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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 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’?

Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry

Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry

by Joe Schwarcz
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Forum

Miracles are pretty rare events. Except on television’s Dr. Oz Show, where they appear with astonishing frequency.

Bigfoot Lookalikes: Tracking Hairy Man-Beasts

Bigfoot Lookalikes: Tracking Hairy Man-Beasts

by Joe Nickell
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Investigative Files

Over my years as a skeptical cryptozoologist, I have looked for real, natural lookalikes to explain various reported “monsters.” Are there animals that might be mistaken for Bigfoot?

The Mysteries of Leonardo

The Mysteries of Leonardo

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Notes on a Strange World

Leonardo da Vinci not only epitomizes genius and creativity, but he is also one of the most sought-after sources of mysteries, both real and invented.

The Chelyabinsk Event of February 15, 2013

The Chelyabinsk Event of February 15, 2013

by David Morrison, Alan Harris, and Mark Boslough
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Article

On February 15, 2013, the million inhabitants of the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk experienced a half-megaton explosion from a disintegrating space rock. What happened, and how did the people of Chelyabinsk react?

Down the Garden Path: Faulty Thinking and Self-Delusion

by Harriet Hall
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Article

A Navy neurologist’s credulous venture into acupuncture advocacy serves as a useful case study. Here are twelve mistakes he made rambling down the garden path of self-delusion.

Steven Pinker on Violence

Steven Pinker on Violence

by Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Interview

Acclaimed Harvard psychologist and best-selling author Steven Pinker was interviewed by Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney in a rare live edition of Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of our Center for Inquiry. Here is the majority of that interview.

The Queen Mary Is Not Haunted (But I Understand Why You Think She Is)

The Queen Mary Is Not Haunted (But I Understand Why You Think She Is)

by John Champion
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Article

The RMS Queen Mary, a ship of enormous historical import, has been transformed into a roadside attraction whose owners profit off the allure of “ghosts.” Her glorious factual history has been brushed aside in a bid to pander to eager ghost-hunting tourists who aren’t thinking critically about the claims.

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