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The Selfish Gene at 40: Richard Dawkins Reflects On His Landmark Work in Skeptical Inquirer

February 15, 2017

With his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins revolutionized the modern understanding of evolution by natural selection and sparked a passion for science in millions of readers across generations. Forty years later, Dawkins revisits his milestone work in Skeptical Inquirer, and tells of how much more has been learned from looking at life from the “gene’s-eye-vi

Science Besieged: Skeptical Inquirer on the Battles over Stem Cells, Climate, and the Truth Itself

December 13, 2016

Science in the United States, embattled as ever, is about to enter a new, heightened era of crisis, as old battles over subjects like stem cells and climate change rage on, and political partisanship hardens false beliefs. The latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer brings us to the front lines of the struggle over the place of science and reason in policy and culture.

Center for Inquiry Lauds FTC for Curbing Homeopathy’s False Advertising

November 16, 2016

The Center for Inquiry praised the Federal Trade Commission’s new enforcement policy statement on the marketing of homeopathic drugs, promising to hold the health-related claims made by the manufacturers of these pseudoscientific “alternative” remedies to the same standards as any other remedies.

40 Years of Skeptical Inquirer: Personal Odysseys Shared in Special Anniversary Issue

October 18, 2016

Skeptical Inquirer celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a special issue highlighting the personal journeys of some of today’s leading skeptics. An esteemed group of academics, investigators, and activists share stories and reflections of the movement that grew in large part out of this groundbreaking magazine’s pages.

Skeptics to Honor Vox’s Julia Belluz with Critical Thinking Award

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.

40 Years of Skeptical Inquirer: Anniversary Issue with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and more

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

Is Astrology False? Yes. Does it Matter? Skeptical Inquirer Consults the Chart

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.

Joe Nickell on the Paranormal’s (Very Recent) Origin Story, in Skeptical Inquirer

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.

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’

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