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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.

Italy’s Graveyard “Ghost” Photo

Italy’s Graveyard “Ghost” Photo

by Joe Nickell
Volume 8.2, June 1998

Investigative Files

On January 24, 1998, CSICOP received an e-mail letter and scanned photograph from Dave Esch...

The Energy Fields of Life

by Victor Stenger
Volume 8.2, June 1998

Reality Check

The principle behind almost all of alternative medicine is that some ëlan vital infuses organisms with life.

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