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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."

Senior Researcher Comments on the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon in Japan

by Markus Pössel & Ron Amundson
Volume 20.3, May / June 1996

Follow-up

The myth of the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon was devised by Lyall Watson in 1979 and has been written about in Skeptical Inquirer

A Study of Fantasy Proneness in the Thirteen Cases of Alleged Encounters in John Mack’s Abduction

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.3, May / June 1996

Investigative Files

Since Robert A. Baker's article appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer, a controversy has raged over his suggestion...

What’s That I Smell? The Claims of Aromatherapy

by Lynn McCutcheon
Volume 20.3, May / June 1996

Article

A small dose of aromatic oil may make for a pleasant experience, but the claims of aromatherapy go way beyond that.

Workshop Report: To Err Is Human

by Nancy Shelton
Volume 20.3, May / June 1996

Special Report

More than one hundred skeptics attended CSICOP's superb Human Error Workshop at the University of Oregon.

Does Truth Matter? Science, Pseudoscience, and Civilization

by Carl Sagan
Volume 20.2, March / April 1996

Article

Science has beauty, power, and majesty that can provide spiritual as well as practical fulfillment...

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.

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