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Skeptical Briefs — Inklings

A column by Lewis Jones

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The Peacock’s Tale

by Lewis Jones
Volume 19.3, September 2009

Inklings

Not many people have actually seen a peacock, but one thing almost everyone knows is that it has a splendid, colorful tail. This is all very well, but what...

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Name Calling

by Lewis Jones
Volume 19.2, June 2009

Inklings

The gene that makes it hard to develop a heart has been named Tinman after the character in "The Wizard of Oz."

Here’s Looking at You

by Lewis Jones
Volume 19.1, March 2009

Inklings

If you hold this page up to a mirror, the mirrored image will display text that reads from right to left instead of...

Mr. Sludge, the Medium

by Lewis Jones
Volume 17.1, March 2007

Inklings

"[O]ne may well ask whether in ancient or modern times any preternatural event has been more clearly proved."

Randomness

by Lewis Jones
Volume 15.1, March 2005

Inklings

In July of 1990, The Wall Street Journal began its famous dartboard contest...

Science Allah Carte

by Lewis Jones
Volume 12.1, March 2000

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Muslim science? On the face of it, it seems as incongruous as Christian physics or Jewish oceanography.

A Walk on the Dark Side

by Lewis Jones
Volume 11.2, June 2001

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It is not uncommon to hear someone express the opinion that irrational beliefs may be regrettable, but they are harmless.

The Book

by Lewis Jones
Volume 9.4, December 1999

Inklings

The year 776 b.c. saw the first Olympiad, in which runners wore only a small loincloth.

What Do You Think?

by Lewis Jones
Volume 9.2, June 1999

Inklings

Mark Twain once described religion as "a set of things which the average man thinks he believes."

Spoilsports?

by Lewis Jones
Volume 8.3, September 1998

Inklings

Recently the BBC put out a series of television programs titled “The Human Body.”

How Do They Do That?

by Lewis Jones
Volume 6.4, December 1996

Inklings

When the British Medical Association published its first report on "Alternative Therapy," it pointed out...

Risk Factor

Risk Factor

by Lewis Jones
Volume 5.1, March 1995

Inklings

In London, there is a digital mechanism that changes its display every minute. (Call it the Bell Prompt if you like.)

A Close Shave from the Past

by Lewis Jones
Volume 4.3, September 1994

Inklings

Last Christmas, New Scientist readers came up with suggestions for gifts to famous individuals.