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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 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.

Mind Over Metal

Mind Over Metal

by Joe Nickell
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Investigative Files

Can people move or alter physical objects simply by using a hidden power of the mind called psychokinesis? I have encountered many claims of such powers in the course of my work (since 1969) as a paranormal investigator.

Do You Believe in Magic?

Do You Believe in Magic?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Book Review

A review of Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul Offit, MD.

Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

by Indre Viskontas
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Interview

What causes the startling, unbidden perception of something that seems very real but has no material existence outside of our own minds? The “poet-laureate of medicine,” Oliver Sacks, takes us through the looking glass and into the fascinating world of hallucinations.

New Information Surfaces on ‘World’s Best Lake Monster Photo,’ Raising Questions

New Information Surfaces on ‘World’s Best Lake Monster Photo,’ Raising Questions

by Robert E. Bartholomew
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Article

The famous “Mansi photo” of the Lake Champlain monster has been held up for decades as strong proof for cryptozoology—the so-called best evidence for the existence of a hidden animal. Yet, newly uncovered documents reveal troubling questions about the photo and the circumstances surrounding it.

Valuing Science with Differing Values: Let’s Broaden the Debate in the Skeptical Movement

by Barry Fagin
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Forum

What do you do when your heart says one thing and the data says another? When science conflicts with values, which wins the battle for your soul? Which, for that matter, gets your vote?

Recent Miracles You May Have Missed

by Lawrence Rifkin
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Forum

What a privilege to be living through a time of such miracles. These are not literal miracles, of course, in the sense of divine intervention, and so miracles is not the correct word.

Scotland Mysteries—Part II: Ghosts, Fairies, and Witches

Scotland Mysteries—Part II: Ghosts, Fairies, and Witches

by Joe Nickell
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Investigative Files

Joe Nickell continues his investigation of Scottish enigmas—based in part on his excursion following the 2012 skeptics QED conference in England, with intrepid skeptical investigator Hayley Stevens and her father Andy, who is a photographer and professional guide.

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.

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