Episode 231 – “Awards Banquet and Keynote Speech by Bill Nye,” Part I

This week, Part One of the awards banquet rom the CFI Summit, concluding with a keynote speech by Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

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?

At the awards banquet, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award and two Robert P. Balles Annual Prizes in Critical Thinking. The Council for Secular Humanism bestowed its Morris D. Forkosch Award for best book of the year and its Selma V. Forkosch Award for the best article in Free Inquiry magazine.

Following the awards. Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry, introduced the keynote speech by Bill Nye. Nye is chief executive officer of the Planetary Society. He learned his love of astronomy from Carl Sagan while earning a degree at Cornell University. But he is best known for his long-running children’s television series, Bill Nye the Science Guy. More recently, his program 100 Greatest Discoveries aired on the Science Channel.

This episode will present the awards ceremony, followed by Part One of Bill Nye’s speech.