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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."

UFO Identification Process

UFO Identification Process

by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Feature
Special Section
A Skeptical Look at UFOs and Aliens

There is a wide variety of natural explanations for things we see in the sky that are easy to misinterpret.

UFOs: Why Humanoid Aliens? Why So Varied?

UFOs: Why Humanoid Aliens? Why So Varied?

by Eric Wojciechowski
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Feature
Special Section
A Skeptical Look at UFOs and Aliens

UFOlogy is replete with varying descriptions of UFOs and their occupants—so much so that concluding an alien intelligence is piloting them goes against the more logical and reasonable conclusion that the only intelligence behind the phenomenon is the human brain itself.

Arthur J. Cramp: The Quackbuster Who Professionalized American Medicine

Arthur J. Cramp: The Quackbuster Who Professionalized American Medicine

by Robert Blaskiewicz and Mike Jarsulic
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Feature

How a pioneering physician at the American Medical Association fought medical fraud on a national scale in the early twentieth century.

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.

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