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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 41.3 —
May/June 2017

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.3 Cover

Articles by:

  • Benjamin Radford
  • Bertha Vazquez
  • Glenn Branch
  • Harriet Hall
  • James Randi
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kendrick Frazier
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Stuart Vyse
  • and more!

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Cómo superar a un Maestro de Tai Chi

Cómo superar a un Maestro de Tai Chi

by Joe Nickell, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Skeptical Inquirer · Investigative Files · Volume 41.1

Tai chi es una abreviatura de taiji quan, “boxeo máximo supremo”. Concebido hace siglos como un arte marcial, ahora también se practica —“Tai chi taoísta”— como técnica de ejercicios.

Steller’s Sea Ape:
 Identifying an Eighteenth-Century Cryptid

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Briefs · Investigative Files · Volume 26.4

Since its appearance in 1741, a mysterious creature has remained controversial—a so-called “sea monkey” that puzzled naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller.

Miracle Tableau: Knock, Ireland, 1879

Miracle Tableau: Knock, Ireland, 1879

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Inquirer · Investigative Files · Volume 41.2

The ability to see pictures in random forms—as in clouds, tea leaves, and inkblots—is known as pareidolia... Some publicized examples I have made pilgrimages to examine include the face of Jesus in the skillet burns of a tortilla…

To Be More Skeptical about Anti- Vaccination and Vitamin Supplements: An Interview with Paul Offit

To Be More Skeptical about Anti- Vaccination and Vitamin Supplements: An Interview with Paul Offit

by Felipe Nogueira
Skeptical Briefs · Interviews · Volume 26.4

I think once you scare people, it’s hard to un-scare them; once you open the Pandora’s Box, it’s hard to close it.

The Dangerous Delusion about Vaccines and Autism

The Dangerous Delusion about Vaccines and Autism

by James Randi
Skeptical Inquirer · A Magician in the Lab · Volume 41.2

We’re already seeing a comeback of measles due to drops in vaccination rates.

Mystery of the Paulding Light

Mystery of the Paulding Light

by Benjamin Radford
Skeptical Inquirer · Skeptical Inquiree · Volume 41.2

Of course, it’s more fun to imagine the distant glimmer is a ghostly railroad brakeman’s phantom lantern than the headlights of a 2005 Honda Civic.