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Volume 39.5

September/October 2015

A Textbook Case in Georgia Remembered

Glenn Branch

Correlations: How Do We Ever Establish Definite Causation?

Morton E. Tavel

Encouraging Evidence-Free Enterprise: Business on a Bed of Sand

Brian D. Engler and Eugenie V. Mielczarek

Is the Pope Catholic?

Kenneth R. Miller

Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained

Susan Gerbic

Playing with Past Lives: The Virginia Boy and the Dead Marine

Benjamin Radford

‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo

Sadri Hassani

‘Reason for Change’: Quacks and Cranks, GMOs and Climate, Science and Philosophy

Kendrick Frazier

‘Reason’ Topics and Real Science vs. False Mysteries

Kendrick Frazier

The 1848 ‘Enormous Serpent’ of the Daedalus Identified

Gary J. Galbreath

The Black Madonna: A Folkloristic and Iconographic Investigation

Joe Nickell

The Case of the Haunting Handprints

Joe Nickell

The Future of the Center for Inquiry

Ronald A. Lindsay

The Pope’s Encyclical on Climate and the Planet: Will It Change the Debate?

Kendrick Frazier

The ‘Roswell Slides’ Fiasco: UFOlogy’s Biggest Black Eye

Robert Sheaffer

World-Changing Genius, Creativity, and Teamwork

Kendrick Frazier

Volume 39.4

July/August 2015

ADVERLYING: Disliking Advertising from an Informed Perspective

Steve Cuno

At Last a Photo of the Soul?

Joe Nickell

A Brief History of Scientific Celebrity

Declan Fahy

A Skeptic’s Guide to Ethical and Effective Curse Removal

Benjamin Radford

Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience

Stephanie Savage​

Diet-Heart: A Hypothesis in Crisis? Part 3: The Modern Macronutrient War Rages On

Kenneth W. Krause

Dillinger’s Ghost

Joe Nickell

Do We Really Want to Believe in UFOs?

Klaus Brasch

Homeopathy ‘Unsupported, Ineffective, Dangerous’: CFI Testimony to FDA

Michael De Dora

No Reason to Believe That Sykes’s Yeti-Bear Cryptid Exists

Ronald H. Pine and Eliécer E. Gutiérrez

Psychology and Psychotherapy: How Much Is Evidence-Based?

Harriet Hall

Skepticism through Stick Figures

Russ Dobler

The Mystery of TJIPETIR

Massimo Polidoro

The Return of Facilitated Communication

Terence Hines

Today’s Celebrity Scientists

Kendrick Frazier

Treemonisha: Scott Joplin’s Skeptical Black Opera

Bruce A. Thyer

UFO Conspiracies at the UFO Congress

Robert Sheaffer

Volume 39.3

May/June 2015

A Scientific Response to Chemophobia

Harriet Hall

A Special Issue on Medical Misinformation

Kendrick Frazier

A State of Many Mysteries

Susan Gerbic

Bias in Reporting of Medical Research: How Dangerous Is It?

Morton E. Tavel

Diet-Heart: A Hypothesis in Crisis? Part 2: The Modern Macronutrient Wars Begin

Kenneth W. Krause

Enter the Boy Wonder, Part 2 – Randi vs. Geller: How the Giant Battle Began

Massimo Polidoro

It’s Time for Science-Based Medicine

Steven Novella

Monster Lookalikes: Reflections of a Paranatural Naturalist

Joe Nickell

Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?

Harriet Hall

Reams Urine & Saliva Testing: Don’t Waste Your Money

Thomas Patterson

Science Sells Out: Advertising Traditional Chinese Medicine in Three Supplements

David H. Gorski

Texas Monsters and the Chupacabra

Benjamin Radford

The ‘Food Babe’: A Taste of Her Own Medicine

Mark Aaron Alsip

The Meaning of Consensus in Science

David Morrison

Truth, Trouble, and Research Exposing Alt Med

Chris French

Vaccines and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: An Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

Lindsay Beyerstein

Were Half of Recently Declassified UFO Reports CIA Flights?

