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Volume 38.5

September/October 2014

An Introduction to Homeopathy

Harriet Hall

A Skeptical Linguist Looks at American Beliefs

Mark Newbrook

Bigfoot at Mount Rainier?

Joe Nickell

Carl Sagan, Laurance Rockefeller, and UFOs

Robert Sheaffer

Crop Circles: A Not-So-Convincing Case

Ben Radford

Discovery’s Mountain of Mystery Mongering: The Mass Murdering Yeti

Ben Radford

Evidence in Science

Massimo Pigliucci

How to Be Less Dumb

Daniel Grassam

Josh Zepps with Ann Druyan: Cosmos, Carl Sagan, and Culture

Josh Zepps

Kendrick Frazier Asks Ann Druyan about the New Cosmos

Kendrick Frazier

Runaway Hysteria: The Toyota Panic, with the Federal Government’s Seal of Approval

Michael Fumento

The Amazing Randi Story: Why James Randi Deserves a Biography

Massimo Polidoro

The Cosmos Odyssey of Ann Druyan

Kendrick Frazier

The Rendlesham UFO Incident: A Study in Folly

James McGaha and Joe Nickell

The Rhetoric of Extraordinary Claim

Peter J. Marston

The Uncomfortable Science of Athletic Achievement

Kenneth W. Krause

Volume 38.4

July/August 2014

Childhood Obesity, Fast Food, and the Overstuffed Elephant in the Room

Kenneth W. Krause

CSI Announces Paul Offit As Winner of the 2013 Balles Prize

Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director

Did Television Introduce Anorexia to Fiji?

Ben Radford

Faith Healing: Religious Freedom vs. Child Protection

Harriet Hall

Modern Witch Hunting and Superstitious Murder in India

Ryan Shaffer

MUFON Jumps the Shark

Robert Sheaffer

No Health Risks from GMOs

Steven Novella

Raelism: Christianity for the Space Age

Mark Rubinstein

Science and Religion: New Questions and Issues

Kendrick Frazier

Scientific Methodology and Its Religious Parallels

Charles M. Wynn Sr.

Thermal Imaging: Cold Hard Facts or Just Hot Air?

Everett A. Themer

The Brain and Religious Belief: Analysis Disappoints

Terence Hines

The Epistemology of Thought Experiments, Part 2

Massimo Pigliucci

The Lure of Mysterious Paintings, Part 2

Massimo Polidoro

The ‘Miracles’ of Father Baker

Joe Nickell

The Secular Are Skeptics: The Worldviews of Today’s University Students

Barry A. Kosmin

Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion? A Skeptic’s Guide to the Debate

Scott O. Lilienfeld and Rachel Ammirati

Volume 38.3

May/June 2014

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

Bill Nye

Connecticut’s Hidden Animals?

Kenneth L. Feder

Did Elves Delay Road Construction in Iceland?

Ben Radford

Earthquake Lights Shine Again!

Robert Sheaffer

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

Steven Novella

Mount Rainier: ‘Saucer Magnet’

James McGaha and Joe Nickell

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

Glenn Branch

Quantum Mystification

Kendrick Frazier

Saucer, Saucer, Who’s Got the Saucer?

Robert Sheaffer

Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine

Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler

Stop Heisenberg Abuse! Three Outrageous Misappropriations of Quantum Physics

Dale DeBakcsy

The ‘200 Demons’ House: A Skeptical Demonologist’s Report

Joe Nickell

The Epistemology of Thought Experiments, Part 1

Massimo Pigliucci

UFOs and Cognitive Science: A Case Study

Matthew J. Sharps

Was Special Creation De-Nye’d?

