What we're about


Critical Thinking - the ability to sort out good information from bad information, myths, scams and magical thinking. We have 8 activities per year (usually 7 lectures, 1 picnic and 1 outdoor excursion) featuring topics about science, paranormal, healthcare and more. PhACT is a 501(c)3 non-profit as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions and membership dues are tax-deductible as per IRS regulations.

PhACT encourages people to think critically about their beliefs and about the validity of the information presented to them. PhACT does not presume to tell people what to think but it does give guidance in how to think. Like Josh Billings, we believe that what hurts you more is not what you don't know but what you know that isn't so. We do not arbitrarily reject anything unexamined. Instead, we encourage the responsible scientific investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims. Our aim is to promote scientific inquiry, media responsibility, critical thinking, and science education.

To carry out these objectives, PhACT:

• Holds educational meetings and lectures (http://phact.org/meetings.php).

• Investigates paranormal and fringe-science claims of local interest.

• Urges the media to adopt high standards of critical thought.

• Encourages needed research by rigorous and impartial inquiry.

Join us.

Membership in PhACT is open to anyone who supports our aims.

The annual membership of $25 helps us to provide high-quality speakers and also to support prizes for critical thinking at local science fairs in the Delaware Valley area.

For more information, please visit our "Join PhACT" page (http://phact.org/join.php).

Or you can contact PhACT (http://phact.org/contact.php).

Upcoming events (1)

Valley Forge Park excursion

Visitor Center At Valley Forge

Please join us for our 13th annual PhACT outdoors expedition.
This year, it will be held at the Valley Forge National Park . Meet us at 11am in the parking lot on the north side of the the visitor center parking lot [see map] (if that parking lot is full, there is a much bigger one downhill). There is a picnic area, public bathrooms and a number of walking trails. Our guide will be Eric Krieg. We will have an easy 1 km walk through the surrounding area including the barn, visitor center, redoubt and the Muhlenberg huts with a short talk on the actual history along with some myths. There will be a second longer 2 mile hike to the other side of the Schuylkill River for those up to it. Bring walking footwear, water, a lunch and be ready to make new friends and/or meet old ones.

Driving directions from Philadelphia: take either the Schuylkill expressway or the turnpike to Rt 422 west. Take the Valley Forge exit for Rt 23 west. Go around 100 meters and enter straight into the park at the light where Rt 23 turns to the right. Take the second right that comes up quick to enter the upper parking lot and look for us.

Consult the map in the uploaded photos. We will meet by the red arrow. If there is not room at the parking lot by the red arrow, just park at the bigger parking lot near the orange arrow and walk up. If you get lost, call Eric at (215)[masked]

Past events (93)

How I spent my lockdown

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