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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."

Multicultural Pseudoscience: Spreading Scientific Illiteracy Among Minorities

Multicultural Pseudoscience: Spreading Scientific Illiteracy Among Minorities

by Bernard Ortiz De Montellano
Volume 16.1, Fall 1991

Article

There is general agreement that minorities are underrepresented in science and engineering...

A Field Guide to Critical Thinking

A Field Guide to Critical Thinking

by James Lett
Volume 14.4, Fall 1990

Article

There are many reasons for the popularity of paranormal beliefs in the United States today, including:

Why We Need To Understand Science

by Carl Sagan
Volume 14.3, Spring 1990

Article

Ignorance of science threatens our economic well-being, our national security, and the democratic process. We must do better.

Controversies in Science and Fringe Science: From Animals and SETI to Quackery and SHC

Controversies in Science and Fringe Science: From Animals and SETI to Quackery and SHC

by Lys Ann Shore
Volume 12.1, Fall 1987

News & Comment

We asked Lys Ann Shore, who writes frequently for our News and Comment section, to cover the 1987 conference...

The Burden of Skepticism

by Carl Sagan
Volume 12.1, Fall 1987

Article

What is skepticism? It's nothing very esoteric. We encounter it every day. When we buy a used car, if we are the least bit...

The Great East Coast UFO of August 1986

The Great East Coast UFO of August 1986

by James Oberg
Volume 10.4, Summer 1986

Article

An Illuminating UFO case raises several interesting points.

Night Walkers and Mystery Mongers: Sense and Nonsense at the Edge of Science

by Carl Sagan
Volume 10.3, Spring 1986

Article

In Greece of the second century A.D., during the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, there lived a master con man...

The Nazca Drawings Revisited: Creation of a Full-Sized Duplicate

The Nazca Drawings Revisited: Creation of a Full-Sized Duplicate

by Joe Nickell
Volume 7.3, Spring 1983

Article

Re-creation of a 440-foot Nazca figure on a Kentucky field shows how the Peruvian drawings were most likely made.

Space Travel in Bronze Age China?

Space Travel in Bronze Age China?

by David N. Keightley
Volume 3.1, Fall 1978

Article

Ancient monuments, cave drawings, texts, and legends have been cited by many "UFOlogists" to show that visitors from...

Critical Reading, Careful Writing, and the Bermuda Triangle

Critical Reading, Careful Writing, and the Bermuda Triangle

by Larry Kusche
Volume 1.2, Spring / Summer 1977

Article

In August 1977, the College Entrance Examination Board issued a report concerning the causes of the continuing decline of the...

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