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Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?

Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation

Scientific balance and objective assessments of evidence are necessary to avoid biased and misleading answers to concerns about pesticides.

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

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

by Lindsay Beyerstein
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Interview

In an interview with Lindsay Beyerstein on the Point of Inquiry podcast, Offit spoke about the early 2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaccination movement, and the importance of vaccination.

It’s Time for Science-Based Medicine

It’s Time for Science-Based Medicine

by Steven Novella
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

The Science of Medicine

In the pages of the Skeptical Inquirer and elsewhere in the skeptical literature, you can read about a seemingly endless array of snake oil remedies, dubious health claims, questionable practices, ineffective regulation, and shortcomings of mainstream medicine.

Truth, Trouble, and Research Exposing Alt Med

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

The Meaning of Consensus in Science

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 Brief History of Scientific Celebrity

by Declan Fahy
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Article

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Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience

by Stephanie Savage
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Article

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ADVERLYING: Disliking Advertising from an Informed Perspective

by Steve Cuno
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Article

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Do We Really Want to Believe in UFOs?

by Klaus Brasch
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Article

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Treemonisha: Scott Joplin’s Skeptical Black Opera

by Bruce A. Thyer
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Article

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No Reason to Believe That Sykes’s Yeti-Bear Cryptid Exists

by Ronald H. Pine and Eliécer E. Gutiérrez
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Special Report

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Homeopathy ‘Unsupported, Ineffective, Dangerous’: CFI Testimony to FDA

by Michael De Dora
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Commentary

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Today’s Celebrity Scientists

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

From the Editor

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Dillinger’s Ghost

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Investigative Files

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UFO Conspiracies at the UFO Congress

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Psychic Vibrations

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The Mystery of TJIPETIR

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Notes on a Strange World

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Diet-Heart: A Hypothesis in Crisis? Part 3