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Comitato Italiano per il Controllo delle Affermazioni sulle Pseudoscienze
Abbreviation CICAP
Formation 1989
Type NGO
Purpose Scientific skepticism
Region served Italy
Official language Italian
Executive Director Massimo Polidoro
Affiliations European Council of Skeptical Organizations

CICAP (Comitato Italiano per il Controllo delle Affermazioni sulle Pseudoscienze; in English Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudoscience) is an Italian, non-profit, skeptic organization, founded in 1989. CICAP's main goals are the promotion of the scientific analysis of alleged paranormal phenomena. It is a member of the European Council of Skeptical Organizations.


Piero Angela, national convention of CICAP (2001)

CICAP was started by the Italian science journalist Piero Angela together with a group of scientists including Luigi Garlaschelli and others. The organization has always worked closely with Italian media to help insure accurate coverage of paranormal topics.[1] Two Nobel Prize laureates are or have been members: Carlo Rubbia and Rita Levi Montalcini. Other notable members include the philosopher, semiotician and novelist Umberto Eco.[2] As of 2009, the executive director is Italian skeptic investigator and writer Massimo Polidoro.[3]

In October 2004, CICAP and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry co-sponsored a World Skeptics Congress in Italy.[4]

In September 2013, CICAP announced a change in its name altering the P of the acronym from paranormale (paranormal) to pseudoscienze (pseudosciences).[5]


CICAP's Logo is based on the grid illusion. Designed in 1992 by Franco Ramaccini, was amended in 2009 with the inclusion of the words, "Comitato Italiano per il Controllo delle Affermazioni sul Paranormale".[6]


The organization has investigated a number of paranormal phenomena including:

In September 2005, National Geographic Channel's program Is It Real? (episode 10) asked for a demonstration of "Knockout" Chi (a no-touch knockout technique), during which instructor Leon Jay was unable to knock-out Luigi Garlaschelli, an investigator from CICAP.[10][11]

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  1. ^ Nisbet, Matt (August 31, 2000). "Introducing Italy's Version of Harry Houdini". Generation SXeptic (Ithaca, NY: Committee for Skeptical Inquiry). Archived from the original on 2009-08-02. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c McMahon, Barbara (October 6, 2005). "No blood, sweat or tears". The Guardian. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ "About CICAP". CICAP. 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ "World Skeptics Congress 2004". CICAP. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Il CICAP cambia nome: non più solo 'paranormale' ma 'pseudoscienze'". (in Italian). CICAP. September 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "FAQ - Tutto quello che vorreste sapere sul CICAP". (in Italian). CICAP. December 11, 2000. Qual è l'origine del logo del CICAP?. 
  7. ^ Garlaschelli, L.; Ramaccini, F.; Della Sala, S. (1994). "The blood of St. Januarius". Chemistry in Britain 30 (2): 123. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ Williams, William F. (2013) [2000]. "Januarius, St., Miracle Of". Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience: From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy. Routledge. p. 168. ISBN 9781135955229. 
  9. ^ Polidoro, Massimo (December 12, 2000). "Secrets of a Russian psychic". CICAP. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  10. ^ Polidoro, M. (May–June 2008). "Just like Jedi Knights (if only)". Skeptical Inquirer 32 (3) (Committee for Skeptical Inquiry). p. 21. 
  11. ^ "George Dillman explains Chi K.O. nullification". YouTube. Retrieved July 28, 2009. [copyright violation?]

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