Penny Higgins

Volume 38.2

March/April 2014

A Philosophical Mind Considers the Universe (and Us)

Kendrick Frazier

Between a Beer Joint and a Highway Warning Sign: The ‘Classic’ Cash-Landrum Case Unravels

Robert Sheaffer

CFI Summit: Highlights

Kendrick Frazier

CFI Summit: Impressions

Susan Gerbic

Eugenie C. Scott Given CFI/CSI Lifetime Achievement Award

Ronald A. Lindsay

How to Think about Appealing Claims

Kenneth L. Feder

Skeptic Activists Fighting for Burzynski’s Cancer Patients

Robert Blaskiewicz

Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure

David H. Gorski

The Burzynski Affair: Forty Years and Counting

Kendrick Frazier

The Conjuring: Ghosts? Poltergeist? Demons?

Joe Nickell

The Continuing Resistance to Acceptance of Reality

Peter Lamal

The Epsitemology of Thought Experiments, Part 1

Massimo Pigliucci

The House of Skeptics Serves Psi (and Crow)

Ben Radford

The Lure of Mysterious Paintings

Massimo Polidoro

The Mystery of the Texas Chupacabra

Ben Radford

What Is the Danger That Terrorists Will Attack the United States with a Nuclear or ‘Dirty’ Bomb?

Richard E. Wackrow

Volume 38.1

January/February 2014

Australian Man Films Giant Glowing Object in the Sky and Then Deletes Comments Explaining What It Is

Robert Sheaffer

BMI Skeptics

Ben Radford

Creationism Gone Global

Kendrick Frazier

Curse of the Evil Eye

Massimo Polidoro

Delving into the Abduction Files

Robert Sheaffer

Demarcation and Pseudoscience

Massimo Pigliucci

Demonology: A Study of What Is Not

Stanley Stepanic

Explanations and Meta-Ideas

Paul G. Brown

Extra Time or Game Over?

Daniel Grassam

Harun Yahya’s Islamic Creationism: What It Is and Isn’t

Stefano Bigliardi

Indian Skeptic Assassinated, World’s First Anti-Superstition Law Passed

Ryan Shaffer

Philosophy Meets Medicine

Harriet Hall

Problems with Modern Medicine: Too Much Emphasis on Disease, Not Enough on Managing Risk

Maciej Zatonski

Reduce Greenhouse Emissions and Make a Profit: My Forty-Year Focus on Climate Change

Thomas R. Casten

Six Signs of Scientism: Part 2

Susan Haack

The ‘Bell Witch’ Poltergeist

Joe Nickell

The Sacrifice of a Skeptic

Bhaskar Sripada

The Unexplained Files—TV Mystery-Mongering

Stephanie Kemmerer

Three Days of Science and Skepticism in Stockholm

Kendrick Frazier

When Big Evidence Isn’t: The Statistical Pitfalls of Dean Radin’s Supernormal

Dale DeBakcsy

When Does a Human Life Begin?

Elie A. Shneour

Volume 37.6

November/December 2013

An Inside Look at a ‘Psychic’s’ World

Ray Hyman

A Serious Look at Psychiatry’s Madness Model

Peter Barglow

Cautions and Enthusiasms

Kendrick Frazier

Detective: Uncovering the Mysteries of a Word

Joe Nickell

Losing Our Minds in the Age of Brain Science

Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld

Paranormal Qualifications

Ben Radford

Psychic Successes or Memory Failures?

Theodore E. Parks

Scholarly Cryptozoology: Now, There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day

Sharon Hill

Six Signs of Scientism: Part 1

Susan Haack

Taking Our Medicine: What Hope for Skepticism in Healthcare?

Kenneth W. Krause

The Future of High Energy Physics in the United States

Kevin T. Pitts

The Jersey Devil: The Real Story

Brian Regal

The Valentich Disappearance: Another UFO Cold Case Solved

James McGaha and Joe Nickell

Truth, Part II

Massimo Pigliucci

UFO Hoaxes? There’s an App for That!

Robert Sheaffer

Where Is the Science in Electronic Voice Phenomena?

Everett A. Themer

Why Being Human Makes Evolution Hard to Understand

Cameron M. Smith

Why We Do This: Revisiting the Higher Values of Skeptical Inquiry

Kendrick Frazier