CFI: Dissecting the Paranormal, Pursuing Reason

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From Indie Bohemians:

This week’s guest is James Underdown, Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles. What is the Center for Inquiry? Here is the explanation from their website:

“The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

To oppose and supplant the mythological narratives of the past, and the dogmas of the present, the world needs an institution devoted to promoting science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. The Center for Inquiry is that institution.

At the Center for Inquiry, we believe that evidence-based reasoning, in which humans work together to address common concerns, is critical for modern world civilization. Moreover, unlike many other institutions, we maintain that scientific methods and reasoning should be utilized in examining the claims of both pseudoscience and religion. We reject mysticism and blind faith. No topic should be placed off limits to scrutiny—certainly not fringe science and religion, which have an enormous influence on beliefs and conduct.

We also maintain that values are properly the subject of study and discussion as much as empirical claims. The Center for Inquiry studies and promotes human values based on a naturalistic outlook. Ideological doctrine and religious dogma have no more right to dictate our moral norms than they do to influence scientific research.”

Ron Placone and James discuss the concept of pseudoscience, the strong-hold of religion and tradition, the definition of atheism, the pursuit of reason, paranormal investigation and dissection, Scientology, Roswell, Mediums and so so much more. Lotta skepticism in this one folks!

Also in today’s Episode:

Ron reflects on the recent shootings and things get a little heated.

Krish Mohan delivers a FFON.