Part One of CenterStage’s coverage of the Saturday, October 26, plenary session at the CFI Summit.
On October 24th through 27th, 2013, the Center for Inquiry presented the CFI Summit, an international congress in the Pacific Northwest. This event explored such questions as: To what extent do skeptics and humanists have a common mission? Should examination of religious beliefs remain largely off limits for skeptics? Should secular humanists be as critical of fringe science claims, including alternative medicine, as they are of religious beliefs? And are there public policy issues on which skeptics and humanists can productively collaborate?
That session included a principal lecture by physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow, coauthor of two bestselling books with Steven Hawking and author of books including The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, followed by a panel discussion featuring Elisabeth Cornwell, an evolutionary psychologist and a member of the Center for Inquiry board of directors; Edwina Rogers, then the executive director of the Secular Coalition of America; and Debbie Goddard, director of outreach at the Center for Inquiry. That discussion was chaired by physicist Leonard Tramiel, a member of the Center for Inquiry board of directors.
The session was opened by Jim Underdown, executive director of the Center for Inquiry – Los Angeles.
This episode features the introduction by Jim Underdown and the principal lecture by Leonard Mlodinow.