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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 40.4 —
July/August 2016

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.4 Cover

Articles by:

  • Benjamin Radford
  • Geoffrey Dean
  • James Alcock
  • Joe Nickell
  • John Cook
  • Kenneth W. Krause
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Robert Sheaffer
  • Sadri Hassani
  • Stuart Vyse
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

Giving Nootropics a New Try

Giving Nootropics a New Try

by Carrie Poppy
Special Articles · Poppycock
July 29, 2016

Nootropics, by definition, certainly exist. But when we talk about nootropics anecdotally, we often mean something else: drugs that exist on the fringe, not yet completely acknowledged by science, or outright sidelined by it.

A Conversation with George Hrab

A Conversation with George Hrab

by Susan Gerbic
Special Articles
July 28, 2016

George Hrab is a professional musician, author, and popular podcaster. The Geologic podcast is an intersection between music and scientific skepticism. George will also be our emcee at CSICon this year.

La búsqueda de evidencia negativa

by Joe Nickell & James McGaha, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Skeptical Inquirer · Online Extra · Volume 39.6

A todo el mundo le gustan los misterios. Resuelva uno en el campo científico y enseguida vendrán los elogios.

A Conversation with the SkepDoc

A Conversation with the SkepDoc

by Susan Gerbic
Special Articles
July 25, 2016

There have been anti-vaccine protests as long as there have been vaccines. And there have been doctor-bashers as long as there have been doctors. Before we had science-based medicine, all we had was “alternative” medicine: folk medicine and superstition. It’s sad that people are encouraging each other to return to that pre-scientific world.

Kitty Genovese: Revising the Parable of the Bad Samaritan

Kitty Genovese: Revising the Parable of the Bad Samaritan

by Stuart Vyse
Special Articles · Behavior & Belief
July 21, 2016

The Kitty Genovese case became a troubling symbol of bystander apathy in the United States. According to the Times report, thirty-seven people witnessed Genovese being stabbed to death in three separate attacks over a period of thirty minutes, and none of them called the police or attempted to intervene.

The Man Behind the Makeup: An Interview with Captain Disillusion

The Man Behind the Makeup: An Interview with Captain Disillusion

by Susan Gerbic
Special Articles
July 18, 2016

Captain D’s catch phrase is “Love with your heart: use your brain for everything else.” I think it’s about time the community learned more about the man behind the makeup.