SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

Skeptical Inquirer

Skeptical Inquirer is a bimonthly American general-audience magazine published by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry with the subtitle: The Magazine for Science and Reason. In 2016 it celebrated its fortieth anniversary. For most of its existence, the Skeptical Inquirer was published by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal known by its acronym CSICOP. In 2006 the CSICOP Executive Council shortened CSICOP's name to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and broadened its mission statement; the formal mission statement approved in 2006 states: "The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry promotes science and scientific inquiry, critical thinking, science education, 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, the public."A shorter version of the mission statement appears in every issue: “... promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation, the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.”

A previous mission statement referred to “investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims,” but the 2006 change recognized and ratified a wider purview for SI that includes new science-related issues at the intersection of science and the public while not ignoring core topics. A history of the first two decades is available in The Encyclopedia of the Paranormal published in 1998 by S. I. editor Kendrick Frazier. Kendrick Frazier, who has edited Skeptical Inquirer since August 1977, has described the magazine as “an unusual hybrid: part semipopular magazine and part scientific and scholarly journal.” He said, “I think it’s fair to say that we not only help to cross disciplinary barriers within scientific fields but bridge the gaps between the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sciences, between science and the humanities, between academics and nonacademics, between science and the general public.”Frazier has frequently spoken of the broader goals and higher values of skeptical inquiry that he says the Skeptical Inquirer tries to exemplify: "We skeptics do it all, investigating the smallest strange mysteries while explaining the powerful tools of science and reason and applying them to thinking about the broadest issues of concern and confusion in today’s complex societies."Daniel Loxton writing in 2013 about the mission and goals of the skeptical movement quoted an editor of the Swedish skeptic magazine Folkvett who felt that SI was a magazine written by'"old white men, for old white men"'.

He criticized the idea that people wanted to read about the paranormal, Uri Geller and crystal skulls not being relevant any longer. Paul Kurtz in 2009 seemed to share this sentiment and stated that the organization would still research some paranormal subjects as they have expertise in this area, but they would begin to investigate other areas, S. I.'“has reached an historic juncture: the recognition that there is a critical need to change our direction."' While editor Frazier did expand the scope of the magazine to include topics less paranormal and more that were an attack on science and critical thinking such as climate change denialism, conspiracy theories and the influence of the alt-med movement, Frazier added that "paranormal beliefs are still widespread" and quoted surveys that state that the public given a list of ten general paranormal topics will select four as a topic they believe in. While the general skeptic community believes that we should not waste more time debunking the paranormal, topics long ago discredited, Frazier says "millions of Americans accept them today."Writing for Scientific American Douglas Hofstadter states that the purpose of Skeptical Inquirer magazine is to "combat nonsense... nonsensical claims are smashed to smithereens."

He writes that articles are written for everyone that can read English, no special knowledge or expertise is needed, the only requirement is "curiosity about truth". In addition to the columns and articles, the magazine includes reviews of paranormal and skeptic books of note written by staff or guest writers. A "Letter to the Editor" section is included; the magazine inside covers note current CSI fellows and Technical Consultants as well as Affiliated Organizations. Listed are CFI locations worldwide; the final page features a Skeptical Anniversaries section written by Tim Farley and a Carbon Dating cartoon strip written and drawn by Kyle Sanders from CarbonComic.com. The magazine's website features additional content including a store, an archive of online articles dating back to 1994 which are made available without a subscription. One column is written in Spanish, a selection of English articles on the site have a Spanish language translation available. A mobile app is available which supports online subscription or individual digital issues.

The magazine was titled The Zetetic and was edited by Marcello Truzzi. The first issue was dated Fall/Winter 1976. Soon after its inception a schism developed between the editor Truzzi and the rest of CSICOP. One side was more "firmly opposed to nonsense, more willing to go on the offensive and to attack supernatural claims" and the other side wanted science and pseudoscience to exist "happily together". Truzzi left to start The Zetetic Scholar and CSICOP changed the magazine's name to Skeptical Inquirer. In 1977 Kendrick Frazier was appointed editor, he had been editor of Science News for six years. Kurtz noted that there had been “tremendous public fascination with the paranormal” and it was “

USS Montauk (SP-392)

USS Montauk was a trawler acquired by the U. S. Navy during World War I, she was outfitted as a coastal minesweeper and was assigned to the 6th Naval District based at Charleston, South Carolina. During a gale off the southeast coast of the United States, she ran aground on Cumberland Island and was destroyed, with a loss of life of seven of her crew; the second ship to be so named by the U. S. Navy, built at Kennebunk, Maine, in 1880, was rebuilt at Wilmington, Delaware, in 1905. Placed in service as a coastal minesweeper soon thereafter, Montauk patrolled the coastline of the 6th Naval District until 21 August 1918. Cruising at that time off the Georgia and Florida coast, Montauk was lost, with seven of her crew, when she ran aground and foundered at Cumberland Island, one of the barrier islands off the Georgia coast -- known as the Sea Islands -- in a northeasterly gale. Montauk was 20 miles from Fernandina, Florida, at the time. U. S. Navy World War I This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

The entry can be found here. NavSource Online: Montauk

Jeanna Fine

Jeanna Fine is an American pornographic actress and erotic dancer. Adult film actress Barbara Dare remarked how "fine" Jeanna was, which prompted Jeanna to adopt that as her surname, she was romantically involved with fellow pornographic actress Savannah. Fine began in the adult movie industry as a blonde-haired punk-girl when she was 21 in 1985, she made fifty movies between 1986 and 1989. She re-emerged as a black-haired in 1990. According to Fine's official adult film bio, Fine's adult film career was noted to have several large gaps between performing, such as during the pregnancy and birth of her son. According to her IAFD page, Fine made her last non-compilation film in 2002. Fine was inducted in the AVN Hall of Fame in 1997, she is in the X-Rated Critic's Association's Hall of Fame. Fine appeared in the film The Boondock Saints, as a dancer working the adult parlor where an attack was made on a mafia character played by fellow adult star Ron Jeremy. Fine became involved in a long-term relationship with fellow pornographic actress Savannah, who claimed to have fallen in love with Fine.

In a 1999 interview following the airing of the E! True Hollywood Story about Savannah's life and death, Fine commented, "We had an ongoing, on-again, off-again, loving relationship. At that time I was having a lot of problems myself. Between Sikki Nixx and Savannah pushing and pulling, I pretty much at one point ran away from them both. I couldn't take it any longer, but I feel. It's sad." Their relationship has been described as troubled due to the two women's heroin addiction. Jeanna Fine on IMDb Jeanna Fine at the Internet Adult Film Database Jeanna Fine at the Adult Film Database