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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.

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Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.3 —
May/June 2016

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.3 Cover

Articles by:

  • Benjamin Radford
  • Harriet Hall
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kenneth W. Krause
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Robert Sheaffer
  • Scott O. Lilienfeld
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

Report From SkeptiCal, the Northern California Science and Skepticism Conference

Report From SkeptiCal, the Northern California Science and Skepticism Conference

by Susan Gerbic
Special Articles
June 27, 2016

I attend as many skeptic conferences as I can, and each one has its own “flavor” and style. SkeptiCal differs from others by being a no-frills event, but without you noticing that those frills are missing.

Murder in the U.S. Capitol and the Ghost of William P. Taulbee

Murder in the U.S. Capitol and the Ghost of William P. Taulbee

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Briefs · Investigative Files · Volume 25.3

After my centennial article on Taulbee’s assassination appeared (Nickell 1990), I learned of a follow-up claim: Taulbee’s unrequited ghost haunts the steps that are still marked with his blood.

Genius Java: Memory Boosting Coffee

Genius Java: Memory Boosting Coffee

by Harriet Hall
Special Articles · SkepDoc's Corner
June 23, 2016

In one sense it might actually make you smarter: if you can understand why its claims are questionable and can apply those lessons to other marketing claims.

Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work—Interview with Kat Arney

Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work—Interview with Kat Arney

by Kylie Sturgess
Special Articles · Curiouser and Curiouser
June 22, 2016

A look at the history, influence, mysteries, and misconceptions about the field of genetics.

Critical and Thinking: The Ian Harris Interview

Critical and Thinking: The Ian Harris Interview

by Benjamin Radford
Skeptical Briefs · Volume 25.3

A standup comic doing explicitly skeptical material on a regular basis as part of his act is unusual.

Is Astrology False? Yes. Does it Matter? Skeptical Inquirer Consults the Chart

Is Astrology False? Yes. Does it Matter? Skeptical Inquirer Consults the Chart

Press Releases
June 17, 2016

Astrology has been disproved time and again through decades of vast and comprehensive studies, and yet its adherents remain unfazed. In Skeptical Inquirer, Geoffrey Dean builds upon his already-exhaustive research from thirty years ago to show that despite astrology having been thoroughly discredited, for many it still appears to them to have validity.