Who are we?

Atheists lack, and sometimes specifically reject, a belief in the existence of a god or gods.

Humanists believe that ethical philosophy should be based on human needs and rational thought.

Agnostics believe that the truth about the existence of god or gods is unknown or unknowable.

If you find the above ideas interesting, you are invited to join AHA! for fun and lively discussion. We have regular meetings on Wednesdays at 8pm in Old Union Room 302.

Contact e-mail: atheists [at] stanford.edu

Get involved!

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Discussion Meeting: Humanism/Feminism–Critiques & Synergies

When: Wednesday, February 25, 7pm

Where: Old Fire Truck House (map)

Women are underrepresented in the atheist/agnostic community in general and in our AHA! chapter locally; in this program we will begin to examine the causes for that underrepresentation and to enhance both AHA!’s understanding of the historical hang-ups of the terms they use and the feminist community’s understanding of what humanists mean by and gain from humanism. Humanism has been formative for both atheist and feminist communities (by way of both its insights and its oversights), and an open and educational discussion about the term and its history will deepen the possibilities for developing AHA! and feminist identities that are socially conscious and spiritually fulfilling.

Come join us for a discussion about humanism and feminism. Dinner will be provided.

humanism.feminism poster

Discussion Meeting: The Morality of Space Colonization

When: Tuesday, February 17, 7:30pm

Where: Graduate Community Center (GCC) Bogota Room

Is there a moral imperative to make sure that humanity will survive the destruction of Earth or its resources by unpreventable events (solar flare, asteroids)? Should we prioritize Earth’s internal issues over living on Mars? What issues will be faced by the first colonists, and those they leave behind? What about protecting life that already exists on other planets? If we spread life beyond Earth, why should it be human life? Let’s discuss these topics, and whatever else comes to mind!

This will be just a free discussion of whatever folks find most interesting about this topic. If you want to start thinking about things beforehand, here are some links about current space law, and articles discussing the morality of space colonization.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty

http://republicoflagrangia.org/2013/05/25/on-the-ethics-of-colonizing-mars-and-space/

https://philosophynow.org/issues/61/Space_Exploration_Humanitys_Single_Most_Important_Moral_Imperative

Discussion Meeting: Big Data–The New Religion of Silicon Valley

When: Wednesday, February 11, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

There’s been a lot of hype recently about big data. In science, medicine, tech, and even journalism, more people are coming to think big data has all the answers. Students graduating from just about any department here are now taking jobs as “data scientists.” But what has changed about the way we gather or use data, and are these changes necessarily good?

Statistics student, big data skepticist, and AHA! member Joshua Loftus will give a brief presentation of some viewpoints on this issue, to be followed by group discussion. It’s a big topic with a lot of potential for informed atheists, humanists, or agnostics to provide a bit of valuable skepticism. Light snacks will be provided.

Joint Discussion Meeting with ELCM: Varieties of Religious Experience

When: Wednesday, February 4, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

This week we will host a joint discussion with members of the Episcopal-Lutheran Campus Ministry. We will discuss our various experiences formative of our beliefs, and lack thereof.

Come learn and discuss about how our experiences both unite us and make us unique. Light snacks will be served.

Discussion Meeting: “Now that She’s an Atheist, What Do We Say When She Sneezes?”

When: Wednesday, January 28, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

Grounded in the beliefs of her strict Roman Catholic father and traditional Korean mother, yet with beliefs of her own, it once was heresy for Stanford professor Christine Min Wotipka to call herself a feminist. But after a variety of efforts and years of trying to reconcile the incongruities between the beliefs into which she was born and raised and those that only deepened as she got older, things came to a head as she was turning forty and realized that those aspects of her life that ‘weren’t working’ needed to be shed. As an atheist, Christine has found guilt-less peace, and even acceptance from parents who now know not to say “bless you” when she sneezes.

Come join us for a chat with Prof. Min Wotipka about her story. Light Snacks will be provided.

Wotipka Event Blast

Joint Discussion Meeting with IVGrad: Visions of Utopian and Dystopian Apocalypse

When: Wednesday, January 21, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

Influential texts religious and secular, fiction and non-fiction, seize our imaginations and describe the human condition with visions of the end of the world (or apocalypse). This week we meet with members of the Intervarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship to discuss our various visions of apocalypse, be they utopian, dystopian, or some mix of the two. In the end (of the meeting, not the world), we hope to acquire a better understanding of one another’s beliefs and encourage further dialogue between the non-theist and Christian communities at Stanford.

Come share your vision of the best and the worst the world can be. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Board Games

When: Wednesday, January 11th, 8:00pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

This week we will play board and card games. If you have a favorite game you would like to share with your fellow AHA!ers, please bring it along. Light snacks will be provided.

Discussion Meeting: Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart

When: Wednesday, January 7th, 8:00pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

This week, Stanford’s Humanist Chaplain, John Figdor, will speak to us about his new book, Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart, as well as leading a conversation about the positive beliefs and values of the non-religious. Also joining us will be veteran AHA!er Jeremy, one of the winners of the ReThink Prize, to talk about his process for formulating his ten non-commandments.

Join us for a discussion of secular positive beliefs. Light snacks will be served.

Discussion Meeting: Fall Quarter in Review

When: Wednesday, December 10, 7:30pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

Come discuss how fall quarter went, offer suggestions for winter quarter events, and just casually chat with your fellow AHA!ers.

Meal-type food will be served.

Good food


Discussion Meeting: A Secular Evaluation of Animal Rights and Vegetarianism

When: Wednesday, November 19, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

While vegetarianism and animal rights aren’t immediately associated with religious belief, one popular defense of animal value hinges on a religiously inspired dedication to animals having either a soul or some essential soul-like component. But why exactly ought we to value or care about non-human animal life? What differentiates animals from plants in that sense and the much lower priority they are given? Of course health benefits or environmental concerns are commonly cited reasons for becoming a vegetarian, but we will focus on a philosophical evaluation of the source, context, and existence of non-human animal value or rights.

Come join your local gathering of non-theists for an irreverent discussion of animal rights. Light snacks will be provided.