Pittsburgh Freethought Community
Promoting Science, Reason and Humanist Values
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    • Monday, August 19, 2019
    • Monday, December 28, 2020
    • 72 sessions
    • Social, Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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    PFC fields a "Bar trivia" team!  Do you want to test your knowledge of useless or unimportant facts and figures? Come on out and help Team Third Place as they compete for bragging rights and gift certificates from Social, the venue. Or bring some friends and form your own team and give Team Third Place (and everybody else) some friendly competition. But however you decide to participate, come and commune with like-minded people - it's sure to be a good time.

    This trivia is run by Last Call USA - check their website for updates and the weekly hints! https://www.lastcalltrivia.com/blog/

    You can check out what Social has to eat https://bakerysocial.com/

    As a reminder, parking in the Bakery Square garage is free for up to 3 hours.

    • Sunday, August 25, 2019
    Registration is closed


    Last day to register is August 16th!

    Summer has officially arrived. And that means that it's time to start preparing for the premier event of the summer – PFC's annual Canoe Trip and Shrimp Boil Picnic. This will be the 13th year for the Canoe Trip and the 11th year for the Shrimp Boil. The date has been set for Sunday, August 25th; the pavilions have been rented, and reservations have been made with the Outfitter. All that is left is for you to make the appropriate reservations!

    For those who have not participated before, let me describe it. Those going on the water meet at Youghiogheny Outfitters in West Newton at 9:30am and are transported upriver to Smithton where the group will “put in”. This is a relatively leisurely float down the middle Youghiogheny River, from Smithton to West Newton, a distance of approximately seven miles. Depending on the current, time on the water is about four hours. (Last year's went a little quicker because with all the rain, the current was a little faster.) There are no real “rapids” on this section of the river, just some navigable shallows, so it is very newbie- and beginner- friendly. If you have a child who wants to learn to canoe or kayak, this is an excellent opportunity for them to learn under your supervision, with gentle waters, and a large group of fellow travelers.

    About halfway along the river journey on a wide sweeping curve to the right, there is a boat ramp on the left bank for Cedar Creek Park. If you are joining in the shrimp boil, or just want to join everybody for lunch, pull your watercraft out there and set it out of the way. Turn left and walk back upriver about 150 hundred yards and you will find the PFC picnic. Of course, no one is required to participate in the shrimp boil to enjoy the camaraderie of the group, but it sure is a lot of fun – and quite tasty. The menu consists of shrimp, andouille sausage, redskin potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, and French bread. Dessert is Cajun-style bread pudding with rum sauce. (Since everything is cooked in one pot, there is unfortunately no way to offer a vegan option. But you are welcome to bring your own food and eat with the group at no cost.) Food should be ready sometime between 12:30 and 1:00. After lunch, those kayaking/canoeing get back on the water and continue downriver to the outfitter's boat ramp in West Newton where your car is waiting for you.

    For those not going on the water and just coming to the picnic, Cedar Creek Park is located off of PA Rte 51 near I-70 in Rostraver. After you pass the Rostraver Township Municipal Bldg, you will pass three houses and come to the Park entrance. There are TWO entrances, about 50ft apart. Take the second entrance and follow that road as it meanders through the park, about a mile. When you get to the bottom of a relatively long hill, the road will make a quick zig-zag right then left as it crosses over the bike trail. Continue on between the bike trail on the left and pavilions on the right until you come to pavilions number 18 and 19. That is where you will find us. For those who would like to ride bikes instead of canoeing or kayaking, that bike path that you crossed over is part of the Great Allegheny Passage that goes from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.

    Prices are the same as last year: $32 for a single kayak, $53 for a 2-person canoe or tandem kayak, $14 for transport of your own canoe upriver, $12 per adult (12 and older) for the shrimp boil, $8 per child (6-12), 5 and under are free. For those with small children, a canoe can accommodate two adults with one small child under 60 lbs. The sooner that we know who and how many are planning on participating in what activities, the better we can be at organizing and making this event happen as smoothly as possible. So let us know as soon as possible if you can.


    • Thursday, August 29, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • First Unitarian, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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    This month, we are proud to host our own Alex Jackson for an informative lecture on Dark Matter.

