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Volume 31.5

September / October 2007

AIDS Denialism and Science

Kendrick Frazier

AIDS Denialism vs. Science

Nicoli Nattrass

Andrew Franknoi Honored for Excellence in Astronomy Teaching

The Editors

Betty Hill’s Last Hurrah

Robert Sheaffer

Carroll, Forrest, Kroto Elected CSI Fellows; Mooney, Nisbet Named Consultants

Kendrick Frazier

CFI Calls for Protecting Science and Research Findings from Political Interference

Kendrick Frazier

CSI’s Robert P. Balles Award Goes to Guardian ‘Bad Science’ Columnist Ben Goldacre

The Editors

Evolution in the Limelight

Austin Dacey and Derek Araujo

Fix Your Ruptured Disk without Surgery?

Harriet Hall

Gallup Polls Show Split on Evolution (Dis)Belief by Politics, Religion

Kendrick Frazier

Global Warming: Critical Reaction, Support, and Author Response

The Editors

How to Survive the Apocalypse

Stephen T. Asma

Is This Article on Conspiracies Part of a Conspiracy?

Chris Volkay

‘John of God’: Healings by Entities?

Joe Nickell

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

The Loch Ness Critter

Joe Nickell

The Man Who Fooled Edison ... but Not Houdini

Massimo Polidoro

A Model UFO Debunking

Robert Sheaffer

A Model UFO Debunking

Robert Sheaffer

Mythic Creatures, Bigger than Life

Edward Summer

New Books

The Editors

The (Non)Mysterious Orbs

Ben Radford

One Small Victory in Canada in Support of Evolution

Bruce Pendergast

Quack Attacker Returns after Legal Threat

Mark Neunder

Quoteworthy

The Editors

Santa Fe ‘Courthouse Ghost’ Mystery Solved

Ben Radford

Skeptical Community Laments Loss of Barry Beyerstein, Psychologist, CSI Council Member

Amanda Chesworth and Barry Karr

Storm World

Chris Mooney

This is the Forum Column That Goes Like This

Ralph Estling

The Trouble with Memetics

Massimo Pigliucci

A Welcome Compilation of Classic Critiques

Angelo Stagnaro

Volume 31.4

July / August 2007

Addressing the Crucial Issues of Stem-Cell Research

Kenneth W. Krause

An Effective, Positive Approach to Teaching Critical Thinking

David W. Clapsaddle

A Call to Be Heeded

Peter Lamal

Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality: Ghosts, Vampires, and Zombies

Costas J. Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi

‘Court TV’ Psychic Loses to Skeptic in Real Court

Gary Posner

CSI Executive Council Members Meet in D.C., Speak on Restoring Scientific Integrity

The Editors

The Earth and Stars in the Lunar Sky

William C. Keel

Feng Shui and Monkey Madness at the L.A. Zoo

Jim Underdown

The Fingerprint Controversy

Simon A. Cole

First They Came for Darwin, Then They Came for Copernicus and Galileo…

Robert Sheaffer

Getting It Right, or Brooklyn Is Not Expanding

Ralph Estling

Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming

Stuart Jordan

Hope for the Future, and Early Reaction on Global Warming

Kendrick Frazier

Islam’s Troubled Relationships with Science

Harry Eagar

Is Dawkins Deluded? When Scientists Talk About Religion

Massimo Pigliucci

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Little Audrey: The Life and Death of a ‘Victim Soul’

Joe Nickell

Might Fright Cause White?

Ben Radford

New Findings Show Some Improvements in U.S. Science Literacy

The Editors

Onward Science Soldiers

Victor Stenger

Peru’s Ancient Mysteries

Joe Nickell

The PhD Degree and Biblical Fundamentalism

William D. Stansfield

Philadelphia Psychics Shut Down, Then Allowed to Reopen

Ben Radford

Psychic Events Workshop Fails APA Curriculum Requirement

Yancy B. McDougal

The Quest for the ‘Real’ Robin Hood

Massimo Polidoro

Stem Cells: President Bush Vows to Protect One-Celled People

Robert L. Park

Superhero Science

Ben Radford

The Two-Months Argument for Parapsychological Research

Jesper Jerkert

Why I Burned a BIble

Joe Szimhart

Why Religion and Medicine Don’t Mix

Kenneth W. Krause

Volume 31.3

May / June 2007

A Warming Climate for Climate Warming

Kendrick Frazier

Baby, It’s Warm Outside: 2006 Warmest Year on Record in U.S.

