What we're about

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Freethought Community (PFC)! "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.

Our MISSION is threefold:

• To be a welcoming and caring community for all those who share a humanist worldview and an evidence-based perspective;

• To provide a strong and respected public voice for the secular humanist community in shaping public debate and formulating public policy;

• To promote science, reason, critical thinking, and humanist values in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Our COMMUNITY is broad:

PFC brings together local freethinkers who formerly gathered in groups such as CFI-Pittsburgh, Steel City Skeptics and the Humanist Community of Pittsburgh, as well as local members of national freethought groups including;

• Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)

• American Humanist Association (AHA)

• Center for Inquiry (CFI)

• American Atheists

• Secular Coalition for America (SCA)

• Sunday Assembly (SA)

• Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason

As an incorporated, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and not just a "Meetup group," PFC is able for form formal affiliations with the national organizations listed above, as well as provide supporters and donors the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions in support of our shared values and goals.

Our PROGRAMS AND EVENTS include:

The monthly PFC lecture series featuring local and nationally recognized speakers;

Book groups including the Skeptics book group and the Humanist Community of Pittsburgh book group;

PFC social nights at restaurants around town;

PFC film showings;

Opportunities for political and other activism through use of internet-email/ social media/ telephone/ snail mail/ and lobbying of Congress in DC (within scope of our tax exempt status)

Skeptics at the Pub and Brunching Skeptically social events;

Participation in Community event such as Pittsburgh Pride Day and events, International Day of Peace, Pittsburgh Summit Against Racism, and governmental meetings.

Seasonal picnics; Festivus parties and other holiday celebrations;

Annual PFC Shrimp boil and canoe trip;

And many more - what events will YOU add or support?

Become part of our large and growing community of people dedicated to weaning society away from reliance on dogma, magical thinking, and social intolerance of all types.

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BACKGROUND of Freethought in the US:

Up to 30% of American adults--and a majority of Americans under 30--declare 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.

GLOSSARY:

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 existence 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.

Upcoming events (5+)

PFC Discussion Group II - NEW South Location

Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church

You asked for it! A Discussion Group 2 - in the South Hills area. This month's topic: The Electoral College—Time for a Change? The 2000 and 2016 presidential elections resulted in the victories of candidates who lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College. It could happen again—perhaps as soon as 2020. The American people, along with their political and intellectual leaders, are sharply divided on this issue. There are three main competing positions: (1) a constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College and instituting direct popular vote, (2) achieving direct popular election of the president without a constitutional amendment via the pending National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and (3) retaining the status quo. What are the pros and cons of each position? Suggested reading: Alan E. Johnson, "The Electoral College—Time for a Change?" 7/6/2018, https://www.academia.edu/36794027/The_Electoral_College_Time_for_a_Change Alan E. Johnson, The Electoral College: Failures of Original Intent and a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Direct Popular Vote (2018), https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692078320/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520456240&sr=1-1. "Hardball" video debate (7 minutes) on National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, 3/20/2019, https://www.makingeveryvotecount.com/mevc-press-hardball Tara Ross, The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders' Plan Saves Our Country from Mob Rule (2017), https://www.amazon.com/Indispensable-Electoral-College-Founders-Country-ebook/dp/B072FK8W7X/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1556673884&sr=1-2 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. If you have any suggestions/ideas for a topic or category to discuss, please feel free to submit them to: [masked]

Freethinkers In The Pub

Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

Freethought in the Pub is an informal community building event offering the chance for participants to engage in informal discussions and to socialize with like minded people. It is also an excellent way for “newbies” to dip their toe in the water, so to speak, and meet other freethinkers for the first time to confirm that they are not crazy or alone. Or maybe they were already part of the freethought movement in another city and have recently moved into the area. But regardless of what brings you, you are welcome to join us for an evening of camaraderie. Join us in helping to promote science, reason, critical thinking and humanist values in the Greater Pittsburgh area. More information can be found at www.pittsburghfreethoughtcommunity.com

Sci & Skeptics Book Club: Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money .. Ariely

Okay, we’re back in the saddle after a hiatus. Our second floor venue at Biddle’s has disappeared: no longer for customers. This is a new venue (see elsewhere in the announcement). We can see how it works out and adjust in the future. We’re just repeating the book that was last scheduled. Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter. Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler. (I also read, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions. I liked that, too.) Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke, delves in the truly illogical world of personal finance. Emotions shape our financial behavior, often making us our own worst enemies. We don’t think objectively and are easily manipulated. Most of the book is dedicated to uncovering the behaviors around our spending habits – showing people how to recognize those behaviors and instincts. The last part of the book is focused on possible solutions we can use to override our instincts to make better financial choices. Ariely was featured in Netflix streaming documentary “Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”, the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. I found his explanation of the lying interesting. Our library system has about 23 copies. Available as Book books on tape. Paperback at Amazon $12. +25 in library for Predictably Irrational and also available as e-book.

PFC Trivia Night

Social

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 our own "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.

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PFC Trivia Night

Social

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