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List of skeptical organizations


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This is a list organizations that promote or practice scientific skepticism.
Name (English / local (abbreviation))FoundedRegion servedNotes
Argentinian Skeptical Circle / Círculo Escéptico Argentino[1] (CEA)2010 Argentina
Association against Quackery / Vereniging tegen de Kwakzalverij (VtdK)1881 NetherlandsOldest skeptical organisation.[2] Member of ECSO.[citation needed]
Association for Skeptical Enquiry (ASKE)1997 United KingdomMember of ECSO.[3]
Australian Skeptics1980 Australia
Bihar Rationalist Society / Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj (BRS)1985 IndiaMember of FIRA.
Brazilian Society of Skeptics and Rationalists / Sociedade Brasileira de Céticos e Racionalistas (SBCR)2001 Brazil
Center for Inquiry (CFI)1991The Earth seen from Apollo 17-white.jpg WorldGlobal umbrella organisation based in Amherst, New York.
Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS)2010 CanadaPart of Centre for Inquiry Canada.[4]
Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), formerly Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)1976 United StatesPart of the Center for Inquiry.
Committee Para / Comité Para[5]1949 BelgiumMember of ECSO.[3] Serves Wallonia and Brussels.
Commission of Fight with Pseudoscience and Falsification of Scientific Research /
Комиссия по борьбе с лженаукой и фальсификацией научных исследований
1999 RussiaOrganized by RAS or RAN (not to be confused with RANS or RAEN).
Czech Skeptics Club Sisyfos / Český klub skeptiků Sisyfos (Sisyfos)1995 Czech RepublicMember of ECSO.[3]
Dakshina Kannada Rationalist Association / தட்சிண கன்னட பகுத்தறிவாளர் ஒன்றியம் (DKRA)1976 IndiaMember of FIRA.
Edinburgh Skeptics Society (EdSkeptics)2009 United Kingdom
European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO)1994 EuropeEuropean umbrella organisation, based in Roßdorf, Germany.
Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations / இந்திய பகுத்தறிவாளர் ஒன்றியங்களின் பேரவை (FIRA)1997 IndiaIndian umbrella organisation.
Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)1978 United StatesFocuses on state/church separation, nontheism, and atheism.
French Association for Scientific Information / Association française pour l’information scientifique (AFIS)1968[6] FranceMember of ECSO.[3]
Glasgow Skeptics2009 United Kingdom
Good Thinking Society2012 United Kingdom
Het Denkgelag2012 Belgium
Hungarian Skeptic Society / Szkeptikus Társaság (HSS)2006 HungaryMember of ECSO.[3]
Independent Investigations Group (IIG)2000 United States
Indian CSICOP19?? IndiaAffiliated with CSI, member of FIRA.
Indian Rationalist Association (IRA)1949 IndiaMember of Rationalist International.
Irish Skeptics Society2002 IrelandMember of ECSO.[3]
Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudosciences / Comitato Italiano per il Controllo delle Affermazioni sulle Pseudoscienze (CICAP)1989 ItalyMember of ECSO.[3]
James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF)1996 United States
Maharashtra Committee for Eradication of Blind Faith / Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS)1989 IndiaMember of FIRA.
Merseyside Skeptics Society (MSS)2009 United Kingdom
MTÜ Eesti Skeptik ( Estonia
National Capital Area Skeptics (NCAS)1987 United StatesServes Washington metropolitan area.
Network of Independent Danish Skeptics[3][7][8][9] / Skeptica1997 Denmark
New England Skeptical Society (NESS)1996 United StatesFusion of three earlier organisations.
New Zealand Skeptics[10] (NZ Skeptics)1986 New Zealand
Nirmukta2008 India
Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society (PATAS)2011 Philippines
Polish Sceptics Club / Klub Sceptyków Polskich (KSP)[11][12]2010 Poland
Portuguese Skeptical Community / Comunidade Céptica Portuguesa (COMCEPT)2012 Portugal
Rational Alternative to Pseudoscience - Society for the Advancement of Critical Thinking /
Alternativa Racional a las Pseudociencias - Sociedad para el Avance del Pensamiento Crítico[13] (ARP-SAPC)
1986 SpainMember of ECSO.[3]
Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS)2006 UK &  USThe American and British branches are independent.
Round Earth Society / Sociedade da Terra Redonda (STR)1999 Brazil
Science and Popular Enlightenment / Föreningen Vetenskap och Folkbildning (VoF)1982 SwedenMember of ECSO.[3]
Science and Rationalists' Association of India / Bharatiya Bigyan O Yuktibadi Samiti1985 IndiaBased in Kolkata, West Bengal.
SKEPP[14]1990 BelgiumMember of ECSO.[3] Serves Flanders and Brussels.
Skepsis ry1987 FinlandMember of ECSO.[3]
Skepsis Foundation / Stichting Skepsis (Skepsis)1987 NetherlandsMember of ECSO.[3]
Skepsis Norway / Skepsis Norge (Skepsis)[15][citation needed] Norway
Skeptical Association of Chile / Asociación Escéptica de Chile (AECH)2010 Chile
Skeptical Circle / Círculo Escéptico (CE)2006 SpainMember of ECSO.[3]
Skeptic Society / Общество скептиков[16]2013[17] Russia
Society for the Scientific Investigation of Parasciences / Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften (GWUP)1987German-Language-Flag.svg D-A-CHBased in Roßdorf, Germany. Member of ECSO.[3]
Swiss Skeptics – Association for Critical Thinking / Skeptiker Schweiz – Verein für kritisches Denken (Skeptiker)2012  Switzerland
The Skeptics Society1992 United StatesGlobally active, but mainly serves California
Young Australian Skeptics (YAS)2008 Australia
Zetetic Observatory / Observatoire Zététique (OZ)2003[18] FranceBased in Grenoble, France. Member of ECSO.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. Jump up ^ Círculo Escéptico Argentino website
  2. Jump up ^ Andy Lewis (3 August 2009). "Dutch Sceptics Have ‘Bogus’ Libel Decision Overturned On Human Rights Grounds". The Quackometer. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Skeptics Organisations: ECSO Members". ECSO website. European Council of Skeptical Organisations. 16 March 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  4. Jump up ^ History of CASS
  5. Jump up ^ Its full name, Comité Belge pour l'Investigation Scientifique des Phénomènes Réputés Paranormaux ("Belgian Committee for Scientific Investigation of Purported Paranormal Phenomena"), is rarely used, except to indicate it inspired the name of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) three decades later.
  6. Jump up ^ Jean-Pierre Thomas. "Notre histoire". Website AFIS (in French). AFIS. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  7. Jump up ^ Skeptica website
  8. Jump up ^ Also translated as Association of Independent Danish Skeptics by ECSO and CSI.
  9. Jump up ^ CSI – Association of Independent Danish Skeptics
  10. Jump up ^ The full name is "New Zealand Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal", but this name is rarely used in practice.
  11. Jump up ^ Tomasz Witkowski & Maciej Zatonski (18 November 2011). "The Inception of the Polish Sceptics Club". CSI website. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  12. Jump up ^ KSP website
  13. Jump up ^ ARP-SAPC website
  14. Jump up ^ The letters 'SKEPP' stand for Studiekring voor de Kritische Evaluatie van Pseudowetenschap en het Paranormale ("Study Circle for the Critical Evaluation of Pseudoscience and the Paranormal"), but in practice only the abbreviation is used.
  15. Jump up ^ (Norwegian) Skepsis Norge
  16. Jump up ^ Saunders, Richard (23 March 2014). "The Skeptic Zone #283 - 23.March.2014". The Skeptic Zone. Episode 283. Australian Skeptics. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  17. Jump up ^ Алфёров, Кирилл (April 2014). "Выпуск 041". "Скептик" podcast. Общество скептиков. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  18. Jump up ^ "FAQ". OZ website. Observatoire Zététique. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 

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