It's come up in another thread, and to elaborate any further on it there would be a classic hijack. Whether people are interested or not, the point of this thread is to describe what the international skeptical community is. Like any movement that is longstanding and extremely diverse, the skeptical community is no exception. It's odd to be a member of a group that doesn't have one official organization. Rather the idea one belongs to the skeptical community comes from as little as interacting with like-minded people to membership in one of the well known organizations associated with the movement. I started my off-topic diversion with this example of skeptical groups and people who identify with the movement: The "skeptical community" is a very large diverse international group of loosely (and sometimes more tightly) knit people that self identify as rational thinkers who promote critical thinking. The James Randi Educational Foundation Skeptics Meetup Groups across the planet Skeptics in the Pub groups CSIOP and The Skeptical Inquirer Skeptic, Michael Shermer Editor Skeptical, Scientific, & Critical Thinking Links The point is, this is an extensive community with a significant online presence and many local groups in cities all over the world. The replies to my post suggested people didn't look at these links, but rather chose to focus only on individuals labeling themselves as "skeptics". It's not about what one calls oneself. It's about identifying with likeminded people involved in a worldwide movement. As an example of what I mean by "movement", here are some accomplishments of two individual members and one organization of the skeptical community (there are hundreds more examples of people and organizations, with thousands of specific accomplishments I could cite): James Randi is probably one of the most famous skeptics, this is from his bio: I think that's enough for people to get the picture. Center for Inquiry Simon Singh, a member of the CFI fought to get an important law changed in the UK after he wrote an article using scientific evidence to debunk chiropractic care. As counterintuitive as it sounds, in the UK at the time it was libelous to publish evidence against such professional claims, even when the claims were demonstrably fraudulent. The point of this exercise is these people are community activists, they are not just running around self identifying as 'skeptics'. It's fine for people to approach anyone claiming to be a skeptic with skepticism. A lot of irrational thinkers use the terminology all the time, and certainly everyone who believes themselves to be a rational thinker is going to vary by degree how rational they really are. The community is loosely knit, there is no true Scotsman test or organization. But the point is, an international movement exists which is best referred to as the skeptical community. One should not dismiss these thousands of people who have accomplished as much as they have. Doing so ignores the fact a very large community of people who interact with each other exists.