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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

Volume 36.1

January/February 2012

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Three: Real Messages in DNA

Deborah A. Bolnick, Kenneth L. Feder, Bradley T. Lepper, and Terry A. Barnhart

Comet Elenin “Self-Destructs”— Doomsday Postponed Again!

Robert Sheaffer

He Lets Other People Make Up Stories for Him

Robert Sheaffer

Hume vs. Rousseau: The Limits of Human Reason

Massimo Pigliucci

Information Literacy and Conspiracy Theories

Kristin E. Harley

In Multiple Sclerosis Treatments, Hope Trumps Reason

Steven Novella

In Vitro Meat: An Imminent Revolution in Food Production?

Kenneth W. Krause

Laughing Goats and Scowling Sheep: Humor in Paranormal Discourse

Jonathan C. Smith

Measuring Mythology: Startling Concepts in NCCAM Grants

Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler

Medicines Derived from Herbs

Edzard Ernst

NCCAM, No. CSIcon, Yes.

Kendrick Frazier

Power Balance Bracelets a Bust in Tests

Jim Underdown

Scientology under the Looking Glass

Wendy M. Grossman

The Bell Witch Mystery

Ben Radford

The Case of a Weeping Orthodox Icon

Massimo Polidoro

The Holy Mandylion: A Déjà-view

Joe Nickell

The HPV Vaccine Controversy

Shobha S. Krishnan

The Mysterious Meteorite of Chalk Mountain, Texas

Manfred Cuntz

Turing Test for Human Beings

Massimo Pigliucci

Volume 35.6

November/December 2011

9/11: Perspectives from a Decade Later

Clark R. Chapman and Alan W. Harris

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Two: False Messages in Stone

Bradley T. Lepper, Kenneth L. Feder, Terry A. Barnhart, and Deborah A. Bolnick

Did Shakespeare Write ‘Shakespeare’? Much Ado About Nothing

Joe Nickell

Disputing ‘Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses’

David H. Gorski, Mark Crislip, Avrum Z. Bluming, Carol Tavris, Harriet Hall, and Reynold Spector

‘Exeter Incident’ Solved! A Classic UFO Case, Forty-Five Years ‘Cold’

James McGaha and Joe Nickell

From Shakespeare to American Archaeology

Kendrick Frazier

‘Getting People to Think More Deeply’

Sharon Hill

Have You Had Your Antioxidants Today?

Steven Novella

Kinoki Drains Wallet, Not Toxins

Ben Radford

Paranormal Misinterpretations of Vision Phenomena

Michael Mauser

Psychic Connections: 
Investigating in Hungary

Joe Nickell

Slaying the Beast of the Gévaudan

Blake Smith

The Effect of Teachers Unions on Student Performance

Kenneth W. Krause

The Hopeless War against Intelligent Design Creationism

Massimo Pigliucci

The Lost Girl: Investigating a Case of “Psychic Detection”

Massimo Polidoro

UFO Mothership and Fleet over London

Robert Sheaffer