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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."

The Science Literacy Paradox

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Why really smart people are often the most 
biased in their opinions…

Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled after All These Years

Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled after All These Years

by Raymond Barglow and Margret Schaefer
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Feature

Had stem-cell research received the political support that it merits, it would probably have arrived by now at effective treatments for a number of severe chronic diseases.

Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things That Happen

Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things That Happen

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Online Extra

You might guess there wouldn’t be much psychological research on belief in fate, destiny, or purpose, but you’d be wrong.

Our Conspiracy-Generating Brains

Our Conspiracy-Generating Brains

by Steven Caldwell Brown
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Review

Brotherton argues that conspiracy theories, ultimately, are stories not unlike those we have been telling each other throughout the ages.

Does Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty-Year Update

Does Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty-Year Update

by Geoffrey Dean
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Feature

Thirty years ago, although dozens of tests had been mostly negative, astrologers said critics had ignored serious astrology. Now there are hundreds of tests, some of them even heroic. Has anything changed?

A Skeptical Response to Science Denial

A Skeptical Response to Science Denial

by John Cook
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Feature

Science denial has a corrosive effect on deli- cately understood scientific concepts, and it is getting worse. But science itself holds an answer.

Artistic Provocations from 
Skeptical Inquirers: An Exhibit

Artistic Provocations from 
Skeptical Inquirers: An Exhibit

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Special Report

The question of the relationship between art and science remains fascinating and open.

Two Artists Combine Art, 
Science, and Skepticism

Two Artists Combine Art, 
Science, and Skepticism

by Russ Dobler
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Special Report

“Much of my work has been about what we see, what we don’t see, and what we think we see”

Jesse James’s ‘Haunts’: Legends, History, and Forensic Science

Jesse James’s ‘Haunts’: Legends, History, and Forensic Science

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Investigative Files

Before trying to explain something, first be sure that it really occurred.

The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Psychic Vibrations

Until now, the Phoenix Lights were simply that: they were just lights in the sky, skeptics and proponents could agree.

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