Author Archives: tychoselk

Healthy skepticism in the news


City Paper reports that several local university newspapers, including The Pitt News, were targeted by Human Life Alliance’s annual advertising insert campaign. The full color advertising insert offers students 12 pages of misinformation about contraception, erroneously links abortion to breast … Continue reading

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December CFI Pgh Events


This Thursday brings the monthly meeting of our Pittsburgh chapter of the Center For Inquiry. Some folks are gathering for dinner beforehand and you are welcome to join us. (Drop a reply here or at the Facebook invite if you’re … Continue reading

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December Drinking Skeptically


It’s the most wonderful time of the year for hearty Irish pub food! Join us again at our new location, the awesome Claddagh Irish Pub in the South Side Works, Friday December 19th for drinks and socializing with our big … Continue reading

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Next on KDKA News: 3 Minutes of Catholic Guilt


Last night Pittsburgh CBS affiliate, KDKA gave approximately three minutes of news time to Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik to guilt Catholics into voting for “pro-life” John McCain while repeatedly insisting that he couldn’t tell anyone who to vote for. “The … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Death from the Skies


What could be more perfect October reading than a book about all of the ways that the universe could destroy life as we know it? Out this week is the much anticipated second book by Dr. Phil Plait (the Bad … Continue reading

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This October at Steel City Skeptics


It’s that time of year again — bonfires, hayrides, apple cider, costume parties, harvest ales, and … ghosts? Yeah, I said the other g-word. For the month of October, we will be taking a look at some of the spookier … Continue reading

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Of sardines and deep fried cheeseburgers


At our pre-meeting dinner gathering at Bettis Grille, Brandon was the only one who braved the deep fried cheeseburger. Although, rumor has it BillH has successfully taken on one of their deep fried meatloaf sandwiches in the past. We, as skeptics … Continue reading

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Oh look – Forums!


You might’ve noticed the menu at the top of the page growing over the last week. I added an archive for tags that displays them in cloud form. (The larger the font, the more we’re written about that topic. I’m … Continue reading

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Wednesday Roundup No. 2


Brian Dunning’s Skeptoid podcast tackles cell phone radiation. (You can read the transcript at the link, in addition to download/subscribe to the podcast.) The Pittsburgh Sports League, and the friends and teammates of Randy Pausch, invite you to participate in … Continue reading

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Freeform discussion group, tonight.


This evening is the monthly CFI Pittsburgh freeform discussion group at the Quaker Meeting House in Shadyside. [Map] It starts at 7pm. Laura and I will have our laptops on hand and will be able to answer any questions you … Continue reading

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