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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

Volume 30.3

May / June 2006

AAAS: Deeply Concerned about Legislation and Policies That Would Undermine the Teaching of Evolution

The Editors

AAAS Events, Statement Expound Evolution, Decry ID

Kendrick Frazier

Are We Alone? A Searching Look at SETI

Kendrick Frazier

Astrobiology Is the New Modern Framework Encompassing SETI . . . and So Much Else

David Morrison

Circles of Light

Massimo Polidoro

The Cosmic Haystack Is Large

Jill Tarter

CSICOP Announces Winners of the First Robert P. Balles Prize

The Editors

‘Curing’ ADHD

Alan D. Bowd

Darwin’s Birthday, Hollywood Style

Jim Underdown

The Ill Effects of the Self-help Movement

Terence Hines

Hubble Wouldn’t Be Hubble without Her

Greg Martinez

Intelligent Design and the Workings of Science

Michael Friedlander

Irving Rothchild Dead at 92

The Editors

Is Physics Turning into Philosophy?

Massimo Pigliucci

James Randi’s Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas

Ben Radford

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Mysteries of the Coral Castle

Ben Radford

Neil deGrasse Tyson to Host NOVA ScienceNOW

The Editors

The New Approach to SETI Is from the Bottom Up, Rather Than the Top Down

David Darling

The ‘New’ Idolatry

Joe Nickell

The PEAR Proposition: Fact or Fallacy?

Stanley Jeffers

Public Health’s Credibility Crisis

Elizabeth M. Whelan

The Real Sword in the Stone

Luigi Garlaschelli

SETI Requires a Skeptical Reappraisal

Peter Schenkel

Studies on Soy and Arthritis-relief Supplaments Give Negative Results

David Park Musella

Teaching Pigs to Sing: An Experiment in Bringing Critical Thinking to the Masses

Harriet Hall

U.S. ‘Out on a Limb by Ourselves’ in Evolution Rejection, Jon Miller Tells AAAS

Kendrick Frazier

The Virtues of Skepticism

David Ludden

Why Scientists Shouldn’t Be Surprised by the Popularity of Intelligent Design

Scott O. Lilienfeld

Volume 30.2

March / April 2006

Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens

Terence Hines

Alien Abduction Analysis

Terence Hines

Argentina Mysteries

Joe Nickell

Art Bell’s Show Broadcasts Sylvia Browne Failure about Mine Tragedy

Ben Radford

A Constructive Look at Destructive Mental Health Trends

Bruce Hartsell

The Big Bird, the Big Lie, God, and Science

Jill Neimark

Carla Baron Psychic Detective Update

Vaughn Rees

Commentary on John P.A. Ionnidis’s ‘Why Most Published Research Findings are False’

Ray Hyman

Court Decision in Dover Case a Victory for Good Science

Kendrick Frazier

Critical Thinking: What Is It Good for? (In Fact, What Is It?)

Howard Gabennesch

Evolution Science’s Top Story of the Year

Kendrick Frazier

Hoaxers, Hackers, and Policymakers

Carolyn Meinel

In Landmark Dover Decision, Judge Rules ID Is Not Science, Teaching It Is Unconstitutional

Kendrick Frazier

In Search of Dracula

Massimo Polidoro

Is Evolutionary Psychology a Pseudoscience?

Massimo Pigliucci

It’s a Natural Selection: Evolution Amber Ale

Amanda Chesworth

Kansas Professor Relieved of His Chair Over Comments Critical of Intelligent Design

David Park Musella

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Loon Season in Canada

Robert Sheaffer

Ludmil A. Chotkowski, M.D., 1916-2005, Challenged Chiropractic

Frank Reiser

The Memory Wars: Parts 2 and 3

Martin Gardner

‘Natural’ Childbirth

Ben Radford

New Center for Inquiry Research Building Completed

Paul Kurtz

A Portrait of Darwin for Kids

Greg Martinez

The Power of Not Thinking Is Not Very Great

Wesley Cecil

The Rampant Politicization of Science

Peter Lamal

Rare Woodpecker, presumed Extinct, Found in Arkansas

Ben Radford

Skepchicks Raise Profile of Female Skeptics

Amanda Chesworth

‘We Find That ID Is Not Science’: Excerpts from the Dover Federal Court Ruling on Intelligent Design

Judge John E. Jones III

The Wrong Question

Ralph Estling