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Now Online: Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.2

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.2 Cover

  March/April 2014

Selected articles by:

  • David H. Gorski
  • Joe Nickell
  • Kendrick Frazier
  • Kenneth L. Feder
  • Robert Blaskiewicz
  • Ronald A. Lindsay
  • Susan Gerbic

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Connecticut’s Hidden Animals?

Connecticut’s Hidden Animals?

by Kenneth L. Feder
Skeptical Inquirer · Forum · Volume 38.3

The rational part of my mind recognized almost immediately thereafter that the identification I had come up with was nonsensical. But was it?

The ‘200 Demons’ House: A Skeptical Demonologist’s Report

The ‘200 Demons’ House: A Skeptical Demonologist’s Report

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Inquirer · Investigative Files · Volume 38.3

Sparking an international media frenzy, a house in Gary, Indiana, was—according to two unnamed “clairvoyants”—besieged by over 200 demons.

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

by Steven Novella
Skeptical Inquirer · The Science of Medicine · Volume 38.3

Fear is a powerful emotion with clear protective functions. However, fear is not always adaptive.

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

by Glenn Branch
Skeptical Inquirer · Book Review · Volume 38.3

A review of Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution, by Edward Caudill.

Maria Monk: A Nun’s ‘Secrets’ Revealed

Maria Monk: A Nun’s ‘Secrets’ Revealed

by Joe Nickell
Skeptical Briefs · Investigative Files · Volume 23.4

It turns out that the fantastic assertions she made were investigated thoroughly at the time by Protestant clergymen who were permitted to inspect the actual convent, discovering that its interior was incompatible with Monk’s descriptions.

Faking Science Cred at a Sci-Fi Con: Not Smart

Faking Science Cred at a Sci-Fi Con: Not Smart

by Sharon Hill
Special Articles · Sounds Sciencey
August 14, 2014

Paranormal investigators playing the role of “experts” and pretending to be scientific is not going to fly when the lack of deep knowledge is evident and there are actual scientists in the audience.