James E. Alcock, PhD, is professor of psychology at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and a member of the Executive Council of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Editorial Board of the Skeptical Inquirer. Alcock has written extensively about parapsychology and anomalous experience and has for many decades taught a psychology course focusing on these topics. His most recent book is Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling (Prometheus Books, 2018).
James “The Amazing” Randi is a magician, investigator of psychic claims, author (Flim-Flam!, The Faith Healers, The Mask of Nostradamus, The Magic of Uri Geller), and the president of the James Randi Educational Foundation. He was a founding fellow of CSICOP. This article is based on a special presentation on investigating psychics he gave at the Fifth World Skeptics Congress, Abano Terme, Italy, October 8—10, 2004.
Kendrick Frazier is editor of the Skeptical Inquirer and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is editor of several anthologies, including Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience.
Professor Paul Kurtz is the founder of the Center for Inquiry, CFI’s former chairman, the former Editor-in-Chief of Free Inquiry magazine, and professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kurtz has spent much of his life on the critical examination of religion, but believes that naturalists need to emphasize and build positive alternatives to religion. For Kurtz, it is not enough to reject God, but to affirm the positive implications of the secular humanist perspective.