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Race and Biology: Skeptical Inquirer Surveys a Scientific Minefield

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

The Lie Detector’s Ugly Truth: Skeptical Inquirer on Polygraph Pseudoscience

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’

How One Man Solved the Bermuda Triangle Mystery

October 14, 2015

Skeptical Inquirer Marks Forty Years of Larry Kusche’s Landmark Book

Mystery of the Daedalus Sea Serpent SOLVED in Skeptical Inquirer

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.

Cosmos, Joe Schwarcz Win Skeptics’ Critical Thinking Prize

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.

Skeptics Dare Heartland Institute to Take Up $25,000 Climate Challenge

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.

Charles Darwin Superstar: The Rise of the Celebrity Scientist, in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’

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.

Peddlers of Medical Misinformation Exposed in a Special ‘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

Scientists to Media: Stop Calling Climate Change Deniers “Skeptics”

December 10, 2014

Prominent scientists, science communicators, and skeptic activists, including Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” physicist Lawrence Krauss, Cosmos co-creator Ann Druyan, and many others are calling on the news media to stop using the word “skeptic” when referring to those who refuse to accept the reality of climate change, and instead refer to them by what they really are: science deniers.

Deniers are not Skeptics

December 5, 2014

Public discussion of scientific topics such as global warming is confused by misuse of the term “skeptic.”

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