Kendrick Frazier is editor of the Skeptical Inquirer and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is editor of several anthologies, including Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience.
Cold Fusion to E-Cat: From Pathological Science to … Worse
Thoughts on Visiting Darwin’s Home, Down House
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey aired in 2014 to much acclaim.
We all must support critical inquiry and evidence-based thinking. We must honor those who do it, often at some considerable sacrifice to themselves.
A Festival of Scientific Skepticism or a Theme Park for Science and Reason? CSICon Las Vegas 2017 Had It All
The seventieth anniversary of the so-called Roswell Incident came and went this past summer with a refreshing lack of fuss.
Truth to Power on Climate
The Fires of Creationists, and Rallying for Science
You were asked how to treat a friend who ardently believes in the paranormal. You said, “Be kind. Be kind. They believe because they need to believe. Be compassionate.”
I took up being Harry Houdini, though I never claimed to be him. As a matter of fact, during my career I broke a couple of his records.
Fake News and Fake Science in the Age of Misinformation
Issues in Science and Skepticism
Do We Really Want Science-Informed Candidates?
CFI Conference Covers It All
The Man Who Solved the Bermuda Triangle Mystery
The Pope’s Encyclical on Climate and the Planet: Will It Change the Debate?
‘Reason’ Topics and Real Science vs. False Mysteries
World-Changing Genius, Creativity, and Teamwork
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
Today’s Celebrity Scientists
Just over forty years ago, the world was awash in unexamined paranormalism. But a scientific response to all the nonsense was beginning to brew.
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.
A Special Issue on Medical Misinformation
A Few Changes, and with Randi Down Under
44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments . . . and Harriet Hall’s Rebuttals
The Great Freethinker We Owe A Big Debt
A review of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby
Why We Believe: New Research, New Understanding
Kendrick Frazier Asks Ann Druyan about the New Cosmos
The Cosmos Odyssey of Ann Druyan
Science and Religion: New Questions and Issues
Skeptics, Humanists Come Together in Tacoma in First Joint Conference: Skepticism, Humanism, or Both?
The Burzynski Affair: Forty Years and Counting
A Philosophical Mind Considers the Universe (and Us)
A review of The Turbulent Universe by Paul Kurtz
Sweden is the home of a large and vibrant skeptics group and was the able host of the 2013 European Skeptics Congress, August 23–25, in Stockholm.
Creationism Gone Global
I want to give some brief historical perspective about the skeptical movement, take a look at some new trends, and revisit a theme I’ve emphasized before, reminding ourselves why we do this: the higher values of skeptical inquiry.
Cautions and Enthusiasms
Wildly Wrong, Psychics Shouldn’t Get a Free Pass
Violence, Here and Above
September 16, 2013
It awards the Nobel Prizes in science and proudly portrays not a political figure but one of its most eminent scientists on its ubiquitous 100-kronor note (about $16). So it is hardly surprising that Sweden is the home of a large and vibrant skeptics group and was the able host of the 2013 European Skeptics Congress (ESC), August 23–25, in Stockholm.
Admiration and Disapprobation
Experiments attempting to replicate Bem’s results were quickly conducted at various universities, but none were accepted for publication by Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Now the journal has had an apparent change of heart.
A Lively CSICon 2012 Nashville Eyes Latest Trends in Science, Pseudoscience, and Belief
A Good Look at Invisibility
Courage, Optimism, and Thinking Big: An Exuberant Life Well Lived
Exuberant Champion of the New Enlightenment
Can We Have Civilized Conversations about Touchy Science Policy Issues?
Phrenology’s Lessons for Today
Dr. Phil Gives Psychics a Pass
The Roswell Syndrome . . . and Pseudoskepticism
Like its earlier CSICOP conference predecessors, CSICon New Orleans 2011 was rich with provocative ideas, good science, critical thinking, informed analysis, and penetrating criticism of claims poorly supported by scientific evidence.
Getting People Emotionally Invested
NCCAM, No. CSIcon, Yes.
