Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 36.2
Entertainment—whether in the form of books, television, film, music, or graphic novels—can be a powerful way to convey a message, including the promotion of science-based thinking.
Even before CSICon 2011 in New Orleans officially began, I was already having great conversations with skeptics from all over the country. It was amazing to see people from so many places convening in one place to celebrate reason, science, and skeptical inquiry.
A Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) conference has been long-awaited since the last event held in 2003. The inaugural CSICon, the conference dedicated to scientific inquiry and critical thinking, was held October 27–30, 2011.
Like its earlier CSICOP conference predecessors, CSICon New Orleans 2011 was rich with provocative ideas, good science, critical thinking, informed analysis, and penetrating criticism of claims poorly supported by scientific evidence.
by John Eades
Claims that antimatter annihilation can generate limitless power or lead to unbelievably destructive bombs are greatly exaggerated, as can easily be shown by running a few numbers.
by Joe Nickell
Perhaps no gulf between the East and the West is more significant than in theories and practices concerning medicine.
After magician and skeptic Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1926, scores of mediums claimed they had received a genuine message from the “soul” of the once-great skeptic and medium-basher.
by Sharon Hill
A study of 1,000 websites shows how amateur groups use technical jargon and equipment as symbols of what is “scientific” while actually promoting the paranormal and not adhering to any real scientific principles of investigation.
A review of Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan.
Skepticism One Wikipage at a Time
Talking with Wikiskeptic Susan Gerbic-Forsyth
SI Column on Teacher Unions Generates Storm of Reader Reaction
Getting People Emotionally Invested
Disclosure by the Dozens
New Life for Human (Therapeutic) Cloning? Whence Come the Eggs?
Do Einstein’s Laws Endorse Ghosts?
Ghost-Busted! Phony Tales of Dixie Spirits
by Joe Nickell
My Ephemeral Friend
by Don Keith
A Droll Stroll Down Skeptical Lane
A review of Psychic Vibrations by Robert Sheaffer with illustrations by Rob Pudim
UFOs? Yes. Crashes and Conspiracies? No.
A review of UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities by John B. Alexander