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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."

CSI Announces Paul Offit As Winner of the 2013 Balles Prize

CSI Announces Paul Offit As Winner of the 2013 Balles Prize

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

News & Comment

It is for a literary endeavor, perhaps no less valuable than his scientific work, that Dr. Paul Offit is the 2013 recipient of the Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking.

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

by Bill Nye
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Article

Bill Nye gives his own first-person view of this much-watched and much-discussed debate, the circumstances surrounding it, his preparations and strategy, and the reasons he decided to take part.

Connecticut’s Hidden Animals?

Connecticut’s Hidden Animals?

by Kenneth L. Feder
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Forum

The rational part of my mind recognized almost immediately thereafter that the identification I had come up with was nonsensical. But was it?

The ‘200 Demons’ House: A Skeptical Demonologist’s Report

The ‘200 Demons’ House: A Skeptical Demonologist’s Report

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Investigative Files

Sparking an international media frenzy, a house in Gary, Indiana, was—according to two unnamed “clairvoyants”—besieged by over 200 demons.

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

by Steven Novella
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

The Science of Medicine

Fear is a powerful emotion with clear protective functions. However, fear is not always adaptive.

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

by Glenn Branch
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Book Review

A review of Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution, by Edward Caudill.

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.

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