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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."

Wildlife Apocalypse: How Myths and Superstitions Are Driving Animal Extinctions

Wildlife Apocalypse: How Myths and Superstitions Are Driving Animal Extinctions

by Bob Ladendorf and Brett Ladendorf
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Feature

Demand for wildlife body parts for scientifically unproven medicinal remedies and paranormal trinkets is causing a worldwide crisis for many endangered animal species, including rhinos and elephants.

Skepticism Reloaded

Skepticism Reloaded

by Amardeo Sarma
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Feature

A leading skeptic addresses the essence of contemporary skepticism and highlights the vital nonpartisan and science-based role of skeptics in preventing deception and harm.

Speed Reading: Fact or Fiction

Speed Reading: Fact or Fiction

by William Vanderlinde
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Is training in speed reading valuable? It depends.

Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer

Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer

by Christopher Labos and Kenneth R. Foster
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Research Review

New NTP Results Inconsistent; Random Chance Likely at Play

Secrets of ‘The Flying Friar’: Did St. Joseph of Copertino Really Levitate?

Secrets of ‘The Flying Friar’: Did St. Joseph of Copertino Really Levitate?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Investigative Files

Supported by records citing eyewitness testimony, St. Joseph of Copertino was a seventeenth-century religious marvel who laid claim to the power of levitation.

Response to Ken Ham and YouTube Comments by Andrew Snelling

by Lorence G. Collins
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Follow-up

After my article “Twenty-One Reasons Noah’s Worldwide Flood Never Happened” was published in the March/April 2018 Skeptical Inquirer, the creationist organization Answers in Genesis produced a YouTube video in which Andrew Snelling criticized some of the reasons I presented.

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.

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