December 2, 2012 · 11:00 AM
CFI-LA's FEED YOUR BRAIN Lecture Series
A Date with Dr. Phil: Anatomy of a TV Appearance
When skeptics and secular humanists are asked to appear on TV shows, they usually understand that they will get a small percentage of airtime in the final product. While giving the impression of balanced journalism, most shows that sensationalize paranormal claims, alleged monster sightings, or reports of miracles devote the vast majority airtime to the believer side. Seasoned skeptic media representatives know this.
But when the Dr. Phil Show contacted CFI-L.A. Executive Director Jim Underdown to give the skeptical side of a discussion about psychic powers, he was assured that Dr. Phil was a fellow skeptic. What aired not only showed that Dr. Phil was no skeptic, but also didn’t even fairly represent what occurred in the studio on the day of the taping. This talk will tell the true story of what happened.
Underdown is the founder and chair of the Independent Investigations Group (IIG), the largest paranormal investigations team in the world. The IIG, in conjunction with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, offers a $50,000 prize for anyone who can prove paranormal ability. Underdown’s work has been published in Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines, and he has appeared on numerous TV shows including, Oprah Winfrey, Penn & Teller’s Bullshit, History’s Mysteries, Miracle Detectives, Proof Positive, Weird or What, Hannity and Colmes, and many more. Jim was a regular judge on the 10th season of Battle of the Psychics, shot this spring in Kiev, Ukraine.
Cost: $8.00, Students $4.00; Friends of the Center: Free Admission
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