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The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry promotes science and scientific inquiry, critical thinking, science education, and the use of reason in examining important issues. It encourages the critical investigation of controversial or extraordinary claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to the scientific community, the media, and the public.

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 42.1 —
January/February 2018

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 42.1 Cover

Articles by:

  • Alejandro Borgo
  • Benjamin Radford
  • Carrie Poppy
  • Glenn Branch
  • Joe Nickell
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kenneth W. Krause
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Peter Barglow
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

Before Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, There Was Dan Q. Posin

Before Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, There Was Dan Q. Posin

by Stuart Vyse
Skeptical Inquirer · Volume 41.6

Pioneer physicist and science popularizer Dan Q. Posin saw the power of television for education and inspiration. Almost lost to history, his history has new relevance today.

Moving Science’s Statistical Goalposts

Moving Science’s Statistical Goalposts

by Stuart Vyse
Skeptical Inquirer · Volume 41.6

In 1989, Ralph Rosnow and Robert Rosenthal, two well-respected experts on statistical methods in psychology, wrote the following memorable line: “We want to underscore that, surely, God loves the .06 nearly as much as the .05”. For researchers in psychology, this was an amusing statement.

I promise, it is the last time I will write about Tyler Henry.  This year. Probably.

I promise, it is the last time I will write about Tyler Henry.  This year. Probably.

by Susan Gerbic
Special Articles · Guerrilla Skepticism
December 8, 2017

Sometimes what is missing from a psychic reading is more interesting—and more important—than what was actually said.

Do Superstitious Rituals Work?

Do Superstitious Rituals Work?

by Stuart Vyse
Special Articles · Behavior & Belief
December 8, 2017

Yes, your superstitions work, but it’s the ritual, not the superstition, that’s making you feel better. Any old ritual will do.

CSICon Photo Tribute to James Randi

CSICon Photo Tribute to James Randi

by Susan Gerbic
Special Articles · CSICon · Special Report
December 5, 2017

Susan Gerbic explains the history behind the Randi photo and the obstacles faced while trying to capture it.

Bringing Levitation Down to Earth

Bringing Levitation Down to Earth

by Benjamin Radford
Skeptical Briefs · Volume 27.2

I’m not sure that human levitation exists—much less that it’s attributable to a mind-body connection (or quantum physics)—but overall I enjoyed speaking with Grosso and reviewing his book.