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 Dave Thomas
Why do many prominent UFO authors persist in claiming the Roswell Incident is still UFOdom’s best case?
Barker, who raised the "Men in Black" concept to prominence, didn't mind if the flying-saucer stories he published were made up.
A Roper Poll claimed that nearly four million Americans have probably been abducted by aliens.
by Joe Nickell
Sidebar to this month's article on spontaneous human combustion
...And this is the best way I know of for separating sanity from insanity. Always assuming we want to.
His mind is highly philosophical, at home with the most abstract concepts, yet his thinking and writing crackle with clarity.
by Dave Thomas
Follow-up to Thomas' report on 'The Bible Code'
Magnetic Water and Fuel Treatment: Myth, Magic, or Mainstream Science?
The planet Vulcan? Hey, wasn't that just a made-up planet Gene Roddenberry created for Star Trek?
Arguments from ignorance fallaciously infer that since a hypothesis has not been disproved, it is reasonable to believe it.