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."
by Joe Nickell
On July 13, 1855, in Wyoming County, New York, two boys and five men were fishing from a boat on Silver Lake.
Review of Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins
Someone has taken most of your brain away and you probably didn't even know it.
by J.T. Enright
German physicists concluded from their experimental study that water dowsers unquestionably have a remarkable, mysterious skill.
by Paul Kurtz
Millennium hysteria has been with humankind for a long time, but combined with doomsday prophecies, the result can be dangerous.
Review of Reincarnation: A Critical Examination by Paul Edwards
The ‘War of the Worlds’ panic happened sixty years ago, but its lessons are as relevant today as back then.
by Joe Nickell
The Staircase Stands but the Myth Falls
The skeptical movement has gone from an idea in the minds of a few colleagues to a widely recognized international network.
by Matt Nisbet
A brief review of several of the sessions at the World Skeptics Congress