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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."

The Selfish Gene Revisited

The Selfish Gene Revisited

by Richard Dawkins
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

On the fortieth anniversary of the book that made him a scientific celebrity, biologist Richard Dawkins looks back at this “gene’s eye view” of evolution and finds it even more relevant today.

God’s Own Medicine

God’s Own Medicine

by Paul Offit
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

History’s unlearned lesson about pain relievers and addiction.

The Virtuous Skeptic

The Virtuous Skeptic

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

Shouldn’t Skeptics Know What They Are Talking about When They Are Talking about It?

Why We Believe —Long After We Shouldn’t

by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

Our brains are wired for self-justification and dissonance-reduction. We can override that impulse by learning how to admit our mistakes and separate them from our self-esteem.

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Interview

I took up being Harry Houdini, though I never claimed to be him. As a matter of fact, during my career I broke a couple of his records.

Cómo superar a un Maestro de Tai Chi

Cómo superar a un Maestro de Tai Chi

by Joe Nickell, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Investigative Files

Tai chi es una abreviatura de taiji quan, “boxeo máximo supremo”. Concebido hace siglos como un arte marcial, ahora también se practica —“Tai chi taoísta”— como técnica de ejercicios.

Miracle Tableau: Knock, Ireland, 1879

Miracle Tableau: Knock, Ireland, 1879

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Investigative Files

The ability to see pictures in random forms—as in clouds, tea leaves, and inkblots—is known as pareidolia... Some publicized examples I have made pilgrimages to examine include the face of Jesus in the skillet burns of a tortilla…

The Dangerous Delusion about Vaccines and Autism

The Dangerous Delusion about Vaccines and Autism

by James Randi
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

A Magician in the Lab

We’re already seeing a comeback of measles due to drops in vaccination rates.

Mystery of the Paulding Light

Mystery of the Paulding Light

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Of course, it’s more fun to imagine the distant glimmer is a ghostly railroad brakeman’s phantom lantern than the headlights of a 2005 Honda Civic.

What Ghosts Mean

What Ghosts Mean

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Review

“I have to admit that I’ve come to envy the people who reported having poltergeists in their home; they have a ready explanation for anything amiss in their household”

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