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Skeptical Inquirer — Commentary

Why We Do This: Revisiting the Higher Values of Skeptical Inquiry

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Commentary

I want to give some brief historical perspective about the skeptical movement, take a look at some new trends, and revisit a theme I’ve emphasized before, reminding ourselves why we do this: the higher values of skeptical inquiry.

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The Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics

by Marvin M. Mueller
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Commentary

The HPV Vaccine Controversy

The HPV Vaccine Controversy

by Shobha S. Krishnan
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

Commentary

Ever since the FDA approved the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2006, its introduction has been embroiled in a medical, social, cultural, and political controversy.

Medicines Derived from Herbs

Medicines Derived from Herbs

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

Commentary

The general public is frequently confused by controversies, by a plethora of misinformation, and by the bewildering categories of medicines derived from herbs. Here I will try to clear up some of this confusion by explaining what the different categories are.

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9/11: Perspectives from a Decade Later

by Clark R. Chapman and Alan W. Harris
Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

Commentary

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An Ambitious, Hopeful Response to 9/11

by Charles M. Wynn Sr.
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Commentary

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When the Shrinks Ignore Science, Sue Them

by James D. Herbert and Richard Redding
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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Conflicts of Interest in Alternative Medicine

Conflicts of Interest in Alternative Medicine

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Commentary

I am, of course, talking about a different type of conflict: the one that is created by strong belief and evangelic conviction.

We Live in Perilous Times for Science

We Live in Perilous Times for Science

by Elizabeth Loftus
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

Commentary

If we as scientists want to preserve our freedom (and the welfare of others), now more than ever we have a responsibility.

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Washington Rally to Restore Sanity a Plea for Reason

by Benjamin Wolozin
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Commentary

Media reports described it as a lighthearted day of comedy, but there was a much more profound message: a rallying cry for reason.

Illusionists at Work

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 34.5, September/October 2010

Commentary

How to 'Prove' That Bogus Treatments Are Effective

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American Physical Society Rejects Climate Anti-Science

by John R. Mashey
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

Commentary

Like the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and most other science...

Can a Reasonable Skeptic Support Climate Change Legislation?

by Stuart D. Jordan
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Commentary

CFI vets list of 687 'dissenting scientists' in Senate minority report; 80% haven't published peer-reviewed climate research.

Comments on NDE Experiment: Ethical Concerns

by Christopher C. French
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Commentary

"I think this article raises an interesting issue, but ultimately I find the arguments unconvincing for a number of reasons..."

Comments on NDE Experiment: Ethical Concerns

by Susan Blackmore
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Commentary

"If Parnia does the experiments properly, and his patients really can see those images, then I will change my mind about..."

‘None of This Is True’: Do Disclaimers about the Paranormal Really Work?

by Richard wiseman, Chris French, and Caroline Watt
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Commentary

The last few years have seen substantial growth in the number of television programs claiming to contain paranormal phenomena.

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The Great Global Cooling Myth

by John Fleck
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Commentary

Like all good misinformation that travels well and lasts long, we found a kernel of truth. But we also found the deep...