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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."

Why Bogus Therapies Seem to Work

by Barry L. Beyerstein
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Article

At least ten kinds of errors and biases can convince intelligent, honest people that cures have been achieved when they have not

Art Bell, Heaven’s Gate, and Journalistic Integrity

by Thomas G. Genoni Jr.
Volume 21.4, July / August 1997

Special Report

Following the Heaven's Gate suicides, we learned that talk of a UFO trailing Hale-Bopp may have contributed to the suicides.

What Really Happened at Roswell

by Kal K. Korff
Volume 21.4, July / August 1997

Article

The Roswell UFO crash "mystery" has now been solved. No extraterrestrial spacecraft was involved.

Examining the Amazing Free-Energy Claims of Dennis Lee

by Eric Krieg
Volume 21.4, July / August 1997

Article

Hundreds of investors believed Dennis Lee’s claim of a free-energy machine. A closer look is in order.

UFO Mythology: The Escape to Oblivion

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 21.4, July / August 1997

Special Report

Why would thirty-nine seemingly gentle and earnest people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, voluntarily commit collective suicide?

The Carl Sagan Memorial Service

by Warren Allen Smith
Volume 21.4, July / August 1997

News & Comment

An atheist’s memorial service held in a cathedral? Yes, Carl Sagan’s was held February 27 at New York City’s Cathedral...

Moonshine

Moonshine

by James Rotton
Volume 21.3, May / June 1997

Review

Review of How the Moon Affects You By Arnold L. Lieber, M.D.

Skepticism and Politics

by Barry Fagin
Volume 21.3, May / June 1997

Article

For skeptics who want to be politically active, some options are more attractive than others.

Council for Media Integrity Blasts Networks for Distorted Treatments of Science

Council for Media Integrity Blasts Networks for Distorted Treatments of Science

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 21.3, May / June 1997

News & Comment

News items from May / June 1997

When the Media Tell Half the Story

by C. Eugene Emery Jr.
Volume 21.3, May / June 1997

Media Watch

What a difference nearly three decades doesn’t make.

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