James Underdown

Center for Inquiry — Los Angeles, CA

James Underdown has been the Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles since 1999. He has written for both Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines.

He is also the founder and chairman of the Independent Investigations Group in Hollywood, CA, one of the U.S.’s premiere paranormal investigation teams. The IIG offers a $50,000 prize for anyone who can prove paranormal ability under scientific testing conditions, and works with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, James Randi, and other groups throughout the world who look into paranormal, pseudo-scientific, and extraordinary claims.

He also represents the Council for Secular Humanism and has been active in church/state separation issues, as well as in promoting the philosophy of secular humanism.

Jim is the  founder of the Independent Investigations Group, the largest paranormal investigations team in the world. He is also the creator of the Steve Allen Theater at CFI-L.A. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including Dr. Phil, Battle of the Psychics (shot in Kiev, Ukraine with Uri Geller), Miracle Detective,  Angels vs. Demons, Hannity and Colmes, Penn and Teller's Bullshit, History's Mysteries, KCET’s Life and Times, Proof Positive, FOX 11’s Midday L.A., Truth Lies, and Lewis Black, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

His many pre-CFI endeavors include writing and directing short films (A Day in the Life of Frank Sinatra, The Test, Dear Father), and directing his stage play, Party of 13, a secular re-telling of the Last Supper. Jim also toured Midwest comedy clubs as the Poet Laureate of Calumet City, IL.

To book Jim as a speaker, contact the CFI Outreach Department via email.

Below are a few of the talks Jim often gives:  

Paranormal Investigations and Testing
Skeptics in the Media
Paranormal Claims in the Bible
10 Famous Hoaxes
An Unusual Look at the 10 Commandments
The Secrets of Critical Thinking
What is Secular Humanism?
Snappy Answers to Silly Beliefs