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Skeptics Honor Pro-Science Entertainment

Bill Maher, Amanda Peet, Joe Nickell, Lewis Black, Mythbusters To Receive Awards At 3rd Annual Red Carpet Ceremony On May 18th

Hollywood, CA. April 29, 2009. The Independent Investigations Group (IIG), the premier paranormal investigations team on the West Coast, will present their 3rd Annual IIG Awards recognizing the promotion of science in popular media. The IIG will also present awards to actress Amanda Peet for her pro-vaccine work, and to career paranormal expert Joe Nickell. Other honorees include Mythbusters, Bill Maher's Religulous, and Lewis Black's The Root of All Evil. The awards recognize productions and artists that promote scientific values, encourage critical thinking, and dispel myths.

"We are excited to be honoring those who are bringing a positive light to science and reason," said James Underdown, Chair of the IIG and Executive Director of the IIG's home, the Center for Inquiry - Los Angeles. "This coming together of celebrities and skepticism is an awards event with some real substance," added Underdown.

The 3rd Annual IIG Awards will be held on May 18th at the Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles with a reception beginning at 7 PM. Celebrity presenters at the ceremony will include The Root of All Evil's Kathleen Madigan, The Aristocrats' Paul Provenza, Mystery Science Theater 3000's Frank Conniff, comedian Dana Gould and others yet to be announced. Also on hand will be representatives of the winning movies and television shows, VIP guests, and Friends of the Center for Inquiry.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served
Cash Bar
Tickets are $15, and are available at the door and at http://www.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=190429
Parking is free.
Members of the press are welcome.

Location:
Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood California 90027

The Independent Investigations Group at the Center for Inquiry is the West Coast's premiere skeptical organization. The IIG has a standing offer of $50,000 to anyone who can prove paranormal abilities under scientific testing conditions. The IIG also works with the James Randi Educational Foundation by screening applicants for its $1 Million Paranormal Challenge. Visit our website at http://www.iigwest.org or e-mail us at info@iigwest.org.

The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles is the west coast home to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), publisher of Skeptical Inquirer magazine. Visit our website at http://www.cfiwest.org or call (323) 666-9797 x101.

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