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Now Online: Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.2

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.2 Cover

  March/April 2014

Selected articles by:

  • David H. Gorski
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kendrick Frazier
  • Kenneth L. Feder
  • Robert Blaskiewicz
  • Ronald A. Lindsay
  • Susan Gerbic

Latest Articles & News

Carl Sagan, Cosmos,
 and Everything

Carl Sagan, Cosmos,
 and Everything

by Kitty Mervine
Skeptical Briefs · Volume 23.4

I consider an archive like a dark, still pool. I like to give it a stir and see what pops up to the surface.

I Oil Pulled for a Month and All I Got Was This Sore Tongue

I Oil Pulled for a Month and All I Got Was This Sore Tongue

by Carrie Poppy
Special Articles · Poppycock
July 23, 2014

All I had to do to perfect my pearly whites was swish a tablespoon of oil (sunflower or sesame is preferred) around my mouth for twenty minutes a day, pulling toxins out of my teeth and gums and “improving my overall oral health.”

Ghost Hunting: Conditioning Phobias

by Kenneth Biddle
Skeptical Briefs · Volume 23.3

In August of 2009, I was asked to tag along with a ghost-hunting group that was going to do a paranormal investigation of a private residence. Despite the fact that there were simple and very plausible explanations for everything he experienced, the owner was completely convinced he had purchased a haunted house.

Investigating the Rhode Island UFO

Investigating the Rhode Island UFO

by Chip Taylor
Skeptical Briefs · Volume 23.3

With a half a century plus of interest in UFOs, astronomy, and science, I’ve despaired that in all that time I’ve never seen a real UFO. (With emphasis on what the “U” stands for of course.)

Tracking Florida’s Skunk Ape

Tracking Florida’s Skunk Ape

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Briefs · Investigative Files · Volume 23.3

Combining myths of the American Sasquatch—better known since 1958 as “Bigfoot”—and various swamp monsters, Florida’s “Skunk Ape” is reportedly a large, shaggy, man-beast that haunts, especially, Florida’s wilderness areas.

Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure

Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure

by David H. Gorski
Skeptical Inquirer · Article · Volume 38.2

The Houston doctor Stanislaw Burzynski has been using an unproven cancer cure, “antineoplastons,” for decades, but despite its lack of proven anticancer activity, he has still not been shut down. Here is a primer for skeptics on his career and claims.