book; the facilitator will present topics by reading excerpts or introducing discussion points to move the conversation along. Compassionate Humanist meetups are thought-provoking, uplifting, and educational, as well as enjoyable. Everyone who shows up wants to contribute to a more compassionate world. Join us!

  • Dinner Social

    Evan's Kitchen and Catering

    Join a fun group of hungry folks for a good meal and lively discussions. The restaurant will provide separate checks and there are veggie entrees. Please bring cash and RSVP by 4/12. If you can't attend and have already RSVP'd, please let me know so I can notify the restaurant, as I have to make reservations on 4/12. You can also call me on my landline with any questions at (916)[masked]

  • Book Club: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? By Frans de Waal

    We'll be discussing: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? By Frans de Waal “Humans are a strange lot,” writes venerable primatologist de Waal. “We have the power to analyze and explore the world around us, yet panic as soon as the evidence threatens to violate our expectations.” And a growing body of evidence does threaten what we thought we knew about animal cognition. With wit and heart, de Waal uses examples from decades of his own research as well as others’ work to make the case for different types of intelligence in all corners of the animal kingdom. 352 Pages Come with a few thoughts/ideas about the book to discuss! About the Venue For this month's book club we'll be hosting it at the Sacramento Reason Center (http://www.reasoncenter.org/). A price of $1.00 per person is strongly suggested (but don't let the high price discourage you from attending, we'll figure out how to pay for everyone attending) About the Book Club • We're glad to have you join us - if you hate the book, love the book, or even didn't finish the book. If you're a newcomer, get a head start on the book for next month by looking at the monthly lineup (https://www.meetup.com/SacFAN/messages/boards/thread/51833598#[masked])!

  • Movie Night at Reason Center

    Reason Center

    Reason Center and AOF (Atheists and Other Freethinkers) co-sponsor a movie night two Fridays each month. Reason Center has a big screen and sound system. We have chairs, but they're not great for 2 hours of movie watching so we recommend you bring a comfy lawn chair, blankets, and pillows. You can also bring your own dinner and drinks to enjoy in addition to our complimentary theater popcorn. Our movie nights are free for Reason Center members, which starts at only $5/month and supports other activities for our local freethought community. If you would like to become a member sign up here: http://reasoncenter.org Did you notice we didn't say the name of the movie? Unfortunately the type of discounted movie license we have doesn't allow us to share the name of the movie. But you can become a Reason Center member to find out, or sometimes we include a hint in the comments. :)

  • Blasphemy Breakfast - Rocklin

    Mels The Original

    Do you like to hang out with local like-minded people? Want a chance to get to know FANs in smaller groups? Or do you just get hungry on Sunday mornings? JOIN US at Mel's Diner for what we call our "Blasphemy Breakfast", not that we blaspheme that much, but atheist-related topics are known to come up at times. This is a great event to start with, if you haven't been to SacFAN Meetup events before. Also a great group of people to answer any atheist questions you might have, help you learn more about all the freethinking goings-on in the region, or help you any way we can. It's always a breath of fresh air to have brunch with like-minded friends. And we'll surely be friends once we've met you. I recommend their malts, omelets, biscuits n gravy, and grilled cheese. It's all good. And everyone's friendly here. Similar Blasphemy Brunches are held in other areas around Sacramento. Check the SacFAN calendar for their details. Also, you can subscribe to Sacramento Reason, the free, online monthly newsletter, at http://www.sacramentoreason.org , to see more details and info.

  • Ancient Christian Study Group

    Shine Cafe

    The history of ancient Christianity is an endlessly fascinating topic. Don Fox and Steve Thoreson are facilitating this meet up to review the history of Rome, religions of the Roman empire, Gnosticism, Mystery cults, history of Christian persecutions, biographies of major Christians, the history of the Bible and many other related topics. If you ever wanted to sort out Eusebius from Clement, or Constantine from Diocletian, or the Vulgate from the Septuagint, then this group is for you. Previous biblical knowledge is not required to participate. We will be meeting every third Sunday. Each meeting a specific topic will be covered. Check the comment section to find out what the current readings and topics of discussion are.

  • Game Night

    Reason Center

    Join us on the (usually) last Friday of the month for a night of games and food. Games will include Fibbage and other digital-media games from the Jack Box game series and table-top games such as Telestrations (both regular and After Dark edition), Joking Hazard, Exploding Kittens, You've Got Crabs, Cards Against Humanity, Gloom, Plague Inc., Epic Spell Wars, and any other game you would like to bring or suggest. NEWCOMERS ALWAYS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED! So if you like trivia, games, fun, and probably pizza, then be sure to come hang out! NOTE: Fibbage and any other game from the Jack Box Series require you to bring a phone, laptop, or tablet with an internet browser. Fibbage maxes out at 8 players, but there are other games with no limit. We can also split in groups to play different games. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackbox_Games)

  • Religion vs Nonbelief vs Depression and Anxiety

    Reason Center

    Are religious people or atheists at greater risk of depression and anxiety? If there's a difference, what are the likely reasons? Most importantly, if you're depressed or anxious, whatever the cause, what can you do about it? The experience of atheists in the U.S. varies widely, from people who were brought up non-religious, to people who have "come out" with minimal impact, to people who were actively shunned, fired, threatened, and even killed. Michael Caton, MD, a Sacramento psychiatrist, will summarize what we know so far about mood disturbances among the non-religious, and talk about what you can do if you find yourself feeling worried or down all the time. Mike grew up outside Philadelphia. After a career in the Bay Area biotech industry developing new drugs, Mike went to medical school at UC San Diego and did his residency in psychiatry here at UC Davis. His research interest is delusions and neuroimaging and he sees patients at an inpatient psychiatric hospital here in Sacramento. In addition to psychiatry, Mike enjoys trail running, blogging, linguistics, and travel. He has a wife and one-year-old daughter who keep him honest. Remember to bring a few bucks (if you can) to help pay for renting the room. If you can't, come anyway. The important thing is for you to be there so you can meet your new friends. This is truly a wonderful group. The Reason Center's expenses (rent, electricity, maintenance, security, insurance) aren't especially heartwarming, but they're the infrastructure that makes SacFAN, AOF, Recovering from Religion, and others thrive. The Reason Center is the ONLY venue in the region dedicated to freethought, non-theism, rationality, skepticism, atheism, agnosticism, Humanism, and other flavors of non-belief. It's open for you and any friends you'd like to bring. To continue the Reason Center's success, donate as generously as you can. All donations are very much appreciated. The Reason Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by IRS regulations. Visit www.reasoncenter.org for more information. Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports, among other things, SacFAN's Speaker Series, which is what you've enjoyed for most of the last 40+ months at the general meetings. We meet on the last Sunday of each month at the Reason Center. AOF membership forms are at the Reason Center: $10/yr for low-income individuals, $20/yr for non-low-income individuals, $30/year for families, and the patron level is $50/year. This is what pays for these terrific speakers! Visit www.aofonline.org for more information about what we do. Bring a snack or beverage to share if you can, and a buck or two for the Reason Center donation jug. Even SacFAN has to pay to use Reason Center, so your help is appreciated. http://www.reasoncenter.org/ http://www.aofonline.org/ https://www.meetup.com/SacFAN/