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How to Be Skeptics 2.0 with the Help of … YouTube


Massimo Polidoro is an investigator of the paranormal, lecturer, and cofounder and head of CICAP, the Italian skeptics group. His website is at

Since skepticism was born as an organized movement in 1976 with the creation of the Committee the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (now CSI, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry), a constant goal has been the attempt to reach as wide an audience as possible.

How We Used to Reach Audiences

The skeptic’s message was quite novel at the time—and it still is. We are basically saying that people should be skeptical of unsubstantiated claims, especially if they are extraordinary ones. Back then, UFOs, astrology, the paranormal, spiritualism, and many other similar topics were usually regarded quite valid among the public (and, well … they often still are today!) but had little or no substance at all once you started investigating.

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