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The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry promotes science and scientific inquiry, critical thinking, science education, and the use of reason in examining important issues. It encourages the critical investigation of controversial or extraordinary claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to the scientific community, the media, and the public.

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Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.5 —
September/October 2016

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.5 Cover

Articles by:

  • Benjamin Radford
  • Bill Nye
  • Daniel C. Dennett
  • Edzard Ernst
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kendrick Frazier
  • Kenneth W. Krause
  • Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Martin Bridgstock
  • Massimo Polidoro
  • and more!

Latest Articles & News

The Screening Test that Caused an Epidemic

The Screening Test that Caused an Epidemic

by Harriet Hall
Special Articles · SkepDoc's Corner
October 21, 2016

Just because you can screen for a disease doesn’t mean you should.

Stick It In Your Ear! How Not To Do Science

Stick It In Your Ear! How Not To Do Science

by Harriet Hall
Skeptical Inquirer · Feature · Volume 40.3

Ear acupuncture claims to relieve sore throats. A new study seeming to support that idea is so poorly done that it provides a textbook example of how to distinguish between good and bad science.

Gallows Ghosts? Mystery at Brisbane’s Tower Mill

Gallows Ghosts? Mystery at Brisbane’s Tower Mill

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Inquirer · Investigative Files · Volume 40.3

Residents in the neighborhood in the mid-twentieth century reported that “sometimes when they looked up at the small window facing the street they could see a faint glow and a figure inside the tower, swinging gently from side to side.”

40 Years of Skeptical Inquirer: Personal Odysseys Shared in Special Anniversary Issue

40 Years of Skeptical Inquirer: Personal Odysseys Shared in Special Anniversary Issue

Press Releases
October 18, 2016

Skeptical Inquirer celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a special issue highlighting the personal journeys of some of today’s leading skeptics. An esteemed group of academics, investigators, and activists share stories and reflections of the movement that grew in large part out of this groundbreaking magazine’s pages.

Theresa Caputo: The Fake Long Island Medium

Theresa Caputo: The Fake Long Island Medium

by Massimo Polidoro
Skeptical Inquirer · Notes on a Strange World · Volume 40.3

Today mediums really have an easy life.

The Keeper of the Skeptic’s Dictionary: An Interview with Robert Todd Carroll

The Keeper of the Skeptic’s Dictionary: An Interview with Robert Todd Carroll

by Kylie Sturgess
Special Articles · Curiouser and Curiouser
October 18, 2016

It would probably be more fashionable to go out with a bang rather than with a whimper, but at this time, this is as good as it is going to get.