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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."

Homeopathy: A Critique of Current Clinical Research

Homeopathy: A Critique of Current Clinical Research

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Article

An evaluation of the clinical research by the group that has published most of the papers in homeopathy, 2005–2010, finds numerous flaws in the design, conduct, and reporting along with a tendency to overinterpret weak data.

The Pseudoscience of Live Blood Cell Analysis

The Pseudoscience of Live Blood Cell Analysis

by Thomas Patterson
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Article

Of the many aspects of alternative medicine, one of the most bizarre is live blood cell analysis. This unapproved blood test supposedly identifies nutritional deficiencies and other nebulous conditions.

Faith Healing and Skepticism in Pakistan: Challenges and Instability

Faith Healing and Skepticism in Pakistan: Challenges and Instability

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Article

With the rise of Islamic extremism in Pakistan, the country not only has to protect people from fraudulent healers but also has the challenge of protecting these fraudsters from violence.

Exposing the Faith-Healers

by Robert A. Steiner
Volume 11.1, Fall 1986

Special Report

There we sat, listening, scanning, searching, and adjusting. While Alec worked with the equipment, I kept a watchful eye for anyone who might interfere. The time dragged. Now the service inside the auditorium was about to start; we had searched for more than an hour, and we still hadn't found what we were looking for.

States of Mind: Some Perceived ET Encounters

States of Mind: Some Perceived ET Encounters

by Joe Nickell
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Investigative Files

Together, as we shall see, these cases illustrate that UFOlogy continues its long tradition of mystery mongering and the implicit reliance on a logical fallacy called “arguing from ignorance”: “We don’t know what was seen in the sky; therefore, it must have been an extraterrestrial craft.”

Curse That Painting!

Curse That Painting!

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Notes on a Strange World

Paranormal legends about paintings have always existed. Some think that a picture falling off the wall represents a bad omen for the person depicted or photographed in it. Others feel watched by some portraits whose eyes seem to follow onlookers as they move through a room. And still others claim that paintings can come alive...

How to Get Something from Nothing

How to Get Something from Nothing

by Mark Alford
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Book Review

A review of A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss.

A Book of Stories that Happened to a Friend ...

A Book of Stories that Happened to a Friend ...

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Book Review

A review of Encyclopedia of Urban Legends: Updated and Expanded Edition by Jan Harold Brunvand.

Skepticism in the Video Box

Skepticism in the Video Box

by Christian Walters
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

Skepticism is not just books and talks anymore. With the popularity of social media services, skeptical discussion and inquiry has moved beyond the written word and the podium. If you like your critical thinking in the form of a quick demonstration that can be as short as a music video, YouTube has you covered.

A Warm Twist on a ‘Cold Reading’: A Conversation with Damon Martin

A Warm Twist on a ‘Cold Reading’: A Conversation with Damon Martin

by Matthew A. Kacar Jr.
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

For as long as there have been people claiming to be mediums, there have been people like composer Damon Martin to call them out. His latest Traumatosis album, Cold Reading, takes the listener on a journey that details the deceptive techniques used by people who claim an ability to talk with the dead.

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