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."
by Matt Nisbet
A brief review of several of the sessions at the World Skeptics Congress
by Frank Trocco
Strategies for increasing students' aptitude and analytical reasoning without disenchanting them with science.
In 1998, major media outlets were suddenly filled with accounts that an scientists had taken a fresh look at the UFO question.
In recent years Temple University has become a center for the promulgation of some of the wildest aspects of pseudoscience.
by Bruce Martin
The very nature of randomness assures that combing random data will yield some pattern.
Skeptics should forego any thought of convincing the unconvinced that we hold the torch of truth illuminating the darkness.
The following is a short excerpt from an updated version of a paper titled "Magnetotherapy, the Latest Magic Touch."
Long considered quack medicine, magnetic therapy has received a boost from a recent study at the Baylor College of Medicine.
by Joe Nickell
Review of James Van Praagh's Talking to Heaven
by Joe Nickell
Spontaneous human combustion cases continue to spark controversy, largely due to the efforts of nonscientist journalists.