The latest episode of Point of Inquiry features an interview with Paul Kurtz, considered the father of the secular humanist movement and a founder of the worldwide skeptic movement. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. As chair of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the Council for Secular Humanism, and Prometheus Books, and as editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry magazine, he has advanced a critical, skeptical inquiry into many of the most cherished beliefs of society for the last forty years. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been featured very widely in the media, on topics as diverse as reincarnation, UFO abduction, secular versus religious ethics, communication with the dead, and the historicity of Jesus.
In this interview with DJ Grothe, Paul explores the history of skepticism, defines various types of skepticism, and highlights what he calls skepticism of the third kind.
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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry’s radio show and podcast, drawing on CFI’s relationship with the leading minds of the day including Nobel Prize-winning scientists, public intellectuals, social critics and thinkers, and renowned entertainers. Each episode combines incisive interviews, features, and commentary focusing on CFI’s three research areas: pseudoscience and the paranormal, alternative medicine, and religion and secularism.
Past episodes include interviews with Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Chris Mooney, Eugenie Scott, Max Maven, Ibn Warraq, Susan Jacoby, Andrew Skolnick, Wallace Sampson, and Joe Nickell.