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
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?
by Matt Nisbet
Harnessing the Power of Opinion-Leaders Across Communities
by George Hrab
I’m not sure I get the point of the story of David and Goliath.
by Harriet Hall
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.”
by Matt Nisbet, translated by Alejandro Borgo
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.
by Matt Nisbet
Why We Need a New Dialogue about Science, Inequality, and Society
Racism and prejudice are thorny, age-old problems with many origins. There is no single solution, no magic spell that will bring everyone together.
by Craig A. Foster and Steven M. Samuels
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.
by Stuart Vyse
We do not solve our problems by demonizing our enemies. We do not change minds through argument or violence.
What might work? Certainly being violent back won’t help — it will just egg the racists on.