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."
by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
There is a wide variety of natural explanations for things we see in the sky that are easy to misinterpret.
by Eric Wojciechowski
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.
by Robert Blaskiewicz and Mike Jarsulic
How a pioneering physician at the American Medical Association fought medical fraud on a national scale in the early twentieth century.
by Susan Gould
Nothing prepared me for the workshops my colleagues and I were required to attend this past winter.
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.
by Joe Nickell
Can we finally solve the mystery?
by Matt Nisbet
A New Way of Thinking about Climate Change and Human Progress
by Harriet Hall
Fake News about Vaccine Injuries
by Harriet Hall
Beliefs guide all our thoughts and behaviors, from brushing our teeth to voting for a particular political party.
by James Alcock
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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