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Volume 33.5

September / October 2009

Ask The Outlaw Skeptic

The Editors

Bobby Fischer: Genius and Idiot

Martin Gardner

Can a Reasonable Skeptic Support Climate Change Legislation?

Stuart Jordan

Cell Phones, Power Lines, Video Games…and Much Else

Kendrick Frazier

Comments on NDE Experiment: Ethical Concerns

Christopher C. French

Comments on NDE Experiment: Ethical Concerns

Susan Blackmore

Does Subliminal Persuasion Work? It Depends on Your Motivation and Awareness.

Brandon Randolph-Seng and Robert D. Mather

Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 3

Massimo Polidoro

Exercising the Brain Gym

Ben Radford

A Growing Hysteria

Lorne Trottier

Hidden Messages

Dave Thomas

The Last Laugh

Ben Radford

Leadership Changes at the Center for Inquiry

The Editors

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Logophobia

Massimo Pigliucci

Modern-Day DaVinci’s ROM: Range of Motion or Rip Off Machine?

Ben Radford

NDE Experiment: Ethical Concerns

Sebastian Dieguez

New Champ Lake Monster Video Surfaces

Ben Radford

‘None of This Is True’: Do Disclaimers about the Paranormal Really Work?

Richard wiseman, Chris French, and Caroline Watt

Pirates’ Ghosts: Aar-r-gh!

Joe Nickell

Power Line Panic and Mobile Mania

S.T. Lakshmikumar

The Questionable Research of Hans Holzer, Dean of Ghost Hunters (1920-2009)

Joe Nickell

Skeptic’s Web Site Becomes Advertising for Psychic Business

Ryan Shaffer

The Pseudoscience of Anti-Anti-UFOlogy

Robert Sheaffer

Third Annual IIG Awards: Mythbusters and Nickell Honored, Ben Stein Lampooned.

Owen Hammer

The Varied Concepts of ‘Epidemic’ and Our Varied Reactions

Peter Lamal

Violent Video Games: Dogma, Fear, and Pseudoscience

Christopher J. Ferguson

Viral Video Cell-Phone Scare

Tracy King

What’s New? Observations on Science and Fringe Science from Bob Park

Robert L. Park

Volume 33.4

July / August 2009

An Apologia with a Transparent Strategy

Peter Lamal

Bigelow’s Aerospace and Saucer Emporium

Robert Sheaffer

Big Scientific Controversy over Little Hobbit People of Flores

Kendrick Frazier

Borneo’s River Monster Photo: Living Legend or Hoax?

Ben Radford

Careful Phrasing: A Matter of Life and Death

Danny Helman

CFI World Congress: More Highlights

Ben Radford

Chiropractic Neck Manipulation and Informed Consent

Samuel Homola

Crystal Balls in Chains

Donna Danford

CSI’s Balles Prize Goes to Physicist/Author Leonard Mlodinow

Barry Karr

CSI Solves New Jersey UFO Mystery

Ben Radford

The Deadwood Ghost Photo

Ben Radford

Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 2

Massimo Polidoro

A Graphic Guide to Grabbing a Precious Pro-Religion Prize

Joel Kirschbaum

Highlights of CFI’s Twelfth World Congress: Science, Public Policy, and the Planetary Community

Kendrick Frazier

John Maddox, Longtime Nature Editor and CSI Fellow, Dies

Kendrick Frazier

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Michael Dennet, Skeptic and Bigfoot Investigator, Dies

The Editors

New Books

The Editors

Nonreligious Portion of U.S. Population Growing, Survey Finds

Kendrick Frazier

Obama on Science, Discovery, and Open Inquiry

The Editors

On Evolution, Abortion, and Astrology

Alan Orenstein

On the Moon

Massimo Pigliucci

Pathology or Paradigm Shift? Human Evolution, Ad Hominem Science and the Anomolous Hobbits of Flores

