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

When: 9/16/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/227748819/

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. Hope to see you on Friday night!

Friday, September 16 at 7:00 PM

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Friday, Sep 16, 2016, 7:00 PM

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And The Saints Go Marching Out


Much of the Press last week, including our local Post-Gazette, are awash with the ‚Äúnews‚ÄĚ of Anjez√ę Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, commonly referred to as Mother Teresa, is now Saint Teresa. There is a minority of the press that has taken a critical look at this pronouncement and¬†pointed out the absurdity of this decision. The critiques are two-fold: (1) much of her work was ghastly, not saintly, and (2) the nature of sainthood, itself, is beyond the pale. I think it is worth revisiting both of these criticisms in light of the hoopla.

According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, her less than saintly behavior included

questionable relations with dictators, gross mismanagement, and actually, pretty bad medical care. …¬†A 2013 study¬†from the University of Ottawa dispelled the ‚Äúmyth of altruism and generosity‚ÄĚ surrounding Mother Teresa, concluding that her hallowed image did not stand up to the facts, and was basically the result of a forceful media campaign from an ailing Catholic Church.

Not only was her behavior to the poor outrageous an inhumane, her path to sainthood was fixed as sainthood requires that you¬†¬†documenting two so-called ‚Äúmiracles‚ÄĚ.

¬†The idea is that a person worthy of sainthood must demonstrably be in heaven, actually interceding with God on behalf of those in need of healing.¬†In Mother Teresa’s case, a woman in India whose stomach tumor disappeared and a man in Brazil with brain abscesses who awoke from a coma both credited their dramatic recovery to prayers offered to the nun after her death in 1997.

So someone in Brazil praying to Mother Teresa after her death is now evidence that she is heaven doing her magic healing from the other side.

Author and media pundit, Dan Savage, has wonderful takedown to the absurdity of the these claims at which ends with Tim Minchin’s hilarious diatribe on the religious healing of cataracts of Sam’s mum in Australia.

The story of Sam’s has but a single explanation:¬†A surgical God who digs on magic operations.¬†No, it couldn’t be

  • mistaken attribution of causation
  • Born of a coincidental temporal correlation
  • Exacerbated by a general lack of education
  • Vis-a-vis physics in Sam’s parish congregation
  • No it couldn’t be that all these pious people are liars
  • It couldn’t be an artifact of confirmation bias
  • A product of groupthink,
  • A mass delusion,
  • An Emperor’s New Clothes-style fear of exclusion
  • No, it’s more likely to be an all-powerful magician
  • Than the misdiagnosis of the initial condition,
  • Or one of many cases of spontaneous remission,
  • Or a record-keeping glitch by the local physician
  • No, the only explanation for Sam’s mum’s seeing:
  • They prayed to an all-knowing superbeing ‚Ķ

When will the Church grow up, become an adult, and stop claiming everything they don’t understand is a miracle.

 

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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: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/229860356/

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, September 8 at 7:00 PM

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Pittsburgh, PA
1,504 freethinkers

If you’re looking to become part of a community¬†of fascinating people who generally share your secular and critical-thinking worldview and values, if you want to meet some lik…

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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/233328197/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

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, September 6 at 7:00 PM

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Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA
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PSF Ladies Meetup: 9/11/2016 at


Where:

When: 9/11/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/232833596/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

There will NOT be a meeting in August. We still need a location. I’d appreciate your suggestions so that we will have a place for our next meeting at 2 PM on Sunday September 11. If a change in time and date is needed we can discuss that then. Is there an East End coffee shop, library or other space that can accommodate us?

Here is a link to a podcast I’d like to discuss in September. Wendy Kaminer, is among those who believe that things like speech codes and trigger warnings have gotten out of control. Kaminer is a lawyer and writer who has dedicated much of her life‚Äôs work to defending free speech. She and host Lindsay Beyerstein engage in a spirited discussion about the grayest areas concerning speech and censorship on campus and in the culture at large. 

http://www.pointofinq…

Again: your help is needed with location, location, LOCATION!

Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 PM

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Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA
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Hokus Popus: Agnes declared a saint (of misery, death and dying)


As absurd as it can get ¬†beyond the spectacle of the Herr Drumpfenfuhrer’s campaign, the Hokus Popus today declared that¬†Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, aka Mother Theresa, ¬†is a saint who now sits right next to the big guy in the sky and plays backgammon with him and saint Pete every afternoon.

Naturally, I’d like to¬†help¬†remind everyone what the facts of Theresa’s life were really all about. ¬†And no one (and I mean no one) could possibly do it better than Christopher Hitchens.

Hell's Angel

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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/232688629/

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, September 4 at 12:00 PM

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Brunching Skeptically Al Fresco

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9 Skeptics Went

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CFI Discussion Group: 9/8/2016 at Tan Lac Vien


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

When: 9/8/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/229860356/

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, September 8 at 7:00 PM

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Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA
1,502 freethinkers

If you’re looking to become part of a community¬†of fascinating people who generally share your secular and critical-thinking worldview and values, if you want to meet some lik…

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CFI Social Night: 9/6/2016 at Sharp Edge Bistro


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

When: 9/6/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/233328197/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

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, September 6 at 7:00 PM

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Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA
1,502 freethinkers

If you’re looking to become part of a community¬†of fascinating people who generally share your secular and critical-thinking worldview and values, if you want to meet some lik…

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Brunching Skeptically Al Fresco: 9/4/2016 at Schenley Plaza


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

When: 9/4/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/232688629/

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, September 4 at 12:00 PM

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Brunching Skeptically Al Fresco

Sunday, Sep 4, 2016, 12:00 PM

9 Skeptics Went

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