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Volume 32.5

September / October 2008

Alien Peeping Tom—Film at Eleven

Robert Sheaffer

The Amazing Randi Strikes Again

Ben Radford

CSI’s Robert P. Balles Award Goes to New York Times Science Writer Natalie Angier

Nathan Bupp

Ben Stein’s Trojan Horse: Mobilizing the State House and Local News Agenda

Matt Nisbet

The Bipolar Bamboozle

Stephen Ray Flora and Sarah Elizabeth Bobby

The Brain on Justice

Massimo Pigliucci

Corporate Self Interest and Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression

Peter Barglow

The Eighth Gathering for (Martin) Gardner

Ray Hyman

Exposing Popular ‘Let’s Pretend’ Fantasies

William Harwood

Finally, Sylvia Browne’s Final Tour

Karen Stollznow

From Weeping Icons to Crop Circles: Investigating with Gusto

Terry Smiljanich

Hoax Led to Polygamist Sect Raid

Ben Radford

Hunting for Spooklights

Massimo Polidoro

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Lighthouse Specters

Joe Nickell

The Myth of Nibiru and the End of the World in 2012

David Morrison

No Safe Level? Science and Seconhand Smoke

David Appell

Padre Pio: Wonderworker or Charlatan?

Joe Nickell

Psychic’s False Sex Abuse Claim Threatens Family

Ben Radford

Redoing the Math on Nuclear Energy

Kenneth W. Krause

A Special Afterword

Martin Gardner

The Sweet Spirit Sounds of Rosemary Brown

Ben Radford

A Trio of Questionable Medical Treatments

Kendrick Frazier

The Truth About Brain Science

Robert Epstein

We’re Wrong More Than We Think

Harriet Hall

‘We Couldn’t Say It in Print If It Wasn’t True’: Akavar’s Version of Truth in Advertising

Harriet Hall

Volume 32.4

July / August 2008

AGU Reverses Position on Climate Change

The Editors

Alternative Science

Massimo Pigliucci

Anomalous Cognition: A Meeting of Minds?

Amir Raz

Anomalous Cognition? A Second Perspective

Ray Hyman

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

James Randi

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

David Morrison

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

Martin Gardner

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

Kendrick Frazier

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

Greg Bear

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

Alan Dean Foster

Arthur ‘N’ Me

Harlan Ellison©

The Beginner’s Guide to ‘Holistic’ Wellness

Dimitry Rotstein

Broadening Our Scientific Horizons

Kenneth W. Krause

But You Deceived Me! The Necessity of Deception in Investigation of the Paranormal

Katharine Merow

Clarke, Cognition, and the Presidential Campaign

Kendrick Frazier

Controversy Erupts Over Errors, Bias in Textbook Examined by CFI

Henry Huber

Court Dismisses Cha Suit, Vindicates Flamm on Questioned Prayer/Fertility Study

The Editors

Court Dismisses Cha Suit, Vindicates Flamm on Questioned Prayer/Fertility Study

The Editors

The Fallacy of Misplaced Rationalism

Robert Sheaffer

Gardnerian Whimsy and Insight, New and Old

Sid Deutsch

The Idene: An Early Appearance of the Meme’s Meme(s)?

Ralph H. Lutts

In a Mirror, Darkly: Does Superstition Reflect Rationality?

Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

Likely Voters Prefer Evolution over Creationism

Greg Laden

The Mysterious Phoenix Lights

Ben Radford

New Books

The Editors

Paul Kurtz calls Expelled Film ‘Anti-Science Propaganda’

Nathan Bupp

Photoghosts: Images of the Spirit Realm?

Joe Nickell

A Physicist’s Spirited Defense of String Theory and Science

Justin Trottier

Physics for the People

Daniel Grassam

Pseudoscientists and Their Worlds

Donald Simanek

Richard Dawkins Replies

Richard Dawkins

A Skeleton’s Tale: The Origins of Modern Spiritualism

Joe Nickell

The Spate of Bogus Research Papers from Korean Scientists

Frank Reiser

Stamps of Approval for Four U.S. Scientists; Carl Sagan Next?

The Editors

When Faith Kills: Christian Healing at the Expense of Rational Medicine

Kenneth W. Krause

Volume 32.3

May / June 2008

Ann Coulter Takes on Darwin

Martin Gardner

Anonymous vs. Scientology

Karen Stollznow

Bones of Contention

Edward H. Jones

Brain Neuroimaging Experiments find ‘Evidence against Existence of Psi’ ... or Do They?

Kendrick Frazier

Coffee—with Strings

William Orem

Creationist Peer Review

Massimo Pigliucci

Dangers of Animal Rights Extremists

Kendrick Frazier

Darwin Day 2008: CFI/Los Angeles Stages Rare Reading of Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds

Bob Ladendorf

Electric Asteroid Zaps Earth

Robert Sheaffer

Entertainment, Religion, and the Decline of Society

Peter Lamal

Eucharistic ‘Miracles’

Joe Nickell

Expelling All Reason

Dan Whipple

How to Study Reincarnation: Guidelines for Research

Kendrick Frazier

The Human Nature Project

Lionel Tiger

If It Exists, It Is Natural

Jeremy M. Harris

Just Like Jedi Knights (If Only)

Massimo Polidoro

Merchandising God: The Pope Tart

Karen Stollznow

NASA’s Mysterious ‘Man on Mars’ Photo

Ben Radford

The Nature of the Supernatural

Daniel R. Altschuler

New Books

The Editors

Scientists say Nullo Modo (No Way) to Pope

Frank Reiser

Sir Edmund Hillary, Explorer, Skeptic (1919-2008)

Joe Nickell

Skeptical Ethics— What Should We Investigate?