The Editors

Can There Be a Science of Free Will?

Massimo Pigliucci

Car Carma Car-tastrophe

Geoffrey Dean

Celebrating Darwin Day with a New Play in L.A.

Bob Ladendorf

Danger! Scientific Inquiry Hazard

Alan J. Scott

Debating Creationists

Charles L. Rulon

Deciphering Da Vinci’s Real Codes

Joe Nickell

Defending Evolution, but with a Cop-Out

Kenneth W. Krause

The Devious Art of Improvising: Third and Final Lesson

Massimo Polidoro

Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming Part 1

Stuart Jordan

IPCC Climate Report Shows ‘Unequivocal’ Warming, Reduces Uncertainties

Kendrick Frazier

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Measuring Near-Death Experience

Ben Radford

More Signers of Declaration in Defense of Science & Secularism

The Editors

The Myth of Consistent Skepticism: The Cautionary Case of Albert Einstein

Todd C. Riniolo and Lee Nisbet

A Pathologist Among the Spirits

Joe Nickell

PEAR Lab Closes, Ending Decades of Psychic Research

Stanley Jeffers

Philip Kitcher Awarded Inaugural $10,000 Prometheus Prize

The Editors

‘Psychic’ Evans Acquitted on Appeal in Swindling Case

David Park Musella

Randi’s Amazing Meeting Returns

Ben Radford

Secrets and Lies

Mary Carmichael and Benjamin Radford

Snake-Oil Traders

Edzard Ernst

Sylvia Browne’s Biggest Blunder

Ben Radford

Sylvia Browne’s Year to Forget

Bryan Farha

Theatre of Science

Richard Wiseman

The Nonsense and Non-science of Sasquatch

Benjamin Radford, MIchael R. Dennett, Matt Crowley, and David J. Daegling

Third Strike for Columbia University Prayer Study: Author Plagiarism

Bruce Flamm

Volume 31.2

March / April 2007

A Renewal of Sagan’s Voice on Science, Religion, and Survival

Lauren Becker

Bible Stories: A Sociologist Looks at Implausible Beliefs in Genesis

Allan Mazur

Center for Inquiry Launches Naturalism Research Project

John Shook

CFI Washington Office Opens, Issues Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism

The Editors

The Clash of Biotechnology and Post-Christian Spirituality

Lee M. Silver

The Coulter Hoax: How Ann Coulter Exposed the Intelligent Design Movement

Peter Olofsson

Counterproductive Mix of Science and Theology

William D. Stansfield

Dr. Dino Guilty on All Counts in Tax-Fraud Case, Gets Ten Years

Greg Martinez

Fighting the Fundamentalists: Chamberlain or Churchill?

Michael Ruse

Fighting the Fundamentalists: Chamberlain or Churchill?

Michael Ruse

Follies of the Wise

Frederick Crews

For the God Question, a Biological Perspective

Kendrick Frazier

A Free-for-All on Science and Religion

George Johnson

The Incredible Bouncing Cow

Robert Sheaffer

Intellectual and Creative Magnificence

Kenneth W. Krause

Is Science Gaining New Ground?

Kendrick Frazier

Is There Such a Thing as Macroevolution?

Massimo Pigliucci

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Male Pregnancy

Ben Radford

Mysterious Entities of the Pacific Northwest, Part II

Joe Nickell

New Books

The Editors

NMSR’s Annual Best and Worst Awards for 2006

The Editors

Old-Time Religion, Old-Time Language

Mark Newbrook

Pat Robertson’s Secret Ingredient

Stanley Rice

Prayer: A Neurological Inquiry

David C. Haas

The Religion Blues

Alan Dean Foster

Science’s Vast Cosmic Perspective Eludes Religion

Carl Sagan

Science, God, and (Non)Belief

Kendrick Frazier

Sci Fi Investigates, Finds Only Pseudoscience

Ben Radford

Thank Goodness!

