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April 4, 2016
Tales of psychic powers, mythical creatures, and hauntings seem like they have been with humanity since the dawn of time. But as world-renowned investigator Joe Nickell shows us in the latest Skeptical Inquirer, what we think of today as the paranormal can almost always be traced directly to the claims and creations of particular personalities of the twentieth century.
February 18, 2016Skeptical Inquirer is now available digitally on Apple Newsstand and on all other major platforms through the Pocketmags app.
February 10, 2016
The scientific study of biological race is riddled with controversy, both academic and political, such that the topic can seem untouchable. But what scientific truth might there be, if any, to the concept of race, which many experts deem a purely social construct? The latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer wades deep into the debate, with the arguments for and against the idea of race, and
December 9, 2015
When it comes to the ability of a polygraph machine to tell truth from lies, we have been severely misled. Add to that the ease with which the human memory can be manipulated to sincerely believe that which has never happened, and the implications for criminal justice become enormous. In Skeptical Inquirer, experts separate fact from fiction about the ways we determine, well, what’s fact and what’
October 14, 2015
Skeptical Inquirer Marks Forty Years of Larry Kusche’s Landmark Book
August 28, 2015
For generations, the mystery of the “sea serpent” witnessed by the captain of the HMS Daedalus in 1848 remained unsolved. But in the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, the magazine for science and reason, new evidence points to a definitive answer: No monster or dinosaur, but a particular kind of surface-skimming whale.
July 2, 2015
The 2014 Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, an award for excellence in the promotion of science and reason, was given this year to the creators, producers, and writers of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and to Dr. Joe Schwarcz for his book Is That a Fact? The Balles Prize is given annually by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), publisher of the magazine Skeptical Inquirer.
June 15, 2015
A leading science advocacy group is throwing down the gauntlet to the Heartland Institute, a group that claims that global warming stopped in 1998, with a stark, simple challenge: If the 30-year average global land surface temperature goes up in 2015, setting a new record, the Heartland Institute must donate $25,000 to a science education nonprofit.
June 9, 2015
The unprecedented availability of scientific data does not necessarily make for greater public understanding, as a celebrity-obsessed media turns to a handful of compelling scientific personalities to help us sort it all out. From Darwin to deGrasse Tyson, the rise of the “celebrity scientist” is explored in the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer.
April 15, 2015
Misinformation in medicine has reached a fever pitch in the media, in public policy, and even within respected medical institutions. A new special edition of Skeptical Inquirer delves deep into a problem that includes—and goes far beyond—the anti-vaccination movement, with quack health gurus, scientific journals, and even entire governments promoting dangerous pseudoscience as medicin