Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), formerly known as the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), is a program within the transnational American non-profit educational organization Center for Inquiry (CFI), which seeks to "promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims."[1] Paul Kurtz proposed the establishment of CSICOP in 1976 as an independent non-profit organization (before merging with CFI as one of its programs in 2015[2]), to counter what he regarded as an uncritical acceptance of, and support for, paranormal claims by both the media and society in general.[3] Its philosophical position is one of scientific skepticism. CSI's fellows have included notable scientists, Nobel laureates, philosophers, psychologists, educators and authors.[4] It is headquartered in Amherst, New York.

Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
AbbreviationCSI
Formation1976; 45 years ago (1976)
TypeNonprofit organization (1976–2015)
Program of the Center for Inquiry (2015–present)
PurposeSkeptical inquiry of paranormal claims
HeadquartersAmherst, New York, United States
Region served
Worldwide
Executive director
Barry Karr
WebsiteCenter for Inquiry

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