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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.

Why Visiting Alien Spaceships Are Impossible

by Sid Deutsch
Volume 18.2, June 2008

UFOs are in the news again. But it is high time that our media stop speculating that alien spaceships may have been sighted.

Alien Abductions and Mental Hygiene Films: A Possible Link

by Bob Abel
Volume 18.2, June 2008

An alleged paranormal phenomenon is the alien abduction popularized by books such as Communion: A True Story.

Group News

by Henry Huber
Volume 18.1, March 2008

Group News

Group News from 2007

Is the Brain a Quantum Device?

by Victor Stenger
Volume 18.1, March 2008

Reality Check

In 1989, the Oxford mathematician and cosmologist Roger Penrose published a bestselling tome called The Emperor's New Mind...

Werewolves—or Weren’t?

Werewolves—or Weren’t?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 18.1, March 2008

Investigative Files

Among those creatures that inhabit the night, or at least the nightmares of the credulous, are vampires, zombies, and werewolves

A Case of Automatic Writing From Robert G. Ingersoll’s Spirit?

A Case of Automatic Writing From Robert G. Ingersoll’s Spirit?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 17.4, December 2007

Investigative Files

Did famed orator Robert Green Ingersoll communicate posthumously through a spiritualist medium to recant his atheism?

ESP and Religion

by Victor Stenger
Volume 17.4, December 2007

Reality Check

In one example, I argue that almost all religions posit an immaterial spirit or soul separate from the body...

The Other Side of the Story: Ghost Hunting

by Ben Radford
Volume 17.4, December 2007

Interviews

Interview with filmmakers Andy and Tonya Keyser

A Many-Headed Hydra: Reasons for the Persistence of the ‘Bible Code’ and Suggested Anodynes

by P.A. Hancock
Volume 17.3, September 2007

The Bible Code has not experienced the quiet demise it so obviously deserves.

The Bermuda Triangle and the ‘Hutchinson Effect’

The Bermuda Triangle and the ‘Hutchinson Effect’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 17.3, September 2007

Investigative Files

Calling it "the world's greatest mystery," Gian J. Quasar revisits the enigma of the Bermuda Triangle.

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