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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."

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...

Snaring the Fowler: Mark Twain Debunks Phrenology

by Delano José Lopez
Volume 26.1, January / February 2002

Feature

In the 1870s Mark Twain performed a single-blind reliability test on the analysis technique of Lorenzo Niles Fowler...

Voodoo in New Orleans

Voodoo in New Orleans

by Joe Nickell
Volume 26.1, January / February 2002

Investigative Files

New Orleans has been declared America's most haunted city, and tour guides-following the imaginative lead of Anne Rice...

10th European Skeptics Congress: Rise and Development of Paranormal Beliefs in Eastern Europe

10th European Skeptics Congress: Rise and Development of Paranormal Beliefs in Eastern Europe

by Martin Mahner
Volume 26.1, January / February 2002

Feature

Skeptics from sixteen countries gathered at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague September 7-9, 2001...

Magical Thinking in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Magical Thinking in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

by Phillips Stevens, Jr.
Volume 25.6, November / December 2001

Feature

Homeopathy demonstrates principles of magical thinking, which may be rooted in neurobiology

A Critique of Schwartz et al.’s After-Death Communication Studies

A Critique of Schwartz et al.’s After-Death Communication Studies

by Richard Wiseman and Ciaran O'Keeffe
Volume 25.6, November / December 2001

Feature

Studies with mediums by Gary Schwartz et al have been widely reported in the media as scientific proof of life after death.

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