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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."

Rethinking the Dancing Mania

Rethinking the Dancing Mania

by Robert E. Bartholomew
Volume 24.4, July / August 2000

Article

Medieval dance frenzies have long been regarded as a classic example of stress-induced mental disorder...

Can We Really Tap Our Problems Away? A Critical Analysis of Thought Field Therapy

by Brandon A. Gaudiano and James D. Herbert
Volume 24.4, July / August 2000

Op-Ed

Thought Field Therapy llacks even basic empirical support and exhibits many of the trappings of a pseudoscience.

Aura Photography: A Candid Shot

Aura Photography: A Candid Shot

by Joe Nickell
Volume 24.3, May / June 2000

Investigative Files

At psychic fairs and other popular venues, "aura" photographic portraits are all the rage.

The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

by Nicholas Humphrey
Volume 24.3, May / June 2000

Follow-up

Response to Irwin Tessman and Jack Tessman's article in the March/April 2000 Skeptical Inquirer

The New Bogus Majestic-12 Documents

The New Bogus Majestic-12 Documents

by Philip J. Klass
Volume 24.3, May / June 2000

Special Report

The new crashed-saucer documents, like their 1987 predecessors, are riddled with flaws.

Mass Delusions and Hysterias: Highlights from the Past Millennium

Mass Delusions and Hysterias: Highlights from the Past Millennium

by Robert E. Bartholomew and Erich Goode
Volume 24.3, May / June 2000

Article

Over the past millennium, mass delusions and hysterical outbreaks have taken many forms.

ET, You’ve Got Mail

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 24.2, March / April 2000

Psychic Vibrations

UFOlogy in America

The Demon-Haunted Sentence: A Skeptical Analysis of Reverse Speech

The Demon-Haunted Sentence: A Skeptical Analysis of Reverse Speech

by Tom Byrne and Matthew Normand
Volume 24.2, March / April 2000

Article

Advocates of reverse speech propose that it is a direct path to the unconscious mind.

The Secrets of Oak Island

The Secrets of Oak Island

by Joe Nickell
Volume 24.2, March / April 2000

Investigative Files

Joe Nickell on Canada's best-known mystery

Can We Tell When Someone Is Staring at Us?

Can We Tell When Someone Is Staring at Us?

by Robert Baker
Volume 24.2, March / April 2000

Article

It is commonly believed that people can tell when someone is staring at them.

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