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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

Volume 29.5

September / October 2005

Beware of Poltergeists

Massimo Polidoro

Beware of Quacks at the WHO: Objecting to the WHO Draft Report on Homeopathy

Cees N.M. Renckens, Tom Schoepen, and Willem Betz

Bill Nye Launches ‘The Eyes of Nye’

Kim Stewart

Deadly Rituals: Nun Dies During Convent Exorcism

Ben Radford

The Elixir of Life: Green Tea or Red Wine?

William H. Baarschers

Eloquent but Gloomy

Ralph Estling

Famous ‘Psychic Healer’ Arrested in Toronto

Kim Stewart

Gallup Poll Shows that Americans’ Belief in the Paranormal Persists

David Park Musella

The God of Eth

Stephen Law

Isaac Newton, Astrologer?

Ben Radford

Italian Skeptics Debunk Crop Circle Radiation Claim

The Editors

Italy’s ‘Miracle’ Relics

Joe Nickell

‘Jane Doe’ Recovered Memory Lawsuit Appeal

Kim Stewart

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Mystical Experiences: Magnetic Fields or Suggestibility?

Joe Nickell

Obesity Epidemic? Elixirs of Life? Where’s the Truth?

Kendrick Frazier

Obesity: Epidemic or Myth?

Patrick Johnson

On Problems with Near-light-speed Travel

Dave Thomas

Palm Readers, Stargazers, and Scientists: A Critique of Futurism

Richard L. Miller and Emily Balcetis

PBS Series Nova to Feature ‘Einstein’s Big Idea’

The Editors

The Power and Perils of Metaphors in Science

Massimo Pigliucci

Questioning the Obesity Myth

Ben Radford

Special Relativity after 100 Years

John Geohegan

Statistics of the Natasha Test: Response to Concerns and Questions

Ray Hyman

Sylvia Browne’s Latest: Ghost-Written?

Joe Nickell

These Files May Be ‘Real-Life’—But Is She Really ‘Psychic’?

Gary Posner

Tom Cruise, Scientology Bash Psychiatry; APA Fires Back

Amanda Chesworth

Tom Cruise, Scientology Bash Psychiatry; APA Fires Back

Amanda Chesworth

The Twin Paradox

Dave Thomas

An Unusual Twist in Testing Media Psychics

Wendy Grossman

We Can Still Learn Lessons from Einstein’s Watershed Year

Gary L. Bennet

Volume 29.4

July / August 2005

Are the Historical Sciences Sciences?

Massimo Pigliucci

Carl Sagan Takes Questions: More From His ‘Wonder and Skepticism’ CSICOP 1994 Keynote

Carl Sagan

The Case of the ‘Psychic Detectives’

Joe Nickell

Copeland’s Delusions

Avi Dov Klein

Fakers and Innocents: The One Million Dollar Challenge and Those Who Try for It

James Randi

The Great Turning Away

Ann Druyan

How Do You Solve a Problem Like a (Fritjof) Capra?

Burton S. Guttman

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

NASA Comet Collision to Disrupt Earth’s ‘Psychic Environment,’ Says Russian Astrologer

David Park Musella

Our Lady of the Underpass

Ben Radford

Police, Psychics Search for ‘Abducted’ Runaway Bride

Ben Radford

Randi’s Pigasus Awards Go to Prayer Study, Psychic Travel, Ramtha ‘Bleep’ Film

The Editors

Seeking a Sixth Sense

Ben Radford

The Social Context of Cults

Karla McLaren

The Story of a ‘Greata’ Medium

Massimo Polidoro

Thoughts on Thought Control

Joseph P. Szimhart

Time for Science to Go on the Offense

Kendrick Frazier

Tsunami Rumors Cause Ongoing Waves of Fear

Robert E. Bartholomew and Diego Zuniga

Voodoo Science and Voodoo Politics in Florida

Greg Martinez

What Should We Do with Skepticism?

Alejandro Borgo

Where the UFO Conspiracy Theories Roam

Robert Sheaffer

‘World’s Most Documented Psychic’ Fails to Find Abducted Granddaughter

Ben Radford