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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 Memorial Day Bigfoot Video: A Closer Look

The Memorial Day Bigfoot Video: A Closer Look

by Daniel Perez
Volume 17.3, September 2007

Bigfoot, or at least his image on videotape, is again at the center of a great controversy.

The Mindless Quantum

by Victor Stenger
Volume 17.3, September 2007

Reality Check

Two recent films tell us that we can change our lives, heal our ills, and become rich and famous just by thinking we can do so.

The First Thing We Do, Let’s Get Rid of All the Astrologers

by Paul DesOrmeaux
Volume 17.2, June 2007

As Oscar Wilde wisely observed: "The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing."

Lake Monster Lookalikes

Lake Monster Lookalikes

by Joe Nickell
Volume 17.2, June 2007

Investigative Files

As a cryptozoologist--albeit a skeptical one--I have long been on the track of fabled creatures...

God and Rev. Bayes

God and Rev. Bayes

by Victor Stenger
Volume 17.2, June 2007

Reality Check

Bayes' theorem provides a means for calculating the probability of a statement being true based on the available evidence.

Mr. Sludge, the Medium

by Lewis Jones
Volume 17.1, March 2007

Inklings

"[O]ne may well ask whether in ancient or modern times any preternatural event has been more clearly proved."

Who Were the Ancient Engineers of Egypt?

Who Were the Ancient Engineers of Egypt?

by James Trefil
Volume 17.1, March 2007

Ancient astronauts: The term has a ring to it.

Close Encounters with Alien Abductions

by David Ludden
Volume 17.1, March 2007

Book Review

Review of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens.

A Day at the Paranormal Fair

A Day at the Paranormal Fair

by Joanne Agate
Volume 16.4, December 2006

Earlier this year, in Bilzen, Belgium, a friend asked me if I'd like to accompany her to what is called a paranormal fair.

Headless Ghosts I Have Known

Headless Ghosts I Have Known

by Joe Nickell
Volume 16.4, December 2006

Investigative Files

In the popular imagination, ghosts are a form of “energy” that survives death.

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