Kenneth W. Krause

Quest for the Giant Eel

Joe Nickell

Randi, Krauss, Kurtz Honored with Major Awards

The Editors

Seeing the Indigo Children

Benjamin Witts

A Tribute to Jerry Andrus—Magician, Creator of Master Illusions

Ray Hyman

Whats Wrong with the I Ching? Ambiguity, Obscurity, and Synchronicity

Charles Sullivan

When Science Gets Distorted for Nonscientific Reasons

Terence Hines

Volume 33.3

May / June 2009

Autism-Vaccine Link Researcher Andrew Wakefield Accused of Faking His Data

Steven Novella

Cardiff’s Giant Hoax

Joe Nickell

CFI/Los Angeles Celebrates Darwin’s 200th Birthday with Readings, Plays, Lecture

Jim Underdown and Bob Ladendorf

Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea

Robert Ashton

Demons in Connecticut

Joe Nickell

Eusapie Palladino, the Queen of the Cabinet, Part 1

Massimo Polidoro

Ghosts, Doughnuts, and A Christmas Carol: Investigating New Mexico’s ‘Haunted’ KiMo Theater

Ben Radford

The Great Global Cooling Myth

John Fleck

Hard and Soft Science: Physics vs. Psychology

Massimo Pigliucci

It’s What We Do

Kendrick Frazier

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Life and Planet

Kendrick Frazier

A Modern Witch Craze in Papua New Guinea

Karen Stollznow

More Studies Reject Vaccine-Autism Link

Kendrick Frazier

Playing by the Rules

Harriet Hall

The Pseudoscience of Personalysis

Ben Radford

Putting Your Money Where Your MInd Is

Joseph Keierleber

Remembering Henry Gordon, Magician, Skeptic, Debunker

Justin Trottier

Report Knocks Baylor Claim about American Religiosity

The Editors

Repower America? Science Commmunication and the Obama Presidency

Matt Nisbet

The Roots of Skepticism

Christopher diCarlo

Science and Pseudoscience in Adult Nutrition Research and Practice

Reynold Spector

Scientists Hail Gallo’s ‘Unsung’ Role in Nobel HIV/AIDS Discovery

Kendrick Frazier

Selective Memory at Work When Patients ‘Predict’ Own Death

Terence Hines

Spanish Skeptics Magazine Pensar Suspends Publication

The Editors

Volume 33.2

March / April 2009

Bearing False Witness for Profit

Greg Martinez

A Christian Physicist’s Dispatch from the Evolution Wars

Glenn Branch

Critique of ‘The Bipolar Bamboozle’

Nigel Bark

Curious Contrails: Death from the Sky?

Ben Radford

Deep History or Shallow Cognition? Cognitive Biases and ‘Esoteric History’

John Ray

Dutch, Belgian Creationist Groups Unite to Bring Anti-Evolution Message to Six Million

Stefaan Blancke

Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin

Kendrick Frazier

How to Get Rich Quickly with ‘Alternative’ Medicine

Edzard Ernst

The Information You’ve Been Provided Ain’t Necessarily So

Peter Lamal

It’s Scary, But Not the Way They Intend

Brian Thompson

Judge Jones and the Science/Religion Debate at Ohio State

Kenneth Nichols

Lessons about Burdens on American Cryptology

Kendrick Frazier

New Books

The Editors

The Pearl Harbor ‘Winds Message’ Controversy: A New Critical Evaluation

Kendrick Frazier

The Potential Habitable Zone on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Felix Wasiak

Questioning Conventional Wisdom on Science-Related Issues

Kenneth W. Krause

Response to the Critique of the ‘Bipolar Bamboozle’

Stephen Flora

Science and Antiscience in America: Why It Matters

Elizabeth Sherman

Science, Reason, and the Obama Administration

Kendrick Frazier

Searching for Vampire Graves

Joe Nickell

Six Common Medical Myths that Gain Wide Attention

The Editors

The Tree of Life

Massimo Pigliucci

UFOs by the Numbers

The Editors

What Do Skeptics Need to Explain?

