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Skeptical Inquirer — Comment and Opinion

Science, Reason, and the Obama Administration

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Comment and Opinion

The Obama White House could hardly have a more distinguished set of people in the key science positions.

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The Emperor’s Postmodern Clothes

by David A. Levy
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Comment and Opinion

A brief guide to deconstructing academically fashionable phrases for the uninitiated.

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Is ‘Knol’ for Knowledge or for Pseudoknowledge?

by Jay M. Pasachoff
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Comment and Opinion

The runaway success of Wikipedia, which comes up first in many Google searches for information, has led to much criticism.

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Mr. Belloc Objects

by Martin Gardner
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Comment and Opinion

The Battered Silicon Press, a Canadian publishing house, has brought back into print an obscure little book by H.G. Wells...

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Unproven or Disproven Treatments—Why Would Anyone Want to Use Them?

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Comment and Opinion

A recent report suggests that the sales of homeopathic remedies in the UK have increased by 24% during the last five years.

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The Best of All Health Care

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Comment and Opinion

The best of all health care— who wouldn't want to know how to achieve this meritorious aim?

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‘Why Won’t They Admit They’re Wrong?’ and Other Skeptics’ Mysteries

by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Comment and Opinion

Cognitive dissonance is hardwired, but how we choose to reduce it is not. Just as good drivers learn to correct for...

Onward Science Soldiers

by Victor Stenger
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Comment and Opinion

In a poll taken in 1998, only 7 percent of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences said they believed in a personal God.

PEAR Lab Closes, Ending Decades of Psychic Research

by Stanley Jeffers
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Comment and Opinion

The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research group is shutting down after 28 years of searching for proof of the paranormal.

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Snake-Oil Traders

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Comment and Opinion

"The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business."

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Third Strike for Columbia University Prayer Study: Author Plagiarism

by Bruce Flamm
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Comment and Opinion

Mr. Wirth, the man who allegedly designed and conducted the prayer study, was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

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The Art of Persuasion in Politics (and Science)

by Benjamin Wolozin
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Comment and Opinion

Advocating for science is more important than ever. Funding for many scientific endeavors is being reduced.

Should the NHS Provide Complementary Therapy?

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Comment and Opinion

On May 23, Prince Charles addressed the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva...

In Defense of the Higher Values

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Comment and Opinion

When Paul Kurtz brought us to Buffalo 30 ago to found CSICOP, the nation was awash in what he called "The New Irrationalisms."

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Intelligent Design and the Workings of Science

by Michael Friedlander
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Comment and Opinion

Rather than discussing the methods of science in an abstract way, we should draw our illustrations from concrete examples...

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Public Health’s Credibility Crisis

by Elizabeth M. Whelan
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Comment and Opinion

As society grapples with a possible avian influenza epidemic, threats of biological and chemical terrorism, AIDS...

Lessons of the ‘Fake Moon Flight’ Myth

by James Oberg
Volume 27.2, March / April 2003

Comment and Opinion

Depending on the opinion polls, there's a core of Apollo moon flight disbelievers within the United States

Commentary: Clear Thinking and the Forces of Unreason

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 26.2, March / April 2002

Comment and Opinion

There is a new need for rationality and reason-as well as courage and resoluteness-in defense of freedom and democracy...

Polygraphs and the National Labs: Dangerous Ruse Undermines National Security

Polygraphs and the National Labs: Dangerous Ruse Undermines National Security

by Alan P. Zelicoff
Volume 25.4, July / August 2001

Comment and Opinion

In ancient Rome, emperors would divine truth by reading the entrails of animals or vanquished foes...