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Now Online: Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.6

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.6 Cover

  November/December 2013

Selected articles by:

  • Brian Regal
  • Cameron M. Smith
  • Everett A. Themer
  • James McGaha
  • Kendrick Frazier
  • Robert Sheaffer
  • Sally Satel

Latest Articles & News

The ‘Bell Witch’ Poltergeist

The ‘Bell Witch’ Poltergeist

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Inquirer · Investigative Files · Volume 38.1

Called “America’s best-known poltergeist case,” Tennessee’s sensational “Bell Witch” affair of ca. 1817–1821 has gone unexplained, it is said, for two centuries.

Kevin Trudeau’s $18,000 Weight Loss Plan: A Book Review

Kevin Trudeau’s $18,000 Weight Loss Plan: A Book Review

by Carrie Poppy
Special Articles · Poppycock
April 18, 2014

It wasn’t selling snake oil that put Kevin in the slammer. In fact, it wasn’t even the “natural cures” books for which he became so famous. It was his relatively forgotten book, The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Communicating Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Communicating Science

by Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Special Articles
April 16, 2014

This classic Point of Inquiry interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson has now been transcribed and is available to read.

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

by Bill Nye
Skeptical Inquirer · Article · Volume 38.3

In this Special Pre-Issue Release, Bill Nye gives his own first-person view of this much-watched and much-discussed debate, the circumstances surrounding it, his preparations and strategy, and the reasons he decided to take part.

Demarcation and Pseudoscience

by Massimo Pigliucci
Skeptical Inquirer · Thinking About Science · Volume 38.1

The demarcation problem is a serious one because science has extraordinary social cachet and commands huge sums of public financing, as well as because pseudoscience maims and even kills people.

Noé

Noé

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
Special Articles · ¡Paparruchas!
April 7, 2014

El Arca de Noé es una de las obsesiones de los literalistas bíblicos, que creen que lo narrado en las Sagradas Escrituras cristianas son hechos históricos.