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Skeptical Briefs — Volume 19.3

September 2009

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Bigfoot CSI

by Tom McLaughlin
Volume 19.3, September 2009

I watch any show that pertains to the investigation of cryptozoological creatures. Bigfoot, lake monsters, even fairies, i'm there...

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Is Cannabis the Fountain of Youth?

by Erich Goode
Volume 19.3, September 2009

An Extraordinary Claim by Lester Grinspoon

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Is Science Based on Faith?

by Victor Stenger
Volume 19.3, September 2009

Reality Check

Christian apologists argue that evidence in religion is no less credible than evidence in science...

John Calvin and the Shroud of Turin

by Joe Nickell
Volume 19.3, September 2009

Investigative Files

While writing an introduction for an edition of John Calvin’s 1543 Treatise on Relics, I became intrigued by a little mystery...

Jules Verne: The Founder of Technobabble

by Tom Napier
Volume 19.3, September 2009

Every history of science fiction mentions Jules Verne (1828–1905). He wasn’t the first to write about a trip to the moon; that was done in Roman times...

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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...

A Skeptic’s Visit to Mythical Macchu Picchu

A Skeptic’s Visit to Mythical Macchu Picchu

by Ben Radford
Volume 19.3, September 2009

Hard-headed types like scientists and skeptical investigators are often seen as dour debunkers, devoid of magic and awe...

The UFO Hunters Debacle

by James Webb
Volume 19.3, September 2009

In early February 2009, I was sitting in my office when I received a phone call from one of the producers of the History Channel’s UFO Hunters...