    Dark Matter, An Overview:

    When astronomers look into the night sky they notice that things are not adding up, quite literally. Our universe has an abundance of “stuff” that we can’t see and can only indirectly measure, causing everything to be much more massive than we would otherwise expect it to be. This dark matter, as it came to be called, was a shock to scientists and ever since its discovery countless experiments have been conducted to observe, classify, and understand, what exactly dark matter is. In this talk I’ll address reasons we have to believe in the existence of dark matter, where the study of dark matter is today, and the most promising directions current research is going in. 

    Each month (with the exception of July 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 info@pghfreethought.org.

    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!

    • Sunday, September 01, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Schenley Plaza, Under the Big Tent, 4100 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
    Register

    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 with signs identifying Pittsburgh Freethought Community (PFC).

    There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day, events in the world, books you have read and camaraderie among fellow atheist, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers.

    Before joining the group, you should buy your brunch at one of the local vendors in the plaza (or bring your own). Recommended is Waffalonia, Mesa 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 https://www.pittsburghparks.org/dining-at-the-plaza

    Freethought Brunch is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.


    • Monday, September 02, 2019


    • Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sharp Edge Bistro, 922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa
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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. Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

    See you there!

    • Sunday, September 08, 2019
    • Sunday, June 14, 2020
    • 10 sessions


    • Thursday, September 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tan Lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro 2114 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Register



    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, and you wish to engage in rational and/or evidence-based dialogue, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish.

    Discussion topics are announced in advance of the event and are chosen for their controversy or differences of opinion around the subject.

    • Sunday, September 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15221
    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.

    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • 7:30 AM


    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • First Unitarian, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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    Summary

    An argument that what makes science distinctive is its emphasis on evidence and scientists' willingness to change theories on the basis of new evidence.

    Attacks on science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn't settled science, that evolution is “only a theory,” and that scientists are conspiring to keep the truth about vaccines from the public are staples of some politicians' rhetorical repertoire. Defenders of science often point to its discoveries (penicillin! relativity!) without explaining exactly why scientific claims are superior. In this book, Lee McIntyre argues that what distinguishes science from its rivals is what he calls “the scientific attitude”—caring about evidence and being willing to change theories on the basis of new evidence. The history of science is littered with theories that were scientific but turned out to be wrong; the scientific attitude reveals why even a failed theory can help us to understand what is special about science. 

    McIntyre offers examples that illustrate both scientific success (a reduction in childbed fever in the nineteenth century) and failure (the flawed “discovery” of cold fusion in the twentieth century). He describes the transformation of medicine from a practice based largely on hunches into a science based on evidence; considers scientific fraud; examines the positions of ideology-driven denialists, pseudoscientists, and “skeptics” who reject scientific findings; and argues that social science, no less than natural science, should embrace the scientific attitude. McIntyre argues that the scientific attitude—the grounding of science in evidence—offers a uniquely powerful tool in the defense of science.

    Welcome to PFC's monthly lecture night series!

    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 info@pghfreethought.org.

    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!
    • Thursday, September 19, 2019


    • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church 1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa
    Register

    This is our 2nd monthly discussion group, the original in Squirrel Hill
    having outgrown the meeting space! As usual, we will post the
    discussion topics in advance. Please feel free to submit discussion
    topics to: info@pghfreethought.org
    ************************************

    General discussion group info:

    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. Discussion Group 2 - Mt. Lebanon meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. See you there!

    • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hofbrauhaus, 2705 S. Water St., Pittsburgh, PA
    Register

    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 come on out for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.

    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • Friday, September 27, 2019

    When: September 27th 2019 (8:00 AM -5:00 PM)  

    Where: Capitol Hill – WASHINGTON PLAZA HOTEL D.C. Deadline for reservations at our guaranteed rate is August 30, 2019. Rooms are limited so reserve yours TODAY! https://bookings.washingtonplazahotel.com/reservation/roomdetails/139601?rooms=1&adults_1=1&checkin=20190925&checkout=20190929&bookingcode=W09MB%20

    Why: Join like-minded people from around the country brought together by Secular Coalition for America to train during the morning workshop, network with other organizations over lunch, and meet with US Representatives/ Senators to discuss current legislation related to secularism.

    Who: The first 12 PFC members (paid/current) who submit proof of registration through the SCA link will be reimbursed the $63 registration fee immediately following the event given they attend all meetings with our legislators on September 27th. A limited number of $25 stipends are also available upon request to PFC attendees who stay at the Plaza Hotel. Transportation is being offered to our members via our PFC carpool – locations and times TBA.