From Shakespeare to American Archaeology
Who Really Wants Reliable Scientific Information?
Examining 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
Pop Culture and Questionable Cases
July 13, 2011
SKEPTICAL INQUIRER editor Kendrick Frazier reports from Doha, Qatar.
June 30, 2011
More than 700 science journalists from ninety countries—half of them from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East—are meeting on the outskirts of Doha ...
Why the Bem Experiments Are Not Parapsychology’s Next Big Thing
The world of news and blogs began buzzing in mid-November. A prominent psychologist, Daryl Bem of Cornell University, had posted a paper on his website...
Perhaps surprising for such a towering intellect, Martin was a modest and unassuming man.
August 2, 2010
Noted climate scientist Stephen H. Schneider of Stanford University died July 19, 2010, of an apparent heart attack while traveling in London.
January 6, 2010
If you are anything like me, reading is an essential part of life itself. For my generation, newspapers, books, and magazines...
Notes on the News: Deception, Notoriety, and Credulity in Our Infotainment Age
The media frenzy about a homemade balloon launch supposedly carrying a Fort Collins, Colorado, family's six-year old son into the sky and the resulting...
The Scourge of Cancer
I doubt there are many families not affected in some way by the subject of our cover article—cancer.
Pew/AAAS Poll: Public Likes Science but Still Disagrees with Scientists on Controversial Issues
The public continues to like science and value scientists, but a new poll shows considerable gaps between how scientists...
Nigerian Scam Mastermind Sentenced in Australia
We've all seen the e-mails from Nigeria insisting wealth can be ours if we help the writer get his money out of the country.
Introducing Skepticism 2.0
There's nothing new about skepticism. People who think critically and analytically have been around since ancient times.
Cell Phones, Power Lines, Video Games…and Much Else
This issue demonstrates not only the variety of topics we tackle in the Skeptical Inquirer, but also...
John Maddox, Longtime Nature Editor and CSI Fellow, Dies
John Maddox, a pivotal figure in the world scientific community as twice editor of the esteemed scientific journal...
Nonreligious Portion of U.S. Population Growing, Survey Finds
What many secularists have long been contending--that their numbers are growing, and have consistently been underestimated...
Big Scientific Controversy over Little Hobbit People of Flores
Five years ago a stunning discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores rocked the field of paleoanthropology...
Science, Public Policy, and the Planetary Community
It’s What We Do
"Why did you write about [fill in the blank]?" That is a recurring question we get at the Skeptical Inquirer.
Life and Planet
Evolution, Climate Change. Two Grand Themes of AAAS Science Fest.
When the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to two French virologists for discovering and identifying the HIV virus...
As if more scientific support was needed, a new review of the evidence has again shown no link between vaccines and autism.
April 21, 2009
April 21, 2009
Commentary to appear in the March/April 2009 Skeptical Inquirer
Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin
You are going to be hearing a lot about Charles Darwin this year. Deservedly so. February 12 was his 200th birthday...
The Obama White House could hardly have a more distinguished set of people in the key science positions.
The Winds message controversy does have lessons about burdens and pressures on pre-war American cryptology.
A new investigation by the NSA confirms that a Japanese message was not heard until after the attack on Pearl Harbor began.
Discovery of HIV Nets 2008 Nobel Prize for Two French Virologists
The discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been honored with a share of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology...
UFOs: Fact and Fiction—A Special Issue
UFOs fascinate the public and both amuse and frustrate science-minded skeptics. Oh, you thought UFOs were passé...
Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 24, 2008Kendrick Frazier's Commentary to appear in the March/April 2009 Skeptical Inquirer
Purdue Panel Finds Scientific Misconduct in Researcher’s Bubble Fusion Reports
A Purdue University panel has found a researcher guilty of scientific misconduct in a case of bubble, or desktop, fusion.
Keeping Ahead of the News
We have plenty of riches for you in this issue: five articles, four commentaries, three book reviews, two Forum columns...
