Skeptical Inquirer — From the Editor
Can We Have Civilized Conversations about Touchy Science Policy Issues?
Phrenology’s Lessons for Today
Art and Skepticism
by Ben Radford
Dr. Phil Gives Psychics a Pass
The Roswell Syndrome . . . and Pseudoskepticism
Getting People Emotionally Invested
NCCAM, No. CSIcon, Yes.
From Shakespeare to American Archaeology
Who Really Wants Reliable Scientific Information?
Examining 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
Pop Culture and Questionable Cases
Why the Bem Experiments Are Not Parapsychology’s Next Big Thing
The world of news and blogs began buzzing in mid-November. A prominent psychologist, Daryl Bem of Cornell University, had posted a paper on his website...
The Scourge of Cancer
I doubt there are many families not affected in some way by the subject of our cover article—cancer.
Introducing Skepticism 2.0
There's nothing new about skepticism. People who think critically and analytically have been around since ancient times.
Cell Phones, Power Lines, Video Games…and Much Else
This issue demonstrates not only the variety of topics we tackle in the Skeptical Inquirer, but also...
Big Scientific Controversy over Little Hobbit People of Flores
Five years ago a stunning discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores rocked the field of paleoanthropology...
It’s What We Do
"Why did you write about [fill in the blank]?" That is a recurring question we get at the Skeptical Inquirer.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin
You are going to be hearing a lot about Charles Darwin this year. Deservedly so. February 12 was his 200th birthday...
UFOs: Fact and Fiction—A Special Issue
UFOs fascinate the public and both amuse and frustrate science-minded skeptics. Oh, you thought UFOs were passé...
Keeping Ahead of the News
We have plenty of riches for you in this issue: five articles, four commentaries, three book reviews, two Forum columns...
A Trio of Questionable Medical Treatments
The three articles under the theme "Questionable Medical Treatments" in this issue delve into problems with modern medicine...
Clarke, Cognition, and the Presidential Campaign
This issue's tributes to Arthur C. Clarke stand as soaring testaments to that seminal figure of the twentieth century.
Dangers of Animal Rights Extremists
We haven't before dealt in our pages with the dangers of the extreme animal rights movement...
The Force of Change in China
Our founder Paul Kurtz and I present two reports on China in this issue. They arise out of a stimulating world congress...
A Painful Legal Case is Resolved in Favor of Open Inquiry
I hope everyone will read Carol Tavris's report in this issue on the resolution of a legal case that threatened...
Protecting Our Valuable Vaccine Programs
Benjamin Franklin championed vaccinations in the early years of our nation. In the past half-century or so, widespread...
AIDS Denialism and Science
We who try to defend good science and expose sham science are ofen asked what harm it does to believe in...
Hope for the Future, and Early Reaction on Global Warming
I just got back from talking with some of the world's brightest high-school students. It's enough to restore faith in...
A Warming Climate for Climate Warming
Our report in this issue, "Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming" was in production when the IPCC released...
Science, God, and (Non)Belief
The intersection of science and religion has grasped and stimulated the minds and emotions of great thinkers for centuries...
Men of the Cosmos
It seems entirely fitting that our cover article in appreciation of Carl Sagan is written by David Morrison.
Art, Science, and Creativity
Art stimulated my early interest in science. Chesley Bonestell's stunning paintings envisioning Earth from orbit...
The Vigorous Science of Evolution
I received a letter the other day that got me thinking...
Explanatory Frameworks and Investigative Exposés
For every issue of SI we try to provide a nourishing variety of material. First, there's the variety of types of material...
Are We Alone? A Searching Look at SETI
Are we alone in the Universe? The question reverberates across the centuries. But the generations alive today are the first...
Court Decision in Dover Case a Victory for Good Science
The court decision in the Dover Intelligent Design case is cause for jubilation. For all of us who care deeply about science...
Memory Wars and Monster Stories
Cases involving dubious claims of recovered memories of supposed past abuses brought out in therapy--often under hypnosis or...
Evolution and the ID Wars
We devote the core of this issue to Evolution and the ID Wars. The "Intelligent Design" movement is the most pernicious...
Obesity Epidemic? Elixirs of Life? Where’s the Truth?
Are we in the midst of an obesity epidemic? And if so, what does that mean for our health, really?
Time for Science to Go on the Offense
We have seen another turbulent several months in science's latest battles with the evolution-deniers.
Science, Seeing, and Cosmological Worldviews
Ray Hyman's cover article describes tests he, Wiseman, and Skolnick carried out on the so-called Russian "girl with X-ray eyes."
Evolution and Evidence
Evolution is exceptionally successful as the scientific explanation of observed changes over time in the living world...
Kendrick Frazier's comments
The Path to Discovery and the Impact on Culture
It wasn't an earth-shaking discovery. It didn't fundamentally revamp our cultural and cosmological worldview.
A few notes from the recent CSICOP conference
Editor's note on this issue