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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.

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."

A Monstrous Approach to Boosting Tourism

by Scott Teel
Volume 19.2, June 2009

Cayuga Lake has all the essentials: it's long and deep (435 feet at points); it was once covered by ocean water...

The Ballad of Jed (and the Pet Psychic)

by Karen Stollznow
Volume 19.1, March 2009

Listen to my story 'bout a cat named Jed

Here’s Looking at You

by Lewis Jones
Volume 19.1, March 2009

Inklings

If you hold this page up to a mirror, the mirrored image will display text that reads from right to left instead of...

Cagliostro: ‘Quack of Quacks’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 19.1, March 2009

Investigative Files

While on a five-country investigative tour of Europe in 2007, I twice came upon historic residences of the master deceiver...

Think. Question. Grow.

by Angie McQuaig
Volume 19.1, March 2009

Camp Inquiry Engages Children in Rational Skepticism

Grilled-Cheese Madonna

Grilled-Cheese Madonna

by Joe Nickell
Volume 18.3, September 2008

Investigative Files

It has become the quintessential holy image to appear on an item of food: the Virgin Mary on a grilled-cheese sandwich.

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