Martin Bridgstock

Some Splainin’ to Do

George Englebretsen

WARNING: Animal Extremists are Dangerous to Your Health

P. Michael Conn and James V. Parker

What Would Jesus Deface?

Kat Meltzer

Zombies and Tetrodotoxin

Terence Hines

Volume 32.2

March / April 2008

Alien Ghosts at Roswell

Robert Sheaffer

Altercation with a (Criss) Angel

Jim Underdown

Bad Journalism Misleads Public about Psychics

Ben Radford

Bark at the Moon

Ben Radford

Born Again, Inc.: Senate Investigating Six Prophets for Profit

Donna Danford

CFI Attacks Dismissal of Texas Educator for Her Pro-Evolution Actions

The Editors

China Gone Modern

Kendrick Frazier

The Comic Pratfalls of Richard Roberts

Martin Gardner

Declaration Defends Europe’s Genetically Modified Maize

Michel Naud

Dennett: Teach Children All the Facts about their Religion

Kendrick Frazier

Entombed Alive!

Joe Nickell

The Force of Change in China

Kendrick Frazier

Gary Schwartz’s Energy Healing Experiments: The Emperor’s New Clothes?

Harriet Hall

Gell-Mann: Reality is Out There . . . and It’s Beautiful

Kendrick Frazier

‘I Am Houdini! And You Are a Fraud!’

Massimo Polidoro

Let’s Keep Our Cool about Global Warming

Bjørn Lomborg

Natalee Holloway Disappearance Unsolved; Case Closed

Ben Radford

New Books

The Editors

The New China and the Old

Paul Kurtz

New National Academy Book Defends Evolution

The Editors

Quoteworthy

The Editors

Science Leaders, CFI Call for Science Debate among Presidential Candidates

The Editors

Ten Million Marriages: An Astrological Detective Story

David Voas

The Strange Case of Frank Jennings Tipler

Martin Gardner

Toward a Consilience of Sciences and Humanities?

Massimo Pigliucci

Tunguska Asteroid Size Downgraded by New Computer Simulations

The Editors

Two Meanings of ‘Faith’ Confuse Even Scientists

Robert L. Park

Update News Notes

The Editors

Volume 32.1

January / February 2008

Born to Believe

David Ludden

Chiropractic: A Profession Seeking Identity

Samuel Homola

Council of Europe Approves Resolution against Creationism

Martin Mahner

Creationism, Catastrophism, and Velikovsky

William D. Stansfield

Dangerous Ideas on the Loose

Kenneth W. Krause

A Darwinian View of a Hostile Atheist

Irwin Tessman

The Difference between Hahnemann and Darwin

U. Kutschera

Difficulty in Debunking Myths Rooted in the Way the Mind Works

Shankar Vedantam

Exciting UFOs Become Bland IFOs

Joe Nickell

Haunting Evidence Follow-Up: TV Psychic Detectives Fail Again

Ben Radford

How to ‘Haunt’ A House

Ben Radford

Is Intelligent Design Creationism?

Massimo Pigliucci

The Legend of the Pied Piper

Massimo Polidoro

New Books

The Editors

One Large Defeat for Science in Canada

Gary Bauslaugh

A Painful Legal Case is Resolved in Favor of Open Inquiry

Kendrick Frazier

The Science of Chemistry

Ben Radford

A Skeptical Consumer’s Look at Chiropractic Claims: Flimflam in Florida?

Bruce Thyer and Gary Whittenberger

Stalking the Nutty Notions

Robert L. Wolke

Unrivaled Acumen, Communitarian Passion

Kenneth W. Krause

Whatever Happened to ‘Jane Doe’?

Carol Tavris

Volume 31.6

November / December 2007

The Anti-Vaccination Movement

Steven Novella

The Best of All Health Care

Edzard Ernst

Beyond Selfish Genes

Massimo Pigliucci

Biodynamics in the Wine Bottle

Douglass Smith and Jesús Barquín

Cosmos and Commentary

Kenneth W. Krause

Endless Forms, Endless Controversy

Greg Martinez

The End of the Einstein-Astrology-Supporter Hoax

Denis Hamel

The Global Warming Debate: Science and Scientists in a Democracy

Stuart Jordan

Governed By Emotion

Peter Lamal

The Greatest Occultist in Western History?

Richard Petraitis

Interview with Roy Richard Grinker

Ben Radford

Kitzmiller v. Homo Boobiens

Greg Martinez

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Masaru Emoto’s Wonderful World of Water

Harriet Hall

The Netherlands: Visions and Revisions

Joe Nickell

New Books

The Editors

Out of Body and in the Lab: New Experiments Stimulate Seeing Self Elsewhere

Kendrick Frazier

Over the Hill on UFO Abductions

Robert Sheaffer

Paul MacCready (1923-2007)

The Editors

Protecting Our Valuable Vaccine Programs

Kendrick Frazier

Ralph Estling, Eclectic Writer, 1930-2007

Chris Brewchorne

Spook Hills in the Lab

Massimo Polidoro

Studies Challenge Garlic, Beetroot Treatments against HIV

The Editors

A Time to Die

Ben Radford

Tributes to Barry Beyerstein, Champion of Critical Thinking, Skeptical Inquiry

James Alcock

Tribute to Barry Beyerstein

Lee Moller

Vaccine Safety: Vaccines Are One of Public Health’s Great Accomplishments

Richard G. Judelsohn

Weekly World News Dies in Print, Lives On on the Web

David Park Musella

What is Common about Common Sense? Perspectives from Anthropology

Lathel F. Duffield

‘Why Won’t They Admit They’re Wrong?’ and Other Skeptics’ Mysteries

Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson