Brunching Skeptically: 12PM TODAY at Schenley Plaza


Where: Schenley Plaza (4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 12PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222119726/

Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time. This month, we are doing an outdoor meetup in Schenley Plaza in the heart of Oakland.  We will meet under the big tent.  There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in  a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day.

Please note:  It is Marathon Sunday, but the park will be open by 12:05 at the latest.  See http://www.thepittsbu… for map of closures.  You should avoid 5th Ave to get the park.  If you can, enter from the south by Phipps Conservatory to avoid the marathon route.

Before joining the group, you should buy your brunch at one of the local vendors in the plaza (or bring your own).  Recommended are the Conflict Kitchen, which only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict (Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, etc) or Waffalonia.  There is also Asia Tea House or Opa Gyros.  You could also consider carry-out from The Porch, but the wait would be a little longer.  See menus for the Kiosks at http://www.pittsburgh….

Brunching Skeptically is brought to you by the Steel City Skeptics, which is part of the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason. For more information on these groups or our other events, go to: http://unitedcor.org/…

Sunday, May 3 at 12:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222119726/

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CFI Social Night: 5/5/2015 at Sharp Edge Bistro


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

When: 5/5/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221712910/

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, May 5 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221712910/

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Brunching Skeptically: 5/3/2015 at Schenley Plaza


Where: Schenley Plaza (4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 5/3/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222119726/

Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time. This month, we are doing an outdoor meetup in Schenley Plaza in the heart of Oakland.  We will meet under the big tent.  There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in  a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day.

Please note:  It is Marathon Sunday, but the park will be open by 12:05 at the latest.  See http://www.thepittsbu… for map of closures.  You should avoid 5th Ave to get the park.  If you can, enter from the south by Phipps Conservatory to avoid the marathon route.

Before joining the group, you should buy your brunch at one of the local vendors in the plaza (or bring your own).  Recommended are the Conflict Kitchen, which only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict (Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, etc) or Waffalonia.  There is also Asia Tea House or Opa Gyros.  You could also consider carry-out from The Porch, but the wait would be a little longer.  See menus for the Kiosks at http://www.pittsburgh….

Brunching Skeptically is brought to you by the Steel City Skeptics, which is part of the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason. For more information on these groups or our other events, go to: http://unitedcor.org/…

Sunday, May 3 at 12:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/222119726/

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Science and Skeptics Book Group: The Forest Unseen. DG Haskell: 2PM TODAY at Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center


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

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221400567/

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature. David George Haskell

The author, a biologist, picks one small plot of old growth forest in the hills of Tennessee and visits it almost daily for one year. I read the blog of a science writer who described this book as “the best science book I’ve ever read … it is flush with beautiful scientific observations rendered in achingly beautiful prose.” Best Book Award of the National Academies of Science in 2013 for the “exquisite portrait of nature’s universe, drawn from one tiny patch of forest” and a Pulitzer prize finalist for 2012.

The library has seven copies, and it is available at Amazon for as low $4.98 plus shipping. 

Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221400567/

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Krish Mohan Headlines The Steel City Improv Theater: 10PM TODAY at Steel City Improv Theater


Where: Steel City Improv Theater (5859 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 15232)

When: 10PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221962654/

Garrett Titlebaum and Ian McIntosh host some of the funniest comedians in Pennsylvania each month at Keystone Comedy: Stand Up at The Maker. This month we are joined by funny people Christine Marie, Day Bracey and the evening’s headliner Krish Mohan.

Only $10 for a whole lineup of great laughs!

http://steelcityimpro…

Pittsburgh 15232 – USA

Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221962654/

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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/221271186/

Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers (CFI)

Welcome to CFI’s monthly lecture and movie night series! This month’s speaker is Richard Pell.

