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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.

The FDA is giving serious consideration to our petition to require that all over-the-counter homeopathic drugs meet the standards of effectiveness applicable to non-homeopathic drugs. Read the letter from the FDA »

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.1 —
January/February 2017

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.1 Cover

Articles by:

  • Alan J. Scott
  • Benjamin Radford
  • Carrie Poppy
  • Harriet Hall
  • Joe Nickell
  • John Eades
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Robert Sheaffer
  • Stefaan Blancke
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

Susan Gerbic talks with Bob Knaier about his CSICon Experience.

Susan Gerbic talks with Bob Knaier about his CSICon Experience.

by Susan Gerbic
Special Articles
February 21, 2017

You can imagine my excitement (and dismay) when I came across an example of expert testimony being offered in support of a classic piece of pseudoscience: homeopathy.

Dispelling Demons: Detective Work at The Conjuring House

Dispelling Demons: Detective Work at The Conjuring House

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Inquirer · Investigative Files · Volume 40.6

I analyzed the Perrons’ claims of demonic activity and showed that they were consistent with the effects of strong winds, misperceptions, schoolgirl pranks, vivid dreams, simple suggestion, role-playing, and other factors.

Winning the Vaccine War

Winning the Vaccine War

by Matt Nisbet
Skeptical Inquirer · The Science of Science Communication · Volume 40.6

Hint: Focus on Community-Based Strategies and Avoid Denigrating Parents.

Why Physical Activity Does Little to Control Weight

Why Physical Activity Does Little to Control Weight

by Harriet Hall
Special Articles · SkepDoc's Corner
February 16, 2017

Herman Pontzer describes new research findings that challenge our conventional wisdom about diet, exercise, and weight loss.

The Selfish Gene at 40: Richard Dawkins Reflects On His Landmark Work in Skeptical Inquirer

Press Releases
February 15, 2017

With his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins revolutionized the modern understanding of evolution by natural selection and sparked a passion for science in millions of readers across generations. Forty years later, Dawkins revisits his milestone work in Skeptical Inquirer...

Superstition Masquerading as Science

by Rachel Ammirati, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Dean McKay
Skeptical Inquirer · Special Report · Volume 40.6

“As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession”