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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.

The Enemy Within: Chronology of an Anti-Skepticism Case in Argentina

The Enemy Within: Chronology of an Anti-Skepticism Case in Argentina

by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 13.1, March 2003

This is an account of an episode I would have never wished to report. It shows how skeptics are not immune to hoaxing...

Legend of the White Lady

Legend of the White Lady

by Joe Nickell
Volume 13.1, March 2003

Investigative Files

Every town in Franconia has a legend of Die Weisse Frau - a ghostly figure that walks about at night terrifying people.

Mothman Revisited:
 Investigating on Site

Mothman Revisited:
 Investigating on Site

by Joe Nickell
Volume 12.4, December 2002

Investigative Files

In a previous critical report, I suggested the identity of “Mothman.” Subsequently I was able to make an investigative trip to Point Pleasant.

2002: The Year of the Conspiracy Crank

by Kevin Christopher
Volume 12.4, December 2002

Down-on-their-luck TV news anchors have joined hair-trigger survivalists and End Times evangelists on the conspiracy circuit.

Beyond Feng Shui

by Joe Queenan
Volume 12.4, December 2002

Tune in to 530 AM for thelatest ch'i updates.

Meta-Analysis and the Filedrawer Effect

by Victor Stenger
Volume 12.4, December 2002

Reality Check

An extraordinary phenomenon is normally not considered to be even tentatively established until it has been observed...

Has the Second Law Been Falsified?

Has the Second Law Been Falsified?

by Victor Stenger
Volume 12.3, September 2002

Reality Check

"One of the most important principles of physics, that disorder, or entropy, always increases, has been shown to be untrue."

“Visitations”: After-Death Contacts

“Visitations”: After-Death Contacts

by Joe Nickell
Volume 12.3, September 2002

Investigative Files

Those who suffer the loss of a loved one may experience such anguish and emptiness that they are unable to let go...

Haunted Cape May

by Sharon Hill
Volume 12.3, September 2002

At the terminus of the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey is the charming Victorian-themed resort town of Cape May.

Investigating Witchcraft and Sorcery in Rangareddi District, India

by Dr. G. Vijayam
Volume 12.2, June 2002

The superintendent of police of India's Rangareddi district invited a team from the Atheist Centre to investigate witchcraft...

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