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Heralding the End of Discovery?

Heralding the End of Discovery?

by Julia Galef
Volume 21.2, Summer 2011

Book Review

A review of The End of Discovery by Russell Stannard.

The Atlanta Child Murders: Evidence vs. Psychics

The Atlanta Child Murders: Evidence vs. Psychics

by Joe Nickell
Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

Investigative Files

While television often offers pseudoscience and fantasy instead of lessons in critical thinking (consider shows like The Ghost Whisperer), there are noteworthy exceptions. One is Soledad O’Brien’s CNN special Atlanta Child Murders (2010).

Tripping on the Trebuchet: An Interview with George Hrab

Tripping on the Trebuchet: An Interview with George Hrab

by Skeptical Briefs
Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

Interviews

Musician and skeptic George Hrab recently sat down with Skeptical Briefs to discuss his latest album, Trebuchet, his Geologic Show at Dragon*Con, and why bald guys are just plain smarter than everyone else.

The Problem with the Cosmological Constant

The Problem with the Cosmological Constant

by Victor Stenger
Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

Reality Check

Einstein had inserted into his gravitational equation a factor called the cosmological constant that provided a repulsive force to counteract the gravitational attraction that otherwise would make the universe collapse. Although the cosmological constant is often referred to as a “fudge factor,” that is a misnomer.

Shootout with Martians: In the Wake of the 1938 Broadcast Panic

Shootout with Martians: In the Wake of the 1938 Broadcast Panic

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.4, December 2010

Investigative Files

A visit to an art exhibit—based on Orson Welles’s famous 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast—at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo introduced me to a remarkable incident that reportedly occurred during the “panic” caused by Welles’s dramatized Martian invasion.

Did the Universe Come from Nothing?

Did the Universe Come from Nothing?

by Victor Stenger
Volume 20.4, December 2010

Reality Check

They will tell you that they intuitively feel that something must be “out there,” some power that is responsible for the universe and the laws that govern it. After all, they ask, “How can something come from nothing?”

Alone on the Loch: One Man’s Search for Nessie

Alone on the Loch: One Man’s Search for Nessie

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 20.3, September 2010

I found Feltham more or less by accident. I was at Scotland’s famous loch for about a week following a speaking engagement in London...

Scientific Investigation vs. Ghost Hunters

Scientific Investigation vs. Ghost Hunters

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.3, September 2010

Investigative Files

I have often crossed paths with The Atlantic Paranormal Society, headed by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, stars of the popular Ghost Hunters series.

How to Talk to Philosophers

How to Talk to Philosophers

by Julia Galef
Volume 20.3, September 2010

Book Review

A review of Philosophy Bites: 25 Philosophers on 25 Intriguing Subjects

Tijuana: Magic and Mystery

Tijuana: Magic and Mystery

by Joe Nickell
Volume 20.2, June 2010

At first thought, Tijuana has little to do with the Olmecs, who lived in the rich lowlands of Mexico’s Gulf Coast and created a great civilization that was...

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