The Inquiring Minds Program

Online Newsletter for Inquiring Minds

Welcome to the Inquiring Minds online newsletter!


The newsletter isn't entirely new. In the Winter of 1997 Jan Loeb Eisler began a newsletter called "Family Matters." Family Matters was a printed newsletter that appeared as a supplement to the Secular Humanist Bulletin, the newsletter of the Council for Secular Humanism (CSH), the organization that also publishes Free Inquiry magazine. Jan created a fascinating selection of articles and activities for parents and children of the skeptic and freethinking communities across the country and in different parts of the world. Many great minds contributed to this publication including Gerald Larue, Brant Abrahamson, Deidre Conn, James Strayer, Paul Kurtz, and others. Many of these contributors continue to write for the Inquiring Minds online newsletter.

In 2005 Jan retired and the Inquiring Minds, a program of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), publisher of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, decided to keep the legacy alive! But.. we made a few changes. First, the newsletter will be an online production and free to everyone. The contributors and audience will include parents and caregivers, educators from the schools, museums, and other institutions, and last but not least, students and children of all ages. The newsletter will explore a variety of topics, including the paranormal, the supernatural, science and critical thinking, education, human values, belief, and the history of human thought and culture. The newsletter will contain articles, resources, activities, short stories, reviews, recipes, and much more. We publish seasonally.

We invite you to explore the newsletter and we welcome your feedback. We are also looking for contributors for future issues and welcome any ideas you may have for the development of our online publication.
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Soon we will also be uploading the archives of the Family Matters newsletter where you can surf a great warehouse of resources and articles.

We are excited! We hope you are too.

Jan Loeb Eisler

Amanda Chesworth
Andrea Szalanski

Brant Abrahamson
Diane Swanson
Ben Radford
Sharon Hill
Lawrence Lerner
Bob Carroll
Brett Hanover
Andrea Steele
Rob Beeston
Wendy Hughes
David Park Musella
Paul Kurtz

... and many others!

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