Robert Sheaffer

WHO’s Strategy on Traditional and Complementary Medicine

Thomas P.C. Dorlo, Willem Betz, and Cees N.M. Renckens

Volume 39.2

March/April 2015

Africa’s Satanic Panic

Marc E. Fitch

Alien Lights? At Phoenix, Stephenville, and Elsewhere: A Postmortem

James McGaha and Joe Nickell

A Few Changes, and with Randi Down Under

Kendrick Frazier

Behind the Magic: An Interview with James Randi

Kylie Sturgess

Conspiracy Theories throughout American History

Peter Huston

Enter the Boy Wonder, Part 1 – Randi vs. Geller: How the Giant Battle Began

Massimo Polidoro

Evolution: The Big and the Small of It

Edouard Harris and Jérémie Harris

Organized Skepticism: Four Decades ... and Today

Kendrick Frazier

Scientist Photographs Plastic Alien at Area 51

Robert Sheaffer

Skeptical Psychology between Two Covers

Benjamin Radford

The Case of Gorter v. SKEPP: Court Says: ‘Quack’ Can Be Called ‘Quack’ Again

Willem Betz

The Great Stone Face and Other Nonmysteries

Martin Gardner

The New Pope Saints

Joe Nickell

The Skepticism of Clara Peller

Benjamin Radford

When Don’t the Highly Educated Believe in Evolution? The Bible Believers Effect

Charles S. Reichardt and Ian A. Saari

When Genealogy Gets Distorted

Kristin E. Harley

Yes, But How Do You Explain This?

Stephen Carey

Volume 39.1

January/February 2015

Bigfoot or Big Fraud?

Rob Boston

Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation

Preston R. Bost

Diet-Heart: A Hypothesis in Crisis? Part 1: From Proposal to Paradigm to Policy

Kenneth W. Krause

Flaw and Order: The Science and Mythology of Criminal Profiling

Laurence Miller

Historical Revisionism in Tim’s Vermeer

Eve Siebert

In Defense of Useless Math: Why the New Common Core Isn’t As Liberating As It Seems

Dale DeBakcsy

Modern Geocentrism: A Case Study of Pseudoscience in Astronomy

Matthew P. Wiesner

Monster Catfish: Investigating a Whopper

Joe Nickell

Science and Skepticism, the Big Picture

Massimo Pigliucci

Sylvia Browne’s FBI File: Examining Her Alleged Detective Work and a Federal Criminal Investigation

Ryan Shaffer

The Amazing Randi’s Most Extraordinary Escape, Part 2

Massimo Polidoro

The Cockington Church Ghost Photo

Benjamin Radford

The False Memory Syndrome

Martin Gardner

The Trent UFO Photos—‘Best’ of All Time—Finally Busted?

Robert Sheaffer

Why Do People Believe in Gods?

Gary M. Bakker

Why We Believe: New Research, New Understanding

Kendrick Frazier

Volume 38.6

November/December 2014

44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments . . . and Harriet Hall’s Rebuttals

Kendrick Frazier

A Walk on the Other Side

Daniel Grassam

Defending Science-Based Medicine: 44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments ...and Their Rebuttals

Harriet Hall

Dr. Phil and the Hummingbird

Jim Underdown

Era of the Flying Saucers

Joe Nickell


Massimo Pigliucci

JAL 1628: Capt. Terauchi’s Marvelous ‘Spaceship’

Robert Sheaffer

Lessons of a Landmark PK Hoax

Martin Gardner

Moonlight and Magic

Jay M. Pasachoff

Reading, Writing, Math, and Panic in the Schools

Benjamin Radford

Remembrance of Apocalypse Past: The Psychology of True Believers When Nothing Happens

Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera

Some Popular Global Warming Factoids

John Eades

Sweet Science of Seduction or Scam? Evaluating eHarmony

Benjamin Radford

The Amazing Randi’s Most Extraordinary Escape, Part 1

Massimo Polidoro

The Great Freethinker We Owe A Big Debt

Kendrick Frazier

Vegetable Oil or Snake Oil? The Pseudoscience of ‘Oil Pulling’

Benjamin Radford

Video Game Violence and Pseudoscience: Bad Science, Fear, and Politics

Christopher J. Ferguson