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.
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!
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
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!
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.
East Bay Philosophy Cafes
Walnut Creek, CA
Do you ponder the idea of the Good Life? Do you ask questions like, What is the nature of Truth? What is the meaning of Justice? Do you long to discuss these topics with others, in a friendly, informal setting? Look no further! The East Bay Philosophy Cafes group is exactly what you need to satisfy your philosophical urges!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
Homeschool Friends & Fun
****This group is for homeschooling families in the Upland/Rancho Cucamonga/Ontario/Fontana/Claremont and surrounding cities with elementary age kids. Please only request to join if you will be able to attend events in this area and have kid(s) that are currently in grades K-6****
Join us as we bust the myth that homeschoolers are weird and not socialized :) Together our kids will have a blast at park days, go on fun and interesting field trips, and participate in other fun and unique shenanigans year round.
As a parent you will have many opportunities to share ideas, questions and frustrations; and make some friends of your own. This group is intended to be team effort, and all members have the option to host events if desired.
Before you click the "join" button, please be sure your profile picture includes you in the photo. We want to be able to put a face to a name because it helps us know who to look for at events. MEMBERSHIP REQUESTS WILL BE DENIED IF YOUR PROFILE PICTURE DOES NOT INCLUDE YOU IN IT, OR IF YOU DON'T ANSWER THE THREE QUESTIONS WHICH ARE REQUIRED!
This is an ACTIVE group! Please only join if you are ready to start attending events right away! Inactive members/habitual "no shows" will be removed from the group. No hard feelings, we just want to keep the group small and active.
History of Philosophy Study Group
September 2021 will be a great time to join our group as we will be starting a new study of Postmodern Philosophy. Our two texts will be Jean-Francois Lyotard's, " The Postmodern Condition " and " Postmodern Theory" by Best and Kellner. If interested please contact the organizer to arrange to learn about our group and how it operates.
The History of Philosophy Group currently has 6 active members. We meet near Sac State. We usually meet Monday evenings at 7 pm, We each prepare by reading an agreed upon assignment before each meeting. We have open discussion but we like to base our discussion upon the agreed readings. This is a great group for those missing academia or those thirsting for serious discussion.
Our philosophy: we read each philosopher with sympathy learning what we can from each of them. Some we may like more than others, but all of the major philosophers add to our understanding and open us up to looking at life from different points of view. Please contact Ken if you would like to join us and we can discuss the procedures , meeting place, readings, etc. Thanks for your interest.
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.
Thinking While Drinking OC
Thinking While Drinking is a group for anyone in the Orange County area interested in discussing topics that will exercise, stimulate and expand your mind - all while enjoying a drink at different locations in our beautiful county.
For each event, the facilitators will come prepared with a handful of thought provoking questions and concepts on the topic at hand, we'll see what everyone has to say and go from there...
We are not suggesting that life's difficult and fascinating questions will be neatly answered during our meetups nor that any sort of professional therapy or dogma will take place. This is just a space to meet other curious, sociable and open-minded people in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment.
Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more group info. To see a list of every topic we have discussed hop over to our Topics page and every place (pre Covid) we have visited is on our TWD OC Chapter page.
Last but not least, our group is run entirely by volunteers and your donations go a long way to keep us afloat. Help support us by contributing to our Patreon or buying a custom TWD T-shirt or pint glass.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you (online for now) at an upcoming event!
Our Cosmos is a science advocacy group whose purpose is to promote community engagement and interest in the Cosmos and to foster intellectual curiosity. Activities include exploring the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Our Cosmos encourages the growth of rapidly expanding enterprises and products that will advance knowledge, benefit society and improve the way we live. It was inspired by the world renowned late astronomer and science popularizer, Dr. Carl Sagan.
The primary focus is through an edutainment (education and entertainment) platform; e.g. stage venues, lectures, hands-on exhibits, and tours of geological/archaeological/astronomical sites.
Most activities are centered in the Orange County/Los Angeles greater metropolitan areas. This Meetup was designed to create a real, face-to-face community. Friends and family are always invited except for certain events due to space limitation. Our Platform involves meeting real people and doing real things in the real world.
One Last Thing!
The goal is for each event to be interesting and memorable for everyone. Some events require reserving places for those who have RSVP'd or meeting at a specific place so that we all go as a group. If you are signed up and do not show up, you are a No-Show. If this is a habit, you may be blocked from signing up for some events or even removed from the group. Generally we only allow two or three No-Shows before doing this. We ask that you please be responsible and communicative so the rest of the group does not end up waiting for you when you aren't coming. No-Shows include last-minute cancellations for events with waiting lists.