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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 Physics Behind Four Amazing Demonstrations

The Physics Behind Four Amazing Demonstrations

by David G. Willey
Volume 23.6, November / December 1999

Article

I have long been a firm believer that to teach anything effectively, you have to first get the audience's attention.

New Analyses Raise Doubts About Replicability of ESP Findings

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 23.6, November / December 1999

Research Review

The 150-year history of research on (ESP) has been plagued by what might be termed a consistent inconsistency.

The Star of Bethlehem

by Martin Gardner
Volume 23.6, November / December 1999

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

As Christmas approaches, churches will be celebrating the birth of Jesus, with many references to the Star of Bethlehem.

Readers Forum on Science and Religion

by The Editors
Volume 23.6, November / December 1999

Forum

Readers' responses to recent issues of Skeptical Inquirer

The Universe and Carl Sagan

by Keay Davidson
Volume 23.6, November / December 1999

Article

Few people ever extolled the wonders of science with more eloquence or were as effective in defending reason and campaigning...

Profits and Prophecy: Hayseed Stevens and Oil in Israel

Profits and Prophecy: Hayseed Stevens and Oil in Israel

by Donald U. Wise
Volume 23.5, September / October 1999

Article

A fundamentalist oil entrepreneur mixes creation science and Biblical prophecy for a program of oil exploration in Israel.

Miracles or Deception? The Pathetic Case of Audrey Santo

by Joe Nickell
Volume 23.5, September / October 1999

Investigative Files

As we near the millennium, the media have been pointing to "millennial madness" as the source for a wide range of divine claims.

Flash! Fox News Reports that Aliens May Have Built the Pyramids of Egypt!

Flash! Fox News Reports that Aliens May Have Built the Pyramids of Egypt!

by Richard Carrier
Volume 23.5, September / October 1999

Special Report

The Fox Network's handling of its primetime special "Opening the Lost Tombs: Live from Egypt" raises ethical questions.

Can an Idiot Be Psychic?

Can an Idiot Be Psychic?

by David Bloomberg
Volume 23.5, September / October 1999

Book Review

Review of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being Psychic By Lynne Robinson and LaVonne Carlson-Finnerty

Still a Miracle?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 23.4, July / August 1999

News & Comment

Good Friday, 1999, a claim of a miracle becomes the subject of an investigation by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans

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