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Ralph Estling

The late Ralph Estling (1930–2007) was a prolific writer, with many articles published in the British magazine New Scientist and the Skeptical Inquirer.

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This is the Forum Column That Goes Like This

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

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"Cogito ergo sum" has always bothered me as an explanation for one's existence. The best that Cartesian logic can come up...

Getting It Right, or Brooklyn Is Not Expanding

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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I notice that people tend to go to extremes. This is most likely to occur when they don’t understand something.

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The Wrong Question

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

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A person from Porlock [...] dropped by for a chat the other day and to ask what I thought the purpose of life was.

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Eloquent but Gloomy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

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I've always recalled with fondness the scene in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal where the knight and...

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Scientists and the Election

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

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Science never is, was never meant to be, a democracy. Majority consensus cannot determine whether Earth revolves around the...

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Stupid Things

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

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I think I'm fairly safe in saying that it will probably not come as a terrible shock to readers...

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My Wife—and the Dialectics of External Historicity

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

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Let me say right off the bat that I very rarely argue with my wife. There are a number of reasons for this...

Why the World Is Not My Idea ... or George’s

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 22.2, March / April 1998

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...And this is the best way I know of for separating sanity from insanity. Always assuming we want to.

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