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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."

Sandy Hook School Shooting: The Adam Lanza Death Certificate Conspiracy

Sandy Hook School Shooting: The Adam Lanza Death Certificate Conspiracy

by Ben Radford
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Skeptical Inquiree

"Is there any chance you could put my mind at ease and explain why the Social Security Death Index would list [Sandy Hook shooter] Adam Lanza as having died on December 13, 2012, the day before the Sandy Hook shooting?"

Clear and Fear: Scientology Under Review

Clear and Fear: Scientology Under Review

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Book Review

We very likely have Katie Holmes to thank for the timing of this latest crop of books on Scientology, the belief system so notably promoted by her ex-husband, Tom Cruise. Yes, at least two of these authors have been researching their books for many years, but for promotional opportunities you can’t beat a good celebrity crack-up.

Treatise on Invisible Beings

Treatise on Invisible Beings

by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

Article

Allegedly invisible entities—popular belief notwithstanding—are indistinguishable from imaginary beings.

An Indian Test of Indian Astrology

An Indian Test of Indian Astrology

by Jayant V. Narlikar
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

Article

Indian astrologers claim they can tell a person’s intelligence from his or her horoscope. But twenty-seven astrologers failed to perform better than chance when given forty horoscopes of intellectually bright subjects and mentally handicapped subjects.

Failure to Replicate Results of Bem Parapsychology Experiments Published by Same Journal

Failure to Replicate Results of Bem Parapsychology Experiments Published by Same Journal

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

News & Comment

Experiments attempting to replicate Bem’s results were quickly conducted at various universities, but none were accepted for publication by Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Now the journal has had an apparent change of heart.

Ideas and Insights, Inquiries and Investigations

Ideas and Insights, Inquiries and Investigations

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

Conference Report

A Lively CSICon 2012 Nashville Eyes Latest Trends in Science, Pseudoscience, and Belief

Help! I’m Being Followed by Ancient Aliens!

Help! I’m Being Followed by Ancient Aliens!

by Kenneth L. Feder
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

Forum

The archaeological record shows clearly that our human ancestors were enormously intelligent and resourceful. They were more than capable of developing sophisticated technologies on their own.

Herbs Are Drugs

by Steven Novella
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

The Science of Medicine

Herbal supplements are big business. The industry has managed to maintain a “mom and pop” image to the public, the righteous underdog constantly under attack by Big Pharma. In reality, the herbal product industry is just another drug industry, one selling products that are poorly regulated and likely don’t work for their claimed indications.

The Parameters of Pseudoscience

The Parameters of Pseudoscience

by David Morrison
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

Book Review

Skeptics often say they are trying to expose pseudoscience, but in reality we tend to use this term loosely. Creationism, homeopathy, alternative medicine, and cold fusion are clearly pseudoscientific, but what about ancient aliens, UFOs, alien abductions, Bigfoot, crystals, the Moon hoax, and many other claims investigated in the pages of the Skeptical Inquirer?

Flawed Look at Monsters

Flawed Look at Monsters

by Terence Hines
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

Book Review

The intent of Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite is to provide scientific explanations for various monsters found in historical legend and literature up through the monsters of today as seen, mostly, in film. Had Kaplan succeeded in this task, he would have produced an exciting and interesting book.

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