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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PSF Ladies Meetup: 7/10/2016 at Cafe Phipps


Where: Cafe Phipps (1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

When: 7/10/2016

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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Brunching Skeptically Al Fresco: 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/230493891/

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.

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 the 1st Sunday of most months 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, July 3 at 12:00 PM

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CFI Social Night: 7/5/2016 at Sharp Edge Bistro


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

When: 7/5/2016

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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Brunching Skeptically Al Fresco: 7/3/2016 at Schenley Plaza


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

When: 7/3/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/230493891/

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.

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 the 1st Sunday of most months 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, July 3 at 12:00 PM

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Science and Skeptics Book Group: The Social Conquest of Earth. EO Wilson: 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/231322742/

The Social Conquest of Earth. EO Wilson. We’re going to wade into some controversy in this book. Be prepared to defend your views!

EO Wilson argues group selection, not kin selection, is the premier driving force in human evolution. Wilson explains how our innate drive to belong to a group is a great blessing and a terrible course. He argues the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature. This book had quite a bit of criticism, which you can explore. An excerpt of a review by most recent author, Jerry Coyne, is here https://whyevolutioni… The Carnegie Library has 19 copies. You can buy the book from as $5.01 plus shipping.

We should have a table reserved for us on second floor.

Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 PM

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The Stonewall Inn: America’s newest National Monument


I am just blown away at the Stonewall being named a national monument.  Wow!  How sensational is that!

Has anyone noticed that the cable news networks have almost completely ignored this development.  Yea, I know the Brexit affair has sucked all of the air out of the room, but ignoring this development is ridiculous.

I can’t wait to hear what all of the nation’s wingnuts have to offer.  Oh, it’s comin’ soon, that I can tell ya (as Herr D. would say).   I can just feel the earth trembling as I write this post.  I hope someone asks for Bill Donahue’s and Herr Drumpfenfuherer’s input soon.  I need a hearty laugh.

Watch the video from the White House.  In it, Prez. Obama offers a most righteous narrative.   It’s excellent.

“I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s National Park System. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country, the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one.”
~President Obama

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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: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/231693722/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh (formerly PSF)

Welcome to CFI’s monthly lecture night series!

This month’s speaker is Barbara Mancini, a nurse from Eastern Pennsylvania, with a frightening story. In 2013, Barbara Mancini was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year-old father after handing him his prescribed morphine. A hospice
nurse and police authorities ignored his written advance directives, and he was hospitalized and treated in defiance of his end-of-life wishes. Her case garnered national attention and was roundly criticized
throughout the media. A judge dismissed the case due to “a lack of competent evidence.” Her case was featured on TV’s 60 Minutes and National Public Radio. She has traveled the country speaking about her experiences, and has become a vocal advocate for honoring wishes, improving care and expanding options at the end of life, including medical aid-in-dying. She has testified at legislative committee hearings, authored opinion editorials, appeared on radio and television interviews, participated in panel
discussions, and spoken to a wide array of audiences. This talk should prove to be quite the eye opener.

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 around 5:15 p.m. for a pre-lecture 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, June 22 at 7:00 PM

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Repost – 8th Annual CFI Canoe Trip and Picnic


Today is the first official day of summer so it’s time to start seriously thinking about summer fun activities. Of course, the highlight of the summer festivities for the Pittsburgh secular community, is always the annual CFI-Pittsburgh Canoe Trip and Shrimp Boil Picnic. This year will mark the 8th annual such event. We have scheduled it for Saturday, August 27th, at 9:30am for the Canoe/kayaking event, and 12:00 for the picnic. And as usual, we offer a plethora of options to provide something fun for everybody, from children to adults, from athletically minded people to those with a more sedate inclination.

The centerpiece of the day’s activities is, of course, the shrimp boil/picnic at Cedar Creek Park. For those who have never done such a thing, it is an experience not to be missed. (For those familiar with Southeastern US culture, it is similar to frogmore stew only with a Cajun influence.) It is a one pot feast consisting of redskin potatoes, corn on the cob, andouille sausage, and shrimp, cooked with lots of garlic and Cajun seasoning. When the food is cooked, it is spread out on a newspaper lined table with large dollops of butter put on the table along with loaves of French bread. Everyone digs in and grabs pieces of food, rolling the potatoes and corn in the butter, peeling and eating the shrimp, throwing the peels and cobs back on the table. Take a big hunk of bread, slide it through the butter, top with a cooked clove of garlic, and enjoy a great complement to the rest of the meal.

