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Promoting Science, Reason and Humanist Values
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Due to the pandemic, all of our events are now being held virtually by webconference. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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May's Speaker is Andy Norman!


"What to Do About Mass Irrationality? Applications of the Emerging Science of Mental Immunity



Why are ideologies poisoning public discourse? Why is extremism on the rise? How did we get here, and what can we do about it? It turns out some influential assumptions are suppressing our culture’s “immune response” to dangerous ideas. These assumptions prevent us from normalizing critical thinking, and leave us vulnerable to epidemics of unreason.

In this talk, Andy will discuss practical ways to inoculate minds against infectious ideas. 


Andy Norman directs the Humanism Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University and studies how ideologies short-circuit minds. Then he develops tools that help people reason together in more fruitful ways. In his book Mental Immunity, he lays out the conceptual foundations of cognitive immunology—the emerging science of mental immune health. He’s currently testing a “mind vaccine”—a way to inoculate minds against infectious ideas.

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ICYMI:

PFC Presents Daniel Shkolnik - Atheism and rationalism aspire to a life-affirming way of life that rejects supernatural claims.

See Daniel's virtual lecture on our YouTube channel.

Volunteers attended a training session with Planned Parenthood to learn how to help.



PFC  joined the Coalition Against Hate in support of bipartisan crime legislation to "send a message that hate has no place in Pennsylvania".  See more below:

https://www.pahouse.com/PAAgainstHate/InTheNews/NewsRelease/?id=117068

 

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Public Policy Participation and Political Action

Current Events Statement: Allegheny County Independent Police Review Board legislation was slated to be voted on this past January 26, 2021The Pittsburgh Citizens Police Review Board was created after Johnny Gammage’s death at the hands of Brentwood police in 1995, but many Allegheny County municipalities lack police oversight.   


An Allegheny County Independent Police Review Board was proposed after Antwon Rose was killed by East Pittsburgh police in 2018 and again after Romir Talley’s killing in December of 2019 by a Wilkinsburg policeman.  Talley’s family worked for eight months just to get the name of the officer who shot him.  A county-wide Independent Police Review Board would expedite investigations into these deaths. 

See our Public Policy Participation page for ways to take action NOW!


Pittsburgh Freethought Community
Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area


If you are looking to become part of a community of fascinating people who share secular and critical-thinking worldview and values, if you want to meet some like-minded friends--people who think outside the box when it comes to life--we are your group.

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