“How Rational People Believe Irrational Things.” By Dr. Phil Calderone

We are so pleased to announce that one of our very active members and a person who is also active in the free-thinking, atheist community at large, Dr. Phillip Calderone, Pharm. D.  Phil graduated from the University of Southern California, in 1982 and spent 28 years at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, including 7 years as a Pharmacy Clinical Systems Analyst. He began his ongoing independent study starting in 2007, on personality and belief, a multidisciplinary study that has included paths in psychology, religion, political science, philosophy, and neurobiology. His major interest is in understanding how people believe, especially in the face of conflicting information.

Dr. Calderone currently authors the blog, Believe In Reality. He coined the terms believence and believent in his notable post, Believence and Belief Factors.

“How Rational People Believe Irrational Things.” Belief in gods, life after death, political ideologies, karma—these concepts exist in a whirlwind of perpetual debate, competing sides claiming facts and interpretations in complete contradiction with each other. But in each question of is or isn’t it true, only one side is correct. Problematically, each side is convinced of their position while believing the other to be deceived, deluded or just plain dumb. A potential way to break this logjam is to go below the facts and study the belief process itself, to find the underlying source of competing conclusions, this as a prerequisite for the sides to learn how to communicate rather than just contradict.

In this talk, we will examine the factors of belief, the potential basis for physiological differences, and the belief process itself. We will learn how people come to correct and incorrect conclusions, and try to answer one of the most the difficult questions—How Do Rational People Believe Irrational Things?

Luncheon Menu: 

Join Phil and all your IEAA friends and enjoy a delicious, catered entrée and a vegetarian dish, fresh bread and butter, and dessert from “All Catering Services – Latin/European Cuisine” chef Reynaldo Velasquez. Coffee, iced tea, sodas and lemonade will be on hand. Please be sure to RSVP about staying for the luncheon. You will be prompted to reply about lunch when you RSVP on line – not on the mobile APP. 

Schedule:

12:10 pm – 12:30 pm Coffee and conversation in the adjacent foyer, tee-shirts and new items available for sale

12:30 – 12:45 pm – Doors open, come on it.

12:45 – Welcome and announcements

1:00 –  Lecture and Q&A

2:00pm – Luncheon and one-on-one with speaker

Volunteer to set up/break down

If you can come at 12:00 and help set up and/or stay after to knock down you will be deeply cherished for the rest of your life.

Prices are as follows: 

Lecture only – $5 

Lecture and beverage bar – $8 

Lecture, catered luncheon, and beverages – $18

Lecture, Luncheon, beverages, and a $2 “Help Feed Riverside’s Hungry” donation – $20

Note: Only your lecture costs and donations are tax deductible. Food and beverages are not because those fees cover the costs of the items. Donation receipts will be available for your convenience.

Parking: 

Parking can fill up at the library, but parking at downtown structures is free on Sundays (excluding the Mission Inn). There is a structure across from the library at 3750 Orange St. that we recommend:

And remember, “Skipping Church” Luncheons always take place on the Third Sunday, so mark your calendars! 

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.

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.

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.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hikei

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.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hikei

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 10:15 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.

Freethought Picnic 2015!

Food, Fun, Friends
Do you remember the summer picnics from years gone by? Remember how you enjoyed the food, the fun, and the friends? Do you miss those? So do we. That’s why Friends of Freethought is excited to announce our second Freethought Picnic! This family-friendly event is sure to become a summer favorite.

Families, friends, and individuals are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch, grab a blanket, some sunscreen, a frisbee (or anything else that tickles your summer fancy) and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the sun. Leashed and well behaved family dogs are also welcome.

Come spend an afternoon with fellow freethinkers as we network with local groups, enjoy some food and fun in the sun!

Cost: $5 to get into the park.

Food & drink are “bring your own.” You are free to share if you’d like. There will be a small propane grill available.

The Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics is a community for the non-religious. We are good without God