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

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Unhinged


unhinged

Can anyone really doubt that the nation’s chief executive and commander in chief has serious mental problems?  I’m not being hyperbolic in the slightest sense when I ask this question.  I believe that this man is deranged, and the degree of his derangement should be obvious to any critically thinking person.

Here’s some of the clearest red flags that he displays on nearly a daily basis:

  • Constantly seeks praise and adoration from others.  If this doesn’t foretell a pathological sense of inadequacy, I don’t know what does.
  • Constantly exaggerates his accomplishments and blames his failures on others.
  • Constantly congratulates himself, even for things for which he deserves absolutely no credit.
  • Think-skinned and easily offended by anyone who dares to offer the slightest criticism, and feels compelled to strike back at anyone who does with Twitter tantrums typical of a 10-year-old, petulant brat.  Pettiness and vindictiveness are strong hallmarks of his character.
  • Believes that he’s one of the brightest human beings to have ever walked the earth, and is not ashamed in the least bit of constantly reminding everyone of his self-perceived greatness.   He’s the perfect example of a person suffering from a severe form of Dunning-Kruger Effect.
  • Believes that he can simply bully anyone into accepting his demands and following his orders, even if Federal judges rule that his orders are unconstitutional.  This disturbed human being actually has the unmitigated gall to call those judges “stupid” and to publicly challenge them.
  • Believes that none of his vengeful pipe dreams (“steal their oil,” “bomb the families of terrorists,” “torture works,” etc.) violate our Constitution or the Geneva Conventions. There is serious doubt that he has ever read either document.  Moreover, their is ample evidence to suggest that he may be only marginally literate.
  • Has a very limited attention span and verbal communications skills.  Constantly speaks to his audience using words (repetitive, no less) that never exceed elementary school level.
  • Constantly fear mongers, often regaling his audiences with horror stories of terrorist acts that have never happened or how “crime is rising” even though serious crimes, as reported annually by the FBI, have been steadily declining) or how America’s inner cities are consumed with crime, etc.
  • Believes that only he has the “answers to the world’s problems,” most of them straw-man problems created by the angry voices in his head.
  • Perceives literally everything through the lens of a “deal.”  For him, universal human rights are simply bargaining chips in a “deal he could make.”
  • Is quick to offend and insult our friends and allies, while playing footsy with some of the worst anti-democratic, murderous thugs on the planet.
  • Displays a pathological lack of empathy, sympathy and compassion for anyone other than himself and his immediate circle, and there’s every reason to believe that he’d be willing to even throw a family member under a bus if it served his narrow interests.
  • Has a strongman, know-it-all approach to everything, and is unapologetic about his total lack of experience in national or international political matters and personalities. In fact, he claims that he has more experience than just about anyone in human history!
  • Talks flippantly about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons.  More than anything, this attribute is the most frightening.

Surely, any person who acts in this fashion must have their mental stability seriously questioned.  Remarkably enough, a quick search on the Google machine yields hundreds of links to in-depth analyses and videos that ponder this very question.  So, obviously, the condition of Herr Drumpenfuhrer’s mental function  has not gone unnoticed.  Here’s an excellent 24-minute video that does an outstanding job of discussing Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) in super-fine detail, and the presenter uses a superb collection of Herr D’s speeches and the Diagnostic and Statistical Journal of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, to substantiate his diagnosis of Drumpf’s mental status.  I highly recommend watching it.  And if watching this video doesn’t bring you to that magic 100% certainty level about Herr D’s malignant psyche, I give you the words of one of the looniest people to have ever trolled the margins of sanity and reason – Deepak Chopra! to prove my point. Seriously, if a known lunatic and a master of obfuscating word salads can openly admit that Drumpf is only workin’ on two cylinders (and they’re clanging), surely we should be able to take some assurances from his revelations.  Deepak’s observations are proof positive that the axiom – it takes one to know one – has never held truer.

 

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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: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/236815716/

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, February 7 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Social Night

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017, 7:00 PM

15 freethinkers Attending

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Center for Inquiry Pittsburgh Women’s Discussion Group: 2/12/2017 at


Where:

When: 2/12/2017

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

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

1 freethinkers Attending

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Brunching Skeptically: 11AM TODAY at The Porch at Schenley


Where: The Porch at Schenley (221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260)

When: 11AM TODAY

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/235011791/

Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time. This month, we are headed back indoors to The Porch at Schenley Plaza in the heart of Oakland.  All ages welcomed. 

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, February 5 at 11:00 AM

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Brunching Skeptically

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017, 11:00 AM

16 Skeptics Attending

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CFI Discussion Group: 2/9/2017 at Tan Lac Vien


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

When: 2/9/2017

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

8 freethinkers Attending

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CFI Social Night: 2/7/2017 at Sharp Edge Bistro


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

When: 2/7/2017

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/236815716/

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, February 7 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Social Night

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017, 7:00 PM

10 freethinkers Attending

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Brunching Skeptically: 2/5/2017 at The Porch at Schenley


Where: The Porch at Schenley (221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260)

When: 2/5/2017

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/235011791/

Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time. This month, we are headed back indoors to The Porch at Schenley Plaza in the heart of Oakland.  All ages welcomed. 

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, February 5 at 11:00 AM

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Brunching Skeptically

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017, 11:00 AM

7 Skeptics Attending

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Science & Skeptics Book Club: The Grid. The Fraying Wires … by Gretchen Bakke: 2PM TODAY at Biddle’s Escape


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

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/236402811/

Note: we are meeting on fifth Sunday, not the fourth  in Jan. The Grid. The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future. Gretchen Bakke.

America’s electrical grid, an engineering triumph of the 20th century is turning out to be a poor fit for the present. It’s not just that the grid has grown old is now in dire need of basic repair. Today, as we invest great hope in new energy sources – solar, wind, and other alternatives – the grid is what stands in the way of a brighter energy future. The Grid tells – entertainingly, perceptively – the story of what is been called “the largest machine in the world”: it’s fascinating history, it’s problematic present, and its potential role in a brighter, cleaner future.

The Carnegie Library has 13 copies.  The book was first published in 2016 so prices to buy it are not rock-bottom low: Amazon for $25.65 or on Kindle for about $10.50.

Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 PM

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Science & Skeptics Book Club: The Grid. The Fraying Wires … by Gretchen Bakke

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017, 2:00 PM

7 Skeptics Attending

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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: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/236655027/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Welcome to CFI’s monthly lecture night series!

This month, a local member Jeff Prebeg, will be addressing activism and what we can do to fight potential changes in the coming years. This is going to be a fun, more interactive talk than just a straight lecture, so be prepared with some questions, ideas, and thoughts on what you would like to accomplish or how you would like us to service the community.

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, January 25 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Monthly Lecture Meeting!

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

24 freethinkers Attending

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