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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."

Why Being Human Makes Evolution Hard to Understand

Why Being Human Makes Evolution Hard to Understand

by Cameron M. Smith
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Article

Our difficulty accepting evolution isn’t just because some religions oppose it or that it is complicated—it isn’t. The problem may be a result of how our minds work.

The Valentich Disappearance: Another UFO Cold Case Solved

The Valentich Disappearance: Another UFO Cold Case Solved

by James McGaha and Joe Nickell
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Article

What did he see? The missing piece of the puzzle in a strange ‘UFO’ case involving the crash of a young pilot off Australia has been identified.

The Jersey Devil: The Real Story

The Jersey Devil: The Real Story

by Brian Regal
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Article

The story of the Jersey Devil has become layered with myths and variations, obscuring the original events that gave rise to it. Not surprising considering the story comes from colonial-era political intrigue, Quaker religious infighting, and a future Founding Father.

Why We Do This: Revisiting the Higher Values of Skeptical Inquiry

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Commentary

I want to give some brief historical perspective about the skeptical movement, take a look at some new trends, and revisit a theme I’ve emphasized before, reminding ourselves why we do this: the higher values of skeptical inquiry.

Where Is the Science in Electronic Voice Phenomena?

Where Is the Science in Electronic Voice Phenomena?

by Everett A. Themer
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Forum

While the evidence they provide is scientifically debated, some tools such as audio recorders have become popular mainstays of the paranormal investigator.

UFO Hoaxes? There’s an App for That!

UFO Hoaxes? There’s an App for That!

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Psychic Vibrations

I knew that it was possible to create all manner of digital UFOs in photographs. What I did not realize was just how easy it has become.

Stardust, Smoke, and Mirrors: The Myth of the Mad Genius

Stardust, Smoke, and Mirrors: The Myth of the Mad Genius

by Judith Schlesinger
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Article

The myth of the mad genius began with a misinterpretation of Plato’s “divine madness” and has since gathered support and credibility because of public fascination, media distortion, and enthusiastic pseudoscience.

The Psychic Defective Revisited: Years Later, Sylvia Browne’s Accuracy Remains Dismal

The Psychic Defective Revisited: Years Later, Sylvia Browne’s Accuracy Remains Dismal

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Article

An update of our “Psychic Defective” analysis examines developments in eleven cases Sylvia Browne made predictions about, explores a new reading, and scrutinizes her other failed predictions about the papacy and American politics.

Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel

Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel

by LaRae Meadows
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Article

Europe’s diphtheria outbreaks in the 1940s provide a sobering context for modern anti-vaccination claims.

Has Global Warming Stopped?

Has Global Warming Stopped?

by David Morrison, John R. Mashey, and Mark Boslough
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Special Report

The latest public confusion about climate change involves an apparent slowing of the rise of global temperatures. What is the reality concerning this putative temperature ‘plateau’?

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