Massimo Pigliucci joins NYC Skeptics board of directors

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We are pleased to announce that Massimo Pigliucci will join the NYC Skeptics board of directors, effective immediately. Professor Pigliucci has been an advisor to NYC Skeptics since October of 2008 and is a fixture in the New York City skeptical scene. We are thrilled that he will continue his involvement with NYC Skeptics in a more active role as a member of the board.

Massimo Pigliucci is a Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York-Lehman College. His research is concerned with philosophy of science, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the relationship between science and religion.

He received a Doctorate in Genetics from the University of Ferrara in Italy, a PhD in Botany from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has published over a hundred technical papers and several books. His most recent technical book is Making Sense of Evolution: Toward a Coherent Picture of Evolutionary Theory (co-authored by Jonathan Kaplan, University of Chicago Press). Prof. Pigliucci has been awarded the prestigious Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution. He has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientific attack.”

In the areas of outreach and critical thinking, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national magazines such as Skeptic, Skeptical Inquirer, Philosophy Now, The Philosopher’s Magazine, Secular Nation and American Atheist magazine. He has also been elected as a Consultant for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Pigliucci pens the “Rationally Speaking” blog, and has authored the popular science book Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism and the Nature of Science (Sinauer). His forthcoming book is Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell the Difference Between Science and Bunk (University of Chicago Press).

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