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."
by Richard Saunders
When I was twelve years old, UFOs were real.
by Michael Marshall
The inevitable downside to a movement with no center is a lack of a figurehead to drive activism and direct enthusiasm into effective pursuits, meaning opportunities to counter pseudoscience directly and publicly sometimes pass by, with local groups focusing their energies on their own local activities.
by Joe Nickell
I analyzed the Perrons’ claims of demonic activity and showed that they were consistent with the effects of strong winds, misperceptions, schoolgirl pranks, vivid dreams, simple suggestion, role-playing, and other factors.
by Matt Nisbet
Hint: Focus on Community-Based Strategies and Avoid Denigrating Parents.
by Rachel Ammirati, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Dean McKay
“As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession”
Physicist and CSI Fellow Mark Boslough interviewed noted climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann, who spoke at CSICon Las Vegas.
by Bill Nye
We must employ critical thinking and our powers of reason to recognize the problems of global climate change, play the hand we are being dealt, and get to work.
“Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.”
I have come to understand that scientific skepticism is a weird beast that is often difficult to understand, especially from the outside.
These are the times that try men’s souls.” This was true when Thomas Paine uttered these words, and they remain true today.