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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."

SETI Requires a Skeptical Reappraisal

SETI Requires a Skeptical Reappraisal

by Peter Schenkel
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Feature

In light of new findings and insights, it seems appropriate to put euphoria to rest and to take a more down-to-earth view.

Teaching Pigs to Sing: An Experiment in Bringing Critical Thinking to the Masses

Teaching Pigs to Sing: An Experiment in Bringing Critical Thinking to the Masses

by Harriet Hall
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Feature

A skeptic encounters psychics, astrologers, and other strange creatures and discovers how they react to science and reason.

The PEAR Proposition: Fact or Fallacy?

The PEAR Proposition: Fact or Fallacy?

by Stanley Jeffers
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Feature

For years, Princeton's PEAR group has been pursuing a research program that many would characterize as parapsychology.

The New Approach to SETI Is from the Bottom Up, Rather Than the Top Down

by David Darling
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Feature

As far as the prevalence of life and intelligence throughout the galaxy goes, the simple fact is we still have no idea.

Astrobiology Is the New Modern Framework Encompassing SETI . . . and So Much Else

by David Morrison
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Feature

SETI is a scientific effort that has attracted wide popular interest over the past half century.

Critical Thinking: What Is It Good for? (In Fact, What Is It?)

Critical Thinking: What Is It Good for? (In Fact, What Is It?)

by Howard Gabennesch
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Feature

Nearly everyone is in favor of critical thinking. This is evidence that the term is in danger of becoming meaningless.

In Search of Dracula

In Search of Dracula

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Notes on a Strange World

I recently had the opportunity to travel through Europe in search of the reality behind some famous ancient legends.

Argentina Mysteries

Argentina Mysteries

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Investigative Files

While visiting Argentina, I was also able to take a look at some local mysteries with which I already had some familiarity.

Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens

Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens

by Terence Hines
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Review

Review of the book by Susan A. Clancy

The Walrus Was Paul!

The Walrus Was Paul!

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

Notes on a Strange World

Did you know that Paul McCartney, the ex-Beatle, never left the band because he died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike?

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