Skeptical Inquirer

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Skeptical Inquirer

Skeptical Inquirer logo
Editor-in-Chief Kendrick Frazier
Frequency Bi-monthly
Circulation 50,000[1]
(within the U.S.)
Publisher Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
First issue 1976
Country United States
Language English
Website www.csicop.org/si/
ISSN 0194-6730

The Skeptical Inquirer is an American science magazine. The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) publishes this magazine every other month. This magazine's subtitle is now The magazine for science and reason. Articles in the magazine are about science and pseudoscience (fake or phony science).

"The mission of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims."[2] The Skeptical Inquirer is not a formal scientific journal.

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The Skeptical Inquirer criticizes topics, such as homeopathy, astrology, SETI, the creationism-evolution controversy, global warming, AIDS denial, and whether legendary persons such as King Arthur were real. The magazine also includes general interest science articles.[3]

In 2006, the Skeptical Inquirer was 30 years old. CSICOP (the original name of CSI) founder Paul Kurtz then listed four policies:

  1. to criticize claims of the paranormal and pseudoscience
  2. to replicate the methods of scientific inquiry and the nature of the scientific outlook
  3. to seek a balanced view of science in the mass media
  4. to teach critical thinking in the schools.[4]

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Several collections of articles from the Skeptical Inquirer, have been published. Books of collections of articles are:

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  1. "The bull fighter". City Newspaper (Rochester, NY). 2002-09-18. http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/archives/2002/9/The+bull+fighter. Retrieved 2008-04-16
  2. CSI Archived 21 August 2011 at WebCite
  3. Kendrick Frazier. "It's What We Do" Skeptical Inquirer May/June 2009 Page 4.
  4. Paul Kurtz (September 2006). "Science and the Public: Summing Up Thirty Years of the Skeptical Inquirer". Skeptical Inquirer 30 (5): 13–19.

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