skeptic (n): a person who searches for truth
through questioning and reasoning
See here for the truth, in response
to this 8/8/08
Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Petersburg Times) article.
What is Tampa Bay Skeptics?
Founded in 1988, Tampa Bay Skeptics is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization devoted to the critical
examination of paranormal and fringe-science claims, and the
dissemination of factual information about such claims. In 2004, TBS became a Special Interest Group of the
Center For Inquiry–Tampa Bay.
Particular areas of interest to TBS
include UFOs, "psychic" power, astrology,
fringe science & medicine, purported miracles and
other New Age claims. Our interest in religion is restricted to claims that can be
objectively tested and potentially verified, such as "weeping icons" or miraculous healings.
TBS conducts its own investigations, follows the activities of other
skeptics groups, monitors the press coverage of the paranormal, and
publishes a quarterly newsletter, Tampa Bay
Skeptics Report, which is also distributed gratis to members of the press and
to many other skeptics groups around the world. TBS also makes its
representatives available to local and national media to provide a
skeptical voice as a counterweight to the irrationalism and superstition
that is increasingly prevalent in the television and print media.
TBS does not reject claims out of hand, but rather is committed to objective
and critical inquiry. In this vein, we share the philosophy of the
Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) -- formerly known as CSICOP --
publisher of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, an international
organization that has nurtured the growth of local skeptics groups (such as ours) all over the world.
TBS's "$1,000 Challenge"
Whenever possible, TBS attempts to put claims to the test. Since 1989 we have had a
standing $1,000 Challenge available to anyone able to provide TBS
with verifiable scientific proof of any paranormal phenomenon. No one has yet succeeded, but we
remain open-minded (though highly skeptical) and desirous of subjecting testable paranormal claims to
objective scrutiny. Should anyone ever succeed in a test for TBS, we will arrange for a test by the
James Randi Educational Foundation for its $1,000,000 Challenge.
Membership in TBS
We encourage those who wish to help further the cause of skepticism to join TBS! You can take
your first step by writing a check for $15 to cover your first year's dues. Annual membership includes
four issues of Tampa Bay Skeptics Report,
each snailmailed to you in advance of our quarterly meetings (see next section).
Make your $15 check payable to "Tampa Bay Skeptics"
and mail to:
CFI–Tampa Bay (c/o R. O'Keefe)
4011 S. Manhattan Ave. #139
Tampa, FL 33611-1277
Or want to simply join our TBS e-mail list(s)?
Or order TBS T-shirts?
Or join CFI–Tampa Bay?
TBS Quarterly Meetings
Tampa Bay Skeptics quarterly meetings are generally held on the last Saturday of every March, June, September
and December (barring special circumstances) and are open to the public and press.
Next TBS Quarterly Meeting:
Saturday, June 29, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library (Room 108)
3910 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa
(between Dale Mabry Hwy. and West Shore Blvd., ½ block south of Euclid Ave.)
Main Program (tentatively): Videos, videos, videos!
Plus "Open Forum" and other fun stuff
And after the meeting, join some of us for an optional lunch at a local restaurant.
Send questions, comments, claims, criticisms, and reports of defective web links to TBS office (see right)
or personally to:
TBS Report Newsletter Topic Index (partial):
Webmaster: Gary Posner
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(a Special Interest Group of CFI–Tampa Bay)
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