The CFI Summit - An International Congress in the Pacific Northwest

Schedule - CFI Summit - An International Congress in the Pacific Northwest


Thursday, October 24, 2013


Registration & bookstore open.

2:00 - 4:00pm

Pre-conference workshops.

Additional registration required.

Skeptic Track:
“Skeptics’ Mini Toolbox” with Ray Hyman, James Alcock, and Harriet Hall.

Humanist Track:
2:00 - 3:00pm — “How Naturalists Can Create Meaning” with Judy Walker.
3:00 - 4:00pm — “The History of Atheism” with S. T. Joshi.

7:00 - 9:00pm

Evening reception.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.
Opening remarks by Ronald A. Lindsay, Eddie Tabash, and Kendrick Frazier.
Comedy by Ian Harris: Critical & Thinking.

Friday, October 25, 2013


Registration & bookstore open.

8:30 - 11:00am

Plenary session: “Humanism and Skepticism: Separate or Joint Agendas?”

Panel discussion chaired by Ronald A. Lindsay.
The Panel: Barry Kosmin, Ophelia Benson, Daniel Loxton, Mark Hatcher, Ray Hyman, and Michael De Dora.

11:10am - 12:00pm

Lecture: “The Battle to Keep the Good Stuff In: Evolution and Climate Change” by Eugenie Scott.

A talk for the Center for Inquiry Summit. In the face of overwhelming legal resistance, creationist strategy has shifted from trying to get overt religion into the classroom, to trying to discredit evolution. Whether such a strategy will survive legal challenge has not yet been tested in courts. But in many places, evolution is still not taught, or taught inadequately. The Next Generation Science Standards, if adopted by states, may be helpful in getting evolution taught, but there is vigorous opposition in many places over their adoption. The NGSS also call for teaching climate change, and here the opposition to good science takes another form. It’s an ideological opposition, but not predominately a religious one.

12:00 - 1:30pm

Speaker Luncheon: “Why Pseudohistory Matters as Much as Pseudoscience” with Susan Jacoby.

Additional registration required.

1:30 - 2:30pm

Lecture: Zack Kopplin.

2:30 - 5:00pm

Breakout sessions.

Skeptic Track: “Skeptical Activism: A Roundup.”
Panel discussion chaired by Kendrick Frazier.
The Panel: Joe Nickell, Benjamin Radford, Susan Gerbic, and Jim Underdown.

Humanist Track: “Enumerating Unbelief.”
Panel discussion chaired by Tom Flynn.
The Panel: Barry Kosmin, Phil Zuckerman, and Will Gervais.

5:30 - 6:00pm

Pre-banquet reception with cash bar.

6:00 - 7:30pm

Banquet and brief awards presentation.

Additional registration required.

7:30 - 9:30pm

Keynote address: Bill Nye.

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Registration & bookstore open.

9:00 - 12:00pm

Plenary session moderated by Judith Walker.

9:00 - 10:00am — Lecture: Eddie Tabash.
10:00 - 11:00am — Lecture: Greta Christina.
11:00am - 12:00pm — Lecture: Cara Santa Maria.

12:00 - 2:00pm

Speaker Luncheon with Katherine Stewart.

Additional registration required.

2:00 - 5:00pm

Plenary session.

2:00 - 3:00pm — Lecture: Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow.

We make personal, financial, and business decisions, confident that we have properly weighed all the important factors and acted accordingly — and that we know how we came to those decisions. But our unconscious plays a critical role in our perceptions, feelings, and thoughts, and we are unaware of its influence. As a result, our view of ourselves and our motivations, and of society, is like a puzzle with most of the pieces missing. I will talk about recent revolutionary research showing that our view of ourselves is far less accurate than we may believe.

3:00 - 5:00pm — Three individual lectures moderated by Leonard Tramiel:
Elisabeth Cornwell, Debbie Goddard, and Edwina Rogers.

5:15 - 6:30pm

Point of Inquiry Live!

The new Point of Inquiry team hosts a live episode. Josh Zepps will interview physicist and bestselling author Leonard Mlodinow. Lindsay Beyerstein will interview Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club.

8:00 - 10:30pm

Annual CSICon Costume Party.

Musical performance by The Heathens featuring James Underdown. Meet the Heathens »
Additional registration required.

11:00 - 12:00am

Annual Houdini Séance.

Joe Nickell and other special guest pay tribute to the great escape artist and paranormal investigator, whose shade may or may not pay a visit to the proceedings.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Registration & bookstore open.

9:00 - 10:00am

Lecture: Scott O. Lilienfeld.

10:00 - 11:00am

Lecture: Bill Cooke.

11:20am - 1:00pm

Special Members Meeting.

For CFI Friends of the Center, Council for Secular Humanism Associate Members, and Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Associate Members only. Proof of status will be required for admission. Chaired by Ronald A. Lindsay and featuring selected representatives of CFI staff leadership and the Board of Directors.


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