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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."

No Health Risks from GMOs

No Health Risks from GMOs

by Steven Novella
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

The Science of Medicine

Like many public controversies, the debate can be better informed by scientific evidence; however, there is no legitimate scientific controversy over the safety of GMOs.

The Lure of Mysterious Paintings, Part 2

The Lure of Mysterious Paintings, Part 2

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Notes on a Strange World

In continuing our discussion on “mystery” paintings from the past: a special place is held by paintings that are said to hold hidden meanings—especially when they do.

Mount Rainier: ‘Saucer Magnet’

Mount Rainier: ‘Saucer Magnet’

by James McGaha and Joe Nickell
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Article

Mount Rainier isn’t just where seminal UFO figure Kenneth Arnold saw “flying saucers” in 1947; the majestic mountain actually plays a more direct role in saucerology.

Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine

Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine

by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Article

A study of federal funding advancing naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and energy healing as acceptable medical protocols finds troubling misuse of taxpayer dollars.

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

by Bill Nye
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Special Report

Bill Nye gives his own first-person view of this much-watched and much-discussed debate, the circumstances surrounding it, his preparations and strategy, and the reasons he decided to take part.

Connecticut’s Hidden Animals?

Connecticut’s Hidden Animals?

by Kenneth L. Feder
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Forum

The rational part of my mind recognized almost immediately thereafter that the identification I had come up with was nonsensical. But was it?

The ‘200 Demons’ House: A Skeptical Demonologist’s Report

The ‘200 Demons’ House: A Skeptical Demonologist’s Report

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Investigative Files

Sparking an international media frenzy, a house in Gary, Indiana, was—according to two unnamed “clairvoyants”—besieged by over 200 demons.

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

by Steven Novella
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

The Science of Medicine

Fear is a powerful emotion with clear protective functions. However, fear is not always adaptive.

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

by Glenn Branch
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Review

A review of Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution, by Edward Caudill.

Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure

Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure

by David H. Gorski
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

Article

The Houston doctor Stanislaw Burzynski has been using an unproven cancer cure, “antineoplastons,” for decades, but despite its lack of proven anticancer activity, he has still not been shut down. Here is a primer for skeptics on his career and claims.

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