Suggested Science & Education Groups near California
Philosophers & Gamblers
San Jose, CA
P&G is a Philosophy Group in the Bay Area. We host and organizes various Philosophy related events from causal philosophical discussions(Everyday Philosophy Thursday) to highly focused philosophy paper/reading/Seminar type discussions(Monday). We have also a recurring Asian Philosophy paper discussion on Saturday. The common thread is that we engage with topics, and issues people are interested in, and want to talk about. P&G is about community both online and offline. We are in our own small way trying to empower the individual to better engage within our community and the larger world.
East Hills 4-H
San Leandro, CA
East Hills 4-H Club is a homeschool friendly 4-H club in Alameda County for youth ages 5-17 (accompanied by parents and supervising adults). Everyone is welcome to join us at our club meetings on the first Monday of the month, from 1-3 pm at Creekside Community Church, located at 951 MacArthur Blvd., in San Leandro.
See our website at http://www.easthills4h.org/ for more information. We cannot accept for membership anyone who does not have a child interested in joining 4-H, please see http://4halameda.ucanr.edu/ and http://4h.ucanr.edu/ for more information about what 4-H is and what we do. You can also email Kris at info@EastHills4H.org with additional questions.
4-H is a great complement to homeschooling. Along with the project based learning and leadership, public speaking, record keeping, community service and citizenship. 4-H helps develop the ability to work cooperatively with others, acquire knowledge and skills, explore careers, and make new friends.
San Francisco, CA
We're a community for the intellectually curious. We enjoy feeding our brains, meaningful conversations, and having some fun along the way. Events include podcast discussion groups, Think & Drink discussion groups, book clubs, Mini-TED Talks, and more.
We value Curiosity, Objectivity, Authenticity, Open communication, Free expression, Community, Sense of humor and Fun. If you value the same, join us at an event!
"Curiosity doesn't need to be solitary or selfish. When you set out to learn something new, find others to join you on the journey—and share your discoveries with them." - Adam Grant
Stimulating Conversation Social Club of Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
Do you yearn to find a friendly, social environment of people who like to discuss topics at a deeper level? Are you interested in topics in the humanities (such as history, philosophy, psychology, etc.) or science and technology? Are you looking for new friends who are interested in these topics as well? Then look no further! The Stimulating Conversation Social Club is what you've been looking for!
A Refuge for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People
If you are an empath or HSP or you think you might be one, you have found your tribe! This supportive community is a safe space where we can discuss our shared experiences of being an empath, a highly sensitive person, and an intuitive. Some of what we'll talk about: The gifts of being an Empath or HSP, the power of empathy and intuition, development and growth of both, strategies to protect our energy and stop absorbing the negative energy of others, and many other topics and issues related to Empaths and Highly Sensitive People. For more information on Empaths and to find out if you are one, please visit Dr. Judith Orloff's website: https://drjudithorloff.com/how-to-know-if-youre-an-empath/ or for HSP visit Dr. Elaine Aron's website: www.hsperson.com.
This is a supportive, non-judgmental, and safe space for open and honest discussions on life as an Empath and HSP. We are a community of supportive and positive people helping each other grow by sharing our own experiences and creating friendships. Due to Covid-19 all meetings will be via Zoom, however in the future there may be in person meetups, although virtual happy hours are not out of the question!
Silicon Valley NVC - Nonviolent Communication
San Jose, CA
The purpose of the group is to learn and practice communicating compassionately through Nonviolent Communication (NVC). People with an interest in improving their communication skills in all contexts would benefit from this group (relationships, parenting, leadership, coaching, organizations, etc).
NVC is a non-judgmental paradigm of relating that includes introspection, deep listening with empathy, and honest expression. NVC was started by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD in the 1960s, and has been used throughout the world as a tool for conflict resolution, community building and peace. For more information on NVC, please go to the Center for Nonviolent Communication at <a>www.cnvc.org.</a>
When joining this group, please include a picture that clearly shows your face. Business, business casual, or casual clothing required at all times. <br>
About the "Giraffes" - the giraffe is used within the NVC community as a living metaphor for NVC consciousness because of its long neck for great visibility and hearing, for its ability to eat thorns for nutrition, and for its very large heart.
The Secrets of Good Communication
Good Communication is a skill that can be learned, and at each meeting we will take up a basic skill set, hear what each of us would like to improve and share successful actions.
Good communication can help you with:
~ Making more friends
~ Starting a happy relationship
~ Improve your family relationships
Join us at our online events from anywhere!
This group is created by the Dianetics and Scientology Life Improvement Center of Sonoma.
