For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Fidalgo
Phone: (207) 358-9785

Skeptics’ Convention Coming to Tennessee, the Center of Anti-Science Activism

September 06, 2012

The world’s leading thinkers and activists for skepticism and reason will descend upon the state that is at the center of the American anti-science movement, as Nashville, Tennessee plays host to CSICon 2, the conference dedicated to science and skeptical inquiry—October 25-28, 2012.

Presented by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), publisher of the magazine Skeptical Inquirer, CSICon 2 will bring together a powerful roster of speakers featuring some of the sharpest minds and biggest personalities in the skeptic universe, including popular physicist Lawrence Krauss, science education activist Eugenie Scott, controversial atheist blogger PZ Myers, women’s studies expert Carol Tavris, pioneer in the study of memory Elizabeth Loftus, famed paranormal investigator Joe Nickell, evolutionary psychologist Elisabeth Cornwell, science journalist Chris Mooney, skeptic blogger and podcast host Rebecca Watson, and many others. 

“Science and reason are taking such a beating lately—particularly in places like Tennessee—with rampant anti-science activism by proponents of creationism and climate change denial,” said Barry Karr, executive director of CSI. “The media, popular culture, and even government are swarming with alternative medicine hucksters, extraterrestrial conspiracies, psychic scam artists, and science-deniers who infuriatingly refer to themselves as ‘skeptics.’ What better time to bring all the real skeptics together, and right in Music City itself?”

CSICon 2 will also feature music and comedy performances, a genuine moonshine tasting, and the nerdiest Halloween party on the planet—plus all that Nashville has to offer. 

For more information and requests for press credentials, contact CSI communications director Paul Fidalgo at

What: CSICon 2, presented by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Where: Sheraton Music City Hotel, 777 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN, 37214
When: October 25-28, 2012
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