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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
  • Kyle Polich
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Philip J. Senter
  • Stuart Vyse
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

An Investigation of the Missing411 Conspiracy

An Investigation of the Missing411 Conspiracy

by Kyle Polich
Skeptical Inquirer · Volume 41.4

In his “Missing411” series of books, author David Paulides claims that people are going missing from U.S. national parks under unusual circumstances and the National Park Service is obstructing attempts to investigate. What are the facts?

The March for Science

The March for Science

by Matt Nisbet
Skeptical Inquirer · The Science of Science Communication · Volume 41.4

Partisan protests put public trust in scientists at risk.

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.