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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."

Why We Are Unmoved as Oceans Ebb and Flow

Why We Are Unmoved as Oceans Ebb and Flow

by Paul Quincey
Volume 18.5, September / October 1994

Article

If you think your body might be feeling the forces that cause the tides, think again.

A Celebration of Isaac Asimov: A Man for the Universe

by Carl Sagan
Volume 17.1, Fall 1992

Article

Isaac Asimov was one of the great explainers of the age. Like T. H. Huxley, he was motivated by profoundly democratic...

Subliminal Tapes: How to Get the Message Across

Subliminal Tapes: How to Get the Message Across

by Brady J. Phelps and Mary E. Exum
Volume 16.3, Spring 1992

Article

Pseudoscience is alive and well. One reason for this is that members of the scientific community do a poor job...

The Cargo-Cult Science of Subliminal Persuasion

The Cargo-Cult Science of Subliminal Persuasion

by Anthony R. Pratkanis
Volume 16.3, Spring 1992

Article

Imagine that it is the late 1950s-a time just after the Korean War, when terms like brainwashing and mind control were...

Subliminal Perception: Facts and Fallacies

by Timothy E. Moore
Volume 16.3, Spring 1992

Article

Can the meaning of a stimulus affect the behavior of observers in some way in the absence of their awareness of the stimulus?

Magic Melanin: Spreading Scientific Illiteracy Among Minorities

by Bernard Ortiz De Montellano
Volume 16.2, Winter 1992

Article

Afrocentric beliefs include a range of tenets. One of the fundamental ideas is that Egypt is the source of civilization...

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...

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