Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking (PhACT)

Promoting Rational Inquiry in the Philadelphia Area since 1994

PhACT is now a 501(c)3 Non-Profit

PhACT has an important announcement for its members. As of this summer, the Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking has been recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit tax-exempt organization according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Retroactive to May 2010, all dues and contributions made directly to PhACT can be considered as tax-deductible to the extent of the law. (Please consult the IRS or a tax adviser for any specific questions about tax deductions.) Written acknowledgements will now be provided for dues and donations, including any made in 2015. For the period of May, 2010, through December, 2014, acknowledgements can be provided by the PhACT treasurer upon request. Please email to make a request.

We are also happy to announce that as of October, 2015, members will be able to renew their memberships and anyone can make contributions directly online via Paypal using a credit/debit card or Paypal account. Please visit the Join PhACT page for more details.

Thank you to PhACT president Bob Glickman and former president Eric Krieg for their work in obtaining the 501(c)3 designation.

Who asks questions like these?

Does astrology work?

What is therapeutic touch?

Are UFOs alien spacecraft?

Can we remember past lives?

Can psychics foretell the future?

What do near death experiences mean?

Can hypnotism recover lost memories?

What frequency are psychic vibrations?

We do.

We ask: What is the evidence? What can one reasonably deduce from that evidence? Do we need to suppose paranormal powers were involved? Could there be a simpler explanation? Could this have happened by chance? Can we do an experiment to test this? Whose story can we trust? Is this a hoax? What are the facts?

We are the Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking (PhACT). We love tough questions, but we maintain that there is only one way to find trustworthy answers: to use reason and to experiment. We reject wishful thinking, anecdotes, revelation, unsupported authority, and "everybody knows." We ask only, "What are the facts and what can we deduce from them?"

Of course, we don't know all the answers; nobody does, whatever they may claim. There are many questions which cannot be answered now and some which may never be answered.

Our difference?

Critical thinkers don't invent answers when there are none. We are not afraid to admit we don't know. We would rather suspend judgment than mislead ourselves and others.

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:
  • Publishes a newsletter for communication between its members.
  • Holds educational meetings and lectures.
  • 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 (or $15 with email Phactum delivery) includes six issues of our newsletter, "Phactum".
For more information, please visit our "Join PhACT" page.
Or you can contact PhACT.

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(Oh, by the way, if you do know how to measure the frequencies of psychic vibrations, please tell us. We'd really like to know.)

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