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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."

Essential Oils: One Weird Workshop

Essential Oils: One Weird Workshop

by Susan Gould
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Special Report

Nothing prepared me for the workshops my colleagues and I were required to attend this past winter.

The Salton Sea Flat Earth Test: When Skeptics Meet Deniers

The Salton Sea Flat Earth Test: When Skeptics Meet Deniers

by Jim Underdown
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Commentary

Today, skeptics fight not only false assertions and misinterpretation of facts but also a fundamental distrust of science and a deep-seated paranoia about reputable institutions lying to the entire culture.

Arkansas’s White River Monster: Very Real, but What Was It?

Arkansas’s White River Monster: Very Real, but What Was It?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Investigative Files

Can we finally solve the mystery?

The Ecomodernists

The Ecomodernists

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

The Science of Science Communication

A New Way of Thinking about Climate Change and Human Progress

Diving into the VAERS Dumpster

Diving into the VAERS Dumpster

by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Reality is the Best Medicine

Fake News about Vaccine Injuries

How We Believe

How We Believe

by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Review

Beliefs guide all our thoughts and behaviors, from brushing our teeth to voting for a particular political party.

The God Engine

The God Engine

by James Alcock
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Belief in the supernatural develops as a natural consequence of the way our brains work, so it should be no surprise that religion is both pervasive and enduring.

Biological Reasons Young-Earth Creationists’ Worldwide Flood Never Happened

Biological Reasons Young-Earth Creationists’ Worldwide Flood Never Happened

by Lorence G. Collins
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

Like the geological evidence, biological evidence demonstrates that a worldwide flood never happened 4,350 years ago, as young- Earth creationists believe.

On the Set of Cosmos’s Season Two

On the Set of Cosmos’s Season Two

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Special Report

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey aired in 2014 to much acclaim.

From the Spectral to the Spectrum: Radiation in the Crosshairs

From the Spectral to the Spectrum: Radiation in the Crosshairs

by Jeanne Goldberg
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

Public attitudes about radiation, shaped by a rich history of mythology from biblical times to the modern events of Chernobyl and Fukushima, impact personal lives and decisions, but they also have global existential implications.

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