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Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.4 —
July/August 2015

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.4 Cover

Articles by:

  • Ben Radford
  • Harriet Hall
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kendrick Frazier
  • Kenneth W. Krause
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Michael De Dora
  • Robert Sheaffer
  • Ronald H. Pine
  • Terence Hines
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?

Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?

by Harriet Hall
Skeptical Inquirer · Medical Misinformation · Volume 39.3

Scientific balance and objective assessments of evidence are necessary to avoid biased and misleading answers to concerns about pesticides.

SkeptiCal: The Northern California Conference of Science and Skepticism

SkeptiCal: The Northern California Conference of Science and Skepticism

by Rebecca Watson
Special Articles · Skepchick
July 22, 2015

When Skeptical Inquirer asked me to report on a skeptical conference happening in my backyard of San Francisco, I was, well, skeptical. I’ve been attending and occasionally speaking at skeptics’ conferences for the past decade, and with that investment of time in a relatively tiny subculture, one tends to see the same “big ticket” speakers over and over again.

Vaccines and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: An Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

Vaccines and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: An Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

by Lindsay Beyerstein
Skeptical Inquirer · Interview · Volume 39.3

In an interview with Lindsay Beyerstein on the Point of Inquiry podcast, Offit spoke about the early 2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaccination movement, and the importance of vaccination.

It’s Time for Science-Based Medicine

It’s Time for Science-Based Medicine

by Steven Novella
Skeptical Inquirer · The Science of Medicine · Volume 39.3

In the pages of the Skeptical Inquirer and elsewhere in the skeptical literature, you can read about a seemingly endless array of snake oil remedies, dubious health claims, questionable practices, ineffective regulation, and shortcomings of mainstream medicine.

Truth, Trouble, and Research Exposing Alt Med

Truth, Trouble, and Research Exposing Alt Med

by Chris French
Skeptical Inquirer · Review · Volume 39.3

A Scientist in Wonderland: A Memoir of Searching for Truth and Finding Trouble by Edzard Ernst

From the Whole Pantry to the Whole Health Hoax

From the Whole Pantry to the Whole Health Hoax

by Kylie Sturgess
Special Articles · Curiouser and Curiouser
July 7, 2015

For over a month now, I have read over Belle Gibson’s The Whole Pantry–a book that reportedly has been removed from the shelves, but is readily available at my local bookstore and the local library–and find myself repeatedly going back to the disclaimer on the back of the title page.