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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."

Scientific Skepticism, CSICOP, and the Local Groups

by Steven Novella and David Bloomberg
Volume 23.4, July / August 1999

Article

Scientific skepticism defines skepticism around the principles of scientific investigation.

The Snuff Film: The Making of an Urban Legend

The Snuff Film: The Making of an Urban Legend

by Scott Aaron Stine
Volume 23.3, May / June 1999

Article

One of the most enduring urban legends about cinema is the "snuff film," in which actresses are supposedly killed onscreen.

Paranormal Lincoln

Paranormal Lincoln

by Joe Nickell
Volume 23.3, May / June 1999

Investigative Files

Guiding the United States through its greatest crisis has caused the shadow of the sixteenth president to loom still larger.

The Reality of Reality

by Robert Stanton
Volume 23.3, May / June 1999

Forum

Although the conflict between objectivity and relativity is old, it’s not hopeless.

The Silver Lake Serpent: Inflated Monster or Inflated Tale?

The Silver Lake Serpent: Inflated Monster or Inflated Tale?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 23.2, March / April 1999

Investigative Files

On July 13, 1855, in Wyoming County, New York, two boys and five men were fishing from a boat on Silver Lake.

Finding Awe, Reverence, and Wonder in Science

Finding Awe, Reverence, and Wonder in Science

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 23.2, March / April 1999

Book Review

Review of Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins

The Ten-Percent Myth

The Ten-Percent Myth

by Ben Radford
Volume 23.2, March / April 1999

Special Report

Someone has taken most of your brain away and you probably didn't even know it.

Testing Dowsing: The Failure of the Munich Experiments

Testing Dowsing: The Failure of the Munich Experiments

by J.T. Enright
Volume 23.1, January / February 1999

Article

German physicists concluded from their experimental study that water dowsers unquestionably have a remarkable, mysterious skill.

Fears of the Apocalypse: The Escape from Reason

Fears of the Apocalypse: The Escape from Reason

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 23.1, January / February 1999

Special Report

Millennium hysteria has been with humankind for a long time, but combined with doomsday prophecies, the result can be dangerous.

A Cogent Consideration of the Case for Karma (and Reincarnation)

A Cogent Consideration of the Case for Karma (and Reincarnation)

by Barry L. Beyerstein
Volume 23.1, January / February 1999

Book Review

Review of Reincarnation: A Critical Examination by Paul Edwards

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