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Skeptical Briefs

The Skeptical Briefs newsletter is only available to Associate Members of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. 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.

A Korean Skeptic’s Report: New Ager-Occupied Territory

by Gun-Il Kang
Volume 10.1, March 2000

A deep attachment to tradition and an aspiration to wealth are cherished values of the modern South Korean.

The Roots of Qi

The Roots of Qi

by Donald Mainfort
Volume 10.1, March 2000

Ancient texts reveal the origins of qigong

Spirit Painting (Part I)

Spirit Painting (Part I)

by Joe Nickell
Volume 10.1, March 2000

Investigative Files

During the heyday of spiritualism, among the "physical phenomena" commonly manifested were so-called spirit paintings.

The Book

by Lewis Jones
Volume 9.4, December 1999

Inklings

The year 776 b.c. saw the first Olympiad, in which runners wore only a small loincloth.

Sideshow! Carnival Oddities and Illusions Provide Lessons for Skeptics

Sideshow! Carnival Oddities and Illusions Provide Lessons for Skeptics

by Joe Nickell
Volume 9.4, December 1999

Investigative Files

Like Robert Ripley, I have always been attracted to the odd and the curious.

Science, A Candle in the Dark

by Jere H. Lipps
Volume 9.3, September 1999

The following is an excerpt from the keynote address given at the Integrative Biology and Human Biodynamics Commencement...

Springer Psychic: A Study in ‘Clairvoyance’

Springer Psychic: A Study in ‘Clairvoyance’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 9.3, September 1999

Investigative Files

On March 16, 1992, I appeared on The Jerry Springer Show with what were billed as "today's outrageous psychics."

What Do You Think?

by Lewis Jones
Volume 9.2, June 1999

Inklings

Mark Twain once described religion as "a set of things which the average man thinks he believes."

The Fire Dance of Bali

The Fire Dance of Bali

by Clyde Freeman Herreid
Volume 9.2, June 1999

Darkness approached as we pulled into the tiny parking lot in front of the shed next to the Hindu temple.

You Don’t Have to Cheat to Get It Wrong!

by Bob Steiner
Volume 9.2, June 1999

When skeptics speak, especially from a stage or the front of a crowded room, we find that our views are frequently challenged.

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