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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Dr. Eugenie Scott: Why do people reject good science? Reflections on the evolution and climate science wars

Scott_2014When: Tuesday, October 28, 7pm

Where: Building 320, Room 105 (map)

Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to both the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change.
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.

Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to both the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change.

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.

Tickets are $10.00 for non-students and free to all Stanford students/postdocs (with SUID card). Tickets now live! Click here to go to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dr-eugenie-scott-why-do-people-reject-good-science-reflections-on-the-evolution-and-climate-science-tickets-13235258013

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

Discussion Meeting: Immigration

When: Wednesday, October 15, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

Immigration is a highly politicized issue that often intersects with policies affecting other aspects of our lives.  This discussion aims to reflect and critically examine our understanding of “community,” and to explore the connection between our humanist beliefs and our attitude towards immigration policies and immigrants.

Come join your fellow students to discuss immigration.  Light snacks will be provided.

Discussion Meeting: Giving: secular vs. religious charity

When: Wednesday, October 8, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

Charitable giving is often held up as one of the most important functions of religion, whether through organized churches or through the inspiration of religious people. How do non-theists compare, and what can we do better? What role should private charity fill in our society as opposed to government aid?

Come join your fellow students to discuss how giving in religious and secular contexts differ.  Light snacks will be provided.

Discussion Meeting: (Non-)belief and Identity

When: Wednesday, October 1, 8pm

Where: CIRCLE Common Room, Old Union 302

Many people count their beliefs among the distinguishing features of their identity.  But some folks also develop identities around what they don’t believe.  How do your (non-)beliefs inform your views of yourself and your relationship to others?

Come join AHA! for its first meeting of the year and discuss the relationship between (non-)belief and identity.  Light snacks will be provided.  Students and Stanford affiliates only.

Welcome Back Sushi-making

sushi catWhen: Saturday, September 20th, 1pm

Where: Tables between EV units 2 and 3 (map)

We’re going to make sushi. Vegan-friendly ingredients and water will be provided. If you want anything else in your sushi or to drink, please feel free to bring it yourself.

This event is for Stanford Graduate and Undergraduate Students only.

Board Game Night

When: Thursday, June 5, 7pm

Where: CIRCLE Seminar Room, Old Union 301

For our last Thursday meeting of the school year, we’d like to invite you to take a break from studying for finals and join AHA! for a casual evening of board games and discussion. Join in on one of our board games or bring your favorite!

As always, we’ll provide some pizza/snacks and drinks (or feel free to bring your own dinner if you prefer). Students and Stanford affiliates only.

Combined AHA! and CC@S blood drive

blood_driveAHA! is teaming up with the Catholic Community @ Stanford to host a blood drive through the Stanford Blood Center. Your donation can help save the life of a patient in a local hospital.

When: Sunday, June 1, 11am – 4pm

Where: 486 Santa Teresa Street (right by Tresidder Union, across from the Firetruck house)

To sign up for an appointment follow this link:
https://www.sbcdonor.org/index.cfm?group=op&expand=12892&zc=94305

To sign up for an appointment, click here. You should be at least 17 years old, 110 pounds, cold/flu free, drink fluids, and bring ID (more details on this website). In addition, we’ll be hanging out at the Fraiche in Tresidder Union from 3pm – 4pm, so come say hi after your donation – we’ll even buy AHA! members a frozen yogurt if you donated!

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Exoplanets and Life Elsewhere in the Universe, with Prof. Lynn Rothschild

Lynn_RothschildWhen: Tuesday, May 27, 7pm

Where: Building 320 (Geology Corner, Main Quad), room 105

Ever wonder what scientists think about other planets and the possibility of extraterrestrial life? Come listen to Prof. Lynn Rothschild give a talk on her research in speculative astrobiology.

Dr. Lynn J. Rothschild is an evolutionary biologist-astrobiologist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and Professor at Stanford and Brown University, where she teaches Astrobiology and Space Exploration, inter alia. She has broad training in biology, with degrees from Yale, Indiana, and a Ph.D. from Brown University. Since arriving at Ames in 1987, her research has focused on how life, particularly microbes, has evolved in the context of the physical environment, both here and potentially elsewhere. She has co-edited a book on the subject entitled, “Evolution on Planet Earth: The Impact of the Physical Environment” (Academic Press, 2003).

Free and open to all. Sponsored by the Stanford Graduate Student Council and the ASSU Undergraduate Senate.

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End-of-year BBQ and Officer Elections

When: Sunday, May 25, 12pm

Where: Willis Lounge BBQ (219 Ayrshire Farm Lane)

Come take a break from studying for finals and hang out with AHA! for our end-of-the-year BBQ! We will also be voting on next year’s officer positions. We will supply the basics (burgers, buns, & condiments), but feel free to bring a side or drink if you like.

David Silverman: Seeds of Doubt

David SilvermanWhen: Tuesday, May 6, 6pm

Where: Braun Auditorium (map)

Come listen to David Silverman, president of the American Atheists, give a talk on his organization’s efforts to normalize atheism in American culture. Mr. Silverman has appeared on most major news programs including The O’Reilly Factor (spawning the famous “WTF meme-face”), Scarborough Country, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s Paula Zahn NOW, Nick News, Hannity and Colmes, FOX and Friends, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many more.

Tickets are $6.50 for non-students and free to all Stanford students/postdocs (with SUID card). Tickets now live! Click here to go to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/david-silverman-seeds-of-doubt-tickets-11488954773

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