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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."

Staking Claims: The Vampires of Folklore and Fiction

Staking Claims: The Vampires of Folklore and Fiction

by Paul Barber
Volume 20.2, March / April 1996

Article

We know about Dracula and the would-be vampires in the news, but what were the “real” vampires all about?

Scientific Knowledge Is Money in the Bank

by Mark Boslough
Volume 20.2, March / April 1996

Forum

”Meteor Crater . . . the planet’s most penetrating natural attraction.”

Miracle Photographs

Miracle Photographs

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.2, March / April 1996

Investigative Files

October 27, 1995, the television program "Unsolved Mysteries" aired a segment that included investigative work by CSICOP.

The Evidence for Psychic Functioning: Claims vs. Reality

by Ray Hyman
Volume 20.2, March / April 1996

Special Report

The recent media frenzy over the Stargate report violated the truth.

Science and Reason in Film and Television

Science and Reason in Film and Television

by William Evans
Volume 20.1, January / February 1996

Article

Recent media portrayals of science and pseudoscience imply that skepticism is no longer useful and may even be dangerous.

Looking Up To Logic

by Bryan Farha
Volume 20.1, January / February 1996

Forum

Why does the UFO phenomenon seem to change the thinking process of so many?

A Surgeon’s View: Alien Autopsy’s Overwhelming Lack of Credibility

A Surgeon’s View: Alien Autopsy’s Overwhelming Lack of Credibility

by Joseph A. Bauer
Volume 20.1, January / February 1996

Special Report

It is easier to create a hoax than to unmask one. But the question "Why?" exposes the the autopsy film as a fabrication.

“Alien Autopsy” Show-and-Tell: Long on Tell, Short on Show

by C. Eugene Emery Jr.
Volume 19.6, November / December 1995

Media Watch

There's nothing more maddening than being invited to make up your own mind without being given you the tools to do it.

CSICOP Assists in Philadelphia TV Station’s Psychic “Sting”

by Joe Nickell
Volume 19.6, November / December 1995

News & Comment

A cleverly conceived and strikingly effective psychic expose was conducted in May 1995 by Philadelphia WCAU-TV's Herb Denenberg.

Bra Hazards, Carpet Circles, Lunar Aliens, and Adam’s Animals

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 19.6, November / December 1995

Psychic Vibrations

Researchers looking into the causes of breast cancer may have overlooked the most obvious cause of all: the wearing of bras.

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