Science and Skeptic Book Group. The Upright Thinkers. Leonard Mlodinow: 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/232279547/

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos. Leonard Mlodinow.

“A beautifully written history of the development of knowledge over the last 4,000 years. … Mlodinow takes the reader on a journey of how knowledge builds upon itself and the inquisitive minds that carried knowledge to new heights.”

The Carnegie Library has 9 copies, two copies for kindle, and one audio book. You can buy a copy for as low as $5 plus shipping from Amazon..

Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 PM

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CFI Monthly Lecture Meeting!: 7/27/2016 at First Unitarian Church


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

When: 7/27/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/231399966/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh (formerly PSF)

Welcome to CFI’s monthly lecture night series!

Each month (with the exception of August and December) we feature a presentation/lecture on a variety of topics.  Our primary focus is on science, but we also have talks on skepticism and humanism and beyond.  We try to structure the meetings to begin with a presentation that leaves time for great discussions and Q&A sessions afterward. We try to post the topic and speaker bio as soon as that information is known — please check back soon. If you have speaker suggestions and/or ideas that are in keeping with our mission, please feel free to email your suggestions to pgh@centerforinquiry.net

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, July 27 at 7:00 PM

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Science and Skeptic Book Group. The Upright Thinkers. Leonard Mlodinow: 7/24/2016 at Biddle’s Escape


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

When: 7/24/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/232279547/

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos. Leonard Mlodinow.

“A beautifully written history of the development of knowledge over the last 4,000 years. … Mlodinow takes the reader on a journey of how knowledge builds upon itself and the inquisitive minds that carried knowledge to new heights.”

The Carnegie Library has 9 copies, two copies for kindle, and one audio book. You can buy a copy for as low as $5 plus shipping from Amazon..

Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 PM

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The easy lowdown on the Pence-a-cator


On a mission to search for more laughs, I decided to visit the Wiki page for Mike Pence today.  I was not disappointed.  Someone (or maybe even a team of people) is doing an outstanding job of tracking the Idiot from Indiana.  It was obvious to me after just a cursory reading that Big Mike’s page was very carefully and methodically being given a very stiff injection of truth serum.  You’ll find a small snippet from the page below.  I encourage everyone to give the page a visit.  You’ll very quickly learn everything you need to know about this loser of a pol.


Pence, and his wife, Karen, speaking
at CPAC 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Pence was raised in a Catholic family, serving as an altar boy and attending parochial school.[173][174] Pence became a born-again Christian in college, while a member of a nondenominational Christian student group in college, identifying his freshman year—and specifically “a Christian music festival in Asbury, Ky., in the spring of 1978″[175]—as the moment he made a “commitment to Christ.”[173][174]After that point, however, Pence continued to attend Mass (where he met his wife) and worked as a Catholic youth minister.[174] Pence called himself Catholic in a 1994 news piece, although by 1995, Pence and his family had joined an evangelical megachurch, the Grace Evangelical Church.[173][174] In 2013, Pence said that his family was “kind of looking for a church.”[173] Pence has described himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” and as “a born-again, evangelical Catholic.”[173][174]

That’s right, Mike’s a man who is happy to tell anyone willing to listen that, come hell of high water, he’s clingin’ to 2nd-century mythology and he’s damn proud of it.  Why, he’s even gotten born again to prove it!  Now, isn’t that just marvelous.

But wait!  There’s a whole lot more.  Below are just a few of the juiciest snippets I mentioned earlier.

Additionally, tonight’s edition of 60 Minutes featured Lesley Stahl interviewing the orange-haired orangutan along side of the born again knucklehead from Indiana.  I truly suspect that someone may have handed Lesley Mike’s Wiki page before she sat down in Herr Drumpfenfuhrer’s gold-plated chair for the interview.   If you were unable to see it, I strongly encourage you to watch it on the 60 minutes website.  It is an absolute hoot. Lesley tore each of the buffoons at least five new gaping a-holes right  along side of the giant ones they already are.  Seriously, I laughed so hard I nearly wet myself!  You have just got to check it out.

