CFI Summit - An international Congress in the Pacific Northwest

Join us for the CFI Summit:  a joint conference of the Center for Inquiry and its affiliate organizations, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism.

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Should examination of religious beliefs remain largely off limits for skeptics? Should secular humanists be as critical of fringe science claims, including alternative medicine, as they are of religious beliefs? To what extent do skeptics and humanists have a common mission? Both skeptics and humanists support science and critical thinking—but what else unites them? Are there public policy issues on which skeptics and humanists can productively collaborate?

The best way to answer these questions is to bring skeptics and humanists together to talk about them—and that’s exactly what we’re doing.

The Brightest Minds

Speakers already scheduled to appear at this landmark event include science entertainer Bill Nye, author Susan Jacoby, physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow, science education advocate Eugenie Scott, science journalist Cara Santa Maria, scholar of secularism Phil Zuckerman, activist and philanthropist Todd Stiefel, journalist and author Katherine Stewart, secularist orator Sean Faircloth, along with many more names to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Great Debates

The heated battles over church-state separation, the health crisis caused by vaccine misinformation, the threats to our schools from pseudoscience and pseudo-history, the oppression of women and religious dissidents around the world, the countless victims of fraudulent psychics and alt-med practitioners, the growth of the “Nones” and the sociology of belief, and where humanists and skeptics can (and cannot) work together – all of it will be part of the grand discussion at the CFI Summit.

Special Members Meeting

The CFI Summit will also have a first for CFI:  President & CEO Ronald A. Lindsay will host an exclusive Members Meeting, a chance for CFI Friends of the Center and Associate Members of CSH or CSI to join in conversation with organization leadership. Members will be able to weigh in on what they see as the best way forward for our movement, and how our organizations can best work together to achieve those goals

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  • Jill

    I didn't go, anyone get good photos of fog?

    November 2, 2013

  • Leslie aka paul h.

    Wouldn't it be nice if someone in the Portland/Vancouver area familiar with Tacoma's CFI/humanist/atheist populus, would step forward to coordinate house/room/ride-sharing arrangements for us poor folks, or those of us trying to maintain a smaller carbon footprint!

    September 2, 2013

    • DaniT

      What do you mean, Lane? I admit the thought didn't occur to me.

      October 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I wouldn't know where to begin, and this isn't the site for it. The Murano was beautiful, its staff was gracious, the CFI people and events were superb; but an energy audit of that place would make even a casual conservationist retreat to a yurt far off the grid! I was definitely out of my fairly low-impact uncomfortable comfort zone. As I said, wrong place to engage/discuss (hey Bill Nye, and Leslie, brought it up!). Kudos to the CFI organizers; superbly staged event, and oh the fog the fog, it was so nice to be enveloped by the opposite of SUNshine! Thank you, Tacoma.

      November 2, 2013

  • Sheila M.

    If I can arrange to go at the shared registration and shared room rate.

    August 16, 2013

    • Sheila M.

      That's just me, not Tom.

      August 16, 2013

  • Jill

    I hastily RSVP d for this, a couple days ago, while racing out of town, and had since wondered which Hotel Murano on Broadway, thinking it was to be in Portland. Just back in town and now see it's 3 days in Tacoma, sounds like a great trip, I'll still try to swing it..So a "maybe" for me for now.

    July 13, 2013

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