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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.

How to Talk to Philosophers

How to Talk to Philosophers

by Julia Galef
Volume 20.3, September 2010

Book Review

A review of Philosophy Bites: 25 Philosophers on 25 Intriguing Subjects

Tijuana: Magic and Mystery

Tijuana: Magic and Mystery

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.2, June 2010

At first thought, Tijuana has little to do with the Olmecs, who lived in the rich lowlands of Mexico’s Gulf Coast and created a great civilization that was...

Is There Evidence for an Afterlife?

by Victor Stenger
Volume 20.2, June 2010

D’Souza claims that near-death experiences (NDE) suggest that consciousness can outlive the breakdown of the body, and they cannot be explained as the...

Close Encounter of the Secondhand Kind with ‘Psychic Medium’ George Anderson

by Gary Posner
Volume 20.2, June 2010

One needs to listen to the entire recording to appreciate the endless stream of wild guesses and proffered questions that don’t offer any specific...

Shooting for The Sun

by Tom Napier
Volume 20.2, June 2010

A physicist explains why the sun is a poor dumping ground for nuclear waste.

How to Talk to Philosophers

by Julia Galef
Volume 20.1, March 2010

Book Review

A review of “Philosophy Bites: 25 Philosophers on 25 Intriguing Subjects”

Is Carbon Production in Stars Fine-Tuned for Life?

Is Carbon Production in Stars Fine-Tuned for Life?

by Victor Stenger
Volume 20.1, March 2010

Reality Check

For years theists have claimed that the constants of physics had to have been finely tuned by God for life in the universe to be possible...

A Skeptic Gets Schooled: An Introduction to Parapsychology

A Skeptic Gets Schooled: An Introduction to Parapsychology

by Kylie Sturgess
Volume 20.1, March 2010

Within the U.K. and on the European continent, there appears to be a well-established number of parapsychology research groups situated within higher...

Paracelsus:  The Magic and the Science

Paracelsus:  The Magic and the Science

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.1, March 2010

Investigative Files

Among the significant European figures of the sixteenth century, Paracelsus (1493–1541) was a transitional figure in the contest between magical and...

How I Debated a 9/11 Truther and Survived

by Dave Thomas
Volume 19.4, December 2009

Every October, New Mexico Tech puts on an alumni reunion called "49ers." As a Tech alumnus myself, my part of 49ers usually involves playing bass...

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