Welcome

The Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association (RRNA) fosters in-person community for people in the Richmond, Virginia area who do not believe in the supernatural.  We are a diverse group of individuals who share a naturalistic view of the world.  Our group meets at least three times a month (see our Events page for details).  We welcome newcomers; if you have or are considering a naturalistic perspective, we’d love to meet you.


Naturalism

Naturalism is the perspective that nothing supernatural exists.  Most naturalists rely on science as the best guide to what exists and believe that everything is physical.  Many atheists, humanists, skeptics, freethinkers, and Buddhists are thoroughly naturalistic in their perspective.


Join Us

Often people who are atheist, agnostic, humanist, or freethinking find that their families, friends, and neighbors don’t share their views.  RRNA allows those of us who are non-believers and skeptics to connect with each other.  This provides us with:

  • a sense of community
  • a “safe” place to voice our views
  • validation of our beliefs
  • an opportunity for discussion and learning
  • a chance to meet like-minded people

If you have any questions or would like more information about RRNA, please contact us.  We hope to see you soon!


Featured Event

Unless indicated otherwise, all RRNA events are intended for people who have or are considering a naturalistic perspective.  Newcomers are welcome.

Topical Evening:  The Birth of Fake News – Social Media and Weather

 

Thursday, December 14th @ 6:00 p.m.
Gayton Library
10600 Gayton Road
Richmond, Virginia

We will be in the large meeting room immediately to the left as you enter the library.

 

Agenda
6:00 – Social time
6:30 – Presentation followed by Q&A
8:00 – More social time


Topic
Obtaining accurate and reliable weather information has become one of the top five most common activities carried out through the Internet and/or social media.  As the power of social media has increased over the past 10 years, it also has reflected a distinct split in how people perceive what is true and what is false, what is rumor and what is fact.  While this recent development in social media has garnered significant attention over the past 1-2 years, it first appeared in how people obtain weather information about a decade ago.

In this presentation and discussion, well known professional meteorologist David Tolleris (“DT”) of WxRisk will talk about how the weather science community deals with fake weather news, why “Fake News” first appeared in the field of weather, and the cost of the lack of science education and critical thinking is the US.  Mr. Tolleris believes that the science of meteorology could be the most effective way of winning back Middle America from a demon haunted world.

David Tolleris is an agricultural/grain and energy meteorologist located in Richmond. He started his professional meteorological career in 1989 working in NYC for private weather information service providers and TV stations such as WSFB TV3 in Hartford, CT. After working many years as a meteorologist in the public and private sectors, Mr. Tolleris founded his private forecasting company “WxRisk” in 1999. His  web site  https://wxrisk.com  and  the  WxRisk  Facebook  page  have become  increasingly  popular in  a short period of time. The Facebook page has 200,000 “Likes” and a social media reach of over 4 million.  The WxRisk twitter page has 20,000 followers.  WxRisk was recently awarded best forecaster in central Virginia by Richmond Magazine.