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The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

The mission of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.

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The FDA is giving serious consideration to our petition to require that all over-the-counter homeopathic drugs meet the standards of effectiveness applicable to non-homeopathic drugs. Read the letter from the FDA »

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Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.3 —
May/June 2015

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.3 Cover

Articles by:

  • Ben Radford
  • Chris French
  • David H. Gorski
  • David Morrison
  • Harriet Hall
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kendrick Frazier
  • Kenneth W. Krause
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Robert Sheaffer
  • Steven Novella
  • Susan Gerbic
  • Thomas Patterson
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation

Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation

by Preston R. Bost
Skeptical Inquirer · Article · Volume 39.1

Where do conspiracy beliefs come from? Recent behavioral research suggests that they do not reflect pathology or lazy thinking but may instead come from normal, rational minds.

Sylvia Browne’s FBI File: Examining Her Alleged Detective Work and a Federal Criminal Investigation

Sylvia Browne’s FBI File: Examining Her Alleged Detective Work and a Federal Criminal Investigation

by Ryan Shaffer
Skeptical Inquirer · Special Report · Volume 39.1

Recently obtained FBI files shatter Sylvia Browne’s insinuation that she had a relationship with federal law enforcement and show that the only interest the agency had in Browne was investigating her for fraud.

Are Skeptics Psychic?

Are Skeptics Psychic?

by Jim Underdown
Special Articles
April 27, 2015

It might seem odd to choose a hotel full of skeptics to be the subject of a test of psychic ability, but then again, who’s to say that skeptics themselves aren’t endowed with such talent—one perhaps they would themselves be loath to acknowledge?

Fake Turin Shroud Deceives National Geographic Author

Fake Turin Shroud Deceives National Geographic Author

by Joe Nickell
Special Articles
April 23, 2015

Science—and truth—have come under attack by an online article that bears the imprimatur of National Geographic.

Taking Back Skepticism

Taking Back Skepticism

by John Cook
Special Articles
April 22, 2015

Skepticism is at the heart of the scientific method. Genuine skeptics don’t come to conclusions until they’ve considered the full body of evidence. In contrast, people who deny well-established science come to conclusions first, and then reject any evidence that conflicts with their beliefs.

Monster Catfish: Investigating a Whopper

Monster Catfish: Investigating a Whopper

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Inquirer · Investigative Files · Volume 39.1

There are different versions—folklore at work—regarding the origins of both the giant fish and the old photo. Some say the picture is genuine, while others insist that it is not.