    How: 2019 Secular Summit & Lobby Day

    Contact: Marie Schaub – PFC Secretary & Public Policy Participation, Chair

    • Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sharp Edge Bistro, 922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa
    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. Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

    See you there!

    • Sunday, October 06, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Porch, 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
    Register


    Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time.

    There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day, events in the world, books you have read and camaraderie among fellow atheist, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers.

    Freethought Brunch at the Porch is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    http://www.dineattheporch.com/schenley


    • Thursday, October 10, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tan Lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro 2114 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Register



    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, and you wish to engage in rational and/or evidence-based dialogue, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish.

    Discussion topics are announced in advance of the event and are chosen for their controversy or differences of opinion around the subject.

    • Monday, October 14, 2019


    • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    • Sunday, October 20, 2019


    • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church 1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa
    Register

    This is our 2nd monthly discussion group, the original in Squirrel Hill
    having outgrown the meeting space! As usual, we will post the
    discussion topics in advance. Please feel free to submit discussion
    topics to: info@pghfreethought.org
    ************************************

    General discussion group info:

    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. Discussion Group 2 - Mt. Lebanon meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. See you there!

    • Friday, October 18, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Double Wide Grill, 2339 E Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Register

    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 come on out for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.

    • Sunday, October 20, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15221
    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.

    • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • First Unitarian, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Register

    Welcome to PFC's monthly lecture night series!

    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 info@pghfreethought.org.

    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!
    • Thursday, October 31, 2019


    • Sunday, November 03, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Porch, 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
    Register


    Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time.

    There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day, events in the world, books you have read and camaraderie among fellow atheist, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers.

    Freethought Brunch at the Porch is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    http://www.dineattheporch.com/schenley


    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sharp Edge Bistro, 922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa
    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. Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

    See you there!

    • Monday, November 11, 2019


    • Thursday, November 14, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tan Lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro 2114 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Register



    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, and you wish to engage in rational and/or evidence-based dialogue, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish.

    Discussion topics are announced in advance of the event and are chosen for their controversy or differences of opinion around the subject.

    • Friday, November 15, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Double Wide Grill, 2339 E Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Register

    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 come on out for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.

    • Sunday, November 17, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15221
    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.

    • Thursday, November 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church 1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa
    Register

    This is our 2nd monthly discussion group, the original in Squirrel Hill
    having outgrown the meeting space! As usual, we will post the
    discussion topics in advance. Please feel free to submit discussion
    topics to: info@pghfreethought.org
    ************************************

    General discussion group info:

    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. Discussion Group 2 - Mt. Lebanon meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. See you there!

    • Thursday, November 28, 2019


    • Sunday, December 01, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Porch, 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
    Register


    Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time.

    There is no set topic or fix agenda, but rather the opportunity to engage in a free-flowing discussion on issues of the day, events in the world, books you have read and camaraderie among fellow atheist, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers.

    Freethought Brunch at the Porch is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Pittsburgh Freethought Community - Promoting science, reason, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

    http://www.dineattheporch.com/schenley


    • Tuesday, December 03, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sharp Edge Bistro, 922 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa
    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. Come and socialize with like-minded friends.

    See you there!

    • Thursday, December 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tan Lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro 2114 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Register



    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, and you wish to engage in rational and/or evidence-based dialogue, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish.

    Discussion topics are announced in advance of the event and are chosen for their controversy or differences of opinion around the subject.

    • Sunday, December 15, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15221
    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.

    • Thursday, December 19, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church 1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa
    Register

    This is our 2nd monthly discussion group, the original in Squirrel Hill
    having outgrown the meeting space! As usual, we will post the
    discussion topics in advance. Please feel free to submit discussion
    topics to: info@pghfreethought.org
    ************************************

    General discussion group info:

    PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. Discussion Group 2 - Mt. Lebanon meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. See you there!

    • Friday, December 20, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Double Wide Grill, 2339 E Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    Register

    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 come on out for a pleasant evening of fun with like-minded people.

    • Wednesday, January 01, 2020
    • Sunday, January 01, 2023
    • 4 sessions


    • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    • Sunday, January 15, 2023
    • 4 sessions