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."
Many readers of this magazine will no doubt recall the 1988 fiasco of so-called “memory water”...
Review of Snowboarding to Nirvana By Frederick Lenz
On June 6, in Boulder, Colorado, hailstones fell from the sky and a tornado touched down for the first time in Boulder's history
by Susan Haack
We are in danger of losing our grip on the concepts of truth, evidence, objectivity, disinterested inquiry.
by Dave Thomas
"Hidden messages" can be found anywhere, provided the seeker is willing and able to harvest the immense field of possibilities.
Only five months after his death, astronomer Carl Sagan was turned into a government conspirator in a worldwide UFO coverup.
by Mike Brown
It’s rare that a popular, prime-time network television show turns out to be a “slam dunk” for skeptics.
June 24 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the day UFOs were discovered, or else invented, whichever you prefer.
Mechanisms proposed to account for the alleged efficacy of alternative treatments involve serious misrepresentations of physics.
At least ten kinds of errors and biases can convince intelligent, honest people that cures have been achieved when they have not