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."
Editor's note on this issue
by Mike Reiss
Late in the millennium, astrophysicists perfected the Grand Unified Field Theory, and proved that God does not exist.
by Steven Novella and David Bloomberg
Scientific skepticism defines skepticism around the principles of scientific investigation.
One of the most enduring urban legends about cinema is the "snuff film," in which actresses are supposedly killed onscreen.
by Joe Nickell
Guiding the United States through its greatest crisis has caused the shadow of the sixteenth president to loom still larger.
Although the conflict between objectivity and relativity is old, it’s not hopeless.
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.