CFI Social Night: 6/2/2015 at Sharp Edge Bistro


Where: Sharp Edge Bistro (922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)

When: 6/2/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/222686639/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Welcome to the Center For Inquiry’s monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge in the Cultural District downtown.  Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

See you there!

To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers and CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accomodations.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222 – USA

Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/222686639/

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CFI Monthly Lecture and Movie Night!: 7PM TODAY at First Unitarian Church


Where: First Unitarian Church (605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 7PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221878172/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Welcome to CFI’s monthly lecture meeting.

This month we have a change of pace. Our speaker is Andrew Nesky, the president of the Theosophical Society in Pittsburgh. He has twice been elected to the position of Master of a Masonic Lodge and is a published writer. An actor with hundreds of stage performances, he also lectures on the subject of metaphysics and human development and has coached high-school competitive public speaking, specializing in value-based Lincoln-Douglas format debate. He hosted the web-cast talk show “Science and the Outer Streams” that investigates the frontiers of human thought, science and spirituality. The show can be viewed at YouTube keyword “Outer Streams”. 

Esoteric traditions from time immemorial have believed that it is possible to teach wisdom. Whether the process results in “Redemption”, “Awakening” or “Enlightenment” the process seeks less an expansion of conventional knowledge than a qualitative expansion of human character and permeability in sense of self. Join Theosophical Society President Andrew Nesky for an investigation of this most fundamental of esoteric processes.  

See you there!

P.S.  We usually head to Ali Baba’s on nearby Craig Street at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-lecture or pre-movie dinner. Please leave a comment below if you are coming to dinner so we can include you in the reservation. Thanks!

To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers and CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accommodations.


Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221878172/

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Where: Schenley Park Caf and Visitor Center (101 Panther Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222300364/

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History. By Florence Wilson. Feted and fetished, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. Humans are the only mammals with “permanent” breasts. In the modern world the breast is changing: it’s getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting new fangled chemicals. The book is an entertaining and fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.

The Carnegie Library has 11 copies. Also available Amazon for as low as $3.45 plus shipping.

Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222300364/

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CFI Monthly Lecture and Movie Night!: 5/27/2015 at First Unitarian Church


Where: First Unitarian Church (605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 5/27/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221878172/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Welcome to CFI’s monthly lecture meeting.

This month we have a change of pace. Our speaker is Andrew Nesky, the president of the Theosophical Society in Pittsburgh. He has twice been elected to the position of Master of a Masonic Lodge and is a published writer. An actor with hundreds of stage performances, he also lectures on the subject of metaphysics and human development and has coached high-school competitive public speaking, specializing in value-based Lincoln-Douglas format debate. He hosted the web-cast talk show “Science and the Outer Streams” that investigates the frontiers of human thought, science and spirituality. The show can be viewed at YouTube keyword “Outer Streams”. 

Esoteric traditions from time immemorial have believed that it is possible to teach wisdom. Whether the process results in “Redemption”, “Awakening” or “Enlightenment” the process seeks less an expansion of conventional knowledge than a qualitative expansion of human character and permeability in sense of self. Join Theosophical Society President Andrew Nesky for an investigation of this most fundamental of esoteric processes.  

See you there!

P.S.  We usually head to Ali Baba’s on nearby Craig Street at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-lecture or pre-movie dinner. Please leave a comment below if you are coming to dinner so we can include you in the reservation. Thanks!

To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers and CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accommodations.


Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221878172/

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7th Annual CFI Canoe Trip and Picnic


Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend – aka the unofficial start of summer. And do you know what that means? It’s time to start planning for the 7th Annual CFI Canoe Trip and Picnic. The date this year is Sunday, August 16th.

For those of you not familiar with this family-friendly event, it goes like this: For those into canoeing/kayaking, it starts at Youghiougheny Outfitters in West Newton in the morning where you check-in. You are then transported upriver to the put-in where you embark on the leisurely float downriver. If you take the most popular option, the Smithton Beach put-in, you will travel about seven miles downriver. You will spend a total of about four hours on the water. (If you are a little more adventurous or ambitious, you can check-in two hours earlier and go further upriver to the Whitsett Landing to put-in there – giving you about six total hours on the water and a journey of about eleven miles.) It should be noted that there is no real whitewater over this course – it is mostly just a leisurely float downriver. There are some shallows and some slight rapids, but nothing really challenging. Great for a first canoeing/kayaking experience.

Approximately halfway between Smithton and West Newton, there is a boat ramp on the Left Banke (no, Renee doesn’t have to walk away) which is at Cedar Creek Park. You can pull your craft out of the water there and walk along the shore to the left to the first pavilion, Pavilion #19, where you will find a bunch of like-minded people to join for a Louisiana-style Cajun Shrimp Boil. If you have never experienced such a gastronomic experience, you have got to try it. Loads of shrimp with corn on the cob, redskin potatoes, lemons, lots of cooked garlic, and butter and crusty baguettes of French bread. This will be topped off with some Cajun-style bread pudding with rum sauce.

