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.
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!
Meaningful Discussions in Monterey
Meaningful Discussions is the largest face-to-face discussion group with events taking place in 11 countries:
Our ongoing mission is to explore the art and science of meaningful discussions and to initiate these discussions in cities around the world. Our team has collectively coordinated over 1,000 events since 2012 and we have combined this experience into this project.
We believe that discussion topics need to be intriguing, practical and relevant in order to be able to compete with the ever-growing list of television shows and other less engaging activities which lead to social isolation.
Intentions For Our Discussions:
Meaningful discussions are not debates or lectures. Each discussion is an opportunity for participants to collectively explore a topic with the following intentions:
1. To have an enjoyable and engaging experience with open-minded individuals while also improving our conversations skills.
2. To learn something new from each other by sharing our insights and unique perspectives based on our life experiences.
3. To learn something new about ourselves by re-examining our values and beliefs based on hearing new perspectives which we may or may not agree with.
4. To build a community of returning members and to create a conducive environment for new friendships.
How are we different from other discussion groups?
1. Structure. Most other discussion groups have a free-form structure where everyone is seated at a long table or in one large group. Our events have multiple groups of 5-7 people with one facilitator at each table and discussion questions provided.
2. Preparation Time. Most other discussion groups will provide a very brief outline of the topic. In contrast, we spend a lot of time creating topic packages which include Food For Thought videos and discussion notes.
3. Intention. Most discussion groups put more emphasis on the topic being discussed but not on actually creating a meaningful experience. In contrast, creating meaningful experiences is our primary focus and our mission.
What qualifications do you need to join this group?
All you need to join our group is an open-mind, humility in knowing that we all have lots to learn from other perspectives and a desire to improve your conversation skills while having fun at the same time.
For more information please visit:
Thanks to our sponsor:
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San Carlos, CA
Creating a space for minds to gather and work to throw-down prejudice and preconception. Too often we act out of habit, this group should encourage reflection and review of why we act and think the ways that we do, grow understanding, and encourage all humans to feel comfortable and competent discussing philosophic and ethical issues.
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 ...
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.
Chico Astronomy Meetup Group
Chico Astronomy Meetup Group will meet every month on the night of the New Moon (weather permitting) at Chico Community Observatory out door sitting circle
Participate in the stargazing tour using the Astronomy App (Skysafari) on your phone or just kickback and enjoy the Star Tour.
We will identify star constellations, nebula and galaxies, all deep sky object images already saved in the Astronomy App. (Skysafari)
People will also have the opportunity to use military night vision goggles (NVG) and lear about NVG accessories!
Experience the night sky as a Meetup group project
Compassionate Communication for Aging in Harmony
- Would you like to talk to your spouse, adult children, grandchildren or friends about aging related concerns, but don’t feel heard and understood?
- Are you facing challenging conversations and difficult decisions about your or your loved ones’ future that bring up strong and often uncomfortable emotions?
- Or are you helping older family members or friends navigate the challenges of aging and find it difficult to communicate and reach agreements about their plans for the future?
- Or maybe you are a family or professional caregiver for older adults and would like to support them during difficult discussions and decisions?
If you said "yes" to any of these questions, join "Compassionate Communication for AGING IN HARMONY" and become part of a community that helps each other have difficult conversations on the journey of aging. During our participatory workshops (online and in-person), you can learn how to effectively engage in heart to heart conversations about the challenges of aging. In small group exercises and role plays, you can practice Compassionate Communication using examples from your own life. In the process, you'll connect with others facing similar struggles as yourself and can find "practice buddies", so you can use the time between our workshops to try out what you've learned and deepen your new skills.
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!
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.
Join a growing group of workforce, education, hiring, training, and policy professionals - and all-around engaged and conscientious Bay Area citizens - for our monthly happy hour meetup every third Wednesday of the month. Over drinks we're exploring how to expand upwardly mobile career pathways for underserved people, how to create workplaces that nurture talent and expand mentorship, and how to ensure that career and education opportunities that were available to us are available to young people today. Our group is especially interested in modern apprenticeship models, but anyone interested in connecting with other people exploring these important questions is welcome to join. And bring a friend!
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.
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.
San Jose Physics Study Group
San Jose, CA
This is a group for anyone who has ever studied physics, or has wanted to. Physics is, for many of us, the most interesting and also the most difficult subject there is. We'd spend all day learning it if we could, but for most of us, that isn't an option. So instead of four years of undergrad and another eight of graduate school, we decided to start meeting up in our free time and learning it on our own terms.
If you are interested in physics and want to actually learn the subject (and not just learn about it, like so many pop-physics books these days try to do), come and join us!
The Virtual Salon
"The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it." -- Robert Bulwer-Lytton
The Virtual Salon is an informal group that meets regularly for lively conversation and the exchange of ideas. We represent diverse experience, talent, and insights but all share a passion for understanding the world around us and exploring unique ideas with others. Whether it is science, current events, art and music, ecology, community, or philosophy--our purpose is simply to engage in meaningful conversation in a thoughtful, dynamic forum.
The salon is open to adults who have a keen interest in life and a sense of humor; diversity is encouraged. Any topic of mutual interest is appropriate as long as all parties are treated with respect. Salon gatherings are not intended to reach right/wrong conclusions but to share various perspectives and ideas. Salon participants range in age from 20s upward.
Intuitive's Playground (ENFP, ENTP, INTJ, INFJ)
Huntington Beach, CA
Dominant Intuitives include these 4 types: ENFP, ENTP, INTJ, and INFJ.
Dominant Intuitives are stimulated by meaning, depth, creativity, big picture, underlying structure, imagination, and context.
They tend to pay more attention to the invisible world of imagination and concepts than the visible world of the senses.
Some of us are more extroverted, some more introverted.
Some of us prefer thinking, some feeling.
Some of us prefer a spontaneous lifestyle, some more structure.
But we all prefer to soar with our imagination rather than walk the ground with our senses.
This is a social group for dominant intuitives to connect and spend magical time together.
Mostly we'll meet for lunch or dinner and share big picture perspectives about current interests, which means anything that's stimulating our creative juices, with friends who easily "get it/us" and contribute their creative ideas/enthusiasm.
This is not meant to be a group devoted to MBTI discussions, although we can discuss type/temperament when we choose.
We've all felt the frustration of not being clearly heard - this group offers relief by speaking your language.