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.

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!

Skeptics’ Forum – Death, a key difference: Stephen Cave and Nick Bostrom

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS IS A CROSS POST FROM GREATER RIVERSIDE SKEPTICS FORUM. DO NOT RSVP HERE. GO TO THE SKEPTICS FORUM MEETUP TO RSVP.
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interesting: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? Cave explores four narratives — common across civilizations — that we tell ourselves “in order to help us manage the terror of death.”

Stephen Cave is a writer and philosopher who is obsessed with our obsession with immortality. In 2012 he published Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, an inquiry into humanity’s rather irrational resistance to the inevitability of death. Cave moves across time and history’s major civilizations and religions to explore just what drives this instinct — and what that means for the future. Cave writes for The Financial Times and contributes to The New York Times, The Guardian and Wired.
Nick Bostrom, director of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, specializes in the big questions: What does it mean to be human? If we could live forever, would we choose to? Can we improve our human nature with technological enhancements?
Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom began thinking of a future full of human enhancement, nanotechnology and cloning long before they became mainstream concerns. From his famous simulation argument — which presents evidence for the Matrix-like idea that humans are living in a computer simulation — to the impact of uploading our brains on human consciousness, Bostrom approaches both the inevitable and the speculative using the tools of philosophy, bioethics and probability.

He’s the co-founder and chair of both the World Transhumanist Association, which advocates the use of technology to extend human capabilities and lifespans, and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. In his prolific writing, Bostrom tackles the future of the human condition head-on, laying out both the promises of accelerating technology and its potential for catastrophe.

CANCELLED Secular Poetry Reading and Community Works CANCELLED

CANCELLED. Before we discuss ways our group would like to get involved in community service and events, writer/performer Tasha Golden will read from her book “Once You Had Hands,” a collection of poetry recently published by the American Humanist Association’s “Humanist Press.” The press describes Tasha’s poetry as “giv[ing] voice to the silence surrounding issues of domestic violence and women’s subservience in the name of religion.” (You can read more about it here! http://www.humanistpress.com/once-you-had-hands-tasha-golden.html) She’ll use the poems to launch conversations about her journey as the daughter of a conservative evangelical pastor, about religious abuse, and about the role of art in the secular community.

Tasha is the singer/songwriter for the critically-acclaimed band Ellery (ellery.bandcamp.com), which toured full-time for over 10 years. Listeners regularly approached her after shows to share their histories of domestic violence and mental illness—two issues that are often addressed in Ellery’s songs. Eventually, Tasha began researching why and how this happened: how art helps communities open up about otherwise closeted issues. She’s applied her findings in writing workshops with incarcerated teen women, and is in Riverside to share research about gender biases in jail, the power of stigma, and the rehabilitative potential of creative writing. She begins a PhD program this fall to further this work. http://www.tashagolden.com

Marissa’s Deli has good food and drink and a charming, outdoor patio furnished with picnic tables and umbrellas, quite comfortable and reasonably away from the more public areas of Canyon Crest Towne Center.

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 but 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.

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.

We meet the second and fourth Fridays of the month.  I hope to see you there!

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.

Pub Night and 90s Pub Quiz

Pub Quiz is a quiz of (around) 20 general-knowledge questions answered in teams of up to four people.  However, Robin has asked to do a 90s themed quiz, so all questions will be pertaining to all aspects of the decade 1990-1999.  The winning team gets a pitcher of the drink of their choice. 

We’ll be getting there at 6, with the quiz starting at about 7:30.

We are asking for a $2 donation to pay for the prize and to fund future events. We hope to see you there!

If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages at this event, please be sure you have a designated driver.  Don’t drink and drive!

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 but 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.

Redlands Market Night is back!

***The IEAA is hosting this booth as a part of the Inland Empire Coalition of Reason. If you have literature from a secular organization that you would like to hand out, please let us know and we’ll make sure to pass it out.***

Want to help let other non-believers know they’re not alone? 

Want to take an active role in promoting Secular ideals in the local community?

Then come join us at Redlands Market Night!

We’ll be loosely following the “Ask an Atheist” format where we:

• Answer questions

• Pass out flyers 

• Give out information about secularism and the local groups

• Sell atheist themed t-shirts

• Chat with whomever stops by 

Let’s show the world that atheists and agnostics are nice, normal, and happy people!

We’re looking for volunteers of every level, if you want to come and just hang out that’s fine, and if you want to engage with the public that’s fine too. We’ll go over tabling basics for anyone who isn’t sure what to do.

There’s lots of parking all over if you come early, and lots by the Redlands Mall after 5. Our Booth will be located between Orange St. and 5th St. Just look for our booth with the big Atheist sign. If you still can’t find us call Greg at (951) 318 – two six two eight.

Here’s a sample of some of the questions and answers we’ll deal with:

Q: Don’t atheists have basically empty, meaningless lives since they don’t believe that there’s any higher power out there?

A: Nope. We don’t think that the world is an empty, meaningless place, even though we don’t think a god designed it. We think the world is a fascinating, wonderful, interesting place, and we enjoy living in it. Now, you may think that it’s impossible to “really” enjoy this world without believing of God as the designer. We don’t feel that way.

Q: What do you think happens to you when you die?

A: Just in case there are any misconceptions about this, most serious atheists don’t believe in reincarnation or spirits any more than we believe in hell. What defines “you” is what you think and feel, and how you interact with the universe. When this interaction ceases, you’re not you anymore. So you simply stop existing.

Q: How can anyone possibly be moral without believing in God?

A: Pretty much the same way that anyone else can be moral – by considering their actions, weighing the consequences and deciding whether they’re doing more harm than good to themselves and other people.

Q: What’s the difference between an atheist and an agnostic?

A: Atheism is merely the absence of belief in any gods. Agnosticism is not about belief in god but about knowledge — it was coined originally to describe the position of a person who could not claim to know for sure if any gods exist or not.

Q: Is Atheism just another religion?

A: No. Religions appeal to a supernatural realm controlled in most cases by a god or gods. Atheists have no written revelations, no god or gods and do not accept the existence of a supernatural realm or a creative super-being, as no evidence demands that they do. Atheism is therefore a rational evaluation of nature, whilst religions result from imaginative guessing.

Q: Do you hate God?

A: Nope. We don’t hate Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy or Darth Vader either. Remember, atheists do not believe God exists. The way we see it, hating a nonexistent being would be as great a waste of time as worshipping one.

Q: Wow, this is really cool, how can I help out?

A: By joining up with the IEAA! Check us out online at www.inlandempireatheists.com or stop by one of our upcoming meetings listed on this flyer!

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