Pittsburgh Freethought Community
Promoting Science, Reason and Humanist Values
in the greater Pittsburgh area.

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Upcoming events

    • Friday, July 10, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Even though we can't host an in-person, face-to-face event, we can host a virtual event. So grab a Corona or three (or other beverage of choice) and maybe some munchies or snacks (or even some dinner if you're so inclined) and pull up a chair and join the (virtual) party. Register/RSVP here and a link will be provided on Friday afternoon via email for the virtual event. (You may have to download the Google Hangouts app or Zoom to participate.)

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So join us for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.


    • Monday, July 13, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    PFC normally fields a bar trivia team that competes every Monday night, barring conflicting events (like Steelers games, etc)

    Under the current circumstances, these competitions are not able to be held. So in order to keep our trivial brains properly functioning in the pursuit of trivia, we are holding informal gatherings to keep our communal trivial skills finely tuned.


    • Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community's monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge Bistro in the Cultural District downtown. from wherever you are!

    "Hang out" and socialize with like-minded friends.

    Freethought Virtual Social Night will continue until the recommendation for Social Distancing and Stay-at-Home orders have been lifted, and is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    A link to the meeting will be emailed to all registered attendees on Tuesday before the event begins.

    See you there!
    • Thursday, July 16, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Can we run society using only science and reason or is it necessary to engage emotions?


    Is it possible to achieve a society controlled purely by science and reason? When we make moral decisions, we are motivated by both emotions and reasoning.  Dan Barker, in Mere Morality, includes instinct (or emotions) as one of three moral motivators: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41219345-mere-morality

    Antonio Damasio, in Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain, uses studies of brain-damaged patients to show that we cannot make even simple decisions without engaging our emotions through the prefrontal cortex.

    https://www.decision-making-solutions.com/emotional_decision_making.html

    https://www.edbatista.com/2011/07/antonio-damasio-on-emotion-and-reason.html

    We have long understood rationally the statistics showing that police kill black people in greater numbers than they kill whites, but little had been done until graphic videos of George Floyd’s slow, tortured murder drove thousands of white people into the streets along with their black friends, all motivated by compassion and anger.

    Do we need to engage emotions such as empathy and compassion to achieve real societal change or can we leave it up to the scientists, knowing that scientists can become emotionally attached to their own theories, and that emotions are easily manipulated by demagogues? 

    • Friday, July 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Even though we can't host an in-person, face-to-face event, we can host a virtual event. So grab a Corona or three (or other beverage of choice) and maybe some munchies or snacks (or even some dinner if you're so inclined) and pull up a chair and join the (virtual) party. Register/RSVP here and a link will be provided on Friday afternoon via email for the virtual event. (You may have to download the Google Hangouts app or Zoom to participate.)

    Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal social event providing an opportunity for freethinkers, skeptics, atheists, and agnostics to get together for wide-ranging conversation and conviviality in a lighthearted atmosphere. So join us for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.


    • Sunday, July 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    We're a secular community that celebrates life! Celebrate with us at our exciting new venue - Community Forge!

    What happens at an Assembly? Every third Sunday, we sing and dance. We also have a mind-stimulating lecture ranging from a number of topics from science to art to philosophy. After, we connect with our community over coffee and pastries.

    Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Our vision: a secular congregation in every town, city, and village that wants one.

    • Monday, July 20, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    PFC normally fields a bar trivia team that competes every Monday night, barring conflicting events (like Steelers games, etc)

    Under the current circumstances, these competitions are not able to be held. So in order to keep our trivial brains properly functioning in the pursuit of trivia, we are holding informal gatherings to keep our communal trivial skills finely tuned.


    • Tuesday, July 21, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community's monthly social night, held every first Tuesday of the month at the Sharp Edge Bistro in the Cultural District downtown. from wherever you are!

    "Hang out" and socialize with like-minded friends.

    Freethought Virtual Social Night will continue until the recommendation for Social Distancing and Stay-at-Home orders have been lifted, and is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    A link to the meeting will be emailed to all registered attendees on Tuesday before the event begins.

    See you there!
    • Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    Register