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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."

Cómo me involucré en el mundo escéptico

by Susan Gerbic, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

Yo era extremadamente crédula e ingenua. No tenía a quién preguntarle y la Guerra Fría estaba en su esplendor.

Bigfoot and I: Reflections on Forty Years of Skepticism

Bigfoot and I: Reflections on Forty Years of Skepticism

by Eugenie Scott
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

Every physical anthropologist secretly wishes that Yeti and Bigfoot were real.

My Personal Odyssey in Skepticism

My Personal Odyssey in Skepticism

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

It changed my life. I had already rejected religion after reading atheist writings, but I was still open to belief in UFOs, ESP, and all sorts of other weird things, simply because I had never come across anyone who questioned those beliefs.

From Tiny Acorns…

From Tiny Acorns…

by Christopher C. French
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

Back in the early 1980s, I believed in quite a number of paranormal claims. In my defense, back then skeptical critiques of parapsychology were even rarer than they are now, and all the books I used in preparing the lecture were uncritically pro-paranormal.

Spreading Skepticism

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

This goes to the heart of what, for me, skepticism is about: things we can test.

Pensar claramente sobre el cáncer

Pensar claramente sobre el cáncer

by Harriet Hall, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Review

Cuando a la gente se le diagnostica cáncer, se vuelve vulnerable y se desespera. Buscan información y esperan encontrar libros de recetas de cocina, relatos milagrosos, medicina alternativa y “curas prohibidas” respecto del cáncer.

A Glimpse Backward—and Forward—at Skepticism’s Big Tent

A Glimpse Backward—and Forward—at Skepticism’s Big Tent

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

I have yet to have a person name an occupation or hobby that doesn’t have some angle into pseudoscience or paranormal claims.

How I Got Hooked on the Skeptical World

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

I was extremely gullible and naive, had no one to ask, and the Cold War was in full swing.

The Day the World Changed . . . for Me

The Day the World Changed . . . for Me

by Richard Saunders
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

When I was twelve years old, UFOs were real.

Skeptical Activism from the Bottom Up

by Michael Marshall
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

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.

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