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Skeptical Briefs — Volume 21.4

Winter 2011-2012

A Spiritualist Ghostbuster’s Crystal Skull

A Spiritualist Ghostbuster’s Crystal Skull

by Ben Radford
Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

A Canadian spiritualist ghostbusting actor walks into a bar wearing New Age crystals and a crystal skull around his neck, goes up to the bartender, and orders a vodka. . . . No, this weird mashup is not the setup to a joke (certainly not a funny one) but instead more or less describes one of the strangest intersections of Hollywood, New Age paranormal belief, ghost hunting, and alcohol.

Chinese Ape-Men: In Science and Myth

Chinese Ape-Men: In Science and Myth

by Joe Nickell
Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Investigative Files

The term ape-man is used in two major ways. As CFI’s visiting scholar in China during October 2010, I encountered—so to speak—an example of each of these two types of ape man, which some believe are related. As we shall see, each has proved elusive in its own way.

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds

by Noah Nez
Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Native Skeptic

Some attempt to correlate the various stories from different tribes of indigenous people into modern Thunderbird sightings. However, when one looks a little more critically at these legends, it is clear they serve a much different purpose.

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SensaSlim Lawsuit Seeks to Silence Skeptics

by Gurmukh Mongia
Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

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Jesse Ventura’s New World Order, Camera Artifacts, and Life As We Know It

by David Morrison
Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Ask an Astrobiologist

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Skepticism One Wikipage at a Time

by Ben Radford
Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Interviews

Talking with Wikiskeptic Susan Gerbic-Forsyth

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Briefs Briefs

by Ben Radford
Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Briefs Briefs