Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

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"The mission of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims...

"Some of the founding members of CSI include scientists, academics, and science writers such as Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Philip Klass, Paul Kurtz, Ray Hyman, James Randi, Martin Gardner, Sidney Hook, and others. A list of CSI fellows is published in every issue of Skeptical Inquirer magazine." [1]


Accessed May 2012: [2]


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  • James E. Alcock* psychologist, York Univ., Toronto
  • Marcia Angell MD, former editor-in-chief, New England Journal of Medicine
  • Kimball Atwood IV MD, physician, author, Newton, MA
  • Stephen Barrett MD, psychiatrist, author, consumer advocate, Allentown, PA
  • Willem Betz MD, professor of medicine, Univ. of Brussels
  • Irving Biederman psychologist, Univ. of Southern CA
  • Sandra Blakeslee science writer; author; New York Times science correspondent
  • Susan Blackmore visiting lecturer, Univ. of the West of England, Bristol
  • Mark Boslough physicist, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Henri Broch physicist, Univ. of Nice, France
  • Jan Harold Brunvand folklorist, professor emeritus
of English, Univ. of Utah
  • Mario Bunge philosopher, McGill Univ., Montreal
  • Robert T. Carroll emeritus professor of philosophy, Sacramento City College, writer
  • Sean B. Carroll molecular geneticist, vice president for science education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Madison, WI
  • John R. Cole anthropologist, editor, National Center for Science Education
  • K.C. Cole science writer, author, professor, Univ. of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism
  • Frederick Crews literary and cultural critic, professor emeritus of English, Univ. of CA, Berkeley
  • Richard Dawkins zoologist, Oxford Univ.
  • Geoffrey Dean technical editor, Perth, Australia
  • Cornelis de Jager professor of astrophysics, Univ. of Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Daniel C. Dennett Univ. professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, director of
Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts Univ.
  • Ann Druyan writer and producer; CEO, Cosmos Studios, Ithaca, NY
  • Sanal Edamaruku president, Indian Rationalist Association and Rationalist International
  • Edzard Ernst professor, Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Exeter, UK
  • Kenneth Feder professor of anthropology,
Central Connecticut State Univ.
  • Barbara Forrest professor of philosophy, SE Louisiana Univ.
  • Andrew Fraknoi astronomer, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
  • Kendrick Frazier* science writer, editor, Skeptical Inquirer
  • Christopher C. French professor, department of psychology, and head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths College, Univ. of London
  • Yves Galifret executive secretary, l’Union Rationaliste
  • Luigi Garlaschelli chemist, Università di Pavia (Italy), research fellow of CICAP, the Italian skeptics group
  • Maryanne Garry professor, School of Psychology, Victoria Univ. of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Murray Gell-Mann professor of physics, Santa Fe Institute; Nobel laureate
  • Thomas Gilovich psychologist, Cornell Univ.
  • Wendy M. Grossman writer; founder and first editor, The Skeptic magazine (UK)
  • Susan Haack Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, professor of philosophy and professor of Law, Univ. of Miami
  • Harriet Hall MD, family physician, investigator, Puyallup, WA
  • C.E.M. Hansel psychologist, Univ. of Wales
  • David J. Helfand professor of astronomy, Columbia Univ.
  • Douglas R. Hofstadter professor of human understanding and cognitive science, Indiana Univ.
  • Gerald Holton Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and professor of history of science, Harvard Univ.
  • Ray Hyman* psychologist, Univ. of Oregon
  • Leon Jaroff sciences editor emeritus, Time
  • Stuart D. Jordan NASA astrophysicist emeritus, science advisor to Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy, Washington, D.C.
  • Sergei Kapitza former editor, Russian edition,
 Scientific American
  • Barry Karr executive director, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Amherst, New York
  • Lawrence M. Krauss foundation professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Dept.; director, Origins Initiative, Arizona State Univ.
  • Harry Kroto professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Florida State Univ.; Nobel laureate
