Episode 227 – “Skeptical Investigation and Activism,” Part II

This week, Part Two of a panel discussion, “Skeptical Investigation and Activism.”

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?

The session included presentations by Joe Nickell, Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the world’s only full-time, professionally trained paranormal investigator, and the author of many books including The Science of Miracles; Benjamin Radford, a research fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, and the author, coauthor, or contributor to some twenty books; James Underdown, executive director of the Center for Inquiry–Los Angeles and founder and chairman of the Independent Investigations Group, the world’s largest paranormal investigation team; and Susan Gerbic, a cofounder of the Monterey County Skeptics, a steering member of the Independent Investigations Group, and the founder of four pro-skeptical editing projects on Wikipedia.

The session was chaired by Kendrick Frazier, editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

In this episode, Kendrick Frazier introduces presentations by Jim Underdown and Susan Gerbic.