Bill Nye, Susan Jacoby to Headline Major Skeptic-Humanist Joint Conference

May 1, 2013

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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? To what extent do skeptics and humanists have a common mission? Both skeptics and humanists support science and critical thinking—but what else unites them? Are there public policy issues on which skeptics and humanists can productively collaborate? 

The best way to answer these questions is to bring skeptics and humanists together to talk about them—and that’s exactly what we’re doing.

On October 24-27, 2013, we’re holding The CFI Summit: a joint conference of the Center for Inquiry and its affiliate organizations, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism.

The heated battles over church-state separation, the health crisis caused by vaccine misinformation, the threats to our schools from pseudoscience and pseudo-history, the oppression of women and religious dissidents around the world, the countless victims of fraudulent psychics and alt-med practitioners, the growth of the “Nones” and the sociology of belief, and where humanists and skeptics can (and cannot) work together – all of it will be part of the grand discussion at the CFI Summit.

Speakers already scheduled to appear at this landmark event include science entertainer Bill Nye, author Susan Jacoby, physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow, science education advocate Eugenie Scott, science journalist Cara Santa Maria, scholar of secularism Phil Zuckerman, atheist blogger Greta Christina, activist and philanthropist Todd Stiefel, journalist and author Katherine Stewart, psychologist and performer Richard Wiseman, secularist orator Sean Faircloth, along with many more names to be announced in the coming weeks – Plus a special live edition of the Point of Inquiry podcast with hosts Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney!

The CFI Summit will also have a first for CFI. President & CEO Ronald A. Lindsay will host an exclusive Members Meeting, a chance for CFI Friends of the Center and Associate Members of CSH or CSI to join in conversation with organization leadership. Members will be able to weigh in on what they see as the best way forward for our movement, and how our organizations can best work together to achieve those goals.