A Trio of Questionable Medical Treatments
The three articles under the theme "Questionable Medical Treatments" in this issue delve into problems with modern medicine...
Clarke, Cognition, and the Presidential Campaign
This issue's tributes to Arthur C. Clarke stand as soaring testaments to that seminal figure of the twentieth century.
Kendrick Frazier remembers Arthur C. Clarke
How to Study Reincarnation: Guidelines for Research
Is there a way to empirically study claims of reincarnation to satisfy scientific standards?
Brain Neuroimaging Experiments find ‘Evidence against Existence of Psi’ ... or Do They?
Can imaging of the brain help resolve the debate over whether psi exists or not? Two researchers at Harvard University...
Dangers of Animal Rights Extremists
We haven't before dealt in our pages with the dangers of the extreme animal rights movement...
The Force of Change in China
Our founder Paul Kurtz and I present two reports on China in this issue. They arise out of a stimulating world congress...
In case you were wondering, there really is a reality out there independent of human observers.
Daniel Dennett used his talk on the final morning of the China conference to call for an end to the indoctrination of children.
In the nearly 20 years since our last visit to China, the country has undergone a stunning economic and physical transformation.
A Painful Legal Case is Resolved in Favor of Open Inquiry
I hope everyone will read Carol Tavris's report in this issue on the resolution of a legal case that threatened...
Out of Body and in the Lab: New Experiments Stimulate Seeing Self Elsewhere
Two sets of studies published independently in the same issue of the journal Science demonstrate how...
Protecting Our Valuable Vaccine Programs
Benjamin Franklin championed vaccinations in the early years of our nation. In the past half-century or so, widespread...
Carroll, Forrest, Kroto Elected CSI Fellows; Mooney, Nisbet Named Consultants
Three noted scholars have been elected Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in recognition of their distinguished...
CFI Calls for Protecting Science and Research Findings from Political Interference
CFI has called for legislation to protect scientific research and the dissemination of findings of scientific research.
Gallup Polls Show Split on Evolution (Dis)Belief by Politics, Religion
Not that we needed more evidence of Americans' disbelief in evolution, but the results of several Gallup Poll questions...
Hope for the Future, and Early Reaction on Global Warming
I just got back from talking with some of the world's brightest high-school students. It's enough to restore faith in...
IPCC Climate Report Shows ‘Unequivocal’ Warming, Reduces Uncertainties
The long-awaited international report summarizing the latest and best thinking of the world's scientists about climate change...
A Warming Climate for Climate Warming
Our report in this issue, "Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming" was in production when the IPCC released...
Is Science Gaining New Ground?
The tone and character of the science vs. religion debate, a perennial source of conflict, seems recently to have shifted...
Science, God, and (Non)Belief
The intersection of science and religion has grasped and stimulated the minds and emotions of great thinkers for centuries...
That a book so forthrightly titled could reach the best seller lists may tell us something about a shifting cultural climate.
Energy Department Will End Most Polygraph Testing
After years of controversy, ranging from complaints from national labs' scientists to a critical National Academy of Sciences...
It’s CSI Now, Not CSICOP
CSICOP's name has been shortened. The Executive Council of CSICOP has formally adopted a shorter name for the organization...
Men of the Cosmos
It seems entirely fitting that our cover article in appreciation of Carl Sagan is written by David Morrison.
CBS's popular Friday night drama uses mathematics, reason, and rationality to help the FBI solve major crime mysteries.
December 4, 2006
The Executive Council of CSICOP has formally adopted a shorter name for the organization: Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
Obituaries for James Harvey Young and Karl T. Pflock
Art, Science, and Creativity
Art stimulated my early interest in science. Chesley Bonestell's stunning paintings envisioning Earth from orbit...
Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey is giving no quarter to evangelical leaders who are pressing Kenyas national museum...
The Vigorous Science of Evolution
I received a letter the other day that got me thinking...
Explanatory Frameworks and Investigative Exposés
For every issue of SI we try to provide a nourishing variety of material. First, there's the variety of types of material...
