This month the Secular Student Alliance is hosting a FREE event featuring David Fitzgerald, Kilt Kilpatrick, with Special Guest Hannah Jenks for a night of sexy violence and violent sex.
Is every sperm sacred? Was Paul gay? Where are my concubines?
A fun and twisted romp through the troubled evolution of Biblical morality.
Freelance Heretic/Erotica Writer Kilt Kilpatrick reads steamy excerpts from his sexy stories! Don’t miss it!
Need a ride? Get one here.
Daily parking passes are available for $6 from the yellow dispenser in the parking structure (on the 3rd floor, west corner by the elevator), adjacent to the University Union and Bookstore. I strongly recommend parking in the parking structure, because it is close to the event and the other parking lots are for staff parking. Plan on arriving early to find a spot.
The Neurobiology of Religious Experience
Dr. Sarah Strand
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 6pm
Sacramento State University, Orchard Suite, 2nd Floor Union
This month the Secular Student Alliance is hosting a FREE event featuring Dr. Sarah Strand on the neurobiology of religion and religious experiences.
Dr. Strand will talk about how to induce an out-of-body experience and why people tend to feel a sense of peace and connection when they have one. To many people, this proves the existence of a spiritual world inhabited by god(s). Dr. Strand explains just how fallacious this argument is.
Evidence increasingly demonstrates that the feelings associated with religious experiences play a primary role in people being intensely religious. Andy Thompson of the Richard Dawkins Foundation has written about the ways in which religion latches onto human characteristics developed during our evolutionary history. Dr. Strand will focus on what cortices of the brain are associated with religion, and how religious experiences induce strong sensations of pleasure, providing an illusion of an invisible friend in a world beyond ours. She will tell you who William James, Olaf Blanke, and Michael Persinger are and what they have in common.
And if all that fails to convince you to attend, then come for a funny god cartoon and to see a woman wearing a football helmet who sees floating spiritual entities. How can you resist that?
When Dr. Strand last gave this talk in Sacramento at a large atheist gathering, it was highly rated.
Here are some members’ comments:
“A great, succinct presentation. Very well done!”
“What a great talk! Now I see how my sister could have really seen angels around her bed at the age of 5. This is her trump card proof of God to this day.”
“Great presentation, fun and informative. I understand a bit better now that it’s not all about indoctrination and tradition.”
Dr. Strand is a Professor of Psychology at Sacramento State University and Research Supervisor of Neurobiology at UC Davis.
Daily parking passes are available for $6 in lots adjacent to the University Union; however, we are currently securing a parking lot to provide free parking. Check back soon for details.
Next Meeting: Monday, September 22 @ 6pm by the fountain in the quad.
Monday’s meeting will feature our first Socrates Cafe of the semester. Socrates Cafe is an exploration of questioning and inquiry into everyday ideas. Each discussion lasts for 15-20 minutes. In our Socrates Cafe meetings, we will ask questions such as ‘What determines good and evil?’, ‘What does marriage really mean?’, ‘What is the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter?’, ‘What is justice?’, and ‘Is it possible to be religious and not believe in god?’.
See you there!
The first river cleanup with the Secular Student Alliance is here!
Participation in the Great American River Clean Up is a real contribution to the health of the Parkway and river. Removing trash and debris prevents pollutants from entering the watershed, harming the wildlife, or creating hazards for recreational users.
Please wear long pants/shirts, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and a hat.
The American River Parkway will provide bags, gloves, water, light snacks, and a give away item. You can help reduce waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle filled with a beverage and gardening gloves.
More info: http://arpf.org/garcu.shtml
Limited spots. If you are planning to participate, let us know by emailing email@example.com.
We will meet at my apartment at 8am, and have coffee/breakfast as people arrive. Then we will head over around 8:45 (clean up starts at 9am).
Contact us for location and directions.
See you there!
We have SO MUCH happening this semester! Our regular meetings will be on Wednesdays 4-6pm in Brighton 113, beginning Sept. 11. Can’t make it? Let us know of a time that works better for you, because we are putting together a second weekly meeting.
- The Great American River Clean Up on Saturday Sept. 21 @ 8am at the Howe Ave river entrance
- Freethought Day on Satuday Oct. 12 @ 10am in William Land Park
- The Neurobiology of Religious Experience by Dr. Sarah Strand on Wednesday Oct. 23. @ 6pm in AMD 250
- Sexy Violence and Violent Sex: The Weird-Ass Morality of the Bible by David Fitzgerald on Wednesday Nov. 20 @ 6pm in AMD 250
Thanks and have a GREAT semester!
The SSA will be holding officer elections later this summer. If you would like to run for the position of Vice-President, please let Dan, Gin, or Lara know. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should Religion and Government Be Separate?
Saturday April 20, 2013 2pm
CSU Sacramento, Mendocino Hall, 1005
A former evangelical pastor and now the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Dan Barker is an atheist and advocate of freethought and will be talking about the separation of church and state on April 20 at CSU Sacramento.
Welcoming a New Chapter of the FFRF
This event marks the inauguration of The Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a new addition to an organization that works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.
The Secular Student Alliance at Sac State (that’s us!) is hosting this event. We are an affiliate of the national Secular Student Alliance, an organization that aids high school and college student groups in the atheist, agnostic, humanist, skeptic, and freethought movement.
Daily parking passes are available in lots adjacent to Mendocino Hall.
This event is a fundraiser for the SSA at Sac State, to enable us to attend the national SSA conference in June. Your donations are welcome, and will help advance the group as we learn about leadership, marketing, community outreach, and more.
Tickets are $12 online, and FREE with current student ID (At the door only. Subject to availability).
Topic: Is a society that bans religion still considered secular?
When: Thursday @ Noon
Where: Delta Room, Union 3rd Floor
Where: Orchard Suite I, 2nd Floor Union
DOOR PRIZES FOR ALL WHO ATTEND
We are sending all interested members to the the largest secular leadership event for students in the nation! The Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is this June 21-23, and we want all Sac State SSA members, past and present, to join us.
Interested in going? Want to know how you can go for FREE? Just curious as to what this is all about? Then you belong at this upcoming Info Night! We will discuss conference info, travel arrangements, and anything else you can think of.
Attendance of the Info Night does not place you in any obligation to attend the conference, but we DO recommend you come by even if you are the least interested. We want you to have all the information possible.
Not on campus on Thursdays and need a ride? Call or text Dan at (916) 496-4210 for a ride. We really want you to come!
See you all there!
Weekly Meetings – Thursdays @ Noon in the Delta Room. Great for current members, but ANYONE is welcome! We will host guest speakers, hold guided discussions, and have events with other clubs.
Game Nights – Every couple weeks in the Union Game Room. Perfect for new members and interested students. We play games and socialize (Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, Xbox, etc).
Planning Meetings – Tuesdays @ Noon (room TBA each week). This is for members who want to step into a more involved role both as a member of the SSA and as a leader in secularism at Sac State.