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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

Ben 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

Ben 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

Ben 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

Ben 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

Ben 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’

Ben Radford

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

Christopher J. Ferguson

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