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.
by Daniel Perez
Bigfoot, or at least his image on videotape, is again at the center of a great controversy.
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.
As Oscar Wilde wisely observed: "The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing."
by Joe Nickell
As a cryptozoologist--albeit a skeptical one--I have long been on the track of fabled creatures...
Bayes' theorem provides a means for calculating the probability of a statement being true based on the available evidence.
by Lewis Jones
"[O]ne may well ask whether in ancient or modern times any preternatural event has been more clearly proved."
by James Trefil
Ancient astronauts: The term has a ring to it.
by David Ludden
Review of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens.
by Joanne Agate
Earlier this year, in Bilzen, Belgium, a friend asked me if I'd like to accompany her to what is called a paranormal fair.
by Joe Nickell
In the popular imagination, ghosts are a form of “energy” that survives death.