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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.

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.

Sima Nan: Fighting Qigong Pseudoscience in China

Sima Nan: Fighting Qigong Pseudoscience in China

by Donald Mainfort
Volume 9.1, March 1999

For speaking the truth about qigong, Sima Nan has been detained, tortured and accused of betraying his culture.

The Gypsies’ ‘Great Trick’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 9.1, March 1999

Investigative Files

Everyone knows what fortunetelling is supposed to be, but sometimes it is best defined as "the art of absconding with fortunes."

Peddling Snake Oil

Peddling Snake Oil

by Joe Nickell
Volume 8.4, December 1998

Investigative Files

Questions about the origins of the term provide the basis for an interesting investigation.

Scooby-Doo, How Could You?

Scooby-Doo, How Could You?

by Tim Madigan
Volume 8.4, December 1998

Way back when, I argued that the popular Hanna Barbara talking dog should be the official mascot of Skeptical Briefs.

Spoilsports?

by Lewis Jones
Volume 8.3, September 1998

Inklings

Recently the BBC put out a series of television programs titled “The Human Body.”

Investigating Spirit Communications

Investigating Spirit Communications

by Joe Nickell
Volume 8.3, September 1998

Investigative Files

Thanks to modern mass media, old-fashioned spiritualism is undergoing something of a revival.

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