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Volume 37.5

September/October 2013

Authors Reply to NCCAM Response

Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler

A Dangerous Blending of Nazi Fact and Fiction

Peter Huston

A Fundamental, Costly Error

Peter Lamal

Bigfoot Lookalikes: Tracking Hairy Man-Beasts

Joe Nickell

Did Psychic Visions Locate Missing California Boy?

Ben Radford

Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry

Joe Schwarcz

Electrocuting Parasites: Cutting Edge Pseudoscientific Technology

Thomas Patterson

Has Global Warming Stopped?

David Morrison, John R. Mashey, and Mark Boslough

How News about ESP Research Shapes Audience Beliefs

Paul R. Brewer

Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel

LaRae Meadows

NCCAM Responds to ‘Nurturing Non-Science’ Article

Alyssa Cotler

Obesity Redux: A Response to Readers

Kenneth W. Krause

Stardust, Smoke, and Mirrors: The Myth of the Mad Genius

Judith Schlesinger

The Mysteries of Leonardo

Massimo Polidoro

The Psychic Defective Revisited: Years Later, Sylvia Browne’s Accuracy Remains Dismal

Ryan Shaffer

The Wonder of Creation Astronomy

Pierre Stromberg

Truth, Part I

Massimo Pigliucci

Wildly Wrong, Psychics Shouldn’t Get a Free Pass

Kendrick Frazier

You Can’t Possibly Be Sirius!

Robert Sheaffer

Volume 37.4

July/August 2013

Bringing Bayes into Predictions

Paul G. Brown

Down the Garden Path: Faulty Thinking and Self-Delusion

Harriet Hall

Do You Believe in Magic?

Harriet Hall

Grumble Grumble

Keith Taylor

Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

Ben Radford

Mathematical Explanations and Degrees of Impossibility

Massimo Pigliucci

Mind Over Metal

Joe Nickell

News and Comment

Kendrick Frazier / Benjamin Radford

Psychic Failure and the Boston Marathon Bombing

Ben Radford

Steven Pinker on Violence

Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney

The Biography of America’s Lake Monster

Ben Radford

The Chelyabinsk Event of February 15, 2013

David Morrison, Alan Harris, and Mark Boslough

The Mystery of the Sicilian Avengers

Massimo Polidoro

The ‘Psychology Is Science, Not Witchcraft’ Campaign

Tomasz Witkowski and Maciej Zatonski

The Queen Mary Is Not Haunted (But I Understand Why You Think She Is)

John Champion

UFOs in the Desert, 2013

Robert Sheaffer

Vindication of My Notorious ‘Insulting’ Letter to UFOlogist J. Allen Hynek

Gary Posner

Violence, Here and Above

Kendrick Frazier

Why Gay and Lesbian? A New Proposal

Kenneth W. Krause

Volume 37.3

May/June 2013

Sandy Hook School Shooting: The Adam Lanza Death Certificate Conspiracy

Ben Radford

Admiration and Disapprobation

Kendrick Frazier

Bigfoot DNA Study: Making an End Run Around Science

Sharon Hill

Clear and Fear: Scientology Under Review

Wendy M. Grossman

Climate Change Denial in the Classroom

Christopher Hassall, Chris A. Hebbern, and Carley J. Centen

Is Interstellar Travel ‘Preposterous’?

Robert Sheaffer

New Information Surfaces on ‘World’s Best Lake Monster Photo,’ Raising Questions

Robert E. Bartholomew

No News Is Good News, but Bad News Is Deadly

Kitty Mervine

Nurturing Non-Science: Startling Concepts in the Education of Physicians

Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler

Obesity: What Does the Science Really Say?

Kenneth W. Krause

Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

Indre Viskontas

Recent Miracles You May Have Missed

Lawrence Rifkin

Scotland Mysteries—Part II: Ghosts, Fairies, and Witches

Joe Nickell

The Thought Reader Craze

Massimo Polidoro

Valuing Science with Differing Values: Let’s Broaden the Debate in the Skeptical Movement

Barry Fagin

Whose Burden of Proof?

Massimo Pigliucci

Volume 37.2

March/April 2013

An Indian Test of Indian Astrology

Jayant V. Narlikar

A Good Look at Invisibility

Kendrick Frazier

Closing the Book on ‘Open-Mindedness’

Katja Petrovic

Failure to Replicate Results of Bem Parapsychology Experiments Published by Same Journal

Kendrick Frazier

Flawed Look at Monsters

Terence Hines

Help! I’m Being Followed by Ancient Aliens!

