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

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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.

Discussion Meeting: From connected homes, to AI, to the Singularity: ethics in the secular pursuits of CS

When: Wednesday, November 12, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

How does one design machines capable of behaving ethically? Along with many an opening for discussion of the sci-fi angle of this topic (from Asimov’s 3+1 laws, to the question of how the Singularity will look, and the nature of [non-]belief post-Singularity), we will discuss issues around ethical design of ‘dumber’ systems (from obligations to use crypto, to questions of where the burden of responsibility lies when it comes to cell phone users’ privacy: the OS, the app, or the user).

Come join your fellow AHA!ers for a discussion about AI and ethics. Light snacks will be provided.

Come join your fellow AHA!ers for a discussion about AI and ethics. Light snacks will be provided.

The Historicity of the New Testament

CarrierbookWhen: Tuesday, November 11, 6:30pm

Where: Building 320, Room 105 (map)

The New Testament narratives have always had a powerful influence in shaping Western cultural identity, both in the religious sphere and beyond. In this structured discussion between Dr. Richard Carrier (author of On the Historicity of Jesus) and Dr. Thomas Sheehan (Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford), we will look critically at the history and mythology around the New Testament writings and its central figures, Jesus and Paul.

Dr. Eugenie Scott, a former university professor, served as the executive director of NCSE from 1987 to 2014; she now serves as the chair of NCSE’s Advisory Council. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years, and can address many components of this controversy, including educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social issues. She has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups, and humanist groups.  Scott is the author of Evolution vs Creationism and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.

Admission is free and open only to Stanford student, faculty, staff, or community member with an SUID card.

Hosted by Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA!) @ Stanford, and co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Council, ASSU Undergraduate Senate, and the Secular Student Alliance

Discussion Meeting: Joint Discussion with the Stanford Roundtable for Science, Technology, and Society

When: Wednesday, November 5, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

This week the Stanford Round Table will join us for a discussion about religion and science. A large breadth of questions will be provided, as we want everyone to be able to have a chance to talk about what interests them most within the many possible topics.

Come join your fellow students in discussing the ways in which religions must evolve in light of scientific discovery, why (biologically and philosophically) people choose to be religious, or simply your beliefs about existential questions and the methods you use to come to your conclusions. Light snacks will be provided.

Discussion Meeting: Indian Rationalist Philosophy

When: Wednesday, October 29, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

By 700 BCE, the ritualism of classical Vedic religion was challenged by powerful new thoughts that focused more on observation and inferential reasoning. In this meeting, Sayak will present a brief overview of 3 dominant philosophies that made the greatest progress in understanding the world and the human condition using rational means and how their insights can enrich our own understanding of the naturalist and humanist life stance.

Come join AHA! for a discussion of Indian philosophy. Light snacks will be provided.