Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 37.4
by David Morrison, Alan Harris, and Mark Boslough
On February 15, 2013, the million inhabitants of the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk experienced a half-megaton explosion from a disintegrating space rock. What happened, and how did the people of Chelyabinsk react?
by Harriet Hall
A Navy neurologist’s credulous venture into acupuncture advocacy serves as a useful case study. Here are twelve mistakes he made rambling down the garden path of self-delusion.
by Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney
Acclaimed Harvard psychologist and best-selling author Steven Pinker was interviewed by Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney in a rare live edition of Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of our Center for Inquiry. Here is the majority of that interview.
The RMS Queen Mary, a ship of enormous historical import, has been transformed into a roadside attraction whose owners profit off the allure of “ghosts.” Her glorious factual history has been brushed aside in a bid to pander to eager ghost-hunting tourists who aren’t thinking critically about the claims.
by Joe Nickell
Can people move or alter physical objects simply by using a hidden power of the mind called psychokinesis? I have encountered many claims of such powers in the course of my work (since 1969) as a paranormal investigator.
by Harriet Hall
A review of Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul Offit, MD.
Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books
The ‘Psychology Is Science, Not Witchcraft’ Campaign
by Tomasz Witkowski and Maciej Zatonski
by Keith Taylor
Vindication of My Notorious ‘Insulting’ Letter to UFOlogist J. Allen Hynek
by Gary Posner
Violence, Here and Above
News and Comment
by Kendrick Frazier / Benjamin Radford
Do You Believe That? Poll Zeroes in on Conspiracy Beliefs/Goat Sacrificed for Chicago Cubs Curse/Sylvia Browne Blunders Again, Telling Mother of Kidnap Victim Amanda Barry She Was Dead/British Businessman Sentenced in Bogus ‘Bomb Detector’ Scam
Psychic Failure and the Boston Marathon Bombing
Mathematical Explanations and Degrees of Impossibility
The Mystery of the Sicilian Avengers
UFOs in the Desert, 2013
Why Gay and Lesbian? A New Proposal
Bringing Bayes into Predictions
by Paul G. Brown
A review of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t by Nate Silver