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Cómo me involucré en el mundo escéptico

by Susan Gerbic, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

Yo era extremadamente crédula e ingenua. No tenía a quién preguntarle y la Guerra Fría estaba en su esplendor.

Bigfoot and I: Reflections on Forty Years of Skepticism

Bigfoot and I: Reflections on Forty Years of Skepticism

by Eugenie Scott
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

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Every physical anthropologist secretly wishes that Yeti and Bigfoot were real.

My Personal Odyssey in Skepticism

My Personal Odyssey in Skepticism

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

It changed my life. I had already rejected religion after reading atheist writings, but I was still open to belief in UFOs, ESP, and all sorts of other weird things, simply because I had never come across anyone who questioned those beliefs.

From Tiny Acorns…

From Tiny Acorns…

by Christopher C. French
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

Back in the early 1980s, I believed in quite a number of paranormal claims. In my defense, back then skeptical critiques of parapsychology were even rarer than they are now, and all the books I used in preparing the lecture were uncritically pro-paranormal.

Spreading Skepticism

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

This goes to the heart of what, for me, skepticism is about: things we can test.

Pensar claramente sobre el cáncer

Pensar claramente sobre el cáncer

by Harriet Hall, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Review

Cuando a la gente se le diagnostica cáncer, se vuelve vulnerable y se desespera. Buscan información y esperan encontrar libros de recetas de cocina, relatos milagrosos, medicina alternativa y “curas prohibidas” respecto del cáncer.

A Glimpse Backward—and Forward—at Skepticism’s Big Tent

A Glimpse Backward—and Forward—at Skepticism’s Big Tent

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

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I have yet to have a person name an occupation or hobby that doesn’t have some angle into pseudoscience or paranormal claims.

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The Selfish Gene Revisited

by Richard Dawkins
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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Why Skepticism?

by Ronald A. Lindsay
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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God’s Own Medicine

by Paul Offit
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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The Virtuous Skeptic

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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Why We Believe —Long After We Shouldn’t

by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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CSICon 2016: Las Vegas

by csicop.org
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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The John Maddox Prize Nomination for Elizabeth Loftus

by Chris French
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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Miracle Tableau: Knock, Ireland, 1879

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Investigative Files

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Let Your Questioning Start with Wikipedia

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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The Dangerous Delusion about Vaccines and Autism

by James Randi
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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‘UFO Disclosure’ Fizzles Again in 2016

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Psychic Vibrations

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The Delectable Myths of Healthy and Healthier Obesity

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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The Scientist and the Philosopher

by James E. Alcock
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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Mystery of the Paulding Light

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

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What Ghosts Mean

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

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How I Got Hooked on the Skeptical World

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

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I was extremely gullible and naive, had no one to ask, and the Cold War was in full swing.

The Day the World Changed . . . for Me

The Day the World Changed . . . for Me

by Richard Saunders
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

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When I was twelve years old, UFOs were real.

Skeptical Activism from the Bottom Up

by Michael Marshall
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

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The inevitable downside to a movement with no center is a lack of a figurehead to drive activism and direct enthusiasm into effective pursuits, meaning opportunities to counter pseudoscience directly and publicly sometimes pass by, with local groups focusing their energies on their own local activities.

Dispelling Demons: Detective Work at The Conjuring House

Dispelling Demons: Detective Work at The Conjuring House

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Investigative Files

I analyzed the Perrons’ claims of demonic activity and showed that they were consistent with the effects of strong winds, misperceptions, schoolgirl pranks, vivid dreams, simple suggestion, role-playing, and other factors.

Winning the Vaccine War

Winning the Vaccine War

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Hint: Focus on Community-Based Strategies and Avoid Denigrating Parents.

Superstition Masquerading as Science

by Rachel Ammirati, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Dean McKay
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

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“As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession”

Michael Mann and the Climate Wars

Michael Mann and the Climate Wars

by Mark Boslough
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Interview

Physicist and CSI Fellow Mark Boslough interviewed noted climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann, who spoke at CSICon Las Vegas.

Promote Reason, Prevent Climate Catastrophes: Let’s Get ’Er Done

by Bill Nye
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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We must employ critical thinking and our powers of reason to recognize the problems of global climate change, play the hand we are being dealt, and get to work.

What Science Is and How and Why It Works

by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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“Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.”

Why Skepticism?

by Steven Novella
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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I have come to understand that scientific skepticism is a weird beast that is often difficult to understand, especially from the outside.

Science and Skepticism

Science and Skepticism

by Lawrence M. Krauss
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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These are the times that try men’s souls.” This was true when Thomas Paine uttered these words, and they remain true today.

How Can Skepticism Do Better?

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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We must begin to develop more effective means of disseminating the fruits of our labors to individuals who are skeptical of our skepticism.

Authority and Skepticism

by Daniel C. Dennett
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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One of the unwelcome side effects of the mostly wonderful democratization of knowledge that has been ushered in by the age of the Internet is that we are losing consensus on what to consult when settling a bet.

The Science Literacy Paradox

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Why really smart people are often the most 
biased in their opinions…

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Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled after All These Years

by Raymond Barglow and Margret Schaefer
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Public Debate, Scientific Skepticism, and Science Denial

by Stephan Lewandowsky, Michael E. Mann, Nicholas J.l. Brown, and Harris L. Friedman
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Science vs. Silliness for Parents: Debunking the Myths of Child Psychology

by Stephen Hupp, Amanda Stary, and Jeremy Jewell
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Creationism in Europe

by Stefaan Blancke
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Project Greenglow: How Horizon Lost the Message in the Medium

by John Eades
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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No Time for Certainty

by Alan J. Scott
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Skepticism, at Heart, Is Not Partisan

by Craig A. Foster
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Notable Articles about the Creation of CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer

by Timothy Binga
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Survey Shows Americans Fear Ghosts, the Government, and Each Other

by Carrie Poppy
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Claims of Chi: Besting a Tai Chi Master

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Investigative Files

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Ten Practical Tactics to Unravel the Uncanny

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Notes on a Strange World

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‘Mirage Men’—Disinformation Agents or Just a Mirage?

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Psychic Vibrations

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The Superbug Crisis: False Beliefs about Antibiotics Are a Global Threat

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

The Science of Science Communication

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Consensus: Could Two Hundred Scientists Be Wrong?

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Ghost Hunters in the Dark

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

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The Story of the Gene

by Harriet Hall
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things That Happen

Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things That Happen

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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You might guess there wouldn’t be much psychological research on belief in fate, destiny, or purpose, but you’d be wrong.

Our Conspiracy-Generating Brains

Our Conspiracy-Generating Brains

by Steven Caldwell Brown
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Review

Brotherton argues that conspiracy theories, ultimately, are stories not unlike those we have been telling each other throughout the ages.

Does Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty-Year Update

Does Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty-Year Update

by Geoffrey Dean
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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Thirty years ago, although dozens of tests had been mostly negative, astrologers said critics had ignored serious astrology. Now there are hundreds of tests, some of them even heroic. Has anything changed?

A Skeptical Response to Science Denial

A Skeptical Response to Science Denial

by John Cook
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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Science denial has a corrosive effect on deli- cately understood scientific concepts, and it is getting worse. But science itself holds an answer.

Artistic Provocations from 
Skeptical Inquirers: An Exhibit

Artistic Provocations from 
Skeptical Inquirers: An Exhibit

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Special Report

The question of the relationship between art and science remains fascinating and open.

Two Artists Combine Art, 
Science, and Skepticism

Two Artists Combine Art, 
Science, and Skepticism

by Russ Dobler
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Special Report

“Much of my work has been about what we see, what we don’t see, and what we think we see”

Jesse James’s ‘Haunts’: Legends, History, and Forensic Science

Jesse James’s ‘Haunts’: Legends, History, and Forensic Science

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Investigative Files

Before trying to explain something, first be sure that it really occurred.

The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Psychic Vibrations

Until now, the Phoenix Lights were simply that: they were just lights in the sky, skeptics and proponents could agree.

Partisan Pandemics

Partisan Pandemics

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Political Divisions Will Affect American Beliefs about the Zika Threat.

Heavy with Praise, Light with Skepticism

Heavy with Praise, Light with Skepticism

by James Alcock
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Review

Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism, and Science by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha

Creators of the Paranormal

Creators of the Paranormal

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

A handful of twentieth-century figures “created” the modern concept of the paranormal and its leading topics, transporting fantasy, myth, or speculation into a kind of believable “reality.” Most proved to be a chimera.

Dissociation and Paranormal Beliefs, Toward a Taxonomy of Belief in the Unreal

Dissociation and Paranormal Beliefs, Toward a Taxonomy of Belief in the Unreal

by Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

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In a normal population, dissociative tendencies contribute to many types of 
paranormal thinking. Psychological dissociation, even at a subclinical level, is an important 
factor in the cognitive processing that leads to belief in the unreal.

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Nuclear Power and the Psychology of Evaluating Risk

by Daniel A. Vogel
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

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MUFON Gets into the Bigfoot Business

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Psychic Vibrations

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‘M’ Is for Mysterious Marks

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

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Houdini and the Cancer of Superstition

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Notes on a Strange World

Scientific Reasoning at the USAF Academy: An Examination into Titanium-Treated Necklaces

Scientific Reasoning at the USAF Academy: An Examination into Titanium-Treated Necklaces

by Craig A. Foster, Christopher K, McClernon, and Richard F. Reich
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

We used a classroom experiment at the United States Air Force Academy to examine whether 
necklaces infused with microscopic-particle titanium, such as those sold by Phiten Corporation, 
improve emotional well-being.

Stick It In Your Ear! How Not To Do Science

Stick It In Your Ear! How Not To Do Science

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

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Ear acupuncture claims to relieve sore throats. A new study seeming to support that idea is so poorly done that it provides a textbook example of how to distinguish between good and bad science.

Gallows Ghosts? Mystery at Brisbane’s Tower Mill

Gallows Ghosts? Mystery at Brisbane’s Tower Mill

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Investigative Files

Residents in the neighborhood in the mid-twentieth century reported that “sometimes when they looked up at the small window facing the street they could see a faint glow and a figure inside the tower, swinging gently from side to side.”

Theresa Caputo: The Fake Long Island Medium

Theresa Caputo: The Fake Long Island Medium

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Notes on a Strange World

Today mediums really have an easy life.

Don’t Fear a Franken Public

Don’t Fear a Franken Public

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Certainly if the food industry were to support mandatory GM labeling, the precise impact on consumers remains unkown. But to continue to battle against labeling rules is also risky business.

Pseudorelatos sobre el chupacabras

Pseudorelatos sobre el chupacabras

by Benjamin Radford, traducido por Alejandro Borgo – CFI/Argentina
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Online Extra

La mayoría de la gente da por sentado que el chupacabras, como sus hermanos Piegrande y Nessie, apareció hace décadas o siglos. Sin embargo, el origen de este misterioso vampiro bestial se remonta a un testigo portorriqueño que vio la película Species en 1995, en la que aparecía un monstruo casi idéntico.

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Time to Upgrade the Skeptical Operating System. Reboot.

by Sharon Hill
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Why I Am Optimistic about the Future of Skepticism

by Richard Wiseman
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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The Better Angels of Our Nature vs. the Internet

by David J. Helfand
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Skepticism Evolves—and So Does the Paranormal

by Martin Bridgstock
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Alternative Medicine Is a Playground for Apologists

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Issues in Science and Skepticism

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

From the Editor

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Ley Lines: Investigating on Site

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Investigative Files

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William Tell: Myth or Reality?

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Notes on a Strange World

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‘UFO Disclosure’ Happening Again This Year

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Psychic Vibrations

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Dog Behavior: Beneath the Veneer of ‘Man’s Best Friend’

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Science Watch

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Playing to an Empty Room: Ghost Hunting and ‘Singapore Theory’

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

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Why Science and Religion are Irreconcilable

by James M. Clark
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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La búsqueda de evidencia negativa

by Joe Nickell & James McGaha, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Online Extra

A todo el mundo le gustan los misterios. Resuelva uno en el campo científico y enseguida vendrán los elogios.

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Does E = mc2 Imply Mysticism?

by Sadri Hassani
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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No word stolen from physics is (ab)used in the woo literature more than energy. The most fa- mous equation in physics is often cited as proof that matter and soul are one and the same, a tenet of mysticism.

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Does the Universe Revolve around Me?

by Matthew P. Wiesner
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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A Critical Review of the Geocentrism Documentary The Principle

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Dear Readers, This Is about You . . . and Us

by csicop.org
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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Skeptical Inquirer’s 2016 Reader Survey Results

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Trusting Science

by Faye Flam
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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Obesity: ‘Fat Chance’ or Failure of Sincerity?

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Science Watch

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Good News for Grouches: Happiness May Be Overrated

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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Egging the Equator

Egging the Equator

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

So it was that I spent several long minutes trying to balance the same egg on the same stake and nail.

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Bad Medicine

by Bernard M. Patten
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife by Eben Alexander

A Numerate Life

A Numerate Life

by John Allen Paulos
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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The man who brought us Innumeracy and touted the benefits of mathematical thinking 
begins his ‘anti-memoir’ by conveying concerns and questions we should have about 
biographies... or our own lives.

A Celebrity’s Experience in Scientology

A Celebrity’s Experience in Scientology

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Review

In her new book, Troublemaker, written with Rebecca Paley, Remini interweaves stories of her personal and professional life with her history in and growing doubts about Scientology.

Biological Race and the Problem of Human Diversity

Biological Race and the Problem of Human Diversity

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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Is biological race a mere myth or a troublesome fact better left unexplored?

Searching for the Yowie, the Down Under Bigfoot

Searching for the Yowie, the Down Under Bigfoot

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Investigative Files

The Yowie is becoming increasingly standardized in its appearance. It is sometimes said that it resembles “depictions of the American Bigfoot” or that “America’s Bigfoot would be an identical type”