Here’s the juicier snippets:

  • Pence “does not accept the scientific consensus that human activity is the primary driver of climate change.”
  • Pence opposed President Obama’s executive order eliminating restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research. Pence stated, “I believe it is morally wrong to create human life to destroy it for research… I believe it is morally wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans.”[80][81] He asserted that “scientific breakthroughs have rendered embryonic stem-cell research obsolete”.
  • When asked if he believes in evolution, Pence answered “I believe with all my heart that God created the heavens and the earth, the seas and all that’s in them. How he did that I’ll ask him about some day.”
  • In 2001, Pence wrote an op-ed arguing against the tobacco settlement and tobacco regulation, saying that they would create “new government bureaucracies” and encroach on private lives. He stated that “despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.”[82][83] Pence asserted, “2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer,” while acknowledging that “smoking isn’t good for you” and people who smoke should quit.  In 2009, Pence voted against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which allows the FDA to regulate tobacco products.
  • In 2000, Pence stated “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s [sic] as a discreet [sic] and insular minority entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.”[89] He called for “an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus [sic]” and instead advocated for resources to be directed toward conversion therapy programs.
  • Pence has said that homosexuals should not serve in the military, saying, “Homosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion.”[93] Pence opposed the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell, saying in 2010 that allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military would “have an impact on unit cohesion.”
  • In 2007, Pence voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would have banned workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Pence opposed the 2009 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, saying that Barack Obama wanted to “advance a radical social agenda”[96] and said that pastors “could be charged or be subject to intimidation for simply expressing a Biblical worldview on the issue of homosexual behavior.”
  • Pence opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions.[98] While in the House, he said that “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family”.[99] He has advocated a constitutional same-sex marriage ban but did not champion such a proposed ban for his first year as governor.
  • In 2009, Pence voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, which expanded the definition of hate crimes to include gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Pence “has been a longtime, aggressive advocate of trade deals” between the U.S. and foreign countries.[86] Pence is a supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA),[86] and during his tenure in the House, he voted for every free-trade agreement that came before him.[87] Pence voted in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA); in favor of keeping the U.S. in the World Trade Organization; and in favor of permanent normal trade relations with China.[87] Pence also supported bilateralfree-trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea, Panama, Peru, Oman, Chile and Singapore.[87] Pence’s strong stance in favor of free trade sharply differs from the stance of his running mate Trump, who has condemned globalization and the liberalization of trade.
  • Pence voted against the Trade and Globalization Act of 2007, which would have expanded trade adjustment assistance to American workers adversely affected by globalization.
  • During Pence’s term in office, the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly has “repeatedly tried to roll back renewable energy standards and successfully ended Indiana’s energy efficiency efforts.”[54] Pence is an outspoken supporter of the coal industry, declaring in his 2015 State of the State address that “Indiana is a pro-coal state,” expressing support for an “all-of-the-above energy strategy,” and stating: “we must continue to oppose the overreaching schemes of the EPA until we bring their war on coal to end.”
  • On March 26, 2015, Pence signed Indiana Senate Bill 101, also known as the Indiana “religious objections” bill (RFRA), into law.[146] The law’s signing was met with widespread criticism by people and groups who felt the law was carefully worded in a way that would permit discrimination against LGBT persons.
  • In 2015, he signed legislation that repealed an eighty-year-old Indiana law that required construction companies working on publicly funded projects to pay a prevailing wage.

And I thought Sarah Palin firmly held the title of World’s Greatest Nutbag.  Oh man, was I shortsighted!

 

 

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Drinking Skeptically: 7PM TONIGHT at Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh


Where: Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh (2705 South Water Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203)

When: 7PM TONIGHT

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/231097569/

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. 

We will return our favorite summer location at the Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh.  Go through the restaurant, out the back and down the stairs to the Beer Garden along the river.  Look for Drinking Skeptically signs on the tables.

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

Friday, July 15 at 7:00 PM

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


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

When: 7PM TONIGHT

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/229860324/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh (formerly PSF)

Hi Everyone,

This is our monthly discussion group.  I post the discussion topic a few weeks in advance; stay tuned for more information. Please feel free to submit discussion topics to: pittsburghsecularfreethinkers@gmail.com

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 accommodations.

 

Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 PM

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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/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/231757015/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh (formerly PSF)

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, July 10 at 2:00 PM

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Drinking Skeptically: 7/15/2016 at Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh


Where: Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh (2705 South Water Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203)

When: 7/15/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/231097569/

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. 

We will return our favorite summer location at the Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh.  Go through the restaurant, out the back and down the stairs to the Beer Garden along the river.  Look for Drinking Skeptically signs on the tables.

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

Friday, July 15 at 7:00 PM

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CFI and PSF Discussion Group: 7/14/2016 at Tan Lac Vien


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

When: 7/14/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/229860324/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh (formerly PSF)

Hi Everyone,

This is our monthly discussion group.  I post the discussion topic a few weeks in advance; stay tuned for more information. Please feel free to submit discussion topics to: pittsburghsecularfreethinkers@gmail.com

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 accommodations.

 

Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Social Night: 7PM TONIGHT at Sharp Edge Bistro


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

When: 7PM TONIGHT

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/231749074/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh (formerly PSF)

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, July 5 at 7:00 PM

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