When Paul Kurtz brought us to Buffalo 30 ago to found CSICOP, the nation was awash in what he called "The New Irrationalisms."
U.S. ‘Out on a Limb by Ourselves’ in Evolution Rejection, Jon Miller Tells AAAS
Americans do embrace science and technology, says Jon D. Miller of Northwestern--with the notable exception of evolution.
AAAS Events, Statement Expound Evolution, Decry ID
If this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is any guide, no one can complain...
Are We Alone? A Searching Look at SETI
Are we alone in the Universe? The question reverberates across the centuries. But the generations alive today are the first...
Evolution Science’s Top Story of the Year
Each December, the editors of Science magazine, one of the world's leading scientific journals, review the most...
In Landmark Dover Decision, Judge Rules ID Is Not Science, Teaching It Is Unconstitutional
It was clear, strong, eloquent, and decisive. It ruled broadly on the merits of the case. And it dealt a stinging rebuke to...
Court Decision in Dover Case a Victory for Good Science
The court decision in the Dover Intelligent Design case is cause for jubilation. For all of us who care deeply about science...
SI Editor Kendrick Frazier Elected a Fellow of the AAAS
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Kendrick Frazier, Editor of...
Memory Wars and Monster Stories
Cases involving dubious claims of recovered memories of supposed past abuses brought out in therapy--often under hypnosis or...
Top 25 Science Questions: A Stimulating List of What We Don’t Know
Science thrives on seeking solutions to unanswered questions.
Velikovsky Papers to Princeton University
The papers of Russian-born American author Immanuel Velikovsky have a new home in the Princeton University Library.
Evolution and the ID Wars
We devote the core of this issue to Evolution and the ID Wars. The "Intelligent Design" movement is the most pernicious...
Obesity Epidemic? Elixirs of Life? Where’s the Truth?
Are we in the midst of an obesity epidemic? And if so, what does that mean for our health, really?
Time for Science to Go on the Offense
We have seen another turbulent several months in science's latest battles with the evolution-deniers.
Science, Seeing, and Cosmological Worldviews
Ray Hyman's cover article describes tests he, Wiseman, and Skolnick carried out on the so-called Russian "girl with X-ray eyes."
New Government Peer Review Leaves Cold Fusion Still Out in the Cold
A new government peer review of scientific claims for cold fusion has left the matter pretty much where it was fifteen years...
Evolution and Evidence
Evolution is exceptionally successful as the scientific explanation of observed changes over time in the living world...
Randi: That’s Amazing
The special event the second night was "Randi: That's Amazing," billed as "A 'Magical' Evening with James Randi."
The World of Galileo Galilei
As befitted a conference outside Padua, the first evening featured a special event, "The World of Galileo Galilei."
Kendrick Frazier's comments
In the Land of Galileo, Fifth World Skeptics Congress Solves Mysteries, Champions Scientific Outlook
The legacy of Galileo shone like a brilliant star throughout the Fifth World Skeptics Congress...
French Group Tests Man’s Claims to Sense a Person’s Presence
Controlled, double-blind tests of a therapeutic touch practitioner's claims to be able to feel a "signal" or "fluid"...
The Path to Discovery and the Impact on Culture
It wasn't an earth-shaking discovery. It didn't fundamentally revamp our cultural and cosmological worldview.
CSICOP Albuquerque Conference Has Fun Exposing Hoaxes, Myths and Manias
A few notes from the recent CSICOP conference
Scams, intelligent design, urban legends, fringe psychotherapies get critical attention
There is a new need for rationality and reason-as well as courage and resoluteness-in defense of freedom and democracy...
Kendrick Frazier's introductory comments
Kendrick Frazier reflects on the first 25 years of Skeptical Inquirer
Editor's note on this issue
Review of Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins
The skeptical movement has gone from an idea in the minds of a few colleagues to a widely recognized international network.
His mind is highly philosophical, at home with the most abstract concepts, yet his thinking and writing crackle with clarity.
News items from May / June 1997
It began with a stirring live symphonic performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets...
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