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."
Medieval dance frenzies have long been regarded as a classic example of stress-induced mental disorder...
by Brandon A. Gaudiano and James D. Herbert
Thought Field Therapy llacks even basic empirical support and exhibits many of the trappings of a pseudoscience.
by Joe Nickell
At psychic fairs and other popular venues, "aura" photographic portraits are all the rage.
Response to Irwin Tessman and Jack Tessman's article in the March/April 2000 Skeptical Inquirer
The new crashed-saucer documents, like their 1987 predecessors, are riddled with flaws.
by Robert E. Bartholomew and Erich Goode
Over the past millennium, mass delusions and hysterical outbreaks have taken many forms.
UFOlogy in America
by Tom Byrne and Matthew Normand
Advocates of reverse speech propose that it is a direct path to the unconscious mind.
by Joe Nickell
Joe Nickell on Canada's best-known mystery
by Robert Baker
It is commonly believed that people can tell when someone is staring at them.