How To Communicate Better and Be More Social
Sometimes being social can be more of a chore than fun. If you find yourself being anxious about talking with people, or if your goal is to make more friends, then this is group may suit you just fine.
Through these free webinars, we’ll show you how to:
- Be more open with others
- Be able to speak your mind
- Reduce social anxiety
- Communicate without getting upset or angry
- Be more social and friendly
- Make more friends
- Be more talkative
- Improve your communication and listening skills
From these free webinars, you'll gain some fundamental tools to help you communicate with greater ease. There are reasons why people feel shy or have social anxiety. We can explain why that is and how to overcome it!
We welcome you to our group! We are definitely interested in helping. Message us with any questions.
This group is sponsored by the Foothills Mission Dianetics & Scientology Life Improvement Center.
Bay Area Pie-Makers
San Mateo, CA
We're an eclectic network of like-minded people who are actively learning and teaching ways to achieve self-reliance, civic responsibility and integrity, and holistic health in all aspects of our lives including Mind, Body, Spirit, Family & Community.
People should join this group if they are interested in learning about the law, government, history, emergency preparedness, gardening, natural health, self defense, homeschooling, or if they have knowledge and skills in these topics which they would like to share with others in order to build stronger, happier communities.
We regularly network with other groups to organize and host events such as recipe exchanges, homeopathy study groups, legal writing skills workshops, cooking classes, book clubs, hiking excursions, range trips, etc.
History of Ideas Symposium
Los Angeles, CA
A Philosophy, Religion, Political book discussion group based on Columbia University's Contemporary Civilization Curriculum from Plato to Nietzsche and into the 20th Century. With bi-weekly sessions, the entire cycle should take 30 months to complete but one could join at any point in our survey of the 2500-year development of human thought. For a preview of course texts, under "Photos," select "Phil Book Covers."
SO CAL EXPLORERS Field Trips for Adults
Fountain Valley, CA
UPDATE as of 8/1/21: Until further notice, we are asking that all attendees be fully vaccinated.
Join the So Cal Explorers Meetup for fun outings to learn, explore, and celebrate Southern California's most historic, iconic, interesting, cool and lesser-known spots. We'll enjoy walking tours, presentations, hiking, kayaking, museums, live music, movies, dining, exploring, and meetin' up. I’ll do my best to keep the costs down. Come explore with other like-minded folks for relaxed, casual and fun socializing, learning and dining.
Communicate and Express Yourself Group
Do you want to be more outgoing, express yourself more, make more friends, and have better connections with people?
This is the group for you! The purpose of this group is to help you communicate better and express yourself more.
People who don't communicate are almost invisible to others. If being ignored is your ambition, then you probably have no use for this group, but if you would like people to know you, to understand you, to listen to you, or to be friends with you, then this group will help you practice the communication abilities.
For now, our meetings will be online. Later on, when we do not have to worry so much about the virus and such, we will also have in-person meetings. If you do not have online meeting experience, no problem. We are all in the same boat. It's actually pretty easy to learn. You can use your cell phone or laptop for our online meetups.
In our upcoming meetings, you will learn tools and practice:
- Public speaking skills
- One-on-one communication skills
- How to connect with people
- How to get rid of nervousness or anxiety with communication or public speaking
- How to enjoy communication
Join this group now, and I'll see you at our upcoming meetings! For any questions, please contact the group organizer, Tony, at 916-519-5287.
This group is created by the Dianetics & Scientology life improvement center.
Upgrade Your Communication and Relationships
This is a group to help you improve your communication and relationships with people. It is amazing how much problems can exist between spouses, between parents and children, and how much stress can exist between bosses and workers. If you think about it, a huge portion of your problems are about relationships. It is fair to say that if you improve your relationships, you can improve your whole life.
In fact, if we enlarge the scope of our views, we can see that the entire planet is suffering from "international relations". Wars, you might say, are when relationships have gone really bad between nations.
If relationships is such an important and hard subject, how come there is virtually no formal education available for it? So, where do we learn about relationships? Shall we rely on parents to teach relationships? How many parents are relationships experts?
That's what this group is about.
We will have meetings to learn tools about how to improve your communication skills and relationships skills.
We will cover topics such as
- How to communicate with self-confidence
- How to avoid conflicts and stress between people
- How to improve love, trust, and understanding between people
- How to make more friends
- How to start a romantic relationship
- How to maintain and improve familial relationships
- How to improve professional communication
- How to communicate to a group of people effectively (public speaking)
During the COVID-19 lockdown, we'll meet online. When the lockdown is lifted, we will meet in person.
