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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 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

Ica Stones: Yabba-Dabba-Do!

Ica Stones: Yabba-Dabba-Do!

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 26.5, September / October 2002

Notes on a Strange World

We all know that humans and dinosaurs actually coexisted, even if that only happened in The Flintstones

Circular Reasoning: The ‘Mystery’ of Crop Circles and Their ‘Orbs’ of Light

Circular Reasoning: The ‘Mystery’ of Crop Circles and Their ‘Orbs’ of Light

by Joe Nickell
Volume 26.5, September / October 2002

Special Report

Since they began to capture media attention in the mid 1970s, crop circles have provided mystery and controversy

Fourth World Skeptics Conference in Burbank a Lively Foment of Ideas

Fourth World Skeptics Conference in Burbank a Lively Foment of Ideas

by Kendrick Frazier and Ben Radford
Volume 26.5, September / October 2002

Feature

Scams, intelligent design, urban legends, fringe psychotherapies get critical attention

Why Is Pseudoscience Dangerous?

by Edward Kruglyakov
Volume 26.4, July / August 2002

Feature

The growth and influence of pseudoscience in Russia has become serious.

Return of Spring-Heeled Jack

Return of Spring-Heeled Jack

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 26.4, July / August 2002

Notes on a Strange World

Reports of the "Monkey Man" in East Dehli, India

Science and Pseudoscience in Russia: The First Skeptics’ Congress Convenes in Russia

Science and Pseudoscience in Russia: The First Skeptics’ Congress Convenes in Russia

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 26.4, July / August 2002

Feature

The Russian Academy of Sciences cosponsored a special conference with CSICOP on "Science, Anti-Science, and the Paranormal"

Tracing Graham Hancock’s Shifting Cataclysm

Tracing Graham Hancock’s Shifting Cataclysm

by Michael Brass
Volume 26.4, July / August 2002

Feature

An examination of a specific portion of Graham Hancock's book Fingerprints of the Gods.

The High Cost of Skepticism

by Carol Tavris
Volume 26.4, July / August 2002

Feature

Here's what happened to two scientists who believed that tenure and the 1st Amendment would protect their rights to free inquiry

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