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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 41.5 —
September/October 2017

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.5 Cover

Articles by:

  • Benjamin Radford
  • James Randi
  • Joe Nickell
  • Maarten Boudry
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Scott O. Lilienfeld
  • Stephen Barrett
  • Stuart Vyse
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

The Politicization of Scientific Issues

The Politicization of Scientific Issues

by Jeanne Goldberg
Skeptical Inquirer · Feature · Volume 41.5

It is paradoxical that in populations supportive of science and democracy scientific issues have become politicized to the degree that objective evidence is ignored or rejected in favor of “alternative” opinions.

The Fakery of Electrodermal Screening

The Fakery of Electrodermal Screening

by Stephen Barrett
Skeptical Inquirer · Feature · Volume 41.5

Souped-up galvanometers are being used to assess people’s health and determine what they supposedly need. Tests expose them as preposterous, and government agencies should stop their use.

“13. It’s Just a Number, Right?”

“13. It’s Just a Number, Right?”

by Stuart Vyse
Special Articles · Behavior & Belief
October 13, 2017

A 2007 Gallup poll found that 13 percent of Americans would be bothered by being assigned a 13th floor hotel room.

We Already Know the Las Vegas Shooter’s Motive

We Already Know the Las Vegas Shooter’s Motive

by Stuart Vyse
Special Articles · Behavior & Belief
October 12, 2017

The shooter’s goal was to set a record: to kill as many people as possible all by himself and to become famous for doing so, simply because he could.

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Bob Novella

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Bob Novella

by Susan Gerbic
Special Articles · CSICon
September 28, 2017

Bob Novella is one of the founding members of the popular The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast that started in May 2005. He and the rest of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe rogues will be speaking at CSICon, October 26–28, 2017.

27 academias científicas nacionales europeas alertan de 
la inutilidad y el peligro de la homeopatía

27 academias científicas nacionales europeas alertan de 
la inutilidad y el peligro de la homeopatía

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
Special Articles · ¡Paparruchas!
September 26, 2017

Dictaminan que la pseudoterapia limita sus efectos al placebo y piden a los legisladores de la UE que tomen medidas contra ella