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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 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.

The Ten Outstanding Skeptics of the Twentieth Century

by The Editors
Volume 24.1, January / February 2000

Article

Who are the outstanding skeptics of the twentieth century? We put that question to an elite group of scholars...

Why Do We Often Fear the Wrong Things?

Why Do We Often Fear the Wrong Things?

by Grant Jewell Rich
Volume 24.1, January / February 2000

Book Review

Review of the book by Barry Glassner

The Flawed Guide to Bigfoot

The Flawed Guide to Bigfoot

by Ben Radford
Volume 24.1, January / February 2000

Book Review

Review of 'The FIeld Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mysterious Primates Worldwide'

The Ghost in my House: An Exercise in Self-Deception

The Ghost in my House: An Exercise in Self-Deception

by Bertram Rothschild
Volume 24.1, January / February 2000

Editorial

Clinical psychologist Bertram Rothschild on the ease of self-deception

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher: The Second Coming of Jesus

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher: The Second Coming of Jesus

by Martin Gardner
Volume 24.1, January / February 2000

Martin Gardner on fringe-watching

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.

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