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Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner is author of more than seventy books, most recently The Jinn from Hyperspace and When You Were a Tadpole and I was a Fish, and Other Speculations About This and That.

Swedenborg and Dr. Oz

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.5, September/October 2010

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

It is not widely known that Oz has been profoundly influenced by Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish Protestant fundamentalist who, late in life, became...

Oprah Winfrey: Bright (but Gullible) Billionaire

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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Oprah Winfrey: Bright (but Gullible) Billionaire

There are two Oprah Winfreys. One is the African-American woman who struggled against incredible odds in abject poverty to become the wealthiest, most...

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James Arthur Ray: New Age Guru and Sweat Lodge Culprit

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

In recent years Sedona, Arizona, has become a popular haven for New Age cults of all shades. Why Sedona? Partly because of its superb scenery and sunlight,...

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Thomas Gold: Is the Origin of Oil Nonbiological?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Thomas Gold was born in Vienna in 1920 and died in Ithaca, New York, in 2004 at age eighty-four. Few scientists since Kepler have combined such brilliant...

Bill Maher: Crank and Comic

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Well-known stand-up comic Bill Maher has joined the ranks of the Big-D atheists, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett...

Bobby Fischer: Genius and Idiot

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher
Bobby Fischer: Genius and Idiot

Is it possible for someone to be extremely intelligent and creative in a certain field and at the same time...

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Mr. Belloc Objects

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Comment and Opinion

The Battered Silicon Press, a Canadian publishing house, has brought back into print an obscure little book by H.G. Wells...

A Special Afterword

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Special Report

A special afterword to Hyman's report

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Featurette

Martin Gardner remembers Arthur C. Clarke.

Ann Coulter Takes on Darwin

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Book Review
Ann Coulter Takes on Darwin

Review of Ann Coulter's Godless

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The Comic Pratfalls of Richard Roberts

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

In November 2007, Oral Roberts's singing son Richard, age fifty-nine, resigned as president of Tulsa's Oral Roberts University.

The Strange Case of Frank Jennings Tipler

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Book Review

Review of The Physics of Christianity by Frank Tipler

‘Dr.’ Bearden’s Vacuum Energy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

One of the strangest books ever written about modern physics was published in 2002, and reprinted two years later.

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The Memory Wars: Parts 2 and 3

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

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Most of the cases against priests for sexual abuse against young parishioners are supported by full confessions...

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The Memory Wars

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.1, January / February 2006

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It was a tragic mental health scandal: accusations resulting from supposedly long-repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse.

Multiverses and Blackberries

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 25.5, September / October 2001

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher
Multiverses and Blackberries

The philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce somewhere remarked that unfortunately universes are not as plentiful as blackberries...

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher: Distant Healing and Elisabeth Targ

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 25.2, March / April 2001

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Gardner recalls the paranormal claims of Elisabeth Targ

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher: The Second Coming of Jesus

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 24.1, January / February 2000

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher: The Second Coming of Jesus

Martin Gardner on fringe-watching

The Star of Bethlehem

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 23.6, November / December 1999

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

As Christmas approaches, churches will be celebrating the birth of Jesus, with many references to the Star of Bethlehem.

What’s Going On At Temple University?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 22.5, September / October 1998

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

In recent years Temple University has become a center for the promulgation of some of the wildest aspects of pseudoscience.

Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 19.3, May / June 1995

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher
Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru

In the 1970s, Doug James Henning’s Magic Show ran on Broadway for more than four years.

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