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Skeptical Briefs — Volume 26.4

Winter 2016/2017

For What It’s Worth

by Mark Edward
Volume 26.4, Winter 2016/2017

We have a glut of non-information. Most of it coming from people who have a proprietary interest in self-promoting garbage they may even consciously know to be false.

George Cherrie’s 
Dark Tales

George Cherrie’s 
Dark Tales

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 26.4, Winter 2016/2017

It’s a good lesson for skeptics to question all extraordinary claims—not only from those with whom we may disagree or who may hold a different worldview, but also those whom we consider friends.

Steller’s Sea Ape:
 Identifying an Eighteenth-Century Cryptid

by Joe Nickell
Volume 26.4, Winter 2016/2017

Investigative Files

Since its appearance in 1741, a mysterious creature has remained controversial—a so-called “sea monkey” that puzzled naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller.

To Be More Skeptical about Anti- Vaccination and Vitamin Supplements: An Interview with Paul Offit

To Be More Skeptical about Anti- Vaccination and Vitamin Supplements: An Interview with Paul Offit

by Felipe Nogueira
Volume 26.4, Winter 2016/2017

Interviews

I think once you scare people, it’s hard to un-scare them; once you open the Pandora’s Box, it’s hard to close it.