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Volume 37.1

January/February 2013

Additional Tributes

Daniel C. Dennett, Edward Tabash, Daniel Loxton, Amardeo Sarma, D.J. Grothe, Chris French

A Powerful and Thoughtful Voice for Skepticism and Humanism

Steven Novella

Book of Seasons: An Elegy, for Paul Kurtz

Joe Nickell

Can We Have Civilized Conversations about Touchy Science Policy Issues?

Kendrick Frazier

Courage, Optimism, and Thinking Big: An Exuberant Life Well Lived

Kendrick Frazier

Exuberant Champion of the New Enlightenment

Kendrick Frazier

Farewell, Fellow Warrior

James Randi

Hitler’s South Pole Hideaway

Massimo Polidoro

Indignation Is Not Righteous

Gary Longsine and Peter Boghossian

In Memory of a Most Remarkable Man

James Alcock

Miracle Dirt of Chimayó

Joe Nickell

Monsters and Dragons and Dinosaurs, Oh My: Creationist Interpretations of Beowulf

Eve Siebert

Mystics, Mycobacterium, and the Gospel of Matthew

C.A. Porter

Paul Kurtz and the Virtue of Skepticism

Michael Shermer

Paul Kurtz, Philosopher, Humanist Leader, and Founder of the Modern Skeptical Movement, Dies at 86

Tom Flynn

Physicists against Philosophers

Massimo Pigliucci

Pretentious Whit

Robert Sheaffer

Science Journalist Leon Jaroff, Eighty-Five

Steven Novella

Science Writers Gone Wild?

Kenneth W. Krause

Smithsonian-Affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum Promised to Reveal ‘UFO Secrets’

Robert Sheaffer

The Math Behind the Myths

Charles F. Cooper

The Modern Skeptical Movement Would Not Exist without Him

Ray Hyman

The Mysterious Bee Deaths

Ben Radford

It’s the End of the World and They Don’t Feel Fine: The Psychology of December 21, 2012

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

The Return of Repressed-Memory Satanic Ritual Stories

Douglas Mesner

The Secret Life of J. Allen Hynek

John Franch

Volume 36.6

November/December 2012

Aztec Saucer Crash Story Rises from the Dead?

Robert Sheaffer

A Book of Stories that Happened to a Friend ...

Ben Radford

A Golden Age of Harmony? Misrepresenting Science and History in the 1001 Inventions Exhibit

Taner Edis and Sonja Brentjes

Curse That Painting!

Massimo Polidoro

Exorcising Exercise

Kenneth W. Krause

Faith Healing and Skepticism in Pakistan: Challenges and Instability

Ryan Shaffer

Four Realms of Inquiry

Richard Bond

Homeopathy: A Critique of Current Clinical Research

Edzard Ernst

How to Get Something from Nothing

Mark Alford

Mystery Solved—According to Whom?

Ben Radford

National Geographic’s Chasing UFOs—‘Investigation as Farce’

Robert Sheaffer

Not So Smart Thinking

Daniel Grassam

Phrenology’s Lessons for Today

Kendrick Frazier

Phrenology and the Grand Delusion of Experience

Geoffrey Dean

Singularity As Pseudoscience

Massimo Pigliucci

States of Mind: Some Perceived ET Encounters

Joe Nickell

The Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics

Marvin M. Mueller

The Pseudoscience of Live Blood Cell Analysis

Thomas Patterson

Volume 36.5

September/October 2012

Alien Mug Shots: The Ten Best (or Worst) Photos of Aliens

Massimo Polidoro

Are Conservatives and Liberals Different People?

Ronald A. Lindsay

Art and Skepticism

Ben Radford

Art and Skepticism Introduction

Ben Radford

Art, Mysteries, and Context

Ben Radford

A Warm Twist on a ‘Cold Reading’: A Conversation with Damon Martin

Matthew A. Kacar Jr.

Confirmation Bias and Art

Samuel McNerney

CSI’s Balles Prize Goes to Richard Wiseman for Paranormality

Barry Karr

Enumerating the Problems with Young-Earth Creationism

Peter Lamal

In the Key of Type: A Conversation with Marian Call

Kylie Sturgess

Nighthawks State of Mind

Jeremiah Moss

Saving Us from Sweets: This Is Science and Government on Sugar

Kenneth W. Krause

Science and Art: Complementary Disciplines

Joe Nickell

Sixth World Skeptics Congress–Berlin 2012

Kylie Sturgess

Skepticism in the Video Box

Christian Walters

Skeptic Trumps: A Satirical Skeptic Card Game

Tim Farley

Skewed Skepticism: Bizarro Piraro

Ben Radford

Surly-Ramic’s Amy Davis Roth

Amy Davis Roth

The ‘Murder’ of Vincent van Gogh

Joe Nickell

The Puzzle of the Implausible

Ronald L. Numbers

‘Top Ten’ UFO Case: Yukon, Canada, 1996—Busted!

