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The Jamestown Evolution/Creationism Debate

by Norman Carlson
Volume 25.4, Winter 2015/16

I have no sympathy for creationism. By 1999, I had had enough of its low quality claims and tracts, and I attacked it in one of my letters in the paper. Creationists responded more tenaciously than liberals had responded to my conservative statements. They wouldn’t let go, and neither would I.

In the Stars? Personal Investigations of Astrology

In the Stars? Personal Investigations of Astrology

by Joe Nickell
Volume 25.4, Winter 2015/16

Investigative Files

Something wonderful happened to me in 2003 that I never saw coming. Had it been foreseen by stargazers in their forecasts for me in that year?

Fascinating Psychology Experiments

Fascinating Psychology Experiments

by Felipe Nogueira
Volume 25.4, Winter 2015/16

Skepticism and Science

The question of whether or not psychology is a science is not new. However, when science has been applied to the study of cognition and behavior, scientists have uncovered interesting phenomena through very clever experiments.

Skeptical Activism of the Investigation Network

by William M. London
Volume 25.3, Fall 2015

This is not a group that merely discusses skepticism; it’s a group focused on the intellectual stimulation and fun of skeptical activism in education and investigation.

To Better Understand Science and the Universe: An Interview with Lawrence Krauss

To Better Understand Science and the Universe: An Interview with Lawrence Krauss

by Felipe Nogueira
Volume 25.3, Fall 2015

Skepticism and Science

Lawrence Krauss is a renowned theoretical physicist at Arizona State University. He was one of the first to suggest that most of the energy of the universe resides in empty space, an idea that today is called dark energy.

Murder in the U.S. Capitol and the Ghost of William P. Taulbee

Murder in the U.S. Capitol and the Ghost of William P. Taulbee

by Joe Nickell
Volume 25.3, Fall 2015

Investigative Files

After my centennial article on Taulbee’s assassination appeared (Nickell 1990), I learned of a follow-up claim: Taulbee’s unrequited ghost haunts the steps that are still marked with his blood.

Critical and Thinking: The Ian Harris Interview

Critical and Thinking: The Ian Harris Interview

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 25.3, Fall 2015

A standup comic doing explicitly skeptical material on a regular basis as part of his act is unusual.

Adventures in SkeptiCamp

Adventures in SkeptiCamp

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 25.3, Fall 2015

We need face-to-face interactions. Some of our people tell me that our meetups are where they can be themselves; they don’t have to guard their language, and no subject is taboo.

Facing Art and Skepticism: Caricaturist Celestia Ward

Facing Art and Skepticism: Caricaturist Celestia Ward

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 25.2, Summer 2015

Interviews

In 2014, Skeptical Briefs Editor Benjamin Radford attended a caricature conference in Reno, Nevada. Inside a hotel ballroom full of ridiculously talented artists from around the world, he happened to meet Celestia Ward, a caricaturist who’s also a skeptic. Naturally, he had questions for her.

Bigfoot Roundup: Some Regional Variants Identified as Bears

Bigfoot Roundup: Some Regional Variants Identified as Bears

by Joe Nickell
Volume 25.2, Summer 2015

Investigative Files

Having long observed that many Bigfoot sightings seem consistent with bears, I have for some time been expounding on the subject—showing that, when bears stand upright on their hind legs, they become North America’s foremost Bigfoot lookalikes.

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