Daniel C. Dennett

Volume 31.1

January / February 2007

Bigfoot, Pluto and ?

Chris Volkay

Carl Sagan’s Life and Legacy as Scientist, Teacher, and Skeptic

David Morrison

The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson Two

Massimo Polidoro

Do They Have Your Numb3r?

Kendrick Frazier

‘Dr.’ Bearden’s Vacuum Energy

Martin Gardner

Energy Department Will End Most Polygraph Testing

Kendrick Frazier

Evolutionary Epistemology, Anyone

Massimo Pigliucci

The Flashlight of the Gods

Robert Sheaffer

It’s CSI Now, Not CSICOP

Kendrick Frazier and the Executive Council

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Mass Hysteria at Starpoint High

Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford

Men of the Cosmos

Kendrick Frazier

Michigan Supports Evolution, Rejects ID for Science Classes

The Editors

Moscow Roundtable Discusses False Science in Russia

Valerii Kuvakin

Mysterious Entities of the Pacific Northwest, Part I

Joe Nickell

New Directions for Skeptical Inquiry

Paul Kurtz

New Report Casts Doubt on Gulf War Syndrome

Ben Radford

Pep Talk: How to Get Rid of the Energy You Don’t Need

William H. Baarschers

Pluto/Planet Roundtable Now Online

The Editors

Smart Scientists on Intelligent Thought (If Not Design)

Matt Young

Soul Scales

Ben Radford

Strange Visions: Haloes, Dust Storms, and Blood on the Walls

A. Charles Catania

The Art of Persuasion in Politics (and Science)

Benjamin Wolozin

UCS Releases Science Idol Calendar

David Park Musella

The ‘Vise Stragegy’ Undone: Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District

Barbara Forrest

World Trade Center Illness: Manufactured Mass Hysteria

Michael Fumento

Volume 30.6

November / December 2006

Art, Science, and Creativity

Kendrick Frazier

Center for Inquiry Launches Public Policy Office in Washington

Nathan Bupp

Creationist Hovind’s Legal Woes Continue

Greg Martinez

Creativity versus Skepticism within Science

V.S. Ramachandran

Critical Chiropractor, Inept Publisher

Harriet Hall

Death of a Demonologist

Joe Nickell

Design, Doubts, and Darwin

Kenneth W. Krause

The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson One

Massimo Polidoro

The Enigma We Answer by Living

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Florida Medicaid to Cover Acupuncture

Greg Martinez

From Of Sum

Forrest Gander

The Humanities and Human Nature

Steven Pinker

Latin American Conference Launches Federation of Centers

Nathan Bupp

Leakey Fights Church Campaign to Downgrade Kenya Museum’s Human Fossils

Kendrick Frazier

Leakey Fights Church Campaign to Downgrade Kenya Museum’s Human Fossils

Kendrick Frazier

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

A Little Mumba

Jennifer Michael Hecht

Nature Is Nowhere Rectangular: Galileo’s Starry Messenger Meets Matisse’s Le Guignon

Edward Tufte

The Neuro-philosophy of Regred

Massimo Pigliucci

The Privacy Threat, Revelations, and Relevancy

Wendy M. Grossman

A Rare Contribution to the Rant Literature in the Sciences

Robert P. Crease

Recent Deaths

Kendrick Frazier

Science + Art: Special Issue Introduction

Austin Dacey

Scientology Losing Ground to New Fictionology

From The Onion, reprinted with permission

Searching to Noah Vale

Ben Radford

Shame on Shamus Sham

Joe Nickell

Siege of ‘Little Green Men’: The 1955 Kelly, Kentucky, Incident

Joe Nickell

Sound: Not as Simple as It Sounds. An Interview with Joshua Fineberg.

Austin Dacey

Spirited Defense: William James and the Ghost Hunters

Joe Nickell

String Theory

Clifford A. Pickover

Tsunami

Roald Hoffman

View Masters

Margaret S. Livingstone and Bevil R. Conway

Why We Read Fiction

Lisa Zunshine