CFI Monthly Lecture Meeting!: 7PM TONIGHT at First Unitarian Church


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

When: 7PM TONIGHT

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/236899540/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Welcome to CFI’s monthly lecture night series!

Tom Hoffman is the Conservation Program Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club and Pittburgh’s Clean Rivers Campaign. He will be presenting on the Clean Rivers Campaign/People’s Water Campaign. 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.

Pittsburgh, PA 15213 – USA

Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Monthly Lecture Meeting!

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017, 7:00 PM

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Science & Skeptics Book Club: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes: 2/26/2017 at Biddle’s Escape


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

When: 2/26/2017

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/237349073/

“The Age of Wonder.” The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science. Richard Holmes

A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. Three lives dominate the book: William Herschel and his sister Caroline, whose dedication to the study of the stars forever changed the public conception of the solar system, the Milky Way, and the meaning of the universe; and Humphry Davy, who, with only a grammar school education stunned the scientific community with his near-suicidal gas experiments that led to the invention of the miners’ lamp and established British chemistry as the leading professional science in Europe.

Holmes’s extraordinary evocation of this age of wonder shows how great ideas and experiments–both successes and failures–were born of singular and often lonely dedication, and how religious faith and scientific truth collide.

Age of Wonder is a prior NYTimes Best Book of the Year.  The Carnegie Library has 19 copies and several audiobooks. You can buy it used at Amazon for 1¢ plus shipping.

Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 PM

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Science & Skeptics Book Club: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes

Sunday, Feb 26, 2017, 2:00 PM

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Post-Truth: A Talk by Lee McIntyre: 4:30PM TODAY at Margaret Morrison Hall 103


Where: Margaret Morrison Hall 103 (Carnegie Mellon Campus, Pittsburgh, PA)

When: 4:30PM TODAY

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/237592867/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Many say that we are now entering the ‘post-truth’ era. From fake news to outright lying by public figures, don’t facts count anymore? This talk will explore the surprisingly deep roots of our current dilemma and offer a few reasons to hope that those who care about truth can still fight back.

The Humanist League invites you to join us on Monday February 20 at 4:30pm in Margaret Morrison 103 for Lee McIntyre’s talk.

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He is the author of Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age, Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior, and Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences: Defending a Science of Human Behavior

Pittsburgh, PA – USA

Monday, February 20 at 4:30 PM

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Post-Truth: A Talk by Lee McIntyre

Monday, Feb 20, 2017, 4:30 PM

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


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

When: 7PM TONIGHT

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/236545161/

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, dinner, 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 start gathering at 7 pm, but latecomers are more than welcome. To find us, just ask at host at the door when you arrive, where the Skeptics are gathering.  Hope to see you on Friday night!

Homestead, PA 15120 – USA

Friday, February 17 at 7:00 PM

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Drinking Skeptically

Friday, Feb 17, 2017, 7:00 PM

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CFI Monthly Lecture Meeting!: 2/22/2017 at First Unitarian Church


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

When: 2/22/2017

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/236899540/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

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, February 22 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Monthly Lecture Meeting!

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017, 7:00 PM

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Post-Truth: A Talk by Lee McIntyre: 2/20/2017 at Margaret Morrison Hall 103


Where: Margaret Morrison Hall 103 (Carnegie Mellon Campus, Pittsburgh, PA)

When: 2/20/2017

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/237592867/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Many say that we are now entering the ‘post-truth’ era. From fake news to outright lying by public figures, don’t facts count anymore? This talk will explore the surprisingly deep roots of our current dilemma and offer a few reasons to hope that those who care about truth can still fight back.

The Humanist League invites you to join us on Monday February 20 at 4:30pm in Margaret Morrison 103 for Lee McIntyre’s talk.

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He is the author of Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age, Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior, and Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences: Defending a Science of Human Behavior

Pittsburgh, PA – USA

Monday, February 20 at 4:30 PM

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Post-Truth: A Talk by Lee McIntyre

Monday, Feb 20, 2017, 4:30 PM

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Unhinged Part II – another critical look


I really enjoy and highly value the perspective that Andrew Sullivan brings to current political events.  His discussion with Brian Stelter on CNN ‘s Reliable Sources a few days ago was particularly astute.

Andrew Sullivan articulates the hard-core evidence very well that supports the case for Herr D’s mental instability, and IMHO does it far better than any of the cable-ready psychiatrists that have attempted to do the same up to this point.

It’s a bit too early for me to provide a video link to the joint presser with Canadian PM, Trudeau, but I wish to assure everyone right now that it is a doozey.  I watched intently and listened closely to every word that the Orange-Haired Shit Gibbon uttered, and there is only one thing that I was able to conclude: Herr D is a simple-minded caricature of a delusional, rambling, practically incoherent idiot.  It’s an absolute must see, or not if gaining more evidence that your country is run by a lunatic frightens you.

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Center for Inquiry Pittsburgh Women’s Discussion Group: 2PM TODAY at Schenley Park Cafe


Where: Schenley Park Cafe (101 Panther Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/237504932/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

The topic this month:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Skepticism and the Fight for Women’s Equality in the United States

https://en.wikipedia….‘s_Bible

Stanton was an early leader in the women’s rights movement. As a religious skeptic, she and 26 other women embarked an a project of biblical scholarship, seeking to “exonerate the snake, emancipate the woman, and reconstruct a more rational religion.” Other feminist leaders were wary of taking on religion even as they understood it was often used as the basis for female oppression. We will discuss any aspects of Stanton’s life and work of interest to the group.

You can read about Stanton and The Woman’s Bible at the link above, or see Stanton’s autobiography, Eighty Years and More, or the chapter on her life in Annie Laurie Gaylor’s  Women Without Superstition.

The purpose of this group is to discuss and advance the work of women secular leaders. A reading or podcast will be selected each month and announced in advance on this page. If you don’t have time to read or hear it, you are still welcome, just know that we will discuss the chosen topic. Are men welcome? Yes. I am not comfortable with excluding anyone except for bad behavior. We have talked about safe spaces, and there may be a need for a woman-only safe space but I don’t have the skills to lead that type of group.

Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 PM

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Center for Inquiry Pittsburgh Women’s Discussion Group

Sunday, Feb 12, 2017, 2:00 PM

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Drinking Skeptically: 2/17/2017 at Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant


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

When: 2/17/2017

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/236545161/

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, dinner, 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 start gathering at 7 pm, but latecomers are more than welcome. To find us, just ask at host at the door when you arrive, where the Skeptics are gathering.  Hope to see you on Friday night!

Homestead, PA 15120 – USA

Friday, February 17 at 7:00 PM

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Drinking Skeptically

Friday, Feb 17, 2017, 7:00 PM

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CFI 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: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/236899491/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

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, February 9 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Discussion Group

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017, 7:00 PM

16 freethinkers Attending

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