Recent news about and collected by CSI
August 23, 2016
For deftly debunking unscientific and outrageous medical claims, and for taking on the gurus of pseudoscience and quackery, Julia Belluz of Vox.com will be awarded the Balles Prize in Critical Thinking by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a program of the Center for Inquiry. The award will be presented on October 28 at the CSICon conference in Las Vegas.
August 16, 2016
Skeptical Inquirer, the groundbreaking magazine that laid the foundations of a lasting movement for rationality and critical thinking, celebrates forty years of skepticism with a special anniversary issue, featuring some of the biggest names in science and reason reflecting on the movement’s efforts to combat dangerous and false beliefs and offering constructive critiques for how be
June 17, 2016
Astrology has been disproved time and again through decades of vast and comprehensive studies, and yet its adherents remain unfazed. In Skeptical Inquirer, Geoffrey Dean builds upon his already-exhaustive research from thirty years ago to show that despite astrology having been thoroughly discredited, for many it still appears to them to have validity.
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.