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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."

The Moon Was Full and Nothing Happened

The Moon Was Full and Nothing Happened

by I. W. Kelly, James Rotton, and Roger Culver
Volume 10.2, Winter 1985-86

Article

A Review of Studies on the Moon and Human Behavior and Lunar Beliefs

Harun Yahya’s Islamic Creationism: What It Is and Isn’t

Harun Yahya’s Islamic Creationism: What It Is and Isn’t

by Stefano Bigliardi
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Article

The works published under the name Harun Yahya promote “Islamic creationism.” A closer look at their internal logic reveals that their appeal lies in their capacity to mimic science.

When Big Evidence Isn’t: The Statistical Pitfalls of Dean Radin’s Supernormal

When Big Evidence Isn’t: The Statistical Pitfalls of Dean Radin’s Supernormal

by Dale DeBakcsy
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Article

Dean Radin’s new book claims that the scientific evidence for supernormal human abilities is now overwhelming. Radin relies upon meta-analyses and misrepresentations of published results to produce outlandish confidence numbers that work against the very belief he is trying to foster.

Demonology: A Study of What Is Not

Demonology: A Study of What Is Not

by Stanley Stepanic
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Article

Demonology is one of the most misused terms in English, particularly by those relating the phrase to the occult. But what is it?

Reduce Greenhouse Emissions and Make a Profit: My Forty-Year Focus on Climate Change

by Thomas R. Casten
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Commentary

My experience suggests a contrarian view on the climate change debate that may be worth sharing with my fellow skeptics, including those of you skeptical of climate science.

Three Days of Science and Skepticism in Stockholm

Three Days of Science and Skepticism in Stockholm

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

News & Comment

Sweden is the home of a large and vibrant skeptics group and was the able host of the 2013 European Skeptics Congress, August 23–25, in Stockholm.

The ‘Bell Witch’ Poltergeist

The ‘Bell Witch’ Poltergeist

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Investigative Files

Called “America’s best-known poltergeist case,” Tennessee’s sensational “Bell Witch” affair of ca. 1817–1821 has gone unexplained, it is said, for two centuries.

Demarcation and Pseudoscience

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Thinking About Science

The demarcation problem is a serious one because science has extraordinary social cachet and commands huge sums of public financing, as well as because pseudoscience maims and even kills people.

Curse of the Evil Eye

Curse of the Evil Eye

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Notes on a Strange World

The evil eye is a lucrative business for many psychics and charlatans. However, the risks run by those who decide to rely on these frauds are often much worse than just a bloodletting to their pocketbooks.

Losing Our Minds in the Age of Brain Science

Losing Our Minds in the Age of Brain Science

by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Article

Neuroscience and its new brain imaging tools are great achievements of modern science. But they are vulnerable to being oversold by the media, some overzealous scientists, and neuroentrepreneurs.

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