Special Articles — Online Extras
Skeptical Inquirer Online Extras
August 29, 2016
What, in a given instance, causes people to think they are experiencing spirits? The debunkers—with their smarter-than-them attitude—speak only to their fellow doubters. They would apparently rather be right than effective.
by Morton E. Tavel, translated by Alexandro Borgo
August 25, 2016
¿Cuántas veces se probó que era falsa la “detección de mentiras por una máquina”?
August 17, 2016
Not only can we teach young scientists how to function in the increasingly hostile environment they may find themselves, we must teach them to do so.
by Susan Gerbic
August 9, 2016
Every year before the measles vaccine was first introduced in 1963, about 50,000 people, mostly previously healthy children, would be hospitalized with the disease and 500 would die. Sadly, I think it is going to take some of these diseases coming back to some extent in order for us to realize their importance. Vaccines have been a victim of their own success.
by Sadri Hassani, translated by Alejandro Borgo
July 12, 2016
by Elizabeth Loftus, Translated by Alejandro Borgo
July 12, 2016
Cuando comencé mi trabajo sobre las ilusiones de la memoria no me imaginaba que se iba a transformar en un tema tan relevante socialmente y tan políticamente explosivo.
by Joe Nickell
June 11, 2015
Although there were other “public enemies” of the Depression Era, John Dillinger had daring and style to spare. But so did a tenacious G-man named Melvin Purvis, an agent so effective and so adored by the public and press that his boss, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover, seethed with jealousy.
by Bryan Farha
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).
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.
by Gary Longsine and Peter Boghossian
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.
by David H. Gorski, Mark Crislip, Avrum Z. Bluming, Carol Tavris, Harriet Hall, and Reynold Spector
August 19, 2011
The article "Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses" by Reynold Spector, MD, in our March/April 2011 issue prompted considerable comment and controversy.
July 13, 2011
SKEPTICAL INQUIRER editor Kendrick Frazier reports from Doha, Qatar.
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 ...
February 25, 2011
Dr. Benjamin Wolozin shares his thoughts and photos from October's Washington, DC event.
February 16, 2011
A recent lawsuit argues that “the scientific community has rejected [Skechers’s] claims” of enhanced fitness effects.