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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."

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.

Talking to Heaven — Who’s Answering?

Talking to Heaven — Who’s Answering?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 22.4, July / August 1998

Book Review

Review of James Van Praagh's Talking to Heaven

Fiery Tales That Spontaneously Destruct

Fiery Tales That Spontaneously Destruct

by Joe Nickell
Volume 22.2, March / April 1998

Investigative Files

Spontaneous human combustion cases continue to spark controversy, largely due to the efforts of nonscientist journalists.

Multiple Personality Disorder: Witchcraft Survives in the Twentieth Century

Multiple Personality Disorder: Witchcraft Survives in the Twentieth Century

by August Piper Jr.
Volume 22.3, May / June 1998

Article

Since 1980, some psychotherapists have claimed that thousands of Americans are afflicted with multiple personality disorder.

Demolishing the Roswell ‘Alien’ Myth

Demolishing the Roswell ‘Alien’ Myth

by Dave Thomas
Volume 22.3, May / June 1998

Book Review

Why do many prominent UFO authors persist in claiming the Roswell Incident is still UFOdom’s best case?

Gray Barker: My Friend, the Myth-Maker

Gray Barker: My Friend, the Myth-Maker

by John C. Sherwood
Volume 22.3, May / June 1998

Article

Barker, who raised the "Men in Black" concept to prominence, didn't mind if the flying-saucer stories he published were made up.

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