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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 D. 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

Volume 30.5

September / October 2006

Alleged Psychic Convicted of Murder

Ben Radford

Author, Professor Vern Bullough Dies

Paul Kurtz

Behind the Mask

Massimo Polidoro

The Bloodless Fish of Bouvet Island: DNA and Evolution in Action

Sean B. Carroll

British Defense Study Debunks UFO Sightings

David Park Musella

Can Jim Berkland Predict Earthquakes?

Roger Hunter

Carla Baron, Psychic Detective? Not Quite

Brian Hart

The Fabricated Cosmonaut and the Nonexistent Prophecy

Luis Alfonso Gámez

Ghost Hunters

Joe Nickell

Go, Go, Ghost Gadgets

Ben Radford

H.P. Lovecraft and ‘Extraterrestrial Genesis’

Pat Harrigan

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Name Dropping: Want to Be a Star?

Phil Plait

The Neural Substrates of Moral, Religious, and Paranormal Beliefs

Marcello Spinella and Omar Wain

New Psychic Detective (Un)Reality Series: Haunting Evidence

Ben Radford

One More Take on Reductionism vs. Holism

Massimo Pigliucci

Parade’s Rosenfeld Reprises Dubious Acupuncture Claim

Gary Posner

Plunging into the Depths of a Mystery

Michael Dennett

Predator Panic: A Closer Look

Ben Radford

Science Ain’t an Exact Science: Public Perception of Science in the Wake of the Stem-cell Fraud

David Koepsell

Should the NHS Provide Complementary Therapy?

Edzard Ernst

Skeptic’s Lawsuit Stalls ‘Psychic’ Renier’s Book

Gary Posner

Summing Up Thirty Years of the Skeptical Inquirer

Paul Kurtz

Tell It Like It Was

Susan Bury

Time Flies LIke an Arrow, but Fruit Flies like Bilked Bananas

Robert Sheaffer

Update: Charges against Ontario ‘Healer’ Dropped

Julia Lavarnway and David Park Musella

The Vigorous Science of Evolution

Kendrick Frazier

Why What We Know Isn’t Necessarily So

Peter Lamal

Volume 30.4

July / August 2006

Alien Autopsy Hoax Revealed—Again

David Park Musella

‘Alien Rains’ of Kerala Not So Alien after All

Ian Williams Goddard

The Big Sleep or Just a Nap?

Greg Martinez

Body of Evidence

Ben Radford

Center for Inquiry Opens in India

Austin Dacey

Dinosaur Adventure Land Slated for Demolition

Greg Martinez

Evolution’s Radical Future?

James N. Gardner

Explanatory Frameworks and Investigative Exposés

Kendrick Frazier

Florida Psychic Jailed for Fraud

Greg Martinez

Governor Snubs Kentucky Academy of Science About Intelligent Design

David Ludden

Houdini’s Impossible Demonstration

Massimo Polidoro

The Internet: A Shining Beacon of Truth

Robert Sheaffer

In Defense of the Higher Values

Kendrick Frazier

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

A Lively Guide to Resisting Bogus Reasoning

Mark Durm

Magnet Therapy: A Billion-dollar Boondoggle

Bruce Flamm

One Big STEP: Another Major Study Confirms That Distant Prayers Do Not Heal the Sick

Bruce Flamm

The Philosophy behind Pseudoscience

Mario Bunge

The Philosophy behind Pseudoscience

Mario Bunge

Please Pass the Globster

Ben Radford

Riddle of the Crystal Skulls

Joe Nickell

Saving a Disenchanted World with Astrology?

Geoffrey Dean

Science Is for Sale (And It’s Not Only for the Money)

Ragnar Levi

A Sweedish Professorship in Parapsychology

Jesper Jerkert and Sven Ove Hansson

When Philosophy Matters

Massimo Pigliucci

Why Great Thinkers Sometimes Fail to Think Critically

D. Alan Bensley

Why Quantum Mechanics Is Not So Weird after All

Paul Quincey

The Wrong Stuff: Men’s Magazine’s Psychic Columnist

Ben Radford