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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."

Snow Job in the Himalayas

Snow Job in the Himalayas

by Joseph P. Szimhart
Volume 22.1, January / February 1998

Book Review

Review of Snowboarding to Nirvana By Frederick Lenz

The Battle Between Political Agendas and Science

The Battle Between Political Agendas and Science

by Gwen A. Burda
Volume 21.6, November / December 1997

Featurette

On June 6, in Boulder, Colorado, hailstones fell from the sky and a tornado touched down for the first time in Boulder's history

Science, Scientism, and Anti-Science in the Age of Preposterism

by Susan Haack
Volume 21.6, November / December 1997

Article

We are in danger of losing our grip on the concepts of truth, evidence, objectivity, disinterested inquiry.

Hidden Messages and The Bible Code

Hidden Messages and The Bible Code

by Dave Thomas
Volume 21.6, November / December 1997

Article

"Hidden messages" can be found anywhere, provided the seeker is willing and able to harvest the immense field of possibilities.

Dark Skies Uses Pseudo-Sagan to Recast Astronomer’s Motives

by C. Eugene Emery Jr.
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Media Watch

Only five months after his death, astronomer Carl Sagan was turned into a government conspirator in a worldwide UFO coverup.

Skeptical Simpsons Episode Spoofs Aliens, Pseudoscience

Skeptical Simpsons Episode Spoofs Aliens, Pseudoscience

by Mike Brown
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

News & Comment

It’s rare that a popular, prime-time network television show turns out to be a “slam dunk” for skeptics.

The Truth Is, They Never Were ‘Saucers’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Psychic Vibrations

June 24 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the day UFOs were discovered, or else invented, whichever you prefer.

Alternative Medicine and the Laws of Physics

by Robert L. Park
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Article

Mechanisms proposed to account for the alleged efficacy of alternative treatments involve serious misrepresentations of physics.

Why Bogus Therapies Seem to Work

by Barry L. Beyerstein
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Article

At least ten kinds of errors and biases can convince intelligent, honest people that cures have been achieved when they have not

Art Bell, Heaven’s Gate, and Journalistic Integrity

by Thomas G. Genoni Jr.
Volume 21.4, July / August 1997

Special Report

Following the Heaven's Gate suicides, we learned that talk of a UFO trailing Hale-Bopp may have contributed to the suicides.

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