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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 43.1 —
January / February 2019

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 43.1 Cover

Articles by:

  • Alan J. Scott
  • Benjamin Radford
  • Bob Ladendorf
  • Harriet Hall
  • Jim Underdown
  • Jim Underdown
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kendrick Frazier
  • Matt Nisbet
  • Stuart Vyse
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

National Down Syndrome Society Promotes Communication Pseudoscience

National Down Syndrome Society Promotes Communication Pseudoscience

by Stuart Vyse
Special Articles · Behavior & Belief
January 16, 2019

As readers of this column will recall, FC is based on the theory that many people with profound language deficits suffer from a physical problem—an inability to produce the sounds for speech or the movements required for writing or typing—but are not cognitively impaired.

The Dibbuk Box

The Dibbuk Box

by Kenny Biddle
Special Articles · A Closer Look
January 14, 2019

As luck would have it, this is another one of the “Big Four” haunted objects in Zak Bagans Haunted Museum.

Squaring the Skeptic with Celestia Ward (Part 1)

Squaring the Skeptic with Celestia Ward (Part 1)

by Rob Palmer
Special Articles · The Well-Known Skeptic
January 14, 2019

Meet the multi-talented cohost of the Squaring the Strange podcast.

A Closer Look at the Bela Lugosi “Haunted” Mirror

A Closer Look at the Bela Lugosi “Haunted” Mirror

by Kenny Biddle
Special Articles · A Closer Look
January 10, 2019

In this column, we will be investigating the first of the “big four” cursed objects in Zak Bagans’s Haunted Museum (see the previous column): the Bela Lugosi cursed mirror.

D. Gary Young (1949–2018), Diploma Mill Naturopath and Promoter of Essential Oils

D. Gary Young (1949–2018), Diploma Mill Naturopath and Promoter of Essential Oils

by William M. London
Special Articles · Consumer Health
January 9, 2019

I believe a close look at Young’s activities can be illuminating for consumers who might be attracted to charismatic health gurus who base their teachings on alleged sources of knowledge from antiquity or tradition rather than on rigorously designed clinical research.

Drinking the Blood of Bats Is a Bad (and Batty) Idea

Drinking the Blood of Bats Is a Bad (and Batty) Idea

by Harriet Hall
Special Articles · SkepDoc's Corner
January 4, 2019

Now humans are turning the tables. They are drinking the blood of bats in the misguided belief that it has health benefits.