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The Virtuous Skeptic

The Virtuous Skeptic

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

Shouldn’t Skeptics Know What They Are Talking about When They Are Talking about It?

Why We Believe —Long After We Shouldn’t

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

Feature

Our brains are wired for self-justification and dissonance-reduction. We can override that impulse by learning how to admit our mistakes and separate them from our self-esteem.

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Interview

I took up being Harry Houdini, though I never claimed to be him. As a matter of fact, during my career I broke a couple of his records.

Cómo superar a un Maestro de Tai Chi

Cómo superar a un Maestro de Tai Chi

by Joe Nickell, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Investigative Files

Tai chi es una abreviatura de taiji quan, “boxeo máximo supremo”. Concebido hace siglos como un arte marcial, ahora también se practica —“Tai chi taoísta”— como técnica de ejercicios.

Miracle Tableau: Knock, Ireland, 1879

Miracle Tableau: Knock, Ireland, 1879

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Investigative Files

The ability to see pictures in random forms—as in clouds, tea leaves, and inkblots—is known as pareidolia... Some publicized examples I have made pilgrimages to examine include the face of Jesus in the skillet burns of a tortilla…

The Dangerous Delusion about Vaccines and Autism

The Dangerous Delusion about Vaccines and Autism

by James Randi
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

A Magician in the Lab

We’re already seeing a comeback of measles due to drops in vaccination rates.

Mystery of the Paulding Light

Mystery of the Paulding Light

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Of course, it’s more fun to imagine the distant glimmer is a ghostly railroad brakeman’s phantom lantern than the headlights of a 2005 Honda Civic.

What Ghosts Mean

What Ghosts Mean

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Review

“I have to admit that I’ve come to envy the people who reported having poltergeists in their home; they have a ready explanation for anything amiss in their household”

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Statin Denialism

by Harriet Hall
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

The benefits of statins far outweigh their risks, but public perception has been skewed by alarmist misinformation from statin denialists.

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Surviving the Misinformation Age

by David J. Helfand
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

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For ourselves and our society, survival in the current era will require building our foundation on facts.

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Helping Teachers Teach Evolution in the United States

by Bertha Vazquez
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

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Vaccines, Autism, and the Promotion of Irrelevant Research: A Science-Pseudoscience Analysis

by Craig A. Foster and Sarenna M. Ortiz
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

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Everything You Know about Being Rh-Negative Is Wrong

by D. Ellen K. Tarr
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

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Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi, Part 2

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Interview

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Fake News and Fake Science in the Age of Misinformation

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

From the Editor

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Science and History Get Personal

by Michael Booth
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Forum

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Some Queensland Mysteries

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Investigative Files

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Your Unlearning Report

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Behavior & Belief

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Research into Astrology Made Accessible

by Ivan W. Kelly
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

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Understanding Manufactroversies

by Glenn Branch
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Review

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

Feature

How can scientists navigate highly polarized public controversies and how can the public’s legitimate demand for involvement be accommodated without compromising the integrity of science?

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

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

Feature

Parents and students struggle to distinguish between pseudoscience and evidence-based ideas in child psychology. This study sampled the beliefs of 163 students and 205 parents on topics related to parenting and development.

Skepticism, at Heart, Is Not Partisan

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

Commentary

Skeptics cannot support political claims that are simply at odds with reasonable interpretations of the existing evidence. However, they should, when speaking as skeptics, stop short of denigrating an entire political viewpoint.

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

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

by Carrie Poppy
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Special Report

The issues of paranormal and conspiracy claims, which have long been the focus of our work at Skeptical Inquirer, are finding new, interesting connections with these broader issues of how fear—especially irrational fear—works.

Claims of Chi: Besting a Tai Chi Master

Claims of Chi: Besting a Tai Chi Master

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Investigative Files

Tai chi is a shortened form of taiji quan, “Supreme ultimate boxing.” Conceived centuries ago as a martial art, it is now also practiced—as “Taoist tai chi”—as an exercise technique…

Ten Practical Tactics to Unravel the Uncanny

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Notes on a Strange World

The plural of anecdote is not evidence.

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

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

Each year at least 2 million Americans battle serious bacterial infections that are resistant to one or more antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die annually as a direct result of those infections.

Ghost Hunters in the Dark

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Why do ghost hunters look for ghosts at night with the lights off?

Activismo escéptico de abajo hacia arriba

by Michael Marshall, translated by Alexandro Borgo.
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

La desventaja inevitable que tiene un movimiento sin sede central es la falta de un representante para manejar el activismo y dirigir el entusiasmo en actividades eficaces contra la pseudociencia, mientras que los grupos locales concentran sus energías en las actividades locales.

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

Feature

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

Feature

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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CSICon 2016: Las Vegas

by csicop.org
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Conference Report

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The John Maddox Prize Nomination for Elizabeth Loftus

by Chris French
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Special Report

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Let Your Questioning Start with Wikipedia

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Forum

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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

Science Watch

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The Scientist and the Philosopher

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

Review

How I Got Hooked on the Skeptical World

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

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

Feature

When I was twelve years old, UFOs were real.

Skeptical Activism from the Bottom Up

by Michael Marshall
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

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

Special Report

“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

Feature

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

Feature

“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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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…

Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled after All These Years

Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled after All These Years

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

Feature

Had stem-cell research received the political support that it merits, it would probably have arrived by now at effective treatments for a number of severe chronic diseases.

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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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Notable Articles about the Creation of CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer

by Timothy Binga
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Special Report

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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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Consensus: Could Two Hundred Scientists Be Wrong?

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Online Extra

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The Story of the Gene

by Harriet Hall
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Review

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

Online Extra

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Feature

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

Review

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.