Dale Beyerstein

What Open-Mindedness Requires

William Hare

Volume 33.1

January / February 2009

An Astronomer Looks at UFOs: A Lot Less than Meets the Eye

Andrew Fraknoi

‘Buzzing Bee’ Missile Mythology Flies Again

Kingston A. George

Cyberonics Responds to Barglow’s ‘Corpoate Self-Interest and Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression’

George Parker

Discovery of HIV Nets 2008 Nobel Prize for Two French Virologists

Kendrick Frazier

Experimental Philosophy, an Oxymoron?

Massimo Pigliucci

FTC Warns Against Bogus Cancer Cures, Charges Five Companies

The Editors

Kansas Gym Ghost Video Mystery Solved

Ben Radford

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

The Minsk UFO Case: Misperception and Exaggeration

James Oberg

Nazi Saucers and Antigravity

Robert Sheaffer

New Books

The Editors

Response to Cyberonics Letter of Criticism

Peter Barglow

Return to Roswell

Joe Nickell

Roswell Update: Fading Star?

Dave Thomas

Same Planet, Different Worldview

Tyler A. Kokjohn

Search for the Ark

Massimo Polidoro

Sid the Science Kid: Meet Bill Nye for the Preschool Set

Julia Lavarnway

Skeptics Create Creepy Café

Jim Underdown

The Stephenville Lights: What Actually Happened

The Editors

The Trained Observer of Unusual Things in the Sky (UFOs?)

James McGaha

UFOlogy 2009: A Six-Decade Perspective

Robert Sheaffer

UFOs and Aliens in Space

David Morrison

UFOs: an Assessment of Thirty Years of Official Studies in France

David Rossini, Eric Maillot, and Eric Déguillaume

UFOs: Fact and Fiction—A Special Issue

Kendrick Frazier

XanGo Juice: Miracle or Myth?

Ben Radford

Volume 32.6

November / December 2008

Asteroids Named for Skeptics, Authors, Science Educators

Jeff Medkeff

Charles Fort’s Life and Legacy of Strangeness

Rob Boston

The Curious Case of Street Lamp Interference

Massimo Polidoro

The Emperor’s Postmodern Clothes

David A. Levy

Firebombings Target University Animal Researchers

The Editors

Georgia Bigfoot Hoax Draws Global Attention

Ben Radford

Ghosts and Ion Counters

Don A. Merrell

‘Hex’ Signs: Searching for the Magic

Joe Nickell

Is ‘Knol’ for Knowledge or for Pseudoknowledge?

Jay M. Pasachoff

Jon Beckjord, Advocate of a Paranormal Bigfoot (1939-2008)

Robert Sheaffer

Keeping Ahead of the News

Kendrick Frazier

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Love at First Sight

Stephen Bertman

Mickelson, McKellar Tout Science, Math, and Being Smart

Edzard Ernst

A Mind for Murdergate

Gary Posner

More Cool Careers for Dummies: Ghost Hunter

Paul DesOrmeaux

Mr. Belloc Objects

Martin Gardner

Nocturnal Lights and Sounds Baffle Maryland Town…for Awhile

Bill Vanderlinde

Purdue Panel Finds Scientific Misconduct in Researcher’s Bubble Fusion Reports

Kendrick Frazier

Quantum Weirdness: An Analogy from the Time of Newton

Paul Quincey

Science and Footprints

Michael Dennett

Secrets of Spectacularly Skewered Skin

Ben Radford

Secular Sunshine as the Best Disinfectant

Kenneth W. Krause

The Skeptic Meets the Moral Panic

Erich Goode

Statistically Significant Results vs. Oomph

Peter Lamal

Unproven or Disproven Treatments—Why Would Anyone Want to Use Them?

Edzard Ernst

Where’s the Responsibility? UK Broadcasting Code Prevents Re-Airing Psychic’s Failure

Ryan Shaffer

The Wholesale Sedation of America’s Youth

Andrew M. Weiss