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

by Bill Nye
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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What Science Is and How and Why It Works

by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Why Skepticism?

by Steven Novella
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Science and Skepticism

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

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How Can Skepticism Do Better?

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

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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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Authority and Skepticism

by Daniel C. Dennett
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

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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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The Science Literacy Paradox

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

The Science of Science Communication

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Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things That Happen

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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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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Our Conspiracy-Generating Brains

by Steven Caldwell Brown
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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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

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

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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?

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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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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.

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

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Investigative Files

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The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Psychic Vibrations

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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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Partisan Pandemics

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

The Science of Science Communication

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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

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

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Heavy with Praise, Light with Skepticism

by James Alcock
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

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

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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

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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”

In Search of Mary Magdalene

In Search of Mary Magdalene

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Notes on a Strange World

But why today is there so much discussion about Magdalene? What’s so special about this woman to attract the attention of fans of mysteries?

Shifting the Conversation about Climate Change

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

The Science of Science Communication

As we educate the public about scientific consensus, evidence suggests we also need to reframe the focus of debate. Americans tend to view climate change as a scientific or environmental issue, but not as a problem that affects them personally or that connects to issues that they already perceive as important.

Clear Thinking About Cancer

Clear Thinking About Cancer

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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He doesn’t blame people who go off in pursuit of a promised miracle cure. He understands their desperation and the comfort of having a hope to cling to. Rather, he blames those who offer that anything without a fair, accurate, and accountable foundation.

Mistaken Memories of Vampires: Pseudohistories of the Chupacabra

Mistaken Memories of Vampires: Pseudohistories of the Chupacabra

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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As well-known monsters go, the chupacabra is of very recent vintage, first appearing in 1995. However, some writers have created pseudohistories and claimed a false antiquity for the Hispanic vampire beast. These examples provide a fascinating look at cryptozoological folklore in the making.

Deepak Chopra’s ‘Physics’

Deepak Chopra’s ‘Physics’

by Sadri Hassani
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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Deepak Chopra attempts to connect fundamental concepts of physics to consciousness and spirituality. He started (ab)using physics with his book Quantum Healing. But does he pass the first test of a true scientist: professional integrity?

Illusions of Memory

Illusions of Memory

by Elizabeth Loftus
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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These are remarks by psychologist and CSI Fellow Elizabeth Loftus accepting an honorary doctorate at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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Creators of the Paranormal

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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A Testament of Belief Masquerading as Science

by Michael J. Reynolds
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

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Need there be a conflict between science and religion? Francis S. Collins thinks not, but his "evidence for belief" disintegrates under scrutiny, revealing instead a personal testament of belief.

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CRISPR-Cas9: Not Just Another Scientific Revolution

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

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Gallows Ghosts? Mystery at Brisbane’s Tower Mill

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Investigative Files

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New X-Files Renews Cover-Up Conspiracy Claims

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Psychic Vibrations

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Theresa Caputo: The Fake Long Island Medium

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Notes on a Strange World

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Don’t Fear a Franken Public

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

The Science of Science Communication

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U.K. Viral ‘Ghost Photo’ Explained

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

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The Nature of ‘Nature’

by Paul Brown
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

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Hallucination or Revelation?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

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The Art and Science of the Scam: Implications for Skeptics

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

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The Brown Mountain Lights: Solved! (Again!)

The Brown Mountain Lights: Solved! (Again!)

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Investigative Files

As with UFOs, some lights will remain unidentified—not because they are inherently mysterious but because they are just eyewitness reports or snapshots with so many variable factors.

The X-Files Effect? Research Suggests We Shouldn’t Worry so Much over the Hit TV Series

The X-Files Effect? Research Suggests We Shouldn’t Worry so Much over the Hit TV Series

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

The Science of Science Communication

These findings came with an important caveat: The relationship between TV viewing and belief was only significant among those viewers who reported prior personal experience with the paranormal.

The ‘Lie Detector’ Test Revisted: A Great Example of Junk Science

The ‘Lie Detector’ Test Revisted: A Great Example of Junk Science

by Morton E. Tavel
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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Although the polygraph can be useful in coercing confessions, it is based on scientifically implausible assumptions of accuracy and is biased against the innocent. The scientific community justly considers it pseudoscience, and it should be abandoned.

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Skepticism and the Nature of the Mind

by Daniel A. Vogel
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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The Mote in Thy Brother’s Eye

by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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Does the Scientific Method Have Biblical Origins?

by Brian Bolton
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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Another Really Bad Week for the Supplements Industry, Including Criminal Charges

by Steven Salzberg
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Special Report

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Divine Providence or Divine Malfeasance: A Skeptical Inquiry

by Nicholas S. Molinari
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Forum

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Missiles and Saucers

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Psychic Vibrations

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Cyptozology and Global Warming

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

Guns: Feeling Safe Does Not Equal Being Safe

Guns: Feeling Safe Does Not Equal Being Safe

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Sadly, buying a gun does not make you safer. To the contrary, the evidence suggests that bringing a gun into your home increases the chances you will be killed.

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The Physics of Martial Arts

by Peter Huston
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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The Charlie Charlie Challenge

The Charlie Charlie Challenge

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Notes on a Strange World

This is the latest web craze known as the “Charlie Charlie Challenge,” perhaps dating back to an ancient Mexican tradition, an experience that intrigues kids and scares adults. Through a sort of séance, some claim people can ask questions to some unseen entity that should be able to reply.

Poltergeist Scribbler: The Bizarre Case of Matthew Manning

Poltergeist Scribbler: The Bizarre Case of Matthew Manning

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Investigative Files

What has been called “one of the most extraordinary outbreaks of poltergeist phenomena” of the twentieth century began with an English schoolboy, aged eleven and a half years, Matthew Manning.

The Search for Negative Evidence

by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

By their nature, paranormal claims depend not on positive but negative evidence, by which proponents attempt to use mysteries (“the unexplained”) to support their beliefs. In contrast, scientists seek to use positive evidence to solve mysteries.

We Are All GMOs

by Matan Shelomi
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Increasing evidence that gene transfer across huge evolutionary distances is common in animals, including humans, provides a strong retort to the claim that GMOs are “unnatural.”

The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Delusion: Looking Back after Forty Years

The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Delusion: Looking Back after Forty Years

by Larry Kusche
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

The man who solved the Bermuda Triangle “mystery” looks back after four decades on his investigations into the missing flight that started it all and the shoddy research, gullibility, and distortions that created this mystery.

A Protopian View of Moral Progress

A Protopian View of Moral Progress

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Review

A Review of The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom by Michael Shermer

The Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming

The Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming

by James Lawrence Powell
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

In 2013–2014, only four of 69,604 publishing climate scientists rejected anthropogenic global warming. The consensus on anthropogenic global warming is not 97 percent, as is widely claimed; it is above 99.9 percent.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Saucers

On Her Majesty’s Secret Saucers

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Review

A Review of How UFO's Conquered the World by David Clarke

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Trends in Scientific Knowledge, Education, and Religion

by Charles S. Reichardt
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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The Science of Meaning

by Gleb Tsipursky
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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The Sixteenth European Skeptics Congress, London 2015

by Michael Heap and Chris French
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Conference Report

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The SkeptiCal Conference

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Conference Report

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Skepticism in Popular Music: The Art of Discourse

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Special Report

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Do We Really Want Science-Informed Candidates?

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

From the Editor

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Hanging Out with Hangar 1

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Psychic Vibrations

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Have You Seen the Toucan Man?

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

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Lincoln’s ‘Haunting’ Presence

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Review

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Invasion of the Pod People

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Review

‘Reason for Change’: Quacks and Cranks, GMOs and Climate, Science and Philosophy

‘Reason for Change’: Quacks and Cranks, GMOs and Climate, Science and Philosophy

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

Conference Report

CFI Conference Covers It All

‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo

‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo

by Sadri Hassani
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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Pseudoscience has been rapidly gaining ground in the past few decades. Dietary supplements and homeopathic preparations, advertised by the disgraced Dr. Oz and his ilk, now constitute a multi-billion-dollar industry.

The 1848 ‘Enormous Serpent’ of the Daedalus Identified

The 1848 ‘Enormous Serpent’ of the Daedalus Identified

by Gary J. Galbreath
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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A famous sea serpent sighting has been an enduring mystery 
of the sea since 1848. However, new information suggests a solution.

Encouraging Evidence-Free Enterprise: Business on a Bed of Sand

Encouraging Evidence-Free Enterprise: Business on a Bed of Sand

by Brian D. Engler and Eugenie V. Mielczarek
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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The former National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s use of two U.S. government grant programs for small businesses is examined and found to lend legitimacy to the lucrative business of non-evidence-based medicine.

Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained

Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

Forum

Allow me to set the record straight. First off, Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that is trying to be the repository of all knowledge; it is not Tumbler or Reddit or some other social network. Wikipedia has rules. Some of them are open to interpretation a bit, but for the most part the rules are discussed within the community of editors and usually enforced evenly.

The Black Madonna: A Folkloristic and Iconographic Investigation

The Black Madonna: A Folkloristic and Iconographic Investigation

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

Investigative Files

One of the most famous of true icons (traditional religious panel paintings) is the so-called Black Madonna of Czestochowa, Poland (Figure 1). Its notoriety was boosted when, following his election to the papacy, the “Polish Pope” John Paul II prayed before it on a visit in 1979. For an international History Channel series, Miracles Decoded, I was asked to look into the icon’s origins. I

Playing with Past Lives: The Virginia Boy and the Dead Marine

Playing with Past Lives: The Virginia Boy and the Dead Marine

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

Skeptical Inquiree

Have you heard about this recent case of a young boy who says he lived a past life as a Marine? What do you make of it?

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Through Me, the Universe: A Stroll through the Curious Solipsism of Biocentrism

by Dale DeBakcsy
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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The Devil and the Details

by Jérémie Harris and Edouard Harris
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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From N-Rays to EmDrives: When Does Science Become Pseudoscience?

by David Koepsell
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Special Report