Headquartered in Altadena, California, the Skeptics Society investigates paranormal phenomena and publishes the quarterly magazine Skeptic. Its board members include the noted media skeptic James Randi, who has actively worked to disprove a variety of claims related to the paranormal. The group’s literature quotes the philosophy of seventeenth-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza: “I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.” Despite the Skeptics Society’s claims, however, believers in paranormal phenomena have accused the group of ridiculing their views.
- James Randi
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning