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Monster Catfish: Investigating a Whopper

Monster Catfish: Investigating a Whopper

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Investigative Files

There are different versions—folklore at work—regarding the origins of both the giant fish and the old photo. Some say the picture is genuine, while others insist that it is not.

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Bias in Reporting of Medical Research: How Dangerous Is It?

by Morton E. Tavel
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation

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The ‘Food Babe’: A Taste of Her Own Medicine

by Mark Aaron Alsip
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation

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WHO’s Strategy on Traditional and Complementary Medicine

by Thomas P.C. Dorlo, Willem Betz, and Cees N.M. Renckens
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation

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Science Sells Out: Advertising Traditional Chinese Medicine in Three Supplements

by David H. Gorski
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation

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Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation

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Reams Urine & Saliva Testing: Don’t Waste Your Money

by Thomas Patterson
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation

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Vaccines and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: An Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

by Lindsay Beyerstein
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Interview

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A Special Issue on Medical Misinformation

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

From the Editor

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Monster Lookalikes: Reflections of a Paranatural Naturalist

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Investigative Files

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Were Half of Recently Declassified UFO Reports CIA Flights?

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Psychic Vibrations

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Enter the Boy Wonder, Part 2 – Randi vs. Geller: How the Giant Battle Began

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Notes on a Strange World

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It’s Time for Science-Based Medicine

by Steven Novella
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

The Science of Medicine

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Diet-Heart: A Hypothesis in Crisis? Part 2: The Modern Macronutrient Wars Begin

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Science Watch

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Texas Monsters and the Chupacabra

by Ben Radford
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Skeptical Inquiree

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A Scientific Response to Chemophobia

by Harriet Hall
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Review

100 Chemical Myths: Misconceptions, Misunderstandings, Explanations by Lajos Kovács, Dezsã Csupor, Gábor Lente, and Tamás Gunda

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Truth, Trouble, and Research Exposing Alt Med

by Chris French
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Review

A Scientist in Wonderland: A Memoir of Searching for Truth and Finding Trouble by Edzard Ernst

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The Meaning of Consensus in Science

by David Morrison
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Review

Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth by James Lawrence Powell

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A State of Many Mysteries

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Review

Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment by Benjamin Radford

The Trent UFO Photos—‘Best’ of All Time—Finally Busted?

The Trent UFO Photos—‘Best’ of All Time—Finally Busted?

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Psychic Vibrations

Once again, farmer Paul Trent’s famous UFO photos from McMin­nville, Oregon, are a hot topic in UFOlogy.

The Amazing Randi’s Most Extraordinary Escape, Part 2

The Amazing Randi’s Most Extraordinary Escape, Part 2

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Notes on a Strange World

So, how did The Amazing Randi escape not only from the cell that kept him a prisoner but also from the building of the police station in Valleyfield Quebec? Here is the ingenious solution devised by Randi.

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When Don’t the Highly Educated Believe in Evolution? The Bible Believers Effect

by Charles S. Reichardt and Ian A. Saari
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Article

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Evolution: The Big and the Small of It

by Edouard Harris and Jérémie Harris
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Article

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Alien Lights? At Phoenix, Stephenville, and Elsewhere: A Postmortem

by James McGaha and Joe Nickell
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Article

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Yes, But How Do You Explain This?

by Stephen Carey
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Article

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Organized Skepticism: Four Decades ... and Today

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Commentary

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The Case of Gorter v. SKEPP: Court Says: ‘Quack’ Can Be Called ‘Quack’ Again

by Willem Betz
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Special Report

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Africa’s Satanic Panic

by Marc E. Fitch
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Special Report

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Behind the Magic: An Interview with James Randi

by Kylie Sturgess
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Interview

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A Few Changes, and with Randi Down Under

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

From the Editor

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The Great Stone Face and Other Nonmysteries

by Martin Gardner
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Martin Gardner Centennial

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The New Pope Saints

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Investigative Files

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Scientist Photographs Plastic Alien at Area 51

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Psychic Vibrations

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Enter the Boy Wonder, Part 1 – Randi vs. Geller: How the Giant Battle Began

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Notes on a Strange World

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The Skepticism of Clara Peller

by Ben Radford
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Skeptical Inquiree

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Skeptical Psychology between Two Covers

by Ben Radford
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Review

Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Beliefs & Experience by Christopher C. French and Anna Stone.

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Conspiracy Theories throughout American History

by Peter Huston
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Review

The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory by Jesse Walker.

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When Genealogy Gets Distorted

by Kristin E. Harley
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Review

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally.

Defending Science-Based Medicine: 44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments ...and Their Rebuttals

Defending Science-Based Medicine: 44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments ...and Their Rebuttals

by Harriet Hall
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Article

Supporters of alternative medicine and purveyors of quack remedies love to criticize conventional medicine and science. They keep repeating the same tired arguments that are easily rebutted. This handy guide will help skeptics answer common criticisms from doctor-bashers.

Sweet Science of Seduction or Scam? Evaluating eHarmony

Sweet Science of Seduction or Scam? Evaluating eHarmony

by Ben Radford
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Article

The popular online dating site eHarmony claims that its matching methods are both successful and scientific. But a closer look at the evidence suggests otherwise.

Video Game Violence and Pseudoscience: Bad Science, Fear, and Politics

Video Game Violence and Pseudoscience: Bad Science, Fear, and Politics

by Christopher J. Ferguson
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Article

Research continues to find that violent video games play a negligible role in societal violence. But the politics of a culture war won’t let the idea go.

Dr. Phil and the Hummingbird

Dr. Phil and the Hummingbird

by Jim Underdown
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Article

A medium made a seemingly impressive guess about a hummingbird on a national television talk show. A follow-up investigation finds it not so striking after all—for the birds, in fact.

Some Popular Global Warming Factoids

by John Eades
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Article

Norman Mailer coined the word factoids to describe facts that have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, but once they do appear they are accepted without question. Some global warming deniers are especially fond of them.

Remembrance of Apocalypse Past: The Psychology of True Believers When Nothing Happens

Remembrance of Apocalypse Past: The Psychology of True Believers When Nothing Happens

by Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Article

Research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that specific psychological processes contributed directly to the maintenance of paranormal apocalyptic beliefs, even after the apocalypse did not occur.

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44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments . . . and Harriet Hall’s Rebuttals

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

From the Editor

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Lessons of a Landmark PK Hoax

by Martin Gardner
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Martin Gardner Centennial

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Era of the Flying Saucers

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Investigative Files

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JAL 1628: Capt. Terauchi’s Marvelous ‘Spaceship’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Psychic Vibrations

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Futurology

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Thinking About Science

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The Amazing Randi’s Most Extraordinary Escape, Part 1

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Notes on a Strange World

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Vegetable Oil or Snake Oil? The Pseudoscience of ‘Oil Pulling’

by Ben Radford
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Skeptical Inquiree

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The Great Freethinker We Owe A Big Debt

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Review

A review of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby

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A Walk on the Other Side

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Review

A review of The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science by Will Storr

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Reading, Writing, Math, and Panic in the Schools

by Ben Radford
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Review

A review of Mass Hysteria in Schools: A Worldwide History Since 1566 by Robert Bartholomew with Bob Rickard

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Moonlight and Magic

by Jay M. Pasachoff
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Review

A review of Magic in the Moonlight written and directed by Woody Allen

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Why Do People Believe in Gods?

by Gary M. Bakker
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Article

And Ghosts, Angels, Demons, Fairies, Goblins, and Other Imagined Conspiracies?

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Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation

by Preston R. Bost
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Article

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Modern Geocentrism: A Case Study of Pseudoscience in Astronomy

by Matthew P. Wiesner
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Article

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Flaw and Order: The Science and Mythology of Criminal Profiling

by Laurence Miller
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Article

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Sylvia Browne’s FBI File: Examining Her Alleged Detective Work and a Federal Criminal Investigation

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Special Report

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In Defense of Useless Math: Why the New Common Core Isn’t As Liberating As It Seems

by Dale DeBakcsy
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Commentary

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Why We Believe: New Research, New Understanding

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

From the Editor

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The False Memory Syndrome

by Martin Gardner
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Martin Gardner Centennial

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Science and Skepticism, the Big Picture

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Thinking About Science

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Diet-Heart: A Hypothesis in Crisis? Part 1: From Proposal to Paradigm to Policy

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Science Watch

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The Cockington Church Ghost Photo

by Ben Radford
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Skeptical Inquiree

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Historical Revisionism in Tim’s Vermeer

by Eve Siebert
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Review

A review of Tim’s Vermeer, Directed by Raymond Teller. Written by Penn and Teller.

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Bigfoot or Big Fraud?

by Rob Boston
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Review

A review of Sasquatch for Sale: Death, DNA, and Duplicity by Michael Greene

Josh Zepps with Ann Druyan: Cosmos, Carl Sagan, and Culture

Josh Zepps with Ann Druyan: Cosmos, Carl Sagan, and Culture

by Josh Zepps
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Article

We present a condensed version of an earlier interview about Ann Druyan’s experience with the first and the new Cosmos series by Josh Zepps for our Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast.

The Rhetoric of Extraordinary Claim

The Rhetoric of Extraordinary Claim

by Peter J. Marston
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Article

Although unfamiliar to many skeptics, rhetorical analysis can provide a useful complement to the traditional critical thinking approaches that comprise the “skeptic’s toolbox.”

An Introduction to Homeopathy

An Introduction to Homeopathy

by Harriet Hall
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Article

A brief guide to a popular alternative system of remedies based on a nineteenth-century concept that has no scientific validity.

Discovery’s Mountain of Mystery Mongering: The Mass Murdering Yeti

Discovery’s Mountain of Mystery Mongering: The Mass Murdering Yeti

by Ben Radford
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Special Report

A much-hyped two-hour Discovery Channel “documentary” delved into a decades-old pseudo-mystery known as the Dyatlov Pass incident in which nine Russian skiers died under unclear circumstances in the Ural Mountains.

Bigfoot at Mount Rainier?

Bigfoot at Mount Rainier?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Investigative Files

In October 2013, led by a professional guide, I visited Mount Rainier and its vicinity, the locale of numerous alleged sightings, track discoveries, and photographs of the elusive creature.

Crop Circles: A Not-So-Convincing Case

Crop Circles: A Not-So-Convincing Case

by Ben Radford
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Skeptical Inquiree

Unlike other mysterious phenomena such as psychic powers, ghosts, or Bigfoot, there is no doubt that crop circles are real. The real question is what creates them.

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Kendrick Frazier Asks Ann Druyan about the New Cosmos

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Article

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Runaway Hysteria: The Toyota Panic, with the Federal Government’s Seal of Approval

by Michael Fumento
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Article

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The Cosmos Odyssey of Ann Druyan

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

From the Editor

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Evidence in Science

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Thinking About Science

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Carl Sagan, Laurance Rockefeller, and UFOs

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Psychic Vibrations

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The Amazing Randi Story: Why James Randi Deserves a Biography

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Notes on a Strange World

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The Uncomfortable Science of Athletic Achievement

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Science Watch

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How to Be Less Dumb

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Review

You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself by David McRaney

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The Rendlesham UFO Incident: A Study in Folly

by James McGaha and Joe Nickell
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Review

Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World’s Best-Documented UFO Incident by Nick Pope

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A Skeptical Linguist Looks at American Beliefs

by Mark Newbrook
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Review

God Bless America! Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States by Karen Stollznow

Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion? A Skeptic’s Guide to the Debate

Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion? A Skeptic’s Guide to the Debate

by Scott O. Lilienfeld and Rachel Ammirati
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

The widespread assertion that the world would be better off without religion is a reasonable hypothesis. Yet data suggest that skeptics should attach no more than a modest level of probability to it.

Faith Healing: Religious Freedom vs. Child Protection

Faith Healing: Religious Freedom vs. Child Protection

by Harriet Hall
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

The medical ethics principle of autonomy justifies letting competent adults reject lifesaving medical care for themselves because of their religious beliefs, but it does not extend to rejecting medical care for children.

Modern Witch Hunting and Superstitious Murder in India

Modern Witch Hunting and Superstitious Murder in India

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

The modern practice of witch hunting in India includes violence and beliefs that have led to the torture and murder of alleged witches. State governments and rationalist groups are trying to address the problem but face big obstacles.

Scientific Methodology and Its Religious Parallels

Scientific Methodology and Its Religious Parallels

by Charles M. Wynn Sr.
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

If religious believers had a better understanding of scientific methodology and nonbelievers had a better understanding of its parallels with religion, they could have more meaningful discussions with each other.

CSI Announces Paul Offit As Winner of the 2013 Balles Prize

CSI Announces Paul Offit As Winner of the 2013 Balles Prize

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

News & Comment

It is for a literary endeavor, perhaps no less valuable than his scientific work, that Dr. Paul Offit is the 2013 recipient of the Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking.

The ‘Miracles’ of Father Baker

The ‘Miracles’ of Father Baker

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Investigative Files

Here we look at a few of the unusual incidents that some have called “miraculous,” although none has been accepted as such by the Catholic Church.

No Health Risks from GMOs

No Health Risks from GMOs

by Steven Novella
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

The Science of Medicine

Like many public controversies, the debate can be better informed by scientific evidence; however, there is no legitimate scientific controversy over the safety of GMOs.

The Lure of Mysterious Paintings, Part 2

The Lure of Mysterious Paintings, Part 2

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Notes on a Strange World

In continuing our discussion on “mystery” paintings from the past: a special place is held by paintings that are said to hold hidden meanings—especially when they do.

Mount Rainier: ‘Saucer Magnet’

Mount Rainier: ‘Saucer Magnet’

by James McGaha and Joe Nickell
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Article

Mount Rainier isn’t just where seminal UFO figure Kenneth Arnold saw “flying saucers” in 1947; the majestic mountain actually plays a more direct role in saucerology.

Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine

Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine

by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Article

A study of federal funding advancing naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and energy healing as acceptable medical protocols finds troubling misuse of taxpayer dollars.

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

by Bill Nye
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Special Report

Bill Nye gives his own first-person view of this much-watched and much-discussed debate, the circumstances surrounding it, his preparations and strategy, and the reasons he decided to take part.

Connecticut’s Hidden Animals?

Connecticut’s Hidden Animals?

by Kenneth L. Feder
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Forum

The rational part of my mind recognized almost immediately thereafter that the identification I had come up with was nonsensical. But was it?

The ‘200 Demons’ House: A Skeptical Demonologist’s Report

The ‘200 Demons’ House: A Skeptical Demonologist’s Report

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Investigative Files

Sparking an international media frenzy, a house in Gary, Indiana, was—according to two unnamed “clairvoyants”—besieged by over 200 demons.

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

by Steven Novella
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

The Science of Medicine

Fear is a powerful emotion with clear protective functions. However, fear is not always adaptive.

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

by Glenn Branch
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

Review

A review of Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution, by Edward Caudill.

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The Secular Are Skeptics: The Worldviews of Today’s University Students

by Barry A. Kosmin
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion