History

The Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) was founded in 2010 as part of the Centre for Inquiry (CFI) Canada.  CFI is dedicated to fostering a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.  The mission of CASS is to provide technical expertise on the scientific issues that fall within CFI Canada's remit.  In particular, the group was designed as a rapid response team to react to contemporary scientific issues.  
 
The major trigger for the formation of the group was a campaign run by Ray Comfort to distribute modified versions of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species on university campuses across North America in 2009.  However, it was quickly realised that a range of other topics could be covered by the group: alternative medicine, evolution/ID/creationism, climate change, psychic/ESP/spiritual science claims, vaccinations, and genetics technologies.  The organisation of the group was fixed in early 2011, with two co-chairs acting as coordinators for the wider membership: Iain Martel and Michael Kruse.
 
The group currently consists of 69 members: mostly past or current scientific researchers but also additional volunteers who are passionate about the subjects covered.  For more details on the past and current projects, visit our active and archived project pages.