When the food is gone, roll up the table covering with all of the cobs and peels, and throw it away – cleanup is done. And as always, we will have Creole style bread pudding with rum sauce for dessert. Of course, if you don’t like shrimp or prefer to not eat communal style, you can always bring your own food and enjoy the camaraderie. The picnic will be in Cedar Creek Park at Pavilion #19 which is the last pavilion on the main road into the park. Food should be ready to eat by around 12:30

To get to the Pavilion by driving, access to the park is from PA Rte 51 in Rostraver. At the traffic light for C. Harper Ford, turn onto the side road away from Harper Ford and follow the signs to the park. After passing the Rostraver Municipal Building, you will pass a couple of houses and then approach two left turns within about 75 feet of each other. Take the second left which is the entrance to the park. Follow that road nearly to the end, about a mile. Pavilion #19 will be on your right, just before the concession stand.

But enough about food. For those wanting to go on the water, we have arranged with Youghiogheny Outfitters in West Newton to provide the craft and transportation to the put-in, meeting at the outfitters at 9:30 am. You will then be transported, along with your selected craft, to the put-in at Smithton. It is a nice leisurely float down the Yough from the put-in at Smithton back down to the outfitters facility in West Newton, (a distance of approximately seven miles) with a stop at Cedar Creek Park, the approximate halfway point, for lunch. There are no serious rapids and the water is fairly shallow all along that section of the river, so it is quite suitable for first timers and parents with children. And because you are essentially floating downriver, there is no real strenuous paddling to get where you are going – in most areas, the current will carry you, although not very fast. But remember, it’s not a race so you might want to explore along the banks and sometimes, if you are lucky, you might find a rope swing to play with. Again – it’s not a race and if you get to Cedar Creek too early, you might have a bit of a wait for lunch. And if past years are any indication, we will need to do the food in a couple of batches.

To access the picnic from the Cedar Creek boat ramp, pull your craft out of the water and off to the side, and go to your left past the concession stand to the first pavilion you come to, about 200 yds. (There are restrooms directly across from the concession stand to the right.)

If being on the water is not your thing, but you want to do more than just the picnic, you can always do some cycling. The Great Allegheny bike trail, that goes from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC, goes right along the river and passes right in front of our pavilion. So if you want, you can bring your bikes and do some riding before or after lunch. (For that matter, it is a park, so you can do some walking if you prefer.) If you don’t have your own bikes, or don’t feel like hauling them, you can rent them from Trailside Treasures near the south end of the Boston Bridge. It’s a good two hour ride along the trail to Cedar Creek Park, and of course it would be a two hour trip back. If you want to do that, you will need to reserve the bikes in advance.

So as you can see, there is a range of options, depending on how active you want to be, how much time you have to devote, and how much energy you have. You can canoe or kayak the river, stopping around the halfway point for lunch; you can hike or bike along the Great Allegheny Passage trail, joining us for lunch; or just partake of the shrimp boil and enjoy the picnic. Hopefully we have some option that will accommodate your tastes and/or available time.

The breakdown of costs for the various components are as follows:

Canoe/tandem kayak rental – $51.
Single kayak rental – $30.
Extra passenger in canoe (12 & under) – $5.
Transport of private canoe – $19.

Adult Shrimp boil – $13.
Child (12 & under) – $8.

Bike rental (through Trailside Treasures) – $21.50

All prices include 6% PA Use tax

Dates to remember:

August 10th – Deadline for registering
August 17th – Deadline for payment

Reserve canoes/kayaks/shrimp boil participation by sending email to BillK at unkabeard@verizon.net
Send payment to: CFI – Pittsburgh
PO Box 3912
Pittsburgh, PA 15230-3912

Hope to see you there! Looking forward to a great time for everybody able to participate!

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