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Skeptical Inquirer

Skeptical Inquirer is the official journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Six times per year Skeptical Inquirer publishes critical scientific evaluations of all manner of controversial and extraordinary claims, including but not limited to paranormal and fringe-science matters, and informed discussion of all relevant issues. In addition to news, articles, book reviews, and investigations on a wide variety of topics, Skeptical Inquirer has a stellar stable of regular columnists including Joe Nickell (“Investigative Files”), Massimo Polidoro (“Notes on a Strange World”), Massimo Pigluicci (“Thinking About Science”), Robert Sheaffer (“Psychic Vibrations”), and SI managing editor Benjamin Radford's reader-driven (“The Skeptical Inquiree”). Yale University neurologist Steven Novella, M.D., founder of the New England Skeptical Society and executive editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog, contributes a new "The Science of Medicine" column, and contributing editor Kenneth W. Krause adds a regular science column, "ScienceWatch."

Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure

Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure

by David H. Gorski
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

Article

The Houston doctor Stanislaw Burzynski has been using an unproven cancer cure, “antineoplastons,” for decades, but despite its lack of proven anticancer activity, he has still not been shut down. Here is a primer for skeptics on his career and claims.

Skeptic Activists Fighting for Burzynski’s Cancer Patients

Skeptic Activists Fighting for Burzynski’s Cancer Patients

by Robert Blaskiewicz
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

Article

A group of skeptical activists has been aggressively investigating and challenging the false claims of the Burzynski clinic and its dubious cancer treatments, presenting reliable information about them online. They even raised funds for a legitimate research hospital.

CFI Summit: Highlights

CFI Summit: Highlights

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

Conference Report

Skeptics, Humanists Come Together in Tacoma in First Joint Conference: Skepticism, Humanism, or Both?

CFI Summit: Impressions

CFI Summit: Impressions

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

Conference Report

Back from the CFI Summit, I am completely impressed. Not only was there no obvious twerking, but there was no drama, and in our tight little community of scientific skeptics that is a wonderful thing.

Eugenie C. Scott Given CFI/CSI Lifetime Achievement Award

Eugenie C. Scott Given CFI/CSI Lifetime Achievement Award

by Ronald A. Lindsay
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

Conference Report

Here are the remarks by CFI President and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay at the CFI Summit in Tacoma presenting the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Eugenie C. Scott.

The Conjuring: Ghosts? Poltergeist? Demons?

The Conjuring: Ghosts? Poltergeist? Demons?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

Investigative Files

The 2013 scary movie The Conjuring was very loosely based on the story of Roger and Carolyn Perron and their five daughters who moved into a “haunted” Rhode Island farmhouse in January 1971. There, hysteria soon reigned, the flames of which were fanned by the infamous paranormal “investigators” Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion? A Skeptic’s Guide to the Debate

Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion? A Skeptic’s Guide to the Debate

by Scott O. Lilienfeld and Rachel Ammirati
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

A special preview from the current issue: The widespread assertion that the world would be better off without religion is a reasonable hypothesis. Yet data suggest that skeptics should attach no more than a modest level of probability to it.

How to Think about Appealing Claims

How to Think about Appealing Claims

by Kenneth L. Feder
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

Book Review

A review of Think: Why You Should Question Everything, by Guy P. Harrison.

The Moon Was Full and Nothing Happened

The Moon Was Full and Nothing Happened

by I. W. Kelly, James Rotton, and Roger Culver
Volume 10.2, Winter 1985-86

Article

A Review of Studies on the Moon and Human Behavior and Lunar Beliefs

Harun Yahya’s Islamic Creationism: What It Is and Isn’t

Harun Yahya’s Islamic Creationism: What It Is and Isn’t

by Stefano Bigliardi
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Article

The works published under the name Harun Yahya promote “Islamic creationism.” A closer look at their internal logic reveals that their appeal lies in their capacity to mimic science.

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