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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.

Benny Hinn Healing Crusade Ends in Controversy

by Leo Igwe
Volume 16.3, September 2006

In April 2005, American Evangelist Benny Hinn arrived in Nigeria for his much-advertised Healing Crusade.

Snake Oil: A Guide for Connoisseurs

Snake Oil: A Guide for Connoisseurs

by Joe Nickell
Volume 16.3, September 2006

Investigative Files

In an earlier article, "Peddling Snake Oil" (Nickell 1998), I addressed the question of snake oil’s existence.

Experiments Cast Doubt on Bigfoot ‘Evidence’

Experiments Cast Doubt on Bigfoot ‘Evidence’

by Michael Dennett
Volume 16.3, September 2006

One star of the Bigfoot community over the past decade has been latent-fingerprint examiner Jimmy Chilcutt.

Psychic vs. Skeptical Predictions

by Max Fagin
Volume 16.2, June 2006

What do you do with a high-school student who thinks she has paranormal abilities?

Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

by Victor Stenger
Volume 16.2, June 2006

Reality Check

The last resort of the theist who seeks to argue for the existence of God from science and finds all his other arguments fail.

Postmortem on ‘Alien Autopsy’

Postmortem on ‘Alien Autopsy’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 16.2, June 2006

Investigative Files

Britain's Manchester Evening News termed it a hoax that "fooled the world". Well, not exactly...

Group News

by Lauren Becker
Volume 16.1, March 2006

Group News

Sympathy for the Empath?

The Bigfoot Legend Lives

by Michael Dennett
Volume 16.1, March 2006

Within the span of a few years the Bigfoot community has lost its two primary proponents, René Dahinden and Grover Krantz

Sherlock Holmes, Paranormal Investigator

Sherlock Holmes, Paranormal Investigator

by Joe Nickell
Volume 16.1, March 2006

Investigative Files

Sherlock Holmes was not just the world's "only unofficial consulting detective."

Good or Bad, Round or Spiky?

by Mark Newbrook
Volume 15.4, December 2005

A Russian researcher named Valeri Belianine has been developing a new subfield called "phonosemantics."

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