Kendrick Frazier is editor of the Skeptical Inquirer and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is editor of several anthologies, including Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience.
I want to give some brief historical perspective about the skeptical movement, take a look at some new trends, and revisit a theme I’ve emphasized before, reminding ourselves why we do this: the higher values of skeptical inquiry.
Cautions and Enthusiasms
Wildly Wrong, Psychics Shouldn’t Get a Free Pass
Violence, Here and Above
September 16, 2013
It awards the Nobel Prizes in science and proudly portrays not a political figure but one of its most eminent scientists on its ubiquitous 100-kronor note (about $16). So it is hardly surprising that Sweden is the home of a large and vibrant skeptics group and was the able host of the 2013 European Skeptics Congress (ESC), August 23–25, in Stockholm.
Admiration and Disapprobation
Experiments attempting to replicate Bem’s results were quickly conducted at various universities, but none were accepted for publication by Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Now the journal has had an apparent change of heart.
A Lively CSICon 2012 Nashville Eyes Latest Trends in Science, Pseudoscience, and Belief
A Good Look at Invisibility
Courage, Optimism, and Thinking Big: An Exuberant Life Well Lived
Exuberant Champion of the New Enlightenment
Can We Have Civilized Conversations about Touchy Science Policy Issues?
Phrenology’s Lessons for Today
Dr. Phil Gives Psychics a Pass
The Roswell Syndrome . . . and Pseudoskepticism
Like its earlier CSICOP conference predecessors, CSICon New Orleans 2011 was rich with provocative ideas, good science, critical thinking, informed analysis, and penetrating criticism of claims poorly supported by scientific evidence.
Getting People Emotionally Invested
NCCAM, No. CSIcon, Yes.
From Shakespeare to American Archaeology
Who Really Wants Reliable Scientific Information?
Examining 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
Pop Culture and Questionable Cases
July 13, 2011
SKEPTICAL INQUIRER editor Kendrick Frazier reports from Doha, Qatar.
June 30, 2011
More than 700 science journalists from ninety countries—half of them from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East—are meeting on the outskirts of Doha ...
Why the Bem Experiments Are Not Parapsychology’s Next Big Thing
The world of news and blogs began buzzing in mid-November. A prominent psychologist, Daryl Bem of Cornell University, had posted a paper on his website...
Perhaps surprising for such a towering intellect, Martin was a modest and unassuming man.
August 2, 2010
Noted climate scientist Stephen H. Schneider of Stanford University died July 19, 2010, of an apparent heart attack while traveling in London.
January 6, 2010
If you are anything like me, reading is an essential part of life itself. For my generation, newspapers, books, and magazines...
Notes on the News: Deception, Notoriety, and Credulity in Our Infotainment Age
The media frenzy about a homemade balloon launch supposedly carrying a Fort Collins, Colorado, family's six-year old son into the sky and the resulting...
The Scourge of Cancer
I doubt there are many families not affected in some way by the subject of our cover article—cancer.