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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."

Bacteria, Ulcers, and Ostracism? H. Pylori and the Making of a Myth

Bacteria, Ulcers, and Ostracism? H. Pylori and the Making of a Myth

by Kimball C. Atwood
Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

Feature

Medicine's purported ostracism of the discovery of H. pylori has achieved a mythological quality.

Stupid Dino Tricks: A Visit to Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land

Stupid Dino Tricks: A Visit to Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land

by Greg Martinez
Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

Feature

Young-earth creationist Kent Hovind has built a dinosaur-filled theme park in Florida and claims to prove that evolution is bunk

The Columbia University ‘Miracle’ Study: Flawed and Fraud

The Columbia University ‘Miracle’ Study: Flawed and Fraud

by Bruce Flamm
Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

Feature

The Columbia University prayer study was flawed and suspicious from the start but now has been fatally tainted with fraud.

The Campeche, Mexico ‘Infrared UFO’ Video

The Campeche, Mexico ‘Infrared UFO’ Video

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

Feature

Mysterious objects filmed by the Mexican military in March 2004 created a flurry of excitement and strange claims.

Lady Homeopathy Strikes Back. . . But Science Wins Out

Lady Homeopathy Strikes Back. . . But Science Wins Out

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

Notes on a Strange World

On July 11, 2000, a popular Italian prime-time science program, presented a short segment highly critical of homeopathy.

What the #$*! Do They Know?

What the #$*! Do They Know?

by Eric Scerri
Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

Film Review

Review of the 2004 film

Can the Sciences Help Us to Make Wise Ethical Judgments?

Can the Sciences Help Us to Make Wise Ethical Judgments?

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 28.5, September / October 2004

Feature

Scientific knowledge has a vital, if limited, role to play in shaping our moral values and helping us to frame wiser judgments.

Capital Punishment and Homicide: Sociological Realities and Econometric Illusions

Capital Punishment and Homicide: Sociological Realities and Econometric Illusions

by Ted Goertzel
Volume 28.4, July / August 2004

Feature

Does executing murderers cut the homicide rate? Comparative studies show no effect. Econometric models show mixed results.

Fundamental Cosmological Understanding Eludes Us

Fundamental Cosmological Understanding Eludes Us

by James N. Gardner
Volume 28.4, July / August 2004

Review

Review of The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

Toutatis Threatens Totally

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 28.4, July / August 2004

Psychic Vibrations

Heads up—the End of the World is coming again!

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