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."
by Pascal Boyer
Is religious belief a mere leap into irrationality as many skeptics assume?
by James Alcock
Remarks about Ray Hyman delivered by James Alcock in presenting Hyman the In Praise of Reason Award
A new study found high levels of paranormal beliefs derived from The X-Files in viewers who had never watched The X-Files.
Submerged beachrock off the island of Bimini has been deemed a remnant of Atlantis by the faithful since the 1960s
Sensationalism spawns worldwide epidemics of a disease that had almost been forgotten.
We're often required to accept another person's word, but how can we judge whether or not that person is a legitimate authority?
Skeptics worldwide have many common issues including the increasing acceptance of so-called "alternative" medicine
A few notes from the recent CSICOP conference
by Ann Druyan
I've been thinking about the distorted view of science that prevails in our culture. I've been wondering about this, because...
Review of The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, & Dangerous Delusions