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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.

Shootout with Martians: In the Wake of the 1938 Broadcast Panic

Shootout with Martians: In the Wake of the 1938 Broadcast Panic

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.4, December 2010

Investigative Files

A visit to an art exhibit—based on Orson Welles’s famous 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast—at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo introduced me to a remarkable incident that reportedly occurred during the “panic” caused by Welles’s dramatized Martian invasion.

Did the Universe Come from Nothing?

Did the Universe Come from Nothing?

by Victor Stenger
Volume 20.4, December 2010

Reality Check

They will tell you that they intuitively feel that something must be “out there,” some power that is responsible for the universe and the laws that govern it. After all, they ask, “How can something come from nothing?”

Alone on the Loch: One Man’s Search for Nessie

Alone on the Loch: One Man’s Search for Nessie

by Ben Radford
Volume 20.3, September 2010

I found Feltham more or less by accident. I was at Scotland’s famous loch for about a week following a speaking engagement in London...

Scientific Investigation vs. Ghost Hunters

Scientific Investigation vs. Ghost Hunters

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.3, September 2010

Investigative Files

I have often crossed paths with The Atlantic Paranormal Society, headed by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, stars of the popular Ghost Hunters series.

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”

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