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 Wallace Sampson and Barry L. Beyerstein
Authors describe a symposium on pseudoscience held in Beijing and their interactions with practitioners of Traditional Medicine.
It began with a stirring live symphonic performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets...
by Barry L. Beyerstein and Wallace Sampson
The historical rationale for Traditional Chinese Medicine and the growing of these practices by Western practitioners.
by Carla Selby and Bela Scheiber
$355,225 was awarded for a 'laying over of hands,' Therapeutic Touch study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In Russia, many parapsychologists, astrologers, and nontraditional doctors and are involved in pseudoscientific investigations.
Many years ago I wrote to a Tibetan scholar, Nawang Tsering, for information about a mysterious manuscript—
by Joe Nickell
A rash of new “ghost” photographs is plaguing the Western world.
by Markus Pössel & Ron Amundson
The myth of the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon was devised by Lyall Watson in 1979 and has been written about in Skeptical Inquirer
by Joe Nickell
Since Robert A. Baker's article appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer, a controversy has raged over his suggestion...
A small dose of aromatic oil may make for a pleasant experience, but the claims of aromatherapy go way beyond that.