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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.

Thoughts and Matter

by Victor Stenger
Volume 19.4, December 2009

Reality Check

In his book God and the New Atheism, theologian John Haught calls naturalism "deeply self-contradictory."

Elvis Lives! Investigating the Legends and Phenomena

Elvis Lives! Investigating the Legends and Phenomena

by Joe Nickell
Volume 19.4, December 2009

Investigative Files

Legendary American singer Elvis Presley is heralded not only as the major innovator, "The King," of rock 'n' roll but also as a godlike figure...

There’s No Debate: Elvis Is Not Alive

There’s No Debate: Elvis Is Not Alive

by Patrick Lacy
Volume 19.4, December 2009

"Elvis is alive." We've heard this refrain for years. It is a well-traveled companion of popular culture. The notion that Elvis faked his death is...

John Calvin and the Shroud of Turin

by Joe Nickell
Volume 19.3, September 2009

Investigative Files

While writing an introduction for an edition of John Calvin’s 1543 Treatise on Relics, I became intrigued by a little mystery...

Jules Verne: The Founder of Technobabble

by Tom Napier
Volume 19.3, September 2009

Every history of science fiction mentions Jules Verne (1828–1905). He wasn’t the first to write about a trip to the moon; that was done in Roman times...

A Skeptic’s Visit to Mythical Macchu Picchu

A Skeptic’s Visit to Mythical Macchu Picchu

by Ben Radford
Volume 19.3, September 2009

Hard-headed types like scientists and skeptical investigators are often seen as dour debunkers, devoid of magic and awe...

The UFO Hunters Debacle

by James Webb
Volume 19.3, September 2009

In early February 2009, I was sitting in my office when I received a phone call from one of the producers of the History Channel’s UFO Hunters...

The Image of Edessa Revealed

The Image of Edessa Revealed

by Joe Nickell
Volume 19.2, June 2009

Investigative Files

Among certain reputedly miraculous images of Jesus was the Image of Edessa, known later to the Byzantines as the Mandylion.

Giving Up the Ghost in Gettysburg

Giving Up the Ghost in Gettysburg

by Tonya Keyser
Volume 19.2, June 2009

Although we moved to a large town about twenty-five miles away from Gettysburg several years ago, I typically continue to...

The Deist Skeptic— Not a Contradiction

by Kylie Sturgess
Volume 19.2, June 2009

For a while now, I've been quite uncomfortable about an assumption sometimes expressed: "skepticism must equal atheism."

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