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Skeptical Briefs

Skeptical Briefs is the quarterly newsletter of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. It is available by subscription. A subscription to Skeptical Briefs is independent of your subscription to the Skeptical Inquirer. It is published four times per year (in March, June, September, and December), and includes articles; news from skeptical groups across the country and around the world; and regular columnists Joe Nickell ("Investigative Files"), Lewis Jones ("Inklings"), Victor Stenger ("Reality Check"), Henry Huber ("Group News"); and Benjamin Radford ("Briefs Briefs"). It also includes a Hidden Messages puzzle in each issue by New Mexico physicist and skeptic David E. Thomas.

Mystery Coin of 
the Yukon

Mystery Coin of 
the Yukon

by Joe Nickell
Volume 26.3, Fall 2016

Investigative Files

According to raconteur Ed Ferrell in his Strange Stories of Alaska and the Yukon (1996, 120), the coin “appeared to have been minted before the Ice Age”

Reflections on Sean Carroll’s The Big Picture

Reflections on Sean Carroll’s The Big Picture

by Felipe Nogueira
Volume 26.3, Fall 2016

Skepticism and Science

Carroll is a poetic naturalist, and he does a great job throughout the book of differentiating fundamental from emergent phenomena, highlighting that both are real.

A Guide to Ghost Hunting Guidebooks: NO MORE! Please! (Part 2)

by Sharon Hill
Volume 26.2, Summer 2016

Book Review

Such incredible claims should have equally incredible documentation provided. Nope. Nothing. It’s practically lying.

‘Career’ in Exorcism 
in Argentina

‘Career’ in Exorcism 
in Argentina

by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 26.2, Summer 2016

Imagine hundreds of people being “exorcized” by these “professionals,” spreading superstition and magical thinking.

Ghosts at New Orleans’ Secret Horror Chamber

Ghosts at New Orleans’ Secret Horror Chamber

by Joe Nickell
Volume 26.2, Summer 2016

Investigative Files

Perhaps such antics will inspire a new generation of ghost hunters.

The Discovery of Gravitational Waves: 
An Interview with Lawrence Krauss

The Discovery of Gravitational Waves: 
An Interview with Lawrence Krauss

by Felipe Nogueira
Volume 26.2, Summer 2016

Skepticism and Science

Gravitational waves were the last aspect of general relativity that needed to be tested directly; it’s completely right.

Chemtrails Kill… Dude!

Chemtrails Kill… Dude!

by Ian Harris
Volume 26.3, Fall 2016

We have all probably run into at least one person who is convinced there is a government conspiracy at hand.

Did Joseph Smith Predict Doomsday?

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 26.1, Spring 2016

My inclusion of Joseph Smith as a failed doomsday prophet was not intended to disparage the Mormon faith but instead a historical fact based on Smith’s own writings.

A Guide to Ghost Hunting Guidebooks: NO MORE! Please! (Part 1)

by Sharon Hill
Volume 26.1, Spring 2016

Book Review

No ghost handbook has ever led anyone to catch and identify ghosts; they can only lead you to interpret something as a ghost.

Otherwordly: Mysteries of Newfoundland and Labrador

Otherwordly: Mysteries of Newfoundland and Labrador

by Joe Nickell
Volume 26.1, Spring 2016

Investigative Files

According to the tale, if one were driving at night from Deer Lake toward the city of Corner Brook one might encounter “a woman in a white dress.”

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