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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."

Was a Quack Doctor Jack the Ripper?

Was a Quack Doctor Jack the Ripper?

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Notes on a Strange World

In the search for the identity of Jack the Ripper, a recent discovery has attracted the attention of Ripperologists worldwide.

The Bizarre Columbia University ‘Miracle’ Saga Continues

by Bruce Flamm
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Follow-up

Follow up to the author's investigative article on the Columbia University study

Hyperbole in Media Reports on Asteroids and Impacts

Hyperbole in Media Reports on Asteroids and Impacts

by David Morrison
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Feature

Media reporting on asteroid impact-related science frequently exaggerate the uniqueness and significance of new research.

One Longsome Argument

One Longsome Argument

by Dennis R. Trumble
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Feature

By any objective measure, the evolution of species ranks among the most successful scientific theories ever.g

A Giant Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

by Greg Martinez
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Review

Review of the book by physicist MIchio Kaku

Brave Thoughts Are Still Not the Truth

by Vitaly L. Ginzburg
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Feature

Scientists often take the bait of swindlers from pseudoscience.

Demagogues against Scientific Expertise

by Vitaly L. Ginzburg
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Feature

A distinguished Russian physicist battles the pseudoscience and charlatanism that he feels is duping his country's population.

Critical Thinking About Energy: The Case for Decentralized Generation of Electricity

Critical Thinking About Energy: The Case for Decentralized Generation of Electricity

by Thomas R. Casten and Brennan Downes
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Feature

Highly centralized generation of electrical power is a paradigm that has outlived its usefulness.

Critical Inquiry, and Thinking About Galileo

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

From the Editor

Kendrick Frazier's comments

In the Land of Galileo, Fifth World Skeptics Congress Solves Mysteries, Champions Scientific Outlook

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

The legacy of Galileo shone like a brilliant star throughout the Fifth World Skeptics Congress...

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