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Skeptical Inquirer is the official journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. It is published by the Center for Inquiry in association with 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”), 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."

JonBenet Murder Mystery Solved? (Not by Psychics)

JonBenet Murder Mystery Solved? (Not by Psychics)

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

The death of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey went unsolved for two decades. 
Psychics were worse than useless, but the author’s proposed solution resulted from evaluating the best evidence.


The Farce Known as ‘FC’

The Farce Known as ‘FC’

by James Randi
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

A Magician in the Lab

James Randi addresses the sham of ‘Facilitated Communication’

The Phoenix Driveway Ghost

The Phoenix Driveway Ghost

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Ben Radford explains a strange mist found in a Phoenix woman’s driveway.

‘Psychic Detective’ Noreen Renier: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from a Grieving Family

‘Psychic Detective’ Noreen Renier: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from a Grieving Family

by Gary Posner
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Newly obtained recordings provide a unique opportunity to assess the sessions of a genuine “psychic detective” police case.

Murder by Darkness: Does Mammoth Cave’s Specter Harbor a Secret?

Murder by Darkness: Does Mammoth Cave’s Specter Harbor a Secret?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Investigative Files

Joe Nickell solves the case of an unlikely ghost, hidden in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave

Why We Often Get Risks Wrong

Why We Often Get Risks Wrong

by Terence Hines
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Review

Geoffrey Kabat debunks elusive health risks in his new book.

Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs?

Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs?

by Philip J. Senter
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Feature

To support their claim that humans and dinosaurs coexisted, numerous antievolution publications—including grade-school science textbooks—assert that dragon legends were inspired by human encounters with fire-breathing dinosaurs. Here’s why that’s unrealistic.

Los campos electromagnéticos ¿pueden crear fantasmas?

by Ben Radford, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Si usted está seguro de que los fantasmas son reales (y no el producto de alucinaciones inducidas por CMEs), no hay lógica ni razón alguna para usar un dispositivo para detectar dichos CMEs.

Surviving the Misinformation Age

Surviving the Misinformation Age

by David J. Helfand
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

For ourselves and our society, survival in the current era requires adopting scientific habits of mind.

Statin Denialism

Statin Denialism

by Harriet Hall
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

The benefits of statins far outweigh their risks, but public perception has been skewed by alarmist misinformation from statin denialists.

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