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."
Why do many now view science as a failed ideology rather than as an epistemological ideal? Should science be viewed that way?
by Alan Hale
I find the pseudoscientific claims surrounding Comet Hale-Bopp quite amusing...
by The Editors
One of the world's strongest and most eloquent voices for science and reason has been silenced forever.
Research shows that the placebo effect can be greater and is far more ubiquitous than commonly thought.
An objective reality, with no special role for consciousness, human or cosmic, is consistent with all observations.
When a UFO supposedly crashed on Long Island and was being covered up by the authorities, we brought you the story.
Can a subliminal message induce someone to commit suicide? This was the central question at the Judas Priest trial.
by Joe Nickell
Like Count Dracula, the mythical specter of "spontaneous human combustion" (SHC) refuses to die.
Network television documentaries about UFOs have willfully ignored evidence that contradicts the pro-aliens theme.
The debate over "recovered" and "false" memories is one of the most contentious issues in the field of psychology today.