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."
Mechanisms proposed to account for the alleged efficacy of alternative treatments involve serious misrepresentations of physics.
At least ten kinds of errors and biases can convince intelligent, honest people that cures have been achieved when they have not
Following the Heaven's Gate suicides, we learned that talk of a UFO trailing Hale-Bopp may have contributed to the suicides.
by Kal K. Korff
The Roswell UFO crash "mystery" has now been solved. No extraterrestrial spacecraft was involved.
by Eric Krieg
Hundreds of investors believed Dennis Lee’s claim of a free-energy machine. A closer look is in order.
by Paul Kurtz
Why would thirty-nine seemingly gentle and earnest people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, voluntarily commit collective suicide?
An atheist’s memorial service held in a cathedral? Yes, Carl Sagan’s was held February 27 at New York City’s Cathedral...
by James Rotton
Review of How the Moon Affects You By Arnold L. Lieber, M.D.
by Barry Fagin
For skeptics who want to be politically active, some options are more attractive than others.
News items from May / June 1997