Kenneth L. Feder

Herbs Are Drugs

Steven Novella

Ideas and Insights, Inquiries and Investigations

Kendrick Frazier

Innate Morality? Babies Weigh In

Kenneth W. Krause

Lessons from a Denver Fly

Ben Radford

Perpetual Discussion!

Mark Levy

Scotland Mysteries—Part I: The Silly Ness Monster

Joe Nickell

The Elberfeld Horses

Stefano Vezzani

The Parameters of Pseudoscience

David Morrison

The Proper Role of Sociology of Science

Massimo Pigliucci

Treatise on Invisible Beings

Joe Nickell and James McGaha

UFOs Infest Denver, Says Fox TV Affiliate

Robert Sheaffer

Understanding Believers’ Cognitive Dissonance

James Walker

Volume 37.1

January/February 2013

Additional Tributes

Daniel C. Dennett, Edward Tabash, Daniel Loxton, Amardeo Sarma, D.J. Grothe, Chris French

A Powerful and Thoughtful Voice for Skepticism and Humanism

Steven Novella

Book of Seasons: An Elegy, for Paul Kurtz

Joe Nickell

Can We Have Civilized Conversations about Touchy Science Policy Issues?

Kendrick Frazier

Courage, Optimism, and Thinking Big: An Exuberant Life Well Lived

Kendrick Frazier

Exuberant Champion of the New Enlightenment

Kendrick Frazier

Farewell, Fellow Warrior

James Randi

Hitler’s South Pole Hideaway

Massimo Polidoro

Indignation Is Not Righteous

Gary Longsine and Peter Boghossian

In Memory of a Most Remarkable Man

James Alcock

Miracle Dirt of Chimayó

Joe Nickell

Monsters and Dragons and Dinosaurs, Oh My: Creationist Interpretations of Beowulf

Eve Siebert

Mystics, Mycobacterium, and the Gospel of Matthew

C.A. Porter

Paul Kurtz and the Virtue of Skepticism

Michael Shermer

Paul Kurtz, Philosopher, Humanist Leader, and Founder of the Modern Skeptical Movement, Dies at 86

Tom Flynn

Physicists against Philosophers

Massimo Pigliucci

Pretentious Whit

Robert Sheaffer

Science Journalist Leon Jaroff, Eighty-Five

Steven Novella

Science Writers Gone Wild?

Kenneth W. Krause

Smithsonian-Affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum Promised to Reveal ‘UFO Secrets’

Robert Sheaffer

The Math Behind the Myths

Charles F. Cooper

The Modern Skeptical Movement Would Not Exist without Him

Ray Hyman

The Mysterious Bee Deaths

Ben Radford

It’s the End of the World and They Don’t Feel Fine: The Psychology of December 21, 2012

Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera

The Return of Repressed-Memory Satanic Ritual Stories

Douglas Mesner

The Secret Life of J. Allen Hynek

John Franch

Volume 36.6

November/December 2012

Aztec Saucer Crash Story Rises from the Dead?

Robert Sheaffer

A Book of Stories that Happened to a Friend ...

Ben Radford

A Golden Age of Harmony? Misrepresenting Science and History in the 1001 Inventions Exhibit

Taner Edis and Sonja Brentjes

Curse That Painting!

Massimo Polidoro

Exorcising Exercise

Kenneth W. Krause

Faith Healing and Skepticism in Pakistan: Challenges and Instability

Ryan Shaffer

Four Realms of Inquiry

Richard Bond

Homeopathy: A Critique of Current Clinical Research

Edzard Ernst

How to Get Something from Nothing

Mark Alford

Mystery Solved—According to Whom?

Ben Radford

National Geographic’s Chasing UFOs—‘Investigation as Farce’

Robert Sheaffer

Not So Smart Thinking

Daniel Grassam

Phrenology’s Lessons for Today

Kendrick Frazier

Phrenology and the Grand Delusion of Experience

Geoffrey Dean

Singularity As Pseudoscience

Massimo Pigliucci

States of Mind: Some Perceived ET Encounters

Joe Nickell

The Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics

Marvin M. Mueller

The Pseudoscience of Live Blood Cell Analysis

Thomas Patterson