Skeptical Inquirer — Commentary
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Skeptical Inquirer’s 2016 Reader Survey Results
by Elizabeth Loftus
These are remarks by psychologist and CSI Fellow Elizabeth Loftus accepting an honorary doctorate at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
The full text of invited testimony by the Center for Inquiry at the April 20, 2015, hearing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on “Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating the FDA’s Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century.”
Just over forty years ago, the world was awash in unexamined paranormalism. But a scientific response to all the nonsense was beginning to brew.
In Defense of Useless Math: Why the New Common Core Isn’t As Liberating As It Seems
My experience suggests a contrarian view on the climate change debate that may be worth sharing with my fellow skeptics, including those of you skeptical of climate science.
Problems with Modern Medicine: Too Much Emphasis on Disease, Not Enough on Managing Risk
by Maciej Zatonski
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.
The Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics
by Marvin M. Mueller
by Shobha S. Krishnan
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.
by Edzard Ernst
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.
9/11: Perspectives from a Decade Later
by Clark R. Chapman and Alan W. Harris
An Ambitious, Hopeful Response to 9/11
by Charles M. Wynn Sr.
When the Shrinks Ignore Science, Sue Them
by James D. Herbert and Richard Redding
by Edzard Ernst
I am, of course, talking about a different type of conflict: the one that is created by strong belief and evangelic conviction.
If we as scientists want to preserve our freedom (and the welfare of others), now more than ever we have a responsibility.
Washington Rally to Restore Sanity a Plea for Reason
Media reports described it as a lighthearted day of comedy, but there was a much more profound message: a rallying cry for reason.
by Edzard Ernst
How to 'Prove' That Bogus Treatments Are Effective
American Physical Society Rejects Climate Anti-Science
by John R. Mashey
Like the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and most other science...
CFI vets list of 687 'dissenting scientists' in Senate minority report; 80% haven't published peer-reviewed climate research.
by Chris French
"I think this article raises an interesting issue, but ultimately I find the arguments unconvincing for a number of reasons..."
"If Parnia does the experiments properly, and his patients really can see those images, then I will change my mind about..."
by Richard wiseman, Chris French, and Caroline Watt
The last few years have seen substantial growth in the number of television programs claiming to contain paranormal phenomena.
The Great Global Cooling Myth
by John Fleck
Like all good misinformation that travels well and lasts long, we found a kernel of truth. But we also found the deep...