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 like-minded friends--people who think outside the box when it comes to life--we are your group.
Welcome to CFI–Pittsburgh (formerly named Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers.) We're the local branch of The Center for Inquiry, Inc. - an international 501(c)(3) organization.
The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry and humanist values.
CFI-Pittsburgh Meetup is the online presence of the CFI community in western PA. This includes members of CFI, Inc. as well as individuals who share our interests and worldviews. This Meetup facilitates opportunities for like-minded individuals to come together to share experiences, both in person and in online community. CFI-Pittsburgh organizes and financially supports local speakers, discussion groups women's groups, LGBTQ groups and social, recreational and holiday events for our community. We also organize opportunites for our members to volunteer in our local communities.
CFI-Pittsburgh is part of a large and growing secular and critical-thinking community in Pittsburgh that has lots of great events and is helping to wean our society away from dogma, magical thinking and intolerance.
One-fifth of American adults--and one-third of Americans under 30--have no religious affiliation. Secularism is growing, but freethinkers are still a minority, and it can be sobering to pursue a well-informed world view. This group is a place for freethinkers of all kinds to discuss our viewpoints and make connections with like-minded people. Join us for open discussions about our place in the universe and how we might create positive change in our world.
Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or dogma.
Secularism is the idea that people, governments, and other entities should have the right to be free from religious rule and teachings or to be neutral in regard to matters of belief.
Atheism ("a" + "theism") means a rejection of belief in the existense of a god or gods. It can also refer to the belief that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that deities of any kind exist. Some atheists refer to themselves as "non-theists."
Agnostics separate out belief from actual knowledge. They think it is impossible or not currently possible to prove the existence or non-existence of any deity, creative force, or other religious belief. Agnosticism may also refer to having a skeptical approach to such questions.
Deists believe that observation and reason suggest the existence of a higher power, but stop short of proclaiming that we know who or what is responsible for the wonders of the universe. We don't yet know, and may never know.
Humanists believe all humans have the ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity. They are committed to diversity, equality, an open and secular society, and to protecting the integrity and sustainability of our planet's resources.
Naturalism is the viewpoint that the laws of nature, as opposed to supernatural laws, are all that operate in the universe. Steve Irwin, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, and Beatrix Potter were all naturalists.
Whether or not we use these labels, we endorse the exploration of our world through science, rational thought, and evidence-based methods. We embrace free inquiry, skepticism, and critical thinking.
People of all faiths and non-faiths are welcome to join us for conversation and philosophic exploration. We welcome everyone!
*The Center for Inquiry–Pittsburgh is affiliated with the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason. CFI–Pittsburgh sponsors local events to create a thriving community based on science, secularism, and Humanist values. Programming includes social events, discussion groups, and lectures designed to encourage free thought, critical thinking, and community activism. Learn more at: www.pittsburghcor.org
Please note that annual dues for this group are 100% voluntary.
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