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Jim Underdown

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James Underdown has been Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles since 1999. He is also the Founder and Chair of the Independent Investigations Group, a team of inquirers who look into paranormal, pseudo-scientific, and extraordinary claims. He is also the creator of the Steve Allen Theater at CFI-L.A. Jim has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including Hannity and Colmes, Penn and Teller's Bullshit, History's Mysteries, Proof Positive, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He is a regular Skeptical Sunday guest on the SETI Institute's Are We Alone? radio show/podcast. 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.

Dirty Scientology Tricks in Hollywood…?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 18, 2009
Dirty Scientology Tricks in Hollywood…?
Is Scientology abusing film permits to quash protests?

Dear Steve Harvey…

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 13, 2009
Dear Steve Harvey…
What do you do when a famous comedian calls you an idiot?

By the way… I’m Crazy.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 11, 2009
We know that sane people sometimes have odd experiences... but some people are just nuts.

CFI/Los Angeles Celebrates Darwin’s 200th Birthday with Readings, Plays, Lecture

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

More than 300 Southern Californians celebrated the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin at CFI Los Angeles...

Feng Shui for California Nurses?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 28, 2009
The Board of Nursing here green-lighted a class to teach anthropomancy -- the divination of the future by reading human entrails

California Marriage Remains Respectable

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 26, 2009
California Marriage Remains Respectable
Court stops short of true house-cleaning...

The 9 Circles of Atheist Hell

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 8, 2009
The 9 Circles of Atheist Hell
"Hell in my imagination is a location that has something to do with being forced to participate in religion. (Ironic, ain't it?)

“When a Priest Preys on Another Priest”  Victim Weighs in…

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 4, 2009
Molested victim speaks out on CFI blog...

Supreme Court Ruling a Crock of Shit

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 29, 2009
Is a barefoot man any happier to step in a warm pile of excrement?

When a Priest Preys on Another Priest

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 21, 2009
When a Priest Preys on Another Priest
A New Spin on an Old Story of Sexual Abuse

Bounce God (and Fred Flintstone) from the Ballpark

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 17, 2009
Bounce God (and Fred Flintstone) from the Ballpark
Can the Yankees throw a man out of the park for not observing God Bless America?

When the Church Breaks 80…

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 8, 2009
When the Church Breaks 80…
The Catholic Church loves to give out advice, but they ought to clam up.

A Bell Tolls for Walter Sartory

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 31, 2009
A Bell Tolls for Walter Sartory
How do secular humanists deal with death – especially senseless death?

The ABCs of UFOtos

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 26, 2009
The ABCs of UFOtos
A Quick Do It Yourself Guide To Shooting Your Own Spaceship

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Skeptics Create Creepy Café

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

News & Comment

One shouldn't be surprised to heat at a pre-Halloween gathering in Hollywood California, several people testifying about...

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Altercation with a (Criss) Angel

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

When NBC's new show Phenomenon began taping a mile from the Center for Inquiry/Los Angeles, our home grown...

Feng Shui and Monkey Madness at the L.A. Zoo

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

News & Comment

In March, I started receiving calls that the L.A. Zoo had hired a feng shui practitioner to help design their new monkey habitat

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Darwin’s Birthday, Hollywood Style

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

At 12:01 A.M. on February 12, 2006, Center for Inquiry—West Executive Director James Underdown began reading...

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Fullerton Underpass: The Lost Episodes

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

When the story broke in April about hundreds of people visiting the Fullerton underpass at the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago...

Achau Nguyen Test

September 26, 2005
Achau Nguyen Test

On July 23, The Independent Investigations Group, in conjunction with the JREF, conducted a test of alleged telepathic ability.

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Paranormal Expo Cancelled Under Cloud

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

When the promoters of the paranormal-chemed Paraworld Expo announced its event at the Los Angeles Convention Center...

They See Dead People - Or Do They?: An Investigation of Television Mediums

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 27.5, September / October 2003

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They See Dead People - Or Do They?: An Investigation of Television Mediums

The author's appraisal of Edwards' and van Praagh's television shows

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