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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."

A Sociologist’s Journey into the American Heart of Darkness

A Sociologist’s Journey into the American Heart of Darkness

by Kevin Christopher
Volume 27.1, January / February 2003

Review

Review of 'American Exorcism' by Michael Cuneo

How Not to Test Mediums: Critiquing the Afterlife Experiments

How Not to Test Mediums: Critiquing the Afterlife Experiments

by Ray Hyman
Volume 27.1, January / February 2003

Feature

Professor Gary Schwartz makes revolutionary claims that he has provided scientific evidence for survival of consciousness

Don’t Try This at Home

Don’t Try This at Home

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 27.1, January / February 2003

Notes on a Strange World

Some of the most astonishing feats ever (supposedly) accomplished by men are the demonstrations of Indian fakirs and gurus.

Amityville: The Horror of It All

Amityville: The Horror of It All

by Joe Nickell
Volume 27.1, January / February 2003

Investigative Files

Although the original event proved to be a hoax, that fact does not seem well known to the general public.

Skeptical About The Skeptical Environmentalist

Skeptical About The Skeptical Environmentalist

by Richard M. Fisher
Volume 26.6, November / December 2002

Review

Review of Lomberg's book

Psychic Pets and Pet Psychics

Psychic Pets and Pet Psychics

by Joe Nickell
Volume 26.6, November / December 2002

Investigative Files

Many believe that the bond between man and animals, known from great antiquity, includes extrasensory perception (ESP).

A Presentation Without Arguments: Dembski Disappoints

A Presentation Without Arguments: Dembski Disappoints

by Mark Perakh
Volume 26.6, November / December 2002

Feature

William Dembski is a prominent advocate for Intelligent Design.

Politicizing the Virgin Mary: The Instance of the Madonna of Medjugorje

Politicizing the Virgin Mary: The Instance of the Madonna of Medjugorje

by Raymond A. Eve
Volume 26.6, November / December 2002

Feature

Apparently individual experiences of the paranormal can be shown to arise largely out of the broadest social forces.

A Skeptical Look at September 11th

A Skeptical Look at September 11th

by Clark R. Chapman and Alan W. Harris
Volume 26.5, September / October 2002

Feature

How We Can Defeat Terrorism by Reacting to It More Rationally

Why Was The X-Files So Appealing?

Why Was The X-Files So Appealing?

by Erich Goode
Volume 26.5, September / October 2002

Feature

The success of The X-Files was in large part due to its expression of a confluence of three powerful, ancient beliefs

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