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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."

Demolishing the Roswell ‘Alien’ Myth

Demolishing the Roswell ‘Alien’ Myth

by Dave Thomas
Volume 22.3, May / June 1998

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.

Abduction by Aliens or Sleep Paralysis?

Abduction by Aliens or Sleep Paralysis?

by Susan Blackmore
Volume 22.3, May / June 1998

Article

A Roper Poll claimed that nearly four million Americans have probably been abducted by aliens.

A Case of ‘SHC’ Demystified

A Case of ‘SHC’ Demystified

by Joe Nickell
Volume 22.2, March / April 1998

Investigative Files

Sidebar to this month's article on spontaneous human combustion

Why the World Is Not My Idea ... or George’s

by Ralph Estling
Volume 22.2, March / April 1998

Forum

...And this is the best way I know of for separating sanity from insanity. Always assuming we want to.

A Mind at Play: An Interview with Martin Gardner

A Mind at Play: An Interview with Martin Gardner

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 22.2, March / April 1998

Interview

His mind is highly philosophical, at home with the most abstract concepts, yet his thinking and writing crackle with clarity.

Bible-Code Developments

Bible-Code Developments

by Dave Thomas
Volume 22.2, March / April 1998

Follow-up

Follow-up to Thomas' report on 'The Bible Code'

Magnetic Water and Fuel Treatment: Myth, Magic, or Mainstream Science?

Magnetic Water and Fuel Treatment: Myth, Magic, or Mainstream Science?

by Mike R. Powell
Volume 22.1, January / February 1998

Article

Magnetic Water and Fuel Treatment: Myth, Magic, or Mainstream Science?

The Ghost Planet

The Ghost Planet

by Terence Hines
Volume 22.1, January / February 1998

Review

The planet Vulcan? Hey, wasn't that just a made-up planet Gene Roddenberry created for Star Trek?

Open Minds and the Argument from Ignorance

Open Minds and the Argument from Ignorance

by Jonathan E. Adler
Volume 22.1, January / February 1998

Article

Arguments from ignorance fallaciously infer that since a hypothesis has not been disproved, it is reasonable to believe it.

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