Paul Kurtz (December 21, 1925 – October 20, 2012) was a prominent American skeptic and secular humanist. He has been called "the father of secular humanism" and was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of New York at Buffalo, having previously also taught at Vassar, Trinity, and Union colleges, and the New School for Social Research.
Kurtz founded the publishing house Prometheus Books in 1969. He was also the founder and past chairman of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal or CSICOP), and the Center for Inquiry. He was editor in chief of Free Inquiry magazine, a publication of the Council for Secular Humanism.
Kurtz published over 800 articles or reviews and authored and edited over fifty books. Some of his books have been translated into over 60 languages.
What the humanist and skeptical communities in the United States largely ignore is that Kurtz held hostile views about the majority of American whites, something typical of other Jews who, like Kurtz, emigrated from Russia into the West. See, for example, the last five minutes of this video:
Kurtz said that "America is a universal culture" and, mentioning the multicultural population of the US, he added, "We are part of the planetary community." Kurtz then agreed with the interviewer that "the genetic makeup of the human race is all one" and—incredibly for someone who made a career defending science versus pseudosciences—he added: "There are no separate races. We are all part of one human family." Looking directly at the camera by the end of the interview, Kurtz concluded that "the First Principle in planetary ethics is that we ought to treat every person on planet Earth as equal," after which he mentioned the races and the ethnic groups.
- ↑ Sandhu, Ranjit, and Matt Cravatta. (2004). Media-Graphy: A Bibliography of the Works of Paul Kurtz Fifty-One Years, 1952–2003. Amherst, NY: Center for Inquiry, International.