The New Pope Saints

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Inquirer · Investigative Files · Volume 39.2

On April 27, 2014, two former popes—John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli, 1881–1963) and John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla, 1920–2005)—were made saints of the Roman Catholic Church. But how are saints created?

Facilitated Communication: The Fad that Will Not Die

Facilitated Communication: The Fad that Will Not Die

by Stuart Vyse
Special Articles · Behavior & Belief
May 11, 2015

Many readers will remember facilitated communication (FC). Back in the early 1990s, a new treatment came rushing onto the scene making promises that were enormously attractive to parents of children with autism.

The Founding of NMSR: A Look Back after Twenty-Five Years

The Founding of NMSR: A Look Back after Twenty-Five Years

by Kendrick Frazier
Special Articles
May 8, 2015

New Mexicans for Science and Reason (NMSR) has been proudly on its own for twenty-five years. But it had its origin in a national and even international movement to help spread science-based skepticism around the country and the world.

Why Do People Believe in Gods?

Why Do People Believe in Gods?

by Gary M. Bakker
Skeptical Inquirer · Article · Volume 39.1

… And Ghosts, Angels, Demons, Fairies, Goblins, and Other Imagined Conspiracies?

Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation

Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation

by Preston R. Bost
Skeptical Inquirer · Article · Volume 39.1

Where do conspiracy beliefs come from? Recent behavioral research suggests that they do not reflect pathology or lazy thinking but may instead come from normal, rational minds.

Sylvia Browne’s FBI File: Examining Her Alleged Detective Work and a Federal Criminal Investigation

Sylvia Browne’s FBI File: Examining Her Alleged Detective Work and a Federal Criminal Investigation

by Ryan Shaffer
Skeptical Inquirer · Special Report · Volume 39.1

Recently obtained FBI files shatter Sylvia Browne’s insinuation that she had a relationship with federal law enforcement and show that the only interest the agency had in Browne was investigating her for fraud.