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Professor Paul Kurtz is the founder of the Center for Inquiry, CFI's former chairman, the former Editor-in-Chief of Free Inquiry magazine, and professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kurtz has spent much of his life on the critical examination of religion, but believes that naturalists need to emphasize and build positive alternatives to religion. For Kurtz, it is not enough to reject God, but to affirm the positive implications of the secular humanist perspective.

Martin Gardner’s Contributions to the World of Books

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.5, September/October 2010

Special Tribute

Martin shared with us a devotion to books—the idea that books should be cherished as virtually “sacred” because of their enduring contributions to culture.

Are There Any McCarthyites at the Center for Inquiry?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 28, 2009
I was shocked and dismayed to read Ron Lindsay’s blog posted on October 21, 2009, titled...

Two Different Visions of the Center for Inquiry, Indeed

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 1, 2009
I read Ron Lindsay’s recent characterization of my misgivings about “Blasphemy Day” with dismay. I am stunned...

A Dissenting View About Blasphemy Day

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 29, 2009
The celebrating of "Blasphemy Day" by the Center for Inquiry by sponsoring a contest encouraging new forms of blasphemy...

The Humanism of Senator Edward Kennedy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 27, 2009
The death of Edward Kennedy and Eunice Kennedy Shriver within two weeks of each other brings back my memory of a fascinating...

Torture and American Democracy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 17, 2009
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states in Article 5: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel...

Paul Kurtz on the Current Economic Recession

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 18, 2008
CFI Founder Paul Kurtz discusses the current economic recession with CFI VP of Communications Nathan Bupp

The New China and the Old

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

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The New China and the Old

20 years of CSI and CFI interactions with China help reinforce Chinese scholars' efforts in boosting scientific understanding

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New Directions for Skeptical Inquiry

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Editorial

CSICOP has reached an historic juncture: the recognition that there is a critical need to change our direction.

New Directions for Skeptical Inquiry

December 4, 2006

CSICOP has reached an historic juncture: the recognition that there is a critical need to change our direction.

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Author, Professor Vern Bullough Dies

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

Scholar, author, and sexologist Vern Bullough died on June 21, 2006, after a brief illness. He was 78.

Summing Up Thirty Years of the Skeptical Inquirer

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Science and the Public
Summing Up Thirty Years of the Skeptical Inquirer

This issue of the Skeptical Inquirer marks the thirtieth year of publication of the official magazine of CSICOP

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New Center for Inquiry Research Building Completed

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

The new addition to the Center for Inquiry—Transnational's headquarters in Amherst, New York, has been completed.

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Nobelist Francis Crick, Stalwart Supporter of CSICOP and the Center for Inquiry, Mourned

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

News & Comment

We regret the passing of Francis Crick at the age of 88, after a long illness.

Can the Sciences Help Us to Make Wise Ethical Judgments?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

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Can the Sciences Help Us to Make Wise Ethical Judgments?

Scientific knowledge has a vital, if limited, role to play in shaping our moral values and helping us to frame wiser judgments.

Science and Pseudoscience in Russia: The First Skeptics’ Congress Convenes in Russia

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 26.4, July / August 2002

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Science and Pseudoscience in Russia: The First Skeptics’ Congress Convenes in Russia

The Russian Academy of Sciences cosponsored a special conference with CSICOP on "Science, Anti-Science, and the Paranormal"

Are Science and Religion Compatible?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 26.2, March / April 2002

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Are Science and Religion Compatible?

We need separations between religion and science, ethics, and the state. But there is an appropriate domain for religion...

A Quarter Century of Skeptical Inquiry: My Personal Involvement

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 25.4, July / August 2001

Column

Paul Kurtz discusses his 25-year history with CSICOP

White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Is Biased

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 25.3, May / June 2001

Column

Paul Kurtz's response to the Commission

A Tribute to Steve Allen

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 25.1, January / February 2001

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A Tribute to Steve Allen

Paul Kurtz pays tribute to Steve Allen

The New Paranatural Paradigm: Claims of Communicating with the Dead

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 24.6, November / December 2000

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The New Paranatural Paradigm: Claims of Communicating with the Dead

Philosopher Paul Kurtz examines the paranatural paradigm in the context of life after death.

Should Skeptical Inquiry Be Applied to Religion?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 23.4, July / August 1999

Article

Skeptical inquirers can and should examine religious claims, though the case can be made that CSICOP should not.

Fears of the Apocalypse: The Escape from Reason

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 23.1, January / February 1999

Special Report
Fears of the Apocalypse: The Escape from Reason

Millennium hysteria has been with humankind for a long time, but combined with doomsday prophecies, the result can be dangerous.

UFO Mythology: The Escape to Oblivion

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 21.4, July / August 1997

Special Report

Why would thirty-nine seemingly gentle and earnest people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, voluntarily commit collective suicide?

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