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Rest in Peace, Sylvia

by Bryan Farha
Online Extras
November 25, 2013

One of the world’s most popular alleged psychics and spiritual mediums in history, Sylvia Browne, died on November 20, 2013 at age 77 (although she predicted on CNN that she would live to age 88).

Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

by Ben Radford
Online Extras
June 20, 2013

I recently uncovered rampant plagiarism in a HarperCollins title The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires: An A–Z of the Undead, “written” (more accurately “cut-and-pasted-from-the-Internet”) by Theresa Cheung.

Indignation Is Not Righteous

by Gary Longsine and Peter Boghossian
Online Extras
September 27, 2012

The Twin Fallacies of Appeal to Righteous Indignation and Appeal to Sanctity.
Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.

Disputing ‘Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses’

by David H. Gorski, Mark Crislip, Avrum Z. Bluming, Carol Tavris, Harriet Hall, and Reynold Spector
Online Extras
August 19, 2011

The article "Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses" by Reynold Spector, MD, in our March/April 2011 issue prompted considerable comment and controversy.

Does the ‘Arab Spring’ Herald a Renaissance in Science and Open Inquiry?

Does the ‘Arab Spring’ Herald a Renaissance in Science and Open Inquiry?

by Kendrick Frazier
Online Extras
July 13, 2011

SKEPTICAL INQUIRER editor Kendrick Frazier reports from Doha, Qatar.

Skeptical Inquirer editor Kendrick Frazier reports from Doha, Qatar

Skeptical Inquirer editor Kendrick Frazier reports from Doha, Qatar

by Kendrick Frazier
Online Extras
June 30, 2011

More than 700 science journalists from ninety countries—half of them from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East—are meeting on the outskirts of Doha ...

Live Report: Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, a Plea for Reason

Live Report: Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, a Plea for Reason

by Benjamin Wolozin
Online Extras
February 25, 2011

Dr. Benjamin Wolozin shares his thoughts and photos from October's Washington, DC event.

Sidestepping  the Litigious Consumer: How to Survive in the Lucrative Toning-Shoe Market

Sidestepping the Litigious Consumer: How to Survive in the Lucrative Toning-Shoe Market

by Gretchen McCormack
Online Extras
February 16, 2011

A recent lawsuit argues that “the scientific community has rejected [Skechers’s] claims” of enhanced fitness effects.

‘Power Balance’ Bands Shown Worthless

‘Power Balance’ Bands Shown Worthless

by Ben Radford
Online Extras
February 4, 2011

Power Balance bracelets achieved global popularity, in part because they were embraced by a parade of celebrities.