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."
by Harald Merckelbach, Thomas Merten, and Scott O. Lilienfeld
Extraordinary Symptoms, Weak Evidence, and a Breakdown in Peer Review
by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Derek C. Araujo1
The 1990s fear that background magnetic fields—hundreds of times weaker than Earth’s magnetic field—could cause cancer has been replaced.
If we as scientists want to preserve our freedom (and the welfare of others), now more than ever we have a responsibility.
by Joe Nickell
I was invited to a home in Northern California where myriad icons, statues, and other religious effigies were “miraculously streaming oil”.
As a guest on a popular Italian TV show, L’Istruttoria (The Inquest), I had a chance to test a theory I was rather curious about.
While the practice is indistinguishable from ritual and witchcraft, the modern homeopath would like to cloak himself in the respectability of science.
by James Alcock
Psychologist Daryl Bem has reported data suggesting that future experiences can influence responses in the present. Careful scrutiny of his report reveals ...
by Joe Nickell
She claims to receive communications not only from her guardian angel, “Daniel,” but also from Jesus and even Yahweh himself, who guide her hand ...
A computer scientist discusses the roles of plagiarism, conspiracies, anti-science memes, and intense beliefs in a global-warming denying report.
A Lesson Worth Remembering