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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

Volume 29.3

May / June 2005

Alleged Reagan Astrologer Dies

Joe Nickell

‘Ancient Universe’ Booklet Explains the Great Age of the Changing Cosmos

The Editors

Astronomy, Astrology—What’s the Difference? It’s Politics

Frank Reiser

Bad Science, Bad Fiction, and an Agenda

Chris Mooney

Brains, Biology, Science, and Skepticism: On Thinking about Sex Differences (Again)

Carol Tavris

Centuries-old Puzzle Solved by Calgary Teen

David Park Musella

Claims of Invalid ‘Shroud’ Radiocarbon Date Cut from Whole Cloth

Joe Nickell

A Closer Look at Medium

William Harwood

CSICOP Launches Creation Watch Web Site

The Editors

CSI’s Anthony Zuiker: TV’s Man of the Century?

Chris Volkay

Florida Legislators, FSU Faculty Clash over Proposed Chiropractic School at University

John Gaeddert

Getting the Monkey off Darwin’s Back: Four Common Myths About Evolution

Charles Sullivan and Cameron Mcpherson Smith

Indian Rationalist H. Narasimhaiah Dies at 84

Amardeo Sarma

Internet Group Donates Evolution Texts to Dover High School

The Editors

Joe Nickell Replies

Joe Nickell

Johnny Carson Remembered

James Randi

Kindness Explained

Peter Lamal

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Loftus Wins $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Her Memory Research

The Editors

Natasha Demkina: The Girl with Normal Eyes

Andrew A. Skolnick

Newspaper’s ‘Psychic Experts’ Wash Out with Hurricane Predictions

Gary Posner

Nonsense in Vogue

Phil Molé

Psychic’ Con Artist Caught in Police Sting

David Park Musella

Psychic Swindlers

Amy Davis

Quoteworthy

The Editors

Rebuttal to Joe Nickell

Raymond N. Rogers

Recent Deaths

The Editors

Science, Seeing, and Cosmological Worldviews

Kendrick Frazier

Second Sight: The Phenomenon of Eyeless Vision

Joe Nickell

Shark Cartilage Cancer ‘Cure’ Shows Danger of Pseudoscience

Johns Hopkins University

The So-called Gaia Hypothesis

Massimo Pigliucci

Testing Natasha

Ray Hyman

There’s a UFO in My Painting!

Massimo Polidoro

The Psychologist, the Philosopher, and the Librarian: The Information-literacy Version of CRITIC

Brad Matthies

Tsunami Conspiracies and Hollow Moons

Robert Sheaffer

Volume 29.2

March / April 2005

Bin Laden Dead, Powell President? Psychics’ Predictions for 2004 Missed Big Time

The Editors

The Bizarre Columbia University ‘Miracle’ Saga Continues

Bruce Flamm

Blundered Predictions in 2004: A Sylvia Browne Review

Bryan Farha

Comforting Thoughts about Death That Have Nothing to Do with God

Greta Christina

Comforting Thoughts about Death That Have Nothing to Do with God

Greta Christina

Defense of an Old Earth a Peculiar Blend of Christianity and Science

Timothy H. Heaton

Do Extraordinary Claims Really Require Extraordinary Evidence?

Massimo Pigliucci

Evolution and Evidence

Kendrick Frazier

The Glaring Garret Ghost

Mark Durm

Holy Grilled Cheese?

Joe Nickell

Hyperbole in Media Reports on Asteroids and Impacts

David Morrison

Intuition: The Case of the Unknown Daughter

Joe Nickell

Letters to the Editor

The Editors

Moonshine: Why the Peppered Moth Remains an Icon of Evolution

Matt Young and Ian Musgrave

New Government Peer Review Leaves Cold Fusion Still Out in the Cold

Kendrick Frazier

NMSR’s Best and Worst of 2004 Awards

Dave Thomas

One Longsome Argument

Dennis R. Trumble

PBS Premiers NOVA ScienceNow

The Editors

Psychic Detectives Fail in the Real World but Succeed on TV

Ben Radford

Ringing False Alarms: Skepticism and Media Scares

Ben Radford

Scientists and the Election

Ralph Estling

‘Stupid Dino Tricks’: A Reply to Hovind’s Web Response

Greg Martinez

A Voice of Reason in the Midst of the European Witch Hunts

James M. Wood

Was a Quack Doctor Jack the Ripper?

Massimo Polidoro