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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 42.4 —
July / August 2018

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 42.4 Cover

Articles by:

  • Amardeo Sarma
  • Benjamin Radford
  • Harriet Hall
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kavin Senapathy
  • Kavin Senapathy
  • Philip J. Senter
  • Reynold Spector
  • Steven Novella
  • Stuart Vyse
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

Introducing Psychic-Busting Private Eye Bob Nygaard (Part 1)

Introducing Psychic-Busting Private Eye Bob Nygaard (Part 1)

by Rob Palmer
Special Articles · The Well-Known Skeptic
August 15, 2018

Nygaard is a one-of-a-kind detective who specializes in bringing “psychic” con artists to justice.

Skepticism Reloaded

Skepticism Reloaded

by Amardeo Sarma
Skeptical Inquirer · Feature · Volume 42.4

A leading skeptic addresses the essence of contemporary skepticism and highlights the vital nonpartisan and science-based role of skeptics in preventing deception and harm.

NECSS 2018 Looks Ahead

NECSS 2018 Looks Ahead

by Russ Dobler
Special Articles · Special Report · The Thoughtful Conduit
August 13, 2018

Despite returning to its regular home at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, change was in the air for NECSS 2018.

Wellington Paranormal – Clueless in Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Wellington Paranormal – Clueless in Te Whanganui-a-Tara

by Kylie Sturgess
Special Articles · Curiouser and Curiouser
August 13, 2018

Before I begin this review, a quick shout-out to the skeptic folk of New Zealand, who hosted a very fine (although a little shaky post-earthquake) conference in Wellington back in 2013.

Speed Reading: Fact or Fiction

Speed Reading: Fact or Fiction

by William Vanderlinde
Skeptical Inquirer · Volume 42.4

Is training in speed reading valuable? It depends.

Essential Considerations About Aromatherapy

Essential Considerations About Aromatherapy

by William M. London
Special Articles · Consumer Health
August 9, 2018

The practice of administering plant-derived essential oils on the skin, via inhalation of vapors, or internally via ingestion for supposed healing power is commonly called aromatherapy.