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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."

Hawking ‘Ghosts’ in Old Louisville

Hawking ‘Ghosts’ in Old Louisville

by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Column
Investigative Files

How could a press that represents all of the universities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky publish such nonsense—even in an age of fake news and fake science?

Ambassadors for Science

Ambassadors for Science

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Column
The Science of Science Communication

Harnessing the Power of Opinion-Leaders Across Communities

David vs. Whatsisname

David vs. Whatsisname

by George Hrab
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Column

I’m not sure I get the point of the story of David and Goliath.

The Riddle of Consciousness

The Riddle of Consciousness

by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Review

Consciousness is not a nonphysical phenomenon. It is an evolved user-illusion, “a system of virtual machines that evolved, genetically and memetically, to play very special roles in the ‘cognitive niche’ our ancestors have constructed over the millennia.”

Expectativas divididas

Expectativas divididas

by Matt Nisbet, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

The Science of Science Communication

Cuando pensamos en las raíces del antagonismo sobre la pericia científica en los Estados Unidos, a menudo nos enfocamos en el partidismo o en las diferencias religiosas.

Divided Expectations

Divided Expectations

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

The Science of Science Communication

Why We Need a New Dialogue about Science, Inequality, and Society

Critical Thinking Approaches to Confronting Racism

Critical Thinking Approaches to Confronting Racism

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

Racism and prejudice are thorny, age-old problems with many origins. There is no single solution, no magic spell that will bring everyone together.

Psychology, Skepticism, and Confronting Racism

Psychology, Skepticism, and Confronting Racism

by Craig A. Foster and Steven M. Samuels
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

Racism is abhorrent. It is therefore easy for a movement such as skepticism to adopt anti-racism stances, but skepticism must avoid promoting viewpoints because they are politically popular or self-satisfying.

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.

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