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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."

Who Abused Jane Doe? The Hazards of the Single Case History Part 2

by Elizabeth F. Loftus and Melvin J. Guyer
Volume 26.4, July / August 2002

Feature

Case histories have played a long-standing role in the history of science, medicine, and mental health. But they can mislead.

Benny Hinn: Healer or Hypnotist?

Benny Hinn: Healer or Hypnotist?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 26.3, May / June 2002

Investigative Files

Hinn's selection process is-- perhaps not surprisingly--virutally identical to that employed by professional stage hypnotists

Magnetic Mountains

Magnetic Mountains

by Mark Benecke
Volume 26.3, May / June 2002

Short Communications

Benecke's request for help researching magnetic mountains

Who Abused Jane Doe? The Hazards of the Single Case History Part 1

by Elizabeth F. Loftus and Melvin J. Guyer
Volume 26.3, May / June 2002

Feature

Case histories have played a long-standing role in the history of science, medicine, and mental health. But they can mislead...

Gray Barker’s Book of Bunk Mothman, Saucers, and MIB

Gray Barker’s Book of Bunk Mothman, Saucers, and MIB

by John C. Sherwood
Volume 26.3, May / June 2002

Feature

Barker hawked his books and magazines by embellishing stories and encouraging others to fabricate more.

Final Séance: The Strange Friendship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle

Final Séance: The Strange Friendship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle

by William Harwood
Volume 26.2, March / April 2002

Review

Review of Massimo Polidoro's book on Houdini and Conan Doyle

Commentary: Clear Thinking and the Forces of Unreason

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 26.2, March / April 2002

Comment and Opinion

There is a new need for rationality and reason-as well as courage and resoluteness-in defense of freedom and democracy...

Bigfoot at 50 Evaluating a Half-Century of Bigfoot Evidence

Bigfoot at 50 Evaluating a Half-Century of Bigfoot Evidence

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 26.2, March / April 2002

Feature

The question of Bigfoot's existence comes down to the claim that "Where there's smoke there's fire."

Are Science and Religion Compatible?

Are Science and Religion Compatible?

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 26.2, March / April 2002

Feature

We need separations between religion and science, ethics, and the state. But there is an appropriate domain for religion...

A University’s Struggle With Chiropractic

A University’s Struggle With Chiropractic

by Michael De Robertis
Volume 26.1, January / February 2002

Feature

York University recently rejected a merger with a chiropractic college...

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