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Skeptical Briefs — Volume 21.3

Fall 2011

Cryptozoology and Pseudoscience

Cryptozoology and Pseudoscience

by Sharon Hill
Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

When I was a kid, cryptozoology books repeatedly advocated the existence of creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster using the same dramatic stories. At first, I was swayed by these stories, but eventually I got bored with them. Something was missing. Stories only got me so far. . .

Psychic Mary Occhino Doesn’t Know Best

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

Over the years, Occhino has claimed to assist in missing persons cases, talk to the dead, and peer into the futures of celebrity lives. This article delves into Occhino’s predictions and activities, revealing that while Occhino is short on claims, her claims are short on independent proof. . .

On a Wing and a Prayer: The Search for Guardian Angels

On a Wing and a Prayer: The Search for Guardian Angels

by Joe Nickell
Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

Investigative Files

Are these experiences really supernatural? Or are they only natural, the result of misperceptions and even misreporting? A look into the phenomenon of claimed guardian-angel encounters is illuminating.

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A Devious Skeptic’s Cold Fusion Machine

by Tom Napier
Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

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Interviewing the Native Skeptic

by Ben Radford
Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

Interviews

An interview with Noah Nez, who blogs about skepticism within the Native American community.

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Solar Warming Is Myth, Global Warming Is Real

by David Morrison
Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

Ask an Astrobiologist

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Briefs Briefs

by Ben Radford
Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

Briefs Briefs