Bay Area Skeptics was founded in June 1982 as the first "local interest group" inspired by the Center for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), now known as the Center for Scientific Inquiry (CSI). Although we have overlapping interests with CSI, BAS is independent of all other groups.
The organization encourages critical thinking and accuracy in the media and in our schools. We encourage rational thought and critical thinking through the use of scientific methods. We are particularly interested in such topics as claims of the paranormal, pseudoscience, and untested or poorly tested medical and psychotherapeutic practices. BAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
BAS presents free monthly "SkepTalks," monthly social gatherings, and partners with the Sacramento Area Skeptics to bring the annual SkeptiCal convention to the Bay Area. These events are supported by membership dues, currently at 12 months at $20 or 24 months at $30.
BAS is governed by a self-selecting Board of Directors. For more information on the board, click here.