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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

Volume 30.1

January / February 2006

Andrew Weil: Harvard Hatched a Gullible Guru

Harriet Hall

The Ethics of Investigation

David Koepsell

Examining the Psychology of Belief

David Ludden

The First Ibero-American Conference on Critical Thinking

Ben Radford

Florida Study Dismissed ‘Celestial Drops’ to Treat Citrus Blight

David Park Musella

Geller Revisited

Ben Radford

A Glorious, Dangerous Obsession

Greg Martinez

It’s All about the Money

Robert L. Park

Kennewick Man Made Available for Study by Court Order

David Park Musella

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

The Memory Wars

Martin Gardner

Memory Wars and Monster Stories

Kendrick Frazier

New Collection of Martin Gardner’s Mathematical Recreations

The Editors

Ogopogo the Chameleon

Ben Radford

Paranormal Beliefs: An Analysis of College Students

Bryan Farha and Gary Steward Jr.

Paranormal Researcher Selected as President of National Taiwan University

Po-Nien (Bob) Lu

Phantom Photos: Credulity at the Met Exhibit

Howard Schneider

Planet X and the Issue of Definitions in Science

Massimo Pigliucci

‘Psychic’ Sex Offender Sentenced to Prison

David Park Musella

Rocketry and Wizardry

Howard Schneider

Science Looks for Bigfoot but Finds Bison

Ben Radford

Science Sheds Light on Giant Squid

Ben Radford

SI Editor Kendrick Frazier Elected a Fellow of the AAAS

Kendrick Frazier

Something Seen, but What? Quebec’s ‘Wippi’ Whips Up a Minor Monster Flap

Stuart McKelvie

The Walrus Was Paul!

Massimo Polidoro

‘Toward a New Enlightenment’ World Congress

The Editors

Understanding Evolution Web Site Expanded

The Editors

What ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know: An Analysis of Kevin Trudeau’s Natural Cures

Stephen Barrett

Why Did They Bury Darwin in Westminster Abbey?

R.G. Weyant

Will Hack for Extraterrestrials

Robert Sheaffer

Volume 29.6

November / December 2005

AGU: President Confuses Science and Belief, Puts Schoolchildren at Risk

The Editors

Bigfoot in Life and Legend

Ben Radford

Can Atheists Be Ethical and Virtuous?

Peter Lamal

Center for Inquiry Granted Representation at the United Nations

Ben Radford

Developing Perspectives on Anomalous Experiences

Julia Santomauro

Does Irreducible Complexity Imply Intelligent Design?

Mark Perakh

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: A New Revolution in Biology

Sean B. Carroll

Evolution and the ID Wars

Kendrick Frazier

Fullerton Underpass: The Lost Episodes

Jim Underdown

Harris Poll Explores Beliefs about Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design

The Editors

The Intelligent Designer

Irving Rothchild

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Empirical vs. Rationalist Approaches to Understanding

Massimo Pigliucci

Legends of Castles and Keeps

Joe Nickell

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

New-Agey Feldenkrais

Ben Radford

Obfuscating Biological Evolution

Elie A. Shneour

Only a Theory? Framing the Evolution/Creation Issue

David Morrison

Philip J. Klass (1919-2005)

Robert Sheaffer

Plane Crash Survival: Miracle or Skill and Science?

Ben Radford

Police Chief Misleads Viewers on Psychic Detectives

Gary Posner

Praying for Jane

Susan Bury

‘Psychic Swindler’ in San Antonio Convicted of Theft by Coercion

David Park Musella

Real-world Use of the Word Theory

The Editors

Recent News on Alternative Medicine

Kim Stewart and David Park Musella

Robert A. Baker (1921-2005)

Joe Nickell

Science Wars II: Science and the Bush Administration

Chris Mooney

Skeptics and TV News Expose ‘Magnetic Water Conditioners’

Dave Thomas

Teen in Aruba, Others Still Missing Despite Psychics

Ben Radford

The Pope and I

Lawrence M. Krauss

This Fall’s Flood of Paranormal Programming

Barry Karr

Top 25 Science Questions: A Stimulating List of What We Don’t Know

Kendrick Frazier

The Trick Was a Trick

Greg Martinez

Velikovsky Papers to Princeton University

Kendrick Frazier

What Should We Think about Americans’ Beliefs Regarding Evolution?

Lawrence S. Lerner

Why Scientists Get So Angry When Dealing with ID Proponents

Jason Rosenhouse

‘Winking Jesus’ Statue: Mystery Solved!

Joe Nickell