What we're about

Welcome to the Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers!

We are a group of non-believers that focuses on community involvement, social events, education and information, and activism.

Most of our meetings are held in San Joaquin County, from Lodi to Manteca -- though we occasionally join efforts with our friends in Modesto, Sacramento, and the Bay Area.

We have a number of repeating events, including "Drinking Skeptically", game night, brunch, highway cleanup, colloquium, and more.

The Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers has no monthly dues, and no mandatory attendance. We're just looking for like-minded people who believe in good.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, too.

Sincerely,
David Diskin
209-610-0651 (c)

Upcoming events (4+)

Stockton Kings Game 🏀

Stockton Arena

Join us for a Stockton Kings game in January while raising money for Vinewood Elementary.

They'll be taking on the Memphis Hustle on Saturday, January 28th at the Stockton Arena.

This event is also a fundraiser for Vinewood Elementary, and our very own Mary G's 4th grade music class will be performing the National Anthem. $5 from each ticket will help buy instruments and furnishings for her classroom.

🎫 Tickets
To help with the fundraiser, you must purchase tickets from this link. Tickets are $20 each with a $3 processing fee, through Ticketmaster and Spinzo.

Let's try to sit together: Section 101, Row 11.

🅿️ Parking
Multiple lots offer parking at the Arena for $15 per car.

🍕 After Party
After the game, let's meet at Port City Sports Bar (222 N. El Dorado St) for fried appetizers, wings, nachos, pizza, and more.

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Colloquium: The Evolutionary Biology of Religion

Manteca Public Library

This month's speaker is Mitch Diamond, author of Darwin's Apple.

The cognitive science of religion has become an active academic discipline in the last few decades but remains mired with several conflicting theories and approaches that leave the ultimate purpose and reason for the origin of religion unresolved. Academics cannot agree if religion is an accidental byproduct or an evolved adaptation.

Darwin’s Apple proposes a new hypothesis for the origin and purpose of religion based on the effect religion has on individual cognition and emotion rather than as a boon to social cohesion or beliefs in supernatural gods. Darwin's Apple explains how religion is adaptive, and why it endures, even in our modern, technological society.

📑 About the Speaker

Mitch Diamond got his BA in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and has maintained a keen interest in the biology of human behavior while pursuing a career in technical writing in medical device and pharma companies.

🎟 About the Free Event

Our colloquiums are free events, open to the public, at the Manteca Library. Those of all worldviews and faiths are welcome.

Doors open at 6:45 PM and our featured talk starts at 7:00 PM sharp. We expect most Colloquiums to last until about 8:30 PM followed by mingling and cleanup.

Please use the library entrance on Center Street.

Parking is free. Some desserts may be provided. A suggested donations of $10 supports this and future events.

🍜 Dinner Before

For those interested in having dinner first, head to the GK Mongolian BBQ (1039 S Main St) prior to the event.

People typically arrive around 5:30 and leave at 6:30 to start setting up at the Manteca Library.

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Highway Cleanup and Brunch (Lodi)

Hollywood Family Café

We're going to clean up CA-99 (northbound, between Kettleman and Turner)!

We'll meet first at 8:00 AM at the Hollywood Family Café to split into smaller groups, review safety procedures, and equip supplies. Then we'll head to Highway 99 to clean up trash for about 2 hours, then head back to the restaurant for brunch.

We do this on the first Saturday of February, April, June, August, October, and December.

To participate, please RSVP so that we may follow-up with you and watch this safety video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3Mmhz_frM0).

No tools are required! Caltrans has provided gloves, trash bags, grabbers, and helmets.

You may want to bring a water bottle. You must wear jeans and close-toed shoes.

RAIN OR SHINE. If it rains, we'll have brunch first and clean up after if the rain has cleared.

Participants must be 16 or older. Sorry, safety first.

Questions? Call David at[masked]

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Sacramento Darwin Day 2023

SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity

The first Darwin Day celebration at MOSAC!

The second longest-running Darwin Day celebration in the United States, this annual gathering draws individuals who hold science in high regard and want to sustain the scientific integrity of school curricula and programs. The 2023 celebration features a presentation by our special guest Rachel Bay, Ph.D. Professor, Evolution & Ecology, U.C. Davis.

🎤 Speaker: Dr. Rachael Bay

Rachael Bay Ph.D. leads a group of researchers at The Bay Lab, which aims to gain insights into how organisms survive in environments and how anthropogenic environmental changes impact individuals, populations, and species. She is particularly interested in coral reefs to see how they respond to the pace of climate change by combining a broad geographical perspective with a deep cross-population and cross-species evolutionary approach.

Rachel leads a group of researchers at The Bay Lab at UC Davis, which aims to gain insights into how organisms survive in environments and how anthropogenic environmental changes impact individuals, populations, and species. She is particularly interested in coral reefs to see how they respond to the pace of climate change by combining a broad geographical perspective with a deep cross-population and cross-species evolutionary approach.

🎟️Tickets

Tickets are $20 (general) or $6 (student), with sponsorship opportunities available.

Get your tickets at Sacramento Darwin Day (paybee.io).

Your ticket includes the celebration and parking. Please join us.

Past events (1,313)

Game Night (Stockton)

Winding River Circle

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