Robert Sheaffer

Tracking the Chupachameleon: Chupacabra Iconography

Ben Radford

What’s So Bad about Ad Hoc Hypotheses?

Massimo Pigliucci

XKCD: A Perfect Marriage of Snark and Skepticism

CSI Staff

Volume 36.4

July/August 2012

Besieging the Last Bastions of Race

Kenneth W. Krause

Dinodang: The Melon Rex Myth

Phil Senter

Diving HeadOn into Pseudoscience

Ben Radford

Dr. Phil Gives Psychics a Pass

Kendrick Frazier

Enfield Poltergeist

Joe Nickell

Explanations in Search of Observations

Massimo Pigliucci

Eyewitness to the Paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained’

Matthew J. Sharps

Flying Saucer or Fly: The Case UFO Skeptics Have Been Dreading?

Robert Sheaffer

‘Mystery Illness’ in Western New York: Is Social Networking Spreading Mass Hysteria?

Robert E. Bartholomew

Neurologic Illness or Hysteria? A Mysterious Twitching Outbreak

Joe Nickell

Political Myths that Influence Voters

Jeffrey S. Victor

Stairway to Heaven: A Firsthand Account of a UFO Sighting

Massimo Polidoro

The Non-Mysterious Mass Illness in Le Roy, New York

Steven Novella

The Social and Symbolic Power of AIDS Denialism

Nicoli Nattrass

The Top 20 Logical Fallacies

Jesse Richardson

What’s Going On in Our Minds?

Paul Brown

Why the GOP Distrusts Science

Chris Mooney

Volume 36.3

May/June 2012

Answers for Kids from Twelve to Eighty-Two

Keith Taylor

A Feeble Challenge to Evolution from ‘Reasons to Believe’

Brian Bolton

Being Reasonable about Neuroscience

Massimo Pigliucci

Bigfoot on Film: A Comprehensive Guide

Rob Boston

Dealing with Believers During Skeptical Investigation

Ben Radford

Famous Alien Abduction in Pascagoula: Reinvestigating a Cold Case

Joe Nickell

Gender Personality Differences: Planets or P.O. Boxes, Evidence or Ideology?

Kenneth W. Krause

Ghost Author? The Channeling of ‘Patience Worth’

Joe Nickell

Is Science the Antidote to Deepak Chopra’s Spirituality?

Mark Alford

Join the Boycott to Protest the CIA Cover-Up of President Obama’s Trips to Mars

Robert Sheaffer

Pseudoscience in Our Universities

Steven Novella

Psychoanalysis and Social Constructivism

Massimo Pigliucci

Ten Myths about the Titanic

Massimo Polidoro

The Ongoing Decline of Religion

Elie A. Shneour

The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

Joe Nickell and James McGaha

The Roswell Syndrome . . . and Pseudoskepticism

Kendrick Frazier

The Trouble with Pseudoskepticism

Lawrence Torcello

Thinking: An Unnatural Act

Harriet Hall

We Can’t Treat Soldiers’ PTSD without a Better Diagnosis

Peter Barglow

Volume 36.2

March/April 2012

Amateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‘Sciencey’ Things

Sharon Hill

Antimatter Pseudoscience

John Eades

A Droll Stroll Down Skeptical Lane

Jim Underdown

CSICon New Orleans 2011 - Critical Thinking in the Crescent City

Karen Stollznow

CSICon New Orleans 2011 - Ideas and Analysis, Frauds and Fun: An Intellectual Treat

Kendrick Frazier

CSICon New Orleans 2011 - Where Meeting Awesome Skeptics Is As Easy As Saying ‘Hello’

Julia Lavarnway

Disclosure by the Dozens

Robert Sheaffer

Do Einstein’s Laws Endorse Ghosts?

Ben Radford

End to a Twisted and False Episode in Psychiatry

James M. Wood

Getting People Emotionally Invested

Kendrick Frazier

Ghost-Busted! Phony Tales of Dixie Spirits

Joe Nickell

Human Nature

Massimo Pigliucci

Legend of the Ztarr: The Skeptic Epic

Sara E. Mayhew

My Ephemeral Friend

Don Keith

New Life for Human (Therapeutic) Cloning? Whence Come the Eggs?

Kenneth W. Krause

SI Column on Teacher Unions Generates Storm of Reader Reaction

Kenneth W. Krause

Skepticism One Wikipage at a Time

Ben Radford

The Case for Aggressive Evolutionary Science

Kenneth W. Krause

The Day Houdini (Almost) Came Back from the Dead

Massimo Polidoro

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Views East and West

Joe Nickell

UFOs? Yes. Crashes and Conspiracies? No.

Robert Sheaffer