Suggested Science & Education Groups near California
Leap: Socializing through Daily Conversations
San Jose, CA
Leap is a place where curious minds gather to talk, share and connect every single day, via bitesize conversations. Positive interactions with new people make us all feel better about ourselves and the world we live in – but we aren't having as many of them as we once did. Leap was founded to get us talking to strangers again, one bitesize chat at a time. We speak face-to-face, in small but perfectly-formed groups of five or fewer. For a limited time, we're sharing our conversations on Meetup. Once you've tried out a chat, we encourage you [to sign up for Leap](leap.so/beta) to access all of our latest bitesize conversations and more. Joining Leap is free, everything is hosted online and there is no limit on the number of conversations you can join! Leap Conversations are 20-minute video chats designed to put a spring in your step as you go about your day. The chats are themed around a simple prompt and require absolutely no planning by you. Think of it like striking up a conversation in a coffee shop – it's just simple, social serendipity, with a helping hand from Leap as your host. You'll be grouped with a maximum of four other people because we know that big conversations come in small packages. **Here's what to expect in a Leap conversation:** 1. Join the conversation via Zoom with your video on — the Leap Leader will be there to greet you and kick things off 2. The Leap Leader will share the conversation prompt and assign you to a breakout room with four other people 3. Start chatting – you'll have 15 minutes to swap stories, share your thoughts and connect with the people in your group 4. Rejoin the full group for a quick closing and goodbye
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.
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.
San Jose, CA
*** San Jose Astronomical Association is monitoring closely the coronavirus, COVID-19, situation in Santa Clara county. In accordance with advisement from Santa Clara County Health Department we may be canceling some events in the next few weeks, as appropriate - especially those that involve close contact and shared surface on telescopes. Please check our Meetup to determine if an event has been canceled before heading out to the event. The board will periodically review the status of the outbreak and the guidance from the Santa Clara county to determine the impact upon upcoming events. ***
Welcome to SJ Astronomy Meetup. We are a very active group wth a lot of events organized by San Jose Astronomical Association. All events posted to this Meetup are open to the public but please note that joining this meetup does not automatically make you a member of SJAA. Becoming a formal member of SJAA provides additional members-only benefits, so we do encourage you to join. Please check out the membership benefits at https://www.sjaa.net/membership/benefits-of-membership-2/ to learn more and to join the club.
Also, please note that we need a profile picture for security reasons to join this group. Please consider uploading one before you send a request to join the group. Looking forward to share this cool hobby with you all!
Mill Valley, CA
Marin Podcast Club
A podcast club is just like a book club, except instead of reading books and meeting to talk about them we listen to podcasts and meet to talk about them. We focus on probing interviews with recognized thought-leaders in the fields of science, philosophy, psychology, politics, business, and technology. Our goal is to build a community of curious people, to learn from each other -- and have fun doing it!
If you are a curious person and enjoy sharing and exploring ideas with others, please give Curiosity Cove a try. It is not literally a cove. We chose the name to convey a safe, cozy place for shared intellectual exploration.
Our events have three main phases, the second of which is the centerpiece. In the first phase (about 15 minutes), we welcome everyone, introduce ourselves, and explain what’s going to happen. That is very brief, but we allow some time for people to show up, during which you can socialize, order food or drinks, or whatever you like. In the second phase (60-90 minutes) we break into groups (usually 3-5 people each) for discussion of the podcast. We briefly pause every half-hour to randomly create new groups of the same size but with different members, so everyone meets new people and gets new perspectives. After two or three of these small group discussions the formal part of the event is over. That begins phase three, which is basically whatever you wish. Everyone is free to continue discussing whatever, with whomever, they like. This third phase lasts for exactly as long as you like.
There is no charge. We ask only that you order food or drinks at our meeting venues (or at least enough of you so that we are not inappropriately taking up their space).
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!
Astronomical Assoc. of Northern California
The Astronomical Association of Northern California is a non-profit corporation for fostering astronomy in Northern California. We serve as a central location for member astronomy clubs, amateur astronomers and professionals throughout the area to share information about events and news regarding their organizations.
Clubs and other interested organizations: Appoint a PR person to post events here. Once your group is a supporting member - a sponsor link to your organization's web-site will be added here - as seen in the left column of this page.
Everyone is welcome to join the AANC Meetup group, receive notices of events posted in your area or bay-area wide. If you would, please let others who might be interested in local astronomy know about this Meetup Group. When you respond to one of the AANC posted Meetups, you are given an option to share it on other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Please, spread the word!
Photo credit background image: Rogelio Bernal Andreo
Talk About It at yOUR Library
Santa Cruz, CA
Your library is the place where we can talk about it. Let's explore social issues, literature, movies, comics, politics, food, sustainability, housing, humor, and government. We discuss issues and share experiences and thoughts in a respectful environment. Lifelong learners welcome!
Sacramento's It's Probably Not A Fiction Book Bookclub
This is a group for those interested in reading non-fiction books. The group chooses books based on personal suggestions or desires of those attending the previously scheduled meeting and are open to any topic and subject area. We try to diversify the subject areas and topic area. We do our best to "round robin" suggestions of the frequent attendees so that everyone gets a chance to have a recommended book selected. There is no page limit; the longer books (450+ pages) may span two months to give people time to finish and we try out best to choose books that have an audio version.
Since we don't collect dues or ask for money, the group is capped to 50 people. We will (try) not to drop those who have attended or shown prior interest. Should you be forced out after nine consecutive months of showing no interest in attending, we're only making room for pending join requests; feel free to join again. If you want to help guide future book choices or suggest alternate times or locations feel free to attend one of the meetings, send a message, or post a comment.
The purpose of this group is to bringing together Entrepreneurs, Professionals, Hustlers, and Creatives. We want to create an environment where people who are trying to further their career, business, and hustle can work with one another and have fun at the same time.
Join if you are a hustler, professional, and/or entrepreneur.
Our meetups will be either a group work session where we all sit down and work on our own developments, creative business brainstorm to help each together work through different situations, happy hour mixer, or a speaker event featuring a hustler.
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 World Philosophy Group
Santa Monica, CA
We will meet online to discuss "philosophies" through the history and around the world.
Please join our discord : https://discord.gg/35JR9WK7Jj
The main thing we ask for is the commitment to discuss in a rational and civil manner. Open to people across the political, philosophic and faith (or lack thereof) spectrum.
It does not matter if you are beginner or advanced philosophy or hobbyists -- our focus is good, critical thinking skills (or the desire to cultivate them) and a commitment to rational, civil conversation.
Please join us to :
1. Sharing your reading/experiences
2. Asking questions
4. Learning new ideas
5. Comparing with different Philosophies
6. Making friends.
7. More ...
Esoteric Book Club: Intellect-Jacques
Beverly Hills, CA
The Esoteric Book Club by Intellect-Jacques is a creative organization that specializes in qualitative analysis and debate. We have insightful, thought-provoking discussions about the classics, beauty, social faux pas, health, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and controversy. Our experts are rowdy intellects who like to learn for the sake of it and with irreverence to keep things lighthearted. We think learning is enjoyable. Anyone is invited to participate in our book club discussions, even if you are not a member.
Discussions on Typically Taboo Topics (TTT)™ and Beyond
Huntington Beach, CA
This is a discussion group styled after the salons in Paris in the 1700s before the French revolution. We seek to engage in respectful, intelligent and spirited conversations on politics, religion, science, philosophy, social & cultural issues and much more. If you've been looking for a platform for deep, elevated conversations, you've come to the right place. Jump in and let's explore ideas together.
Physics With Friends
San Jose, CA
This is a group for anyone who has ever rigorously studied physics or has wanted to. If you want to deeply understand the universe at its smallest and largest scales, you've found the right place. For many of us physics is the most interesting, most difficult subject that exists. Because it's hard to learn by yourself, we made this group to do it together. Join us to participate in lively discussions, attend fascinating talks, and learn core material in serious study groups. Everyone is welcome from every level of experience.
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.
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.
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.