Richard Pell is an artist working at the intersections of science, engineering and culture. He is the founder of the Center for PostNatural History, an outreach organization dedicated to the collection and exposition of life-forms that have been intentionally altered by human intervention. The Center has been awarded a Rockefeller New Media fellowship, a Creative Capital fellowship, a Smithsonian research fellowship, is currently in residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon and has opened a permanent exhibition space in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He is a founding member of the highly acclaimed art and engineering collective, the Institute for Applied Autonomy. IAA projects have been exhibited in art and engineering contexts such as the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Mass MoCA, Ars Electronica, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Hackers On Planet Earth and the International Conference On Robotics And Automation. IAA projects have been presented with an Award of Distinction and two Honorable Mentions at the Prix-Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria and were selected for RES Magazine’s “10 Best New Artists of 2005”.

Pell’s experimental documentary film, Don’t Call My Crazy On The 4th Of July, examined the curious case of Pittsburgher, Robert Lansberry, whose unusual political protests were a fixture of downtown Pittsburgh for 30 years. The film won the top prize at the Iowa Documentary Film Festival,  Best Michigan Director at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and was an official selection at the Kassel Documentary Film Festival.

Don’t Call My Crazy On The 4th Of July https://vimeo.com/616…

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!

Please feel free to email any speaker or topic ideas to BillK at  pgh@centerforinquiry.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.


Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Secular-Freethinkers/events/221271186/

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A Breakthrough in Understanding Child Eating Habits


Over the weekend, I had an epiphany about children’s eating habits. As most people who have been involved in feeding children  at one time or another have discovered, most children do not like eating vegetables.

I know myself, when I was young, I wouldn’t eat much in the way of vegetables. Corn? – okay; Carrots? – occasionally. Green stuff? – forget it. No freaking way. Yes, it’s different today when often the first thing that I go for is a vegetable, but when I was a kid? – never.

And now I have figured out why that is. It has nothing to do with the vegetable itself. It’s all about the color green. As that famous philosopher K. T. Frog once said – “it’s not easy being green.” It is the greenness of the vegetables that children find so repugnant.

“Why is that?” you may ask. The explanation is quite simple, really. It is an innate understanding that when they become adults (and for some when they become a teenager) they will be forced to perform that onerous task known as mowing the lawn, or cutting grass. Green grass – hence the aversion to the color green.

How do I know this is true? It has begun for 2015. I had to perform that duty for the first time this year. And it sure as hell won’t be the last. So it is obvious – my instinctive aversion to “green” when I was a child was indeed a very accurate instinct.

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Science and Skeptics Book Group: The Forest Unseen. DG Haskell: 4/26/2015 at Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center


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

When: 4/26/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221400567/

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature. David George Haskell

The author, a biologist, picks one small plot of old growth forest in the hills of Tennessee and visits it almost daily for one year. I read the blog of a science writer who described this book as “the best science book I’ve ever read … it is flush with beautiful scientific observations rendered in achingly beautiful prose.” Best Book Award of the National Academies of Science in 2013 for the “exquisite portrait of nature’s universe, drawn from one tiny patch of forest” and a Pulitzer prize finalist for 2012.

The library has seven copies, and it is available at Amazon for as low $4.98 plus shipping. 

Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221400567/

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Krish Mohan Headlines The Steel City Improv Theater: 4/25/2015 at Steel City Improv Theater


Where: Steel City Improv Theater (5859 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 15232)

When: 4/25/2015

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221962654/

Garrett Titlebaum and Ian McIntosh host some of the funniest comedians in Pennsylvania each month at Keystone Comedy: Stand Up at The Maker. This month we are joined by funny people Christine Marie, Day Bracey and the evening’s headliner Krish Mohan.

Only $10 for a whole lineup of great laughs!

http://steelcityimpro…

Pittsburgh 15232 – USA

Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221962654/

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Drinking Skeptically at Claddagh’s: 7PM TODAY at Claddagh Irish Pub


Where: Claddagh Irish Pub (Southside Works) (407 Cinema Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15203)

When: 7PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221017454/

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. 

This month we head back to one our original haunts, Claddagh Irish Pub in the Southside Works.  We have a semi-private room reserved with seats for everyone, but also the ability to mingle, for those that prefer to roam.

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

Friday, April 17 at 7:00 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/221017454/

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