More Options

Skeptical Inquirer

Subscribe | Order One Issue | Subscribe (Digital)

Skeptical Inquirer is the official journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. It is published by the Center for Inquiry in association with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Six times per year Skeptical Inquirer publishes critical scientific evaluations of all manner of controversial and extraordinary claims, including but not limited to paranormal and fringe-science matters, and informed discussion of all relevant issues. In addition to news, articles, book reviews, and investigations on a wide variety of topics, Skeptical Inquirer has a stellar stable of regular columnists including Joe Nickell (“Investigative Files”), Massimo Polidoro (“Notes on a Strange World”), Massimo Pigluicci (“Thinking About Science”), and SI managing editor Benjamin Radford's reader-driven (“The Skeptical Inquiree”). Yale University neurologist Steven Novella, M.D., founder of the New England Skeptical Society and executive editor of the Science-Based Medicine blog, contributes a new "The Science of Medicine" column, and contributing editor Kenneth W. Krause adds a regular science column, "ScienceWatch."

Percival Lowell and the Canals of Mars

Percival Lowell and the Canals of Mars

by Matthew J. Sharps
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Feature

The ‘canals’ of Mars don’t exist, and they never did; yet they were repeatedly reported and defended as scientific realities by many great astronomers. Why?

The Curious Question of Ghost Taxonomy

The Curious Question of Ghost Taxonomy

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Feature

The nature of ghosts remains unknown despite centuries of collective effort by legions of ghost hunters.

Why Did We Call Prince Charles Foolish and Immoral?

Why Did We Call Prince Charles Foolish and Immoral?

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Commentary

Charles’s foolishness in respect to the promotion of quackery has, in my opinion, been demonstrated multiple times.

Flat-Earth Anxieties Reflect Misplaced Priorities

Flat-Earth Anxieties Reflect Misplaced Priorities

by Craig A. Foster
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Commentary

The potential and kinetic energy devoted to counter the flat-earth movement is wasteful and misguided. It reveals a broad naiveté about which forms of pseudoscience have real gravitas.

Navy Pilot’s 2004 UFO: A Comedy of Errors

Navy Pilot’s 2004 UFO: A Comedy of Errors

by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Column
Investigative Files

The first I heard about a shadowy UFO research program operated by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 2007–2012 was when I was interviewed by New York Times reporter Helene Cooper on December 12, 2017.

The Case of the Curious Christmas Light

The Case of the Curious Christmas Light

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Skeptical Inquiree

Even a smart, skeptical person can be fooled by something strange in a photograph

The War on Science, Anti-Intellectualism, and ‘Alternative Ways of Knowing’ in 21st-Century America

The War on Science, Anti-Intellectualism, and ‘Alternative Ways of Knowing’ in 21st-Century America

by H. Sidky
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Feature

The decades-long academic assault on science has bewildered the American public about the role and function of science, promoted anti-intellectualism, and politically empowered purveyors of supernaturalism and paranormal beliefs.

Twenty-One Reasons Noah’s Worldwide Flood Never Happened

Twenty-One Reasons Noah’s Worldwide Flood Never Happened

by Dr. Lorence G. Collins
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Feature

Here’s a geologist’s critical analysis of false perceptions held by many creationists about the origin of the Grand Canyon and the age of the Earth.

In Troubled Times, This Is What We Do

In Troubled Times, This Is What We Do

by Kendrick Frazier
Commentary

We all must support critical inquiry and evidence-based thinking. We must honor those who do it, often at some considerable sacrifice to themselves.

CSICON Las Vegas 2017

CSICON Las Vegas 2017

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Conference Report

A Festival of Scientific Skepticism or a Theme Park for Science and Reason? CSICon Las Vegas 2017 Had It All

Page 1 of 91 pages   Next Page