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The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

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.

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.4 —
July/August 2017

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.4 Cover

Articles by:

  • Benjamin Radford
  • Gary Posner
  • James Randi
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kendrick Frazier
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Philip J. Senter
  • Stuart Vyse
  • Terence Hines
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

JonBenet Murder Mystery Solved? (Not by Psychics)

JonBenet Murder Mystery Solved? (Not by Psychics)

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Inquirer · Volume 41.4

The death of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey went unsolved for two decades. 
Psychics were worse than useless, but the author’s proposed solution resulted from evaluating the best evidence.


The Farce Known as ‘FC’

The Farce Known as ‘FC’

by James Randi
Skeptical Inquirer · A Magician in the Lab · Volume 41.4

James Randi addresses the sham of ‘Facilitated Communication’

The Phoenix Driveway Ghost

The Phoenix Driveway Ghost

by Benjamin Radford
Skeptical Inquirer · Skeptical Inquiree · Volume 41.4

Ben Radford explains a strange mist found in a Phoenix woman’s driveway.

‘Psychic Detective’ Noreen Renier: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from a Grieving Family

‘Psychic Detective’ Noreen Renier: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from a Grieving Family

by Gary Posner
Skeptical Inquirer · Volume 41.4

Newly obtained recordings provide a unique opportunity to assess the sessions of a genuine “psychic detective” police case.

This is Genetic Engineering 2.0!

This is Genetic Engineering 2.0!

by Susan Gerbic
Special Articles · CSICon
August 14, 2017

Kevin Folta is a professor at the University of Florida and the chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department. He will be speaking at CSICon on Friday October 27.

The Politicization of Science: Skeptical Inquirer on a Danger to Democracy

The Politicization of Science: Skeptical Inquirer on a Danger to Democracy

Press Releases
August 11, 2017

In the national debates over contentious scientific issues such as climate change, vaccines, and evolution, political and cultural identification have become a determining factor as to whether one accepts the facts of science. In its latest issue, Skeptical Inquirer traces the roots of the politicization of scientific issues.