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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."

Lady Homeopathy Strikes Back. . . But Science Wins Out

Lady Homeopathy Strikes Back. . . But Science Wins Out

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

Notes on a Strange World

On July 11, 2000, a popular Italian prime-time science program, presented a short segment highly critical of homeopathy.

What the #$*! Do They Know?

What the #$*! Do They Know?

by Eric Scerri
Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

Film Review

Review of the 2004 film

Can the Sciences Help Us to Make Wise Ethical Judgments?

Can the Sciences Help Us to Make Wise Ethical Judgments?

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

Feature

Scientific knowledge has a vital, if limited, role to play in shaping our moral values and helping us to frame wiser judgments.

Capital Punishment and Homicide: Sociological Realities and Econometric Illusions

Capital Punishment and Homicide: Sociological Realities and Econometric Illusions

by Ted Goertzel
Volume 28.4, July / August 2004

Feature

Does executing murderers cut the homicide rate? Comparative studies show no effect. Econometric models show mixed results.

Fundamental Cosmological Understanding Eludes Us

Fundamental Cosmological Understanding Eludes Us

by James N. Gardner
Volume 28.4, July / August 2004

Review

Review of The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

Toutatis Threatens Totally

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 28.4, July / August 2004

Psychic Vibrations

Heads up—the End of the World is coming again!

Pranks, Frauds, and Hoaxes from Around the World

by Robert Carroll
Volume 28.4, July / August 2004

Feature

It's pretty easy to hoax people. We all want to be deceived, but only up to a point.

Darkness, Tunnels, and Light

Darkness, Tunnels, and Light

by G.M. Woerlee
Volume 28.3, May / June 2004

Feature

Stories of tunnels and bright light have a basis in the structure and functioning of the eyes, the brain, and other senses.

The Cold War’s Classified Skyhook Program: A Participant’s Revelations

The Cold War’s Classified Skyhook Program: A Participant’s Revelations

by B.D. Gildenberg
Volume 28.3, May / June 2004

Feature

Classified high-altitude, long-duration flights of Skyhook balloons, began in 1947 and continued for several decades.

Bridging the Chasm between Two Cultures

Bridging the Chasm between Two Cultures

by Karla McLaren
Volume 28.3, May / June 2004

Feature

A former leader in the New Age culture--author of nine titles on auras, chakras, "energy," and so on...

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