- 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])!
- Dinner Social
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]
- Compassionate Humanists in Roseville
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!
- Movie Night at 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. :)
- Rock Stars Discover Deep Time at 2 p.m.
Doors open at 1:30. Event begins at 2:00. Buy fossils! After the talk, Dr. Murchison will be selling a few to benefit the Reason Center. 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/
- Game Night
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)
- Book Club: The Bonehunters’ Revenge by David Rains Wallace
We'll be discussing: The Bonehunters’ Revenge by David Rains Wallace When dinosaur fossils were first discovered in the Wild West, they sparked one of the greatest scientific battles in American history. Over the past century it has been known by many names -- the Bone War, the Fossil Feud -- but the tragic story of the competition for fame and natural treasure between Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two leading paleontologists of the Gilded Age, remains prophetic of the conquest of the West as well as a watershed event in science. PAGES: 384 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/51287110)!
- Ancient Christian Study Group
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.
- Blasphemy Breakfast - Rocklin
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.
- RiZe Up with Roy Zimmerman
In the current national nightmare, we need to laugh. And we need to hope. Roy Zimmerman’s signature blend of heart and hilarity has never been more necessary. RiZe Up is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of peace and social justice. Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby. Sponsored by the Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area (HAGSA). Saturday, March 16, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Show up early (and tell your friends, too) Suggested Donation: $20