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A Golden Age of Harmony? Misrepresenting Science and History in the 1001 Inventions Exhibit

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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The Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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Four Realms of Inquiry

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Book Review

A review of Handling Truth by William Gardner.

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Can Carry-On Explosives Bring Down an Airliner?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 22.2, Summer 2012

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Nighthawks State of Mind

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Confirmation Bias and Art

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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XKCD: A Perfect Marriage of Snark and Skepticism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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The Puzzle of the Implausible

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Book Review

A review of Power and Illusion: Religion and Human Need by David W. Wilbur

Conspiracy Theorist Claims NASA Picnic Photos Were Faked

Skeptical Briefs Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

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Citing irregularities in photographs posted on the About Us page on the official NASA website, Northern Virginia resident Brian Williams is calling the space agency’s employee and family picnic, allegedly held this last summer, a complete hoax.

Eyewitness to the Paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Eyewitness to the Paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained’

Research in experimental psychology has shown that many paranormal sightings fall directly within the realm of eyewitness memory. Experiments reveal that such “sightings” derive from the psychology of the observers rather than from supernatural sources. Experiments show these proclivities.

What’s Going On in Our Minds?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

Book Review
What’s Going On in Our Minds?

A review of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

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The Top 20 Logical Fallacies

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Political Myths that Influence Voters

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Dinodang: The Melon Rex Myth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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South Korean Skeptics Work to Promote Science-Based Medicine

October 10, 2012
South Korean Skeptics Work to Promote Science-Based Medicine

My name is Uiwon, Hwang, 35 years old. I majored in railroad engineering at university and worked as a rolling stock driver after graduating. I always had some interest in the global scientific skepticism movement, a rare case in Korea. This is how I started to work in the field of scientific journalism.

The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

An analysis of four classic flying-saucer incidents reveals how debunking can send a mundane case underground, where it is transformed by mythologizing processes, then reemerges—like a virulent strain of a virus—as a vast conspiracy tale. Defined by the Roswell Incident (1947), this syndrome is repeated at Flatwoods (1952), Kecksburg (1965), and Rendlesham Forest (1980).

How to Protest a ‘Psychic’

October 1, 2012
How to Protest a ‘Psychic’

Last fall, it was brought to my attention that John Edward was scheduled to appear in downtown Oklahoma City for two seminars on March 9, 2012. I brought this information to the campus group that I advise, the UCO Skeptics, and suggested we plan a protest to help educate people on exactly what John Edward would be doing, and that it was in no way related to supernatural abilities.

Indignation Is Not Righteous

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September 27, 2012

The Twin Fallacies of Appeal to Righteous Indignation and Appeal to Sanctity.
Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.

CSICon’s Halloween Party: Use Psychic Powers, Dress Funny, Win Cash!

September 12, 2012

Skeptics are excellent at using their brains, but all that thinking can be exhausting. Luckily, at this year’s CSICon -- the conference dedicated to science and skeptical inquiry -- there’s going to be a way for the doubters to let their hair down, and win some truly excellent prizes.

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The Trouble with Pseudoskepticism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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A Feeble Challenge to Evolution from ‘Reasons to Believe’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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Is Science the Antidote to Deepak Chopra’s Spirituality?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Book Review

A review of War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow

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SensaSlim Lawsuit Seeks to Silence Skeptics

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Resolution: Scientific Standards in Academia and Education

May 31, 2012
Resolution: Scientific Standards in Academia and Education

At the occasion of the 6th World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, CSI, ECSO and GWUP adopted a resolution calling for high standards of scientific practice in scientific institutions and in science education.

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My Ephemeral Friend

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

Forum

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Steven Novella Honored with CSI’s Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.2, Summer 2011

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Three: Real Messages in DNA

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Three: Real Messages in DNA

The Lost Civilizations of North America documentary suggests that there is genetic evidence for a pre-Columbian migration of Israelites to the Americas. However, DNA studies provide no support for this hypothesis.

The Mysterious Meteorite of Chalk Mountain, Texas

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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The Mysterious Meteorite of Chalk Mountain, Texas

In May 2009 a meteorite impact was reported just thirty miles south of Fort Worth, Texas, but the mysterious object was of a very unusual composition for a meteorite. Had an impact occurred, it would have caused widespread devastation-yet nothing of the sort happened.

The HPV Vaccine Controversy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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The HPV Vaccine Controversy

Ever since the FDA approved the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2006, its introduction has been embroiled in a medical, social, cultural, and political controversy.

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Measuring Mythology: Startling Concepts in NCCAM Grants

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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