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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.

U-Haul Moves into the Paranormal

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 11.4, December 2001

We've all seen U-Haul trucks on our road and highways. Up until about ten years ago, the trucks were pretty boring...

The Science of Prayer

by Victor Stenger
Volume 11.4, December 2001

Reality Check

Praying for yourself may help you. Or it may harm you. Or it may do nothing at all. Each of these is possible...

Secrets of the Voodoo Tomb

by Joe Nickell
Volume 11.4, December 2001

Investigative Files

Among the sites associated with New Orleans voodoo is the tomb of its greatest figure, Marie Laveau...

Living Skepticism

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 11.3, September 2001

In this issue Paul Kurtz asks how far critical thinking can be extended, what areas logical inquiry applies to...

The Need for Skepticism in Nigeria

by Leo Igwe
Volume 11.3, September 2001

Nigeria is a very religious country with most of its population mired in superstition. This is not limited to the illiterate...

Atlantis: No way, No how, No where

Atlantis: No way, No how, No where

by Kevin Christopher
Volume 11.3, September 2001

The myth of the lost civilization of Atlantis has attracted the attention and speculation of several eminent personalities...

The Paranormal Visit

by Larry Weinstein
Volume 11.2, June 2001

Eerie lights flickered and strange moans sounded as the specially equipped vehicles screamed up to the haunted house...

A Walk on the Dark Side

by Lewis Jones
Volume 11.2, June 2001

Inklings

It is not uncommon to hear someone express the opinion that irrational beliefs may be regrettable, but they are harmless.

CSICOP Celebrates 25th Anniversary

by Kevin Christopher and Ben Radford
Volume 11.2, June 2001

CSICOP was founded in 1976 by SUNY philosophy professor Paul Kurtz, and grew over the years with the support of luminaries...

Aliens are from Mars, Solved Mysteries from Venus

by Kevin Christopher
Volume 11.1, March 2001

Regardless of their merits, some UFO "mysteries"-like the "Roswell Incident"-live for decades in the public imagination...

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