Forum on Faith and Science: 3/28/2015 at CMU McConomy Auditorium


Where: CMU McConomy Auditorium (5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 3/28/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221368666/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

One of the Pittsburgh secular community’s favorite philosophers, Andy Norman, has been invited to represent the secular humanist viewpoint for this forum. The topic for this edition of the forum is the role of faith in a scientific age. Andy has some challenging views and promises a lively exchange. And afterwards, there will be an opportunity to meet and exchange with others across different traditional faith boundaries.

Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221368666/

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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/221051327/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Jesse Dunietz is a Ph.D. student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from New Jersey, Jesse’s circuitous route to Pittsburgh has included residences in Israel, Cambridge (the Massachusetts one), Cambridge (the English one), and California (the only one). He is currently working on teaching computers to identify and interpret language about cause and effect. He is also a founder and the current president of Carnegie Mellon’s Public Communication for Researchers program, which helps graduate students learn and practice communicating about science with people of all backgrounds. He is easily distracted by birds.

Jesse will lead an audience-driven discussion about artificial intelligence, focusing mainly on systems that handle human language. First, he’ll briefly raise a number of counter-intuitive observations about the field of AI: the sometimes tense relationship between linguistics and computer science; how Siri, Google Translate, and other language-processing systems actually work; why those systems are dumber than they look; and how close we really are to different kinds of artificial intelligence. Then, guided by participants’ interests and questions, we’ll delve deeper into some of those topics in a discussion-based format.

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. As is often the case, our speaker will be joining us. 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, March 25 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221051327/

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Moon rocks coming to CCAC!: 12:30PM TODAY at CCAC Boyce Campus


Where: CCAC Boyce Campus (595 Beatty Road, Monroeville, PA 15146)

When: 12:30PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221213558/

Samples of Moon rocks and a collection of meteorites will be landing at CCAC Boyce Campus. The samples will be on display in the Boyce Campus Student Union on March 23, 2015, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm and March 24, 2015, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Highlights include getting up close and personal with some Moon rocks and meteorites, enabling students to examine a real piece of space. The event will include a presentation by Professor Patrick Huth of the Boyce Campus Science Department. Professor Huth, who has spent the last seven years teaching physics and astronomy at CCAC, worked at NASA for five years as an Aerospace Education Specialist.

The samples, provided on loan by the NASA Johnson Space Center, were collected during six of the Apollo space missions from 1969 to 1972. The lunar sample consists of six samples of lunar material (three soils and three rocks) and the meteorite sample contains six labeled meteorites.

Won’t you please join us for this very special presentation!

Monroeville, PA 15146 – USA

Monday, March 23 at 12:30 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221213558/

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Science and Skeptics Book Group: SuperSense. Bruce Hood.: 2PM TODAY at Biddle’s Escape


Where: Biddle’s Escape (401 Biddle Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221)

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/220691756/

The book for March is “SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable.” Bruce  M. Hood

SuperSense is a fascinating book about how our brain works (or doesn’t!) Children reason about the unseen aspects of their word, and doing so leads them to beliefs that form the basis of later adult supernatural notions. We are therefore wired to believe in the supernatural. Hood gives many examples of sources and evidence of secular and religious supernatural beliefs. Which ones do you believe?

The Carnegie Library has seven copies and used copies are 1¢ plus shipping at Amazon.

Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/220691756/

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Drinking Skeptically on the Vernal Equinox at Hough’s: 7PM TODAY at Hough’s


Where: Hough’s (563 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PE 15207)

When: 7PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/220568388/

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. We generally meet the third or fourth Friday of each month, skipping August and December.  Both teetotalers and those who imbibe moderately are equally welcomed.

This month, we are meeting on March 20th, the Vernal Equinox and the real reason for the season.  Along with Pi Day (3.14) the month of March offers two important secular events to celebrate!

We will meet in Hough’s in Greenfield, where they have a fine selection of draft beer, a great menu at reasonable prices, as well as wine and cocktails.  See http://www.houghspgh…. for details. We start gathering at 7 pm, but latecomers are more than welcome. Hope to see you on Friday night!

