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."
by Paul Kurtz
Why would thirty-nine seemingly gentle and earnest people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, voluntarily commit collective suicide?
An atheist’s memorial service held in a cathedral? Yes, Carl Sagan’s was held February 27 at New York City’s Cathedral...
by James Rotton
Review of How the Moon Affects You By Arnold L. Lieber, M.D.
by Barry Fagin
For skeptics who want to be politically active, some options are more attractive than others.
News items from May / June 1997
What a difference nearly three decades doesn’t make.
by The Editors
We continue the tributes to Carl Sagan begun in our last issue.
A scientific consensus agrees that cosmic impacts have played a major role in Earth history...
Review of Witnessed: The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions By Budd Hopkins.
by Alan Hale
When I am confronted with beliefs about UFOs or other paranormal phenomena, I am guided by three basic principles...