  • Edwin C. Krupp astronomer, director, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA
  • Paul Kurtz professor emeritus of philosophy,
SUNY at Buffalo
  • Lawrence Kusche science writer
  • Leon Lederman emeritus director, Fermilab; Nobel laureate in physics
  • Scott O. Lilienfeld* psychologist, Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA
  • Lin Zixin former editor, Science and Technology Daily (China)
  • Jere Lipps Museum of Paleontology, Univ. of CA, Berkeley
  • Elizabeth Loftus* professor of psychology, Univ. of CA, Irvine
  • David Marks psychologist, City Univ., London
  • [[Mario Mendez-Acosta journalist and science writer, Mexico City
  • Kenneth R. Miller professor of biology, Brown Univ.
  • Marvin Minsky professor of media arts and sciences, M.I.T.
  • David Morrison space scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Richard A. Muller professor of physics, Univ. of CA, Berkeley
  • Joe Nickell senior research fellow, CSI
  • Jan Willem Nienhuys mathematician, Waalre, The Netherlands
  • Lee Nisbet philosopher, Medaille College
  • Steven Novella MD, assistant professor of neurology, Yale Univ. School of Medicine
  • Bill Nye science educator and television host, Nye Labs
  • James E. Oberg science writer
  • Irmgard Oepen professor of medicine (retired), Marburg, Germany
  • Loren Pankratz psychologist, Oregon Health Sciences Univ.
  • Robert L. Park professor of physics, Univ. of Maryland
  • Jay M. Pasachoff Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and director of the Hopkins Observatory, Williams College
  • John Paulos mathematician, Temple Univ.
  • Massimo Pigliucci professor of philosophy, City Univ. of New York–Lehman College
  • Steven Pinker cognitive scientist, Harvard Univ.
  • Philip Plait astronomer, lecturer, and writer
  • Massimo Polidoro science writer, author, executive director of CICAP, Italy
  • Anthony R. Pratkanis professor of psychology, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz
  • Benjamin Radford investigator; research fellow, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
  • James “The Amazing” Randi magician, CSICOP founding member; founder, James Randi Educational Foundation
  • Milton Rosenberg psychologist, Univ. of Chicago
  • Wallace Sampson MD, clinical professor of medicine, Stanford Univ.; editor, Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine
  • Amardeo Sarma* chairman, GWUP, Germany
  • Richard Saunders vice president, Australian Skeptics; educator; investigator; podcaster; Sydney, Australia
  • Eugenie C. Scott* physical anthropologist, executive director, National Center for Science Education
  • Robert Sheaffer science writer
  • Elie A. Shneour biochemist, author, president and research director, Biosystems Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
  • Seth Shostak senior astronomer, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA
  • Simon Singh science writer; broadcaster; UK
  • Dick Smith film producer, publisher, Terrey Hills, N.S.W., Australia
  • Keith E. Stanovich cognitive psychologist; professor of human development and applied psychology, Univ. of Toronto
  • Robert Steiner magician, author, El Cerrito, CA
  • Victor J. Stenger emeritus professor of physics and astronomy, Univ. of Hawaii; adjunct professor of philosophy, Univ. of CO
  • Karen Stollznow* linguist; skeptical investigator; writer; podcaster
  • [[Jill Cornell Tarter astronomer, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA
  • [[Carol Tavris psychologist and author, Los Angeles, CA
  • [[David E. Thomas* physicist and mathematician, Peralta, NM
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson astrophysicist and director, Hayden Planetarium, New York City
  • Marilyn vos Savant Parade magazine contributing editor
  • Steven Weinberg professor of physics and astronomy, Univ. of Texas at Austin; Nobel laureate
  • E.O. Wilson Univ. professor emeritus, organismic and evolutionary biology, Harvard Univ.
  • Richard Wiseman psychologist, Univ. of Hertfordshire, England
  • Benjamin Wolozin* professor, department of pharmacology, Boston Univ. School of Medicine
  • Marvin Zelen statistician, Harvard Univ.

(* denotes member of CSI Executive Council)



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  1. Committee for Skeptical Inquiry About, organizational web page, accessed May 16, 2012.
  2. Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Fellows and Staff, organizational web page, accessed May 16, 2012.
  3. Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Fellows and Staff, organizational web page, accessed May 16, 2012.