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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."

Helix to Heaven

Helix to Heaven

by Joe Nickell
Volume 22.6, November / December 1998

Investigative Files

The Staircase Stands but the Myth Falls

Science and Reason, Foibles and Fallacies, and Doomsdays

Science and Reason, Foibles and Fallacies, and Doomsdays

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 22.6, November / December 1998

Special Report

The skeptical movement has gone from an idea in the minds of a few colleagues to a widely recognized international network.

Alternative Medicine, Impact Threats, Abrupt Climate Change, and Efficient Energy

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 22.6, November / December 1998

Special Report

A brief review of several of the sessions at the World Skeptics Congress

How to Study Weird Things

by Frank Trocco
Volume 22.5, September / October 1998

Article

Strategies for increasing students' aptitude and analytical reasoning without disenchanting them with science.

Uncritical Publicity for Supposed ‘Independent UFO Investigation’ Demonstrates Media Gullibility

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 22.5, September / October 1998

News & Comment

In 1998, major media outlets were suddenly filled with accounts that an scientists had taken a fresh look at the UFO question.

What’s Going On At Temple University?

by Martin Gardner
Volume 22.5, September / October 1998

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

In recent years Temple University has become a center for the promulgation of some of the wildest aspects of pseudoscience.

Coincidences: Remarkable or Random?

Coincidences: Remarkable or Random?

by Bruce Martin
Volume 22.5, September / October 1998

Article

The very nature of randomness assures that combing random data will yield some pattern.

Planting a Seed of Doubt

Planting a Seed of Doubt

by Elie A. Shneour
Volume 22.4, July / August 1998

Article

Skeptics should forego any thought of convincing the unconvinced that we hold the torch of truth illuminating the darkness.

Biomagnetic Pseudoscience and Nonsense Claims

by Miguel A. Sabadell
Volume 22.4, July / August 1998

Article

The following is a short excerpt from an updated version of a paper titled "Magnetotherapy, the Latest Magic Touch."

Magnetic Therapy: Plausible Attraction?

Magnetic Therapy: Plausible Attraction?

by James D. Livingston
Volume 22.4, July / August 1998

Article

Long considered quack medicine, magnetic therapy has received a boost from a recent study at the Baylor College of Medicine.

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