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Skeptical Briefs — Volume 22.3

Fall 2012

The Gore Orphanage Hauntings

by Josh Hunt
Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

According to legend, a place called Gore Orphanage housed a hundred or so orphans. One night, either by malicious intent or by a tragic accident, the orphanage burned to the ground. I was told this story when I was a kid growing up in Ohio and thought that it was time to find out if there was any truth to it.

The Wisdom of Not Understanding

The Wisdom of Not Understanding

by Ben Radford
Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

When people don’t understand something they are told, there are three possibilities or root causes.

A Fiery Death: Murder or ‘Spontaneous Combustion’?

A Fiery Death: Murder or ‘Spontaneous Combustion’?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

Investigative Files

This is the story of a fiery death that became a cold case—a mystery unsolved since 1847. It begins with an elderly Frenchman, whose badly burned body suggested to authorities that it may have been set afire to conceal evidence of foul play.

Wisdom from the Origins Conference

by Noah Nez
Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

Native Skeptic

A quick search on the background of some of the speakers and sponsors reveals much of the same brand of pseudoscience that is found permeating through the entire institute, its offered programs, and the Wisdoms of the Origins conference.

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‘Psychic Detective’ Loses Two Court Appeals, Plans Yet Another Lawsuit Against Skeptic

by Gary Posner
Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

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Ask an Astrobiologist

by David Morrison
Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

Ask an Astrobiologist

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Briefs Briefs

by Ben Radford
Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

Briefs Briefs

Near-Death Experience Expert Arrested in Daughter’s Torture / Conspiracy Theorists See UFO over Antarctica / NOAA Denies Existence of Mermaids

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End of the World Looms According to Maya’s Calendar

by J.B. Goodbody
Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

Humor