Skeptical Inquirer

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Skeptical Inquirer
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Editor-in-ChiefKendrick Frazier
(within the U.S.)
PublisherCommittee for Skeptical Inquiry
First issue1976
CountryUnited States

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]

The founder of CSICOP (the original name of CSI) Paul Kurtz listed four policies in 2006:

  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:

  • Paranormal Borderlands of Science (1981). edited by Kendrick Frazier, Prometheus Books; ISBN 978-0-87975-148-7.
  • Science Confronts the Paranormal (1986). edited by Kendrick Frazier, Prometheus Books; ISBN 978-0-87975-314-6.
  • The Hundredth Monkey: And Other Paradigms of the Paranormal (1991). edited by Kendrick Frazier, Prometheus Books; ISBN 978-0-87975-655-0
  • The Outer Edge: Classic Investigations of the Paranormal (1996). edited by Joe Nickell, Barry Karr, and Tom Genoni, CSICOP. OCLC 37626835
  • The UFO Invasion: The Roswell Incident, Alien Abductions, and Government Coverups (1997). edited by Kendrick Frazier, Prometheus Books; ISBN 978-1-57392-131-2
  • Encounters With the Paranormal: Science, Knowledge, and Belief (1998). edited by Kendrick Frazier, Prometheus Books; ISBN 978-1-57392-203-6.
  • Bizarre Cases: From the Files of The Skeptical Inquirer (2000). edited by Benjamin Radford, CSICOP. OCLC 45054771
  • Paranormal Claims: A Critical Analysis, 2007, edited by Bryan Farha, University Press of America, ISBN 978-0-7618-3772-5. Five of the eighteen chapters are reprints of Skeptical Inquirer articles.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The bull fighter". City Newspaper. Rochester, NY. 2002-09-18. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  2. "CSI". Archived from the original on 2011-08-21. Retrieved 2010-06-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  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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