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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."

Why Is Religion Natural?

by Pascal Boyer
Volume 28.2, March / April 2004

Feature

Is religious belief a mere leap into irrationality as many skeptics assume?

In Praise of Ray Hyman

In Praise of Ray Hyman

by James Alcock
Volume 28.2, March / April 2004

Feature

Remarks about Ray Hyman delivered by James Alcock in presenting Hyman the In Praise of Reason Award

Development of Beliefs in Paranormal and Supernatural Phenomena

Development of Beliefs in Paranormal and Supernatural Phenomena

by Christopher H. Whittle
Volume 28.2, March / April 2004

Feature

A new study found high levels of paranormal beliefs derived from The X-Files in viewers who had never watched The X-Files.

A Geologist’s Adventures with Bimini Beachrock and Atlantis True Believers

A Geologist’s Adventures with Bimini Beachrock and Atlantis True Believers

by Eugene A. Shinn
Volume 28.1, January / February 2004

Feature

Submerged beachrock off the island of Bimini has been deemed a remnant of Atlantis by the faithful since the 1960s

Anti-Vaccination Fever: The Shot Hurt Around the World

Anti-Vaccination Fever: The Shot Hurt Around the World

by William John Hoyt, Jr.
Volume 28.1, January / February 2004

Feature

Sensationalism spawns worldwide epidemics of a disease that had almost been forgotten.

Judging Authority

by Jere H. Lipps
Volume 28.1, January / February 2004

Feature

We're often required to accept another person's word, but how can we judge whether or not that person is a legitimate authority?

European Skeptics Congress: With Alt-Med’s Rising Popularity, Health Issues High on Agenda

European Skeptics Congress: With Alt-Med’s Rising Popularity, Health Issues High on Agenda

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 28.1, January / February 2004

News & Comment

Skeptics worldwide have many common issues including the increasing acceptance of so-called "alternative" medicine

Science Always Trumps Pseudoscience - and a Still Broader Mission for SI

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 28.1, January / February 2004

From the Editor

A few notes from the recent CSICOP conference

Ann Druyan Talks About Science, Religion, Wonder, Awe . . . and Carl Sagan

by Ann Druyan
Volume 27.6, November / December 2003

Feature

I've been thinking about the distorted view of science that prevails in our culture. I've been wondering about this, because...

The Skeptic’s Dictionary

The Skeptic’s Dictionary

by Amanda Chesworth
Volume 27.6, November / December 2003

Review

Review of The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, & Dangerous Delusions

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