Pittsburgh, Pe 15207 – USA

Friday, March 20 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/220568388/

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CFI Monthly Lecture and Movie Night!: 3/25/2015 at First Unitarian Church


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

When: 3/25/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221051327/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Jesse Dunietz is a Ph.D. student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from New Jersey, Jesse’s circuitous route to Pittsburgh has included residences in Israel, Cambridge (the Massachusetts one), Cambridge (the English one), and California (the only one). He is currently working on teaching computers to identify and interpret language about cause and effect. He is also a founder and the current president of Carnegie Mellon’s Public Communication for Researchers program, which helps graduate students learn and practice communicating about science with people of all backgrounds. He is easily distracted by birds.

Jesse will lead an audience-driven discussion about artificial intelligence, focusing mainly on systems that handle human language. First, he’ll briefly raise a number of counter-intuitive observations about the field of AI: the sometimes tense relationship between linguistics and computer science; how Siri, Google Translate, and other language-processing systems actually work; why those systems are dumber than they look; and how close we really are to different kinds of artificial intelligence. Then, guided by participants’ interests and questions, we’ll delve deeper into some of those topics in a discussion-based format.

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. As is often the case, our speaker will be joining us. 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, March 25 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221051327/

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Moon rocks coming to CCAC!: 3/23/2015 at CCAC Boyce Campus


Where: CCAC Boyce Campus (595 Beatty Road, Monroeville, PA 15146)

When: 3/23/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221213558/

Samples of Moon rocks and a collection of meteorites will be landing at CCAC Boyce Campus. The samples will be on display in the Boyce Campus Student Union on March 23, 2015, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm and March 24, 2015, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Highlights include getting up close and personal with some Moon rocks and meteorites, enabling students to examine a real piece of space. The event will include a presentation by Professor Patrick Huth of the Boyce Campus Science Department. Professor Huth, who has spent the last seven years teaching physics and astronomy at CCAC, worked at NASA for five years as an Aerospace Education Specialist.

The samples, provided on loan by the NASA Johnson Space Center, were collected during six of the Apollo space missions from 1969 to 1972. The lunar sample consists of six samples of lunar material (three soils and three rocks) and the meteorite sample contains six labeled meteorites.

Won’t you please join us for this very special presentation!

Monroeville, PA 15146 – USA

Monday, March 23 at 12:30 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221213558/

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Science and Skeptics Book Group: SuperSense. Bruce Hood.: 3/22/2015 at Biddle’s Escape


Where: Biddle’s Escape (401 Biddle Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221)

When: 3/22/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/220691756/

The book for March is “SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable.” Bruce  M. Hood

SuperSense is a fascinating book about how our brain works (or doesn’t!) Children reason about the unseen aspects of their word, and doing so leads them to beliefs that form the basis of later adult supernatural notions. We are therefore wired to believe in the supernatural. Hood gives many examples of sources and evidence of secular and religious supernatural beliefs. Which ones do you believe?

The Carnegie Library has seven copies and used copies are 1¢ plus shipping at Amazon.

Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/220691756/

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Drinking Skeptically on the Vernal Equinox at Hough’s: 3/20/2015 at Hough’s


Where: Hough’s (563 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PE 15207)

When: 3/20/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/220568388/

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. We generally meet the third or fourth Friday of each month, skipping August and December.  Both teetotalers and those who imbibe moderately are equally welcomed.

This month, we are meeting on March 20th, the Vernal Equinox and the real reason for the season.  Along with Pi Day (3.14) the month of March offers two important secular events to celebrate!

We will meet in Hough’s in Greenfield, where they have a fine selection of draft beer, a great menu at reasonable prices, as well as wine and cocktails.  See http://www.houghspgh…. for details. We start gathering at 7 pm, but latecomers are more than welcome. Hope to see you on Friday night!

Pittsburgh, Pe 15207 – USA

Friday, March 20 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/220568388/

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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/220745008/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Hi Everyone,

This is our monthly discussion group. This month’s topic is as follows: Is there such a thing as objective morality? Can morality be determined empirically? Or is it relative to the values of society at any given time?

See you there!

If you have ideas for discussion, please do not hesitate to contact BillK at unkabeard@verizon.net.

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.

 

Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/220745008/

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