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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."

A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far

by Jeffrey B. King
Volume 21.2, March / April 1997

Book Review

Review of Witnessed: The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions By Budd Hopkins.

An Astronomer’s Personal Statement on UFOs

by Alan Hale
Volume 21.2, March / April 1997

Featurette

When I am confronted with beliefs about UFOs or other paranormal phenomena, I am guided by three basic principles...

The End of Science?

by Theodore Schick Jr.
Volume 21.2, March / April 1997

Article

Why do many now view science as a failed ideology rather than as an epistemological ideal? Should science be viewed that way?

Hale-Bopp Comet Madness

by Alan Hale
Volume 21.2, March / April 1997

Article

I find the pseudoscientific claims surrounding Comet Hale-Bopp quite amusing...

The Darkened Cosmos: A Tribute to Carl Sagan

by The Editors
Volume 21.2, March / April 1997

Special Tribute

One of the world's strongest and most eloquent voices for science and reason has been silenced forever.

The Mysterious Placebo

by John E. Dodes
Volume 21.1, January / February 1997

Article

Research shows that the placebo effect can be greater and is far more ubiquitous than commonly thought.

Quantum Quackery

Quantum Quackery

by Victor Stenger
Volume 21.1, January / February 1997

Article

An objective reality, with no special role for consciousness, human or cosmic, is consistent with all observations.

Implants and Gurus Are Everywhere

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 21.1, January / February 1997

Psychic Vibrations

When a UFO supposedly crashed on Long Island and was being covered up by the authorities, we brought you the story.

Scientific Consensus and Expert Testimony: Lessons from the Judas Priest Trial

Scientific Consensus and Expert Testimony: Lessons from the Judas Priest Trial

by Timothy E. Moore
Volume 20.6, November / December 1996

Article

Can a subliminal message induce someone to commit suicide? This was the central question at the Judas Priest trial.

Not-So-Spontaneous Human Combustion

Not-So-Spontaneous Human Combustion

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.6, November / December 1996

Investigative Files

Like Count Dracula, the mythical specter of "spontaneous human combustion" (SHC) refuses to die.

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