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The Skeptics Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting scientific skepticism and resisting the spread of pseudoscience, superstition, and irrational beliefs. The group was founded by Michael Shermer, who as of 2004 remains one of the chief officers and publisher of the society's periodical, Skeptic Magazine. A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ... Scientific skepticism or rational skepticism (UK spelling, scepticism) sometimes referred to as skeptical inquiry, is a scientific, or practical, epistemological position (or paradigm) in which one does not accept the veracity of claims unless they can be scientifically verified. ... A pseudoscience is any body of knowledge purported to be scientific or supported by science but which fails to comply with the scientific method. ... Superstition is a set of behaviors that may be faith based, or related to magical thinking, whereby the practitioner believes that the future, or the outcome of certain events, can be influenced by certain of his or her behaviors. ... for irrationality as it relates to numbers, see rational number Irrationality is talking or acting without regard of rationality. ... Michael Shermer is a science writer, founder of The Skeptics Society, and editor of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating supernatural or pseudoscientific claims. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Like CSICOP and the James Randi Educational Foundation, the Skeptics Society investigates extraordinary claims. Unlike CSICOP, it does not limit itself to potentially pseudoscientific claims, but also investigates such controversies as Holocaust revisionism and conspiracy theories. The group also sponsors a lecture series at CalTech, sells books about science and skepticism, host an annual awards ceremony and an annual scientific conference, holds social events, provides the media with information on controversial claims from a skeptical viewpoint, and maintains a website. The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, or CSICOP, is an organization formed to encourage open minded, critical investigation of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims from a responsible, scientific point of view. ... James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge, August 7, 1928), more often known as The Amazing Randi, is a stage magician, skeptic, and opponent of pseudoscience (including homeopathy). ... Richard Harwoods Did Six Million Really Die? Holocaust denial is the claim that the mainstream historical version of the Holocaust is either highly exaggerated or completely falsified. ... This proposed logo for a US government agency was dropped due to fears that its masonic symbolism would provoke conspiracy theories A conspiracy theory is a theory that claims an event or series of events is the result of secret manipulations by two or more individuals or an organization, rather... California Institute of Technology The California Institute of Technology (commonly known as Caltech) is a private, coeducational university located in Pasadena, California, in the United States. ...


External link

  • The Skeptics Society and Skeptic Magazine (http://www.skeptic.com/)

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Skepticism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1253 words)
For the skeptics, the logical mode of argument was untenable, as it relied on propositions which could not be said to be either true or false without relying on further propositions.
Although skepticism was accused of denying the possibility of truth, in actual fact it appears to have mainly been a critical school which merely claimed that logicians had not discovered truth.
Religious skeptics often focus on the core tenets of religions, such as the existence of divine beings or reports of earthly miracles, while scientific skeptics tend to target cryptozoology, UFO encounters, and alternative science.
The Skeptics Society - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (198 words)
The Skeptics Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting scientific skepticism and resisting the spread of pseudoscience, superstition, and irrational beliefs.
The group was founded in 1992 by Michael Shermer, who as of 2005 remains one of the chief officers and publisher of the society's periodical, Skeptic magazine.
The Skeptics Society was originally founded as a Los Angeles-area skeptical group to replace the defunct Southern California Skeptics.
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