Those Skeptical Kids- Ages up to 15

Do you have kids that would like to help create their own community while you enjoy a fine lecture and conversation with some like-minded people once a month? Then come join us at the “Skipping Church” Luncheon and Distinguished Speakers Series every third Sunday and bring your kiddos. We love kids!

The kids program is free and when the lecture is over, your kids come back in and enjoy the catered buffet with us at no cost to members. Each Sunday, our leaders, who happen to be local educators, prepare a fun activity for the kids to do while they make new friends. They are right outside our lecture room in the library so very easy to check on if you’d like.

Please let us know how many kids you are bringing and their ages. When you respond, there will be a place to answer. Make sure to RSVP on the “Skipping Church” page for yourself.

These are cards that were made for children in local hospitals by our Skeptical Kids.

Those Skeptical Kids

Those Skeptical Kids

ATTENTION PARENTS: To protect the privacy of our families, please do not share personal, family information here in the public forum. You will be asked individually when you RSVP to please tell us there about your skeptical kids because those answers do not appear publicly on this site.

Kathy Hardman

NEW Secular Sunday School – beginning Oct 18th 

When? Third Sunday of every month during the Skipping Church lecture. Drop off your kids at 12:30 and have them rejoin you at 2 PM for luncheon time catered by Chef Reynaldo.
Where? At the downtown Main Library in Riverside, upstairs in the children’s section across the hall from the lecture room.

Led by long time member, Kathy Hardman, kids go with our member volunteers for an hour or so of sharing and learning with each other without the dogma, creed, doctrine and scary, supernatural tales meant to terrify found in non-secular Sunday School programs. Crafts, games, poems, puzzles, stories and songs are enjoyed together in a relaxed atmosphere. We work on how to share our ideas with each other, and how to work together as we explore the theme of each meeting. Different activities are planned for different age groups. The goal of Those Skeptical Kids is to provide a sense of community for our youngest members by providing a safe, accepting space where they can make new friends and have some fun.

The best part may be that parents can go right across the hall to socialize and hear secular, fascinating, educational lectures and engage with other adults and the speaker during the IEAA Distinguished Lecturers Series while they get a break from kiddy watching. Kids come back in the auditorium at 2 PM for luncheon with everyone. The program is free for members.

Come join us, make some new friends, find a new community, and make a difference in the world together.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 9:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Free Thinker’s Book Club

I’m going to post this one a little earlier than usual for those who want to take advantage of what’s left of the summer for reading.  For September we will be reading “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain.

As an additional heads up for those who wish to join us in October, we will be reading “Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ” by Giulia Enders. I will make an official post later.

Just as a reminder, we will still be meeting on August 21st to discuss “The Violinist’s Thumb” Sam Kean. We hope to see you there.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA.  MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

TED Talks Then We Talk

What Is Beauty?

TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty. 

Denis Dutton: Are some Things Universally Beautiful?

Philosopher Denis Dutton suggests that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty.

Denis Dutton has a provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply “in the eye of the beholder,” are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.  – James Duncan Davidson/TED

About Denis Dutton

Denis Dutton was a philosophy professor and the editor of Arts & Letters Daily, before his death in 2010. Dutton also taught philosophy at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In his book The Art Instinct, he suggests that art is a need built into our systems, a complex and subtle evolutionary adaptation comparable to our facility for language. We humans evolved to love art because it helps us survive; for example, a well-expressed appreciation of art can — even in modern times — help us to find a mate.


Denis Dutton and Nancy Etcoff: Are We Hard-Wired for Beauty?

Psychologist Nancy Etcoff joins philosopher Denis Dutton to explain why beauty inspires and motivates us. Etcoff says our response to beauty is visceral, and we use strong words — like “bombshell” — when we talk about it.

About Nancy Etcoff

Nancy Etcoff is part of a new vanguard of cognitive researchers asking: Why do we like beautiful things? And how on earth did we evolve that way? In her book Survival of the Prettiest, she refutes the social origins of beauty in favor of far more prosaic and evolutionary explanations. Looking for a partner with clear skin? You’re actually checking for parasites. And let’s just say there’s a reason high heels are always in fashion.

Her recent research into the question of happiness exposes results that not only are surprising, but also reinforce things we should have known all along, like the fact that having flowers in the house really does make us happier. As the instructor of “The Science of Happiness” at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Program in Aesthetics and Well-Being at Massachusetts General Hospital, Etcoff is uniquely qualified to solve the mysteries of contentment.


How Does Beauty Feel?

March 19, 20132:38 PM ET

NPR/TED STAFF

About Richard Seymour’s TED Talk

A story, a work of art, a face, a designed object — how do we tell that something is beautiful? And why does it matter so much to us? Designer Richard Seymour explores our response to beauty and the surprising power of objects that exhibit it.

Is [beauty] there to make us feel good, or is it there to help us navigate and understand our lives? – Richard Seymour

About Richard Seymour

As a partner with Seymourpowell, Richard Seymour designs idea-driven products — from household goods to trains and motorcycles. Seymour works on products with soul — from a curvy iron to a swift and sleek motorcycle. Seymourpowell is regarded as one of the world’s leading product and innovation design consultancies, with clients that include Ford, Virgin Galactic, Tefal, Casio, Nokia, Guinness, Samsung and Unilever. Seymour has appeared extensively on British television, most notably in two series on design for Channel 4: Better by Design andDesigns,and on several radio productions. In the 1980s, Seymour co-wrote The Mirrorstone, a children’s book full of holograms, with Michael Palin.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 9:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Improve Your Public Speaking At Toastmasters

**This is not an IEAA meetup**

If the thought of speaking in front of a crowd terrifies you, or if you think your speaking skills could use some improvement, Toastmasters can help you.

I am the president of a fun and lively Friday-night club in Upland that can help you improve your speaking and confidence from where it is to wherever you’d like it to be.  This club has helped me a lot and I would like to extend an invitation to anyone that feels they would benefit from the structured and proven system of learning by doing that has created countless great speakers over the years.

As we meet in a restaurant, dinner is available, but you are not obligated to purchase anything.

I hope to see you there!

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA.  MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 9:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

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