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Now Online: Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.3

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.3 Cover

  May/June 2014

Selected articles by:

  • Bill Nye
  • Glenn Branch
  • James McGaha
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kenneth L. Feder
  • Steven Novella

Latest Articles & News

Modern Witch Hunting and Superstitious Murder in India

Modern Witch Hunting and Superstitious Murder in India

by Ryan Shaffer
Skeptical Inquirer · Science and Religion · Volume 38.4

The modern practice of witch hunting in India includes violence and beliefs that have led to the torture and murder of alleged witches. State governments and rationalist groups are trying to address the problem but face big obstacles.

You Should Have Seen This One Coming – Protesting With Good Thinking At UK Psychic Events

You Should Have Seen This One Coming – Protesting With Good Thinking At UK Psychic Events

by Kylie Sturgess
Special Articles · Curiouser and Curiouser
October 17, 2014

In March of this year, the UK charity Good Thinking was contacted by Mark Tilbrook. Mark is a skeptical activist who had been planning to hand out leaflets to people on their way to attend a range of psychic shows.

In memoriam Jean DOMMANGET

In memoriam Jean DOMMANGET

by The Comité PARA
Special Articles
October 16, 2014

Jean Dommanget died on October 1, 2014 at the age of 90. He was an astronomer and head of the Département “Astrométrie et Dynamique des corps célestes” at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. He was an internationally acknowledged specialist in the domain of double stars.

In Celebration of Martin Gardner

In Celebration of Martin Gardner

by Martin Gardner
Special Articles
October 15, 2014

To commemorate the centennial of the birth of one of the greatest figures in modern scientific skepticism, we have decided to republish a selection of his “Notes of a Psi-Watcher” and “Notes of a Fringe-Watcher” columns from the Skeptical Inquirer on our website.

44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments Demolished in Skeptical Inquirer

44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments Demolished in Skeptical Inquirer

Press Releases
October 10, 2014

Defenders of dubious alternative medicine often make their case by attacking doctors and the larger Western medical profession, accusing them of such things as being in the pocket of “Big Pharma” or favoring the treatment of an illness’s symptoms over its root causes. But retired Air Force surgeon and skeptical activist Harriet Hall is having none of it.

Scientific Methodology and Its Religious Parallels

Scientific Methodology and Its Religious Parallels

by Charles M. Wynn Sr.
Skeptical Inquirer · Science and Religion · Volume 38.4

If religious believers had a better understanding of scientific methodology and nonbelievers had a better understanding of its parallels with religion, they could have more meaningful discussions with each other.