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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."

Combating Racism Through Shared Goals

Combating Racism Through Shared Goals

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

We do not solve our problems by demonizing our enemies. We do not change minds through argument or violence.

Are Racist Beliefs Pseudoscientific, and What Do We Do About Them?

Are Racist Beliefs Pseudoscientific, and What Do We Do About Them?

by Terence Hines
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

What might work? Certainly being violent back won’t help — it will just egg the racists on.

A Hard Look at How We See Race

A Hard Look at How We See Race

by Sam Scott
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

Jennifer Eberhardt’s research shows subconscious connections in people’s minds between black faces and crime, and how those links may pervert justice. Law enforcement officers across the country are taking note.

Daryl Bem and Psi in the Ganzfield

Daryl Bem and Psi in the Ganzfield

by Susan Blackmore
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Feature

The most serious implication is that Daryl Bem, a famous and well-respected psychologist, has been guilty of “an unethical manipulation of data in search of statistical significance” to support claims of the paranormal.

Myths and Secrets of the Colosseum

Myths and Secrets of the Colosseum

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Notes on a Strange World

The Flavian Amphitheater, better known as the “Colosseum,” is the largest and most majestic amphitheater of ancient times. It is the second most visited monument in the world (after the Great Wall of China), and in 2007 was included among the new seven wonders of the modern world.

Yes, We Do Need Experts

Yes, We Do Need Experts

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Behavior & Belief

Many people praise the explosion of news sources we have at our disposal today. More is better, right? Unfortunately, no.

Pizzagate and Beyond: Using Social Research to Understand Conspiracy Legends

Pizzagate and Beyond: Using Social Research to Understand Conspiracy Legends

by Jeffrey S. Debies-Carl
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

It is tempting to dismiss events such as last year’s “Pizzagate” shooting as the work of disturbed or unintelligent people, but social research provides an opportunity to explain the seemingly absurd episode and perhaps help avert future tragedies.

Becoming Fantastic: Why Some People Embellish Their Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales

Becoming Fantastic: Why Some People Embellish Their Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales

by Eric Wojciechowski
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

To increase excitement into what is perceived as a normal, uneventful life, some people create their own personal myths of adventure and accomplishment. These are not just exaggerations of real events, and such narratives can be in the realm of the fantastic.

Ten Questions (and Answers) about Teaching Evolution

Ten Questions (and Answers) about Teaching Evolution

by Bertha Vazquez and Christopher Freidhoff
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Feature

A high school biology teacher asked the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science (a division of the Center for Inquiry) a series of questions about teaching evolution. Bertha Vazquez, director the foundation’s Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), answered.

Critical Thinking and Parenting: How Skepticism Saved My Special Needs Kid From Certain Death

Critical Thinking and Parenting: How Skepticism Saved My Special Needs Kid From Certain Death

by Amy Frushour Kelly
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Feature

You are a skeptic, and your child has autism. How do you react?

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