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The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry promotes science and scientific inquiry, critical thinking, science education, and the use of reason in examining important issues. It encourages the critical investigation of controversial or extraordinary claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to the scientific community, the media, and the public.

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Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.3 —
May/June 2016

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.3 Cover

Articles by:

  • Benjamin Radford
  • Harriet Hall
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kenneth W. Krause
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Robert Sheaffer
  • Scott O. Lilienfeld
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

In Search of Mary Magdalene

In Search of Mary Magdalene

by Massimo Polidoro
Skeptical Inquirer · Notes on a Strange World · Volume 40.2

But why today is there so much discussion about Magdalene? What’s so special about this woman to attract the attention of fans of mysteries?

Shifting the Conversation about Climate Change

by Matt Nisbet
Skeptical Inquirer · The Science of Science Communication · Volume 40.2

As we educate the public about scientific consensus, evidence suggests we also need to reframe the focus of debate. Americans tend to view climate change as a scientific or environmental issue, but not as a problem that affects them personally or that connects to issues that they already perceive as important.

Clear Thinking About Cancer

Clear Thinking About Cancer

by Harriet Hall
Skeptical Inquirer · Review · Volume 40.2

He doesn’t blame people who go off in pursuit of a promised miracle cure. He understands their desperation and the comfort of having a hope to cling to. Rather, he blames those who offer that anything without a fair, accurate, and accountable foundation.

The CAMphora: Health in a Jar

The CAMphora: Health in a Jar

by Harriet Hall
Special Articles · SkepDoc's Corner
May 18, 2016

My flabber was thoroughly gasted. Apparently you sit in the jar and put water and maybe Chinese herbs into it and it is connected to 220-volt electricity.

Notable Articles about the Creation of CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer

Notable Articles about the Creation of CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer

by Timothy Binga
Special Articles
May 17, 2016

A collection of early articles about CSICOP, compiled for our readers.

“Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories”  a review by Robert Blaskiewicz.

“Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories”  a review by Robert Blaskiewicz.

by Robert Blaskiewicz
Special Articles · The Conspiracy Guy
May 16, 2016

Whereas Barkun looks at the history and development of specific conspiracist narratives, Brotherton focuses on why such narratives arise in the first place and looks to psychology for those answers.