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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”), 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."

Does Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty-Year Update

Does Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty-Year Update

by Geoffrey Dean
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Feature

Thirty years ago, although dozens of tests had been mostly negative, astrologers said critics had ignored serious astrology. Now there are hundreds of tests, some of them even heroic. Has anything changed?

A Skeptical Response to Science Denial

A Skeptical Response to Science Denial

by John Cook
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Feature

Science denial has a corrosive effect on deli- cately understood scientific concepts, and it is getting worse. But science itself holds an answer.

Artistic Provocations from 
Skeptical Inquirers: An Exhibit

Artistic Provocations from 
Skeptical Inquirers: An Exhibit

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Special Report

The question of the relationship between art and science remains fascinating and open.

Two Artists Combine Art, 
Science, and Skepticism

Two Artists Combine Art, 
Science, and Skepticism

by Russ Dobler
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Special Report

“Much of my work has been about what we see, what we don’t see, and what we think we see”

Jesse James’s ‘Haunts’: Legends, History, and Forensic Science

Jesse James’s ‘Haunts’: Legends, History, and Forensic Science

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Investigative Files

Before trying to explain something, first be sure that it really occurred.

The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Psychic Vibrations

Until now, the Phoenix Lights were simply that: they were just lights in the sky, skeptics and proponents could agree.

Partisan Pandemics

Partisan Pandemics

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Political Divisions Will Affect American Beliefs about the Zika Threat.

Heavy with Praise, Light with Skepticism

Heavy with Praise, Light with Skepticism

by James Alcock
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Review

Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism, and Science by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha

Creators of the Paranormal

Creators of the Paranormal

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

A handful of twentieth-century figures “created” the modern concept of the paranormal and its leading topics, transporting fantasy, myth, or speculation into a kind of believable “reality.” Most proved to be a chimera.

Dissociation and Paranormal Beliefs, Toward a Taxonomy of Belief in the Unreal

Dissociation and Paranormal Beliefs, Toward a Taxonomy of Belief in the Unreal

by Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

In a normal population, dissociative tendencies contribute to many types of 
paranormal thinking. Psychological dissociation, even at a subclinical level, is an important 
factor in the cognitive processing that leads to belief in the unreal.

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