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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."

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.

Art, Mysteries, and Context

Art, Mysteries, and Context

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

In my books and workshops on scientific paranormal investigation, I discuss how best to conceptualize a mystery: basically, an event out of context. A live dolphin lying on a Manhattan sidewalk is a mystery; that same dolphin in a tank at an aquarium is not.

Surly-Ramic’s Amy Davis Roth

Surly-Ramic’s Amy Davis Roth

by Amy Davis Roth
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

I design jewelry that advocates education and science and that celebrates the brave, emerging society of freethinkers that I find myself a part of. It’s nice to be able to carry around a small piece of art that represents skepticism and the rational ideals that are helping to make this world a better place.

Skeptic Trumps: A Satirical Skeptic Card Game

Skeptic Trumps: A Satirical Skeptic Card Game

by Tim Farley
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

The skeptical community’s growth has led to many unanticipated creative projects, particularly online. One such project is Skeptic Top Trumps, a virtual deck of playing cards featuring caricatures of popular skeptics.

In the Key of Type: A Conversation with Marian Call

In the Key of Type: A Conversation with Marian Call

by Kylie Sturgess
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

Art and skepticism do complement each other wonderfully in her work, but Call has slightly a different perspective: “In the end, I feel I’m firmly on the skeptic side, I believe. But I don’t see picking a side as my role as an artist. I see communication as my role.” Kylie Sturgess interviewed Call about her music and where skepticism harmonizes with art.

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