Please join this group and RSVP for an upcoming meeting right away!
Please call the group organizer, Tony, at 916-519-5287 for any questions.
This group is sponsored by the Dianetics & Scientology life improvement center.
In Focus - Discussing Issues In Depth
A moderated discussion of Issues: Social, Cultural, Economic, Scientific, Political, Philosophical. Each meet is focused on one topic with informative supporting text or video document. Hopefully a sharing of ideas, understanding and insight on a variety of issues will enlighten each of us individually. Civil discourse and a rational approach is assumed. I've been part of groups like this in other cities; can it happen in Stockton?
San Francisco, CA
Wonderfest’s Mission is to inspire and nurture a deep sense of wonder about the world. Through science education programs, Wonderfest stimulates curiosity, promotes careful reasoning, challenges unexamined beliefs, and encourages life-long learning. Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Beacon of Science, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Recover your life from lock down
Recover your life from lock down and rise above your troubles. It's been a tough year and we are going to tackle the barriers to personal expansion.
We are going to start with talking about better communication skills. During the lock down many of us had a challenging time with our communication on Zoom or other distance methods. Words were misunderstood or disagreements where left unresolved. Good communication is a skill that can be learned.
Good communication skills can help you with:
Making more friends
Starting a happy relationship
Improve your family relationships
Improve understanding between individuals
Join us weekly for a talk to help restart your life.
This group is created by the Dianetics and Scientology Life Improvment Center of Sonoma.
The ATXpo brings together faculty, students, and staff from ten Bay Area-based schools - University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, CSU East Bay, Sacramento State University, Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College of California - to share, discuss, and promote effective practices for teaching and learning with technology.
Bay Area Philosophy Group
San Francisco, CA
PLEASE SEE THE NOTE FROM THE NEW ORGANIZER BELOW THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION.
From Plato and Socrates to Putnam and Searle - this group is for anyone who wants to discuss and learn about philosophy as defined in the most academic sense. Topics include Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind. Discussions will be drawn on a short philosophical text that will be selected for each meetup.
Sample readings include: Plato’s “Apology” and “Crito”, Descartes’ “Meditations”, Hume’s “Enquiry of the Human Understanding”, Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason”, Bertrand Russell’s “The Problems of Philosophy”, and Searle’s “Intentionality”
For all you Continental philosophers, we will also dig into Existentialism and Phenomenology from time to time.
Who are we?
We are two UC Berkeley Philosophy majors that graduated in 2011 and have been starved for philosophical discussion ever since. Thi’s research interests lie in Epistemology and Ethics while Mila prefers Existentialism and Postmodern Philosophy.
I have been watching this group for some time and I see no reason to let it expire. So, I am your new Benevolent Dictator. Not really, this is a collaborative effort. I am open to suggestions from one and all about discussion material (not necessarily formally philosophical, good discussions become philosophical) and ideas to discuss, locations, times, how often to meet, how long for each meeting, whatever.
About me: I live in San Francisco with some roots in Sonoma County. I, and friends, have organized eight Great Books discussion groups in San Francisco in the last four years, I have two Great Books groups (both more than fifteen years old) and two literature discussion groups in Sonoma County, I participate in an informal politics and economics discussion group in Marin County and am a member of the Marin Philosophical Society. I have been organizing, leading, and participating in various discussion groups for over thirty years.
My vision for this group is that it NOT be a Great Books group. However, this does not preclude the use of Great Books readings if that is a good way to deliver the ideas which we wish to discuss. I believe in some structure in discussions so that they do not turn into bull sessions detracting from the discussion of the ideas we came together to discuss. And, we should have a good time. One rule: Be prepared not only to laugh at others but also at thyself.
I would love to hear from everyone, especially Jeff G, Mila Kogan, or anybody else involved in organizing. I will be starting to organize our first Meetup under the new regime, hopefully, in August. Mila, as you are still listed as an organizer, you are part of the new regime.
I will be posting some stuff under "more" and "files" at the top of the page. My email should appear at the top of this page or call me on my cell at 707-696-8335.
Looking forward to meeting all of you,
Silicon Valley Random Sh!t
Los Altos, CA
Anyone who is looking for a group that does random sh!t, whether it be a coffee run, hiking, dancing to the 80's, or lectures on machine learning. This group aims to provide a place to find stuff to do that is good pickings from other groups so as to diversify activities.
Got some random Sh!t? Let us know and host an event. This group is intended to help people get outside of their comfort zone so that they can grow. It is hoped that members will take the opportunity to become hosts for activities that they would like to engage in and have others join in on the fun.