For those not into canoeing/kayaking but who still want to engage in physical activity, the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail, which stretches from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC, runs right past the pavilion. If you like, you can bring your own bicycle and tool around on the trail, or if you prefer, you can rent a bicycle from Trailside Treasures right at the south end of the Boston Bridge in McKeesport. From there, it is a two-hour bike ride to Cedar Creek Park. Or, you can just take a leisurely walk around the park area, or only come for the Shrimp Boil. Of course, if you prefer, you can bring your own food to eat while still enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people.

Pricing for the various components are as follows:

Shrimp boil – adults $12.00
children $8.00

Canoes/tandem kayaks $50.00*
3rd person in canoe w/vest $3.00*
Single kayaks (sit-in or sit-on) $29.00*
If you have your own canoe or kayak, Yough Outfitters will provide transport for you and your craft upriver for $16.00*.
Note: Backrests for the canoes are available
*prices include PA Use Tax

Bicycle rental at Trailside Treasures is $20.00/day + 7% tax

Please reserve your desired spots as soon as you have made your plans by emailing BillK at unkabeard@verizon.net This way, we can keep you updated on schedules and directions and other items to make it a more pleasant experience.

Payment should be sent to: CFI – Pittsburgh
PO Box 3912
Pittsburgh, PA 15230-3912

Payment needs to be received by August 8, 2015. If you should have any questions, contact BillK at 412-384-5893 or by email at unkabeard@verizon.net .

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Where: Schenley Park Caf and Visitor Center (101 Panther Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 5/24/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222300364/

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History. By Florence Wilson. Feted and fetished, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. Humans are the only mammals with “permanent” breasts. In the modern world the breast is changing: it’s getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting new fangled chemicals. The book is an entertaining and fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.

The Carnegie Library has 11 copies. Also available Amazon for as low as $3.45 plus shipping.

Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222300364/

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Drinking Skeptically: 7PM TODAY at Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant


Where: Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant (171 E. Bridge St., Homestead, PA 15120)

When: 7PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221345067/

Drinking Skeptically is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, atheists, humanists, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals. There is no specific topic. It is just an open discussion among fellow freethinkers about science, religion, skepticism, beer, life and leisure. Both teetotalers and those who imbibe moderately are equally welcomed. We generally meet the third or fourth Friday of each month, skipping August and December. 

For this month’s palindromic meeting (5-15-15), we head back to the old standby of the Rock Bottom.  We will be in the private room behind the dining room.  

We start gathering at 7 pm, but latecomers are more than welcome. Hope to see you on Friday night!

Homestead, PA 15120 – USA

Friday, May 15 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221345067/

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CFI and PSF Discussion Group: 7PM TODAY at Tan Lac Vien


Where: Tan Lac Vien (2114 Murray Ave (Squirrel Hill), Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

When: 7PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221914193/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

This month, we are going to try something different. I am proposing two topics and at the beginning of the meeting, we can have a vote to determine which one people would rather discuss.

Topi#1: Free speech, specifically as it applies to legitimate criticism of Islam where Islamist groups like CAIR and their campus afiliates have gone a campaign to silence all criticism of Islam, and also as it applies to nutcases like Pamela Geller who are being deliberately offensive claiming merely to be provocative.

Topic#2: The use of drones in the “War on Terror” (a term I hate). Recently two DAESH hostages, an American and an Italian were accidentally killed in a drone strike while taking out four terrorists. This has brought the debate over drones back to center stage. Is the use of drones ethical? Is it more ethical than, say, violating other nations’ sovereignty to go after  bin Laden or using covert operatives to perform extraordinary renditions to capture and/or kill terrorists? Is pursuit of terrorists in the first place even justified?

 

Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221914193/

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PSF Ladies Meetup: 2PM TODAY at Cafe Phipps


Where: Cafe Phipps (1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221914178/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Welcome to the PSF Ladies Meetup at the Phipps Cafe.

See you there!

For more fun, follow us on Facebook!  To learn about more secular groups in Pittsburgh, check out the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website.

*PSF strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pittsburghsecularfreethinkers@gmail.com to request accommodation.

Pittsburgh – USA

Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221914178/

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Drinking Skeptically: 5/15/2015 at Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant


Where: Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant (171 E. Bridge St., Homestead, PA 15120)

When: 5/15/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221345067/

Drinking Skeptically is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, atheists, humanists, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals. There is no specific topic. It is just an open discussion among fellow freethinkers about science, religion, skepticism, beer, life and leisure. Both teetotalers and those who imbibe moderately are equally welcomed. We generally meet the third or fourth Friday of each month, skipping August and December. 

For this month’s palindromic meeting (5-15-15), we head back to the old standby of the Rock Bottom.  We will be in the private room behind the dining room.  

We start gathering at 7 pm, but latecomers are more than welcome. Hope to see you on Friday night!

Homestead, PA 15120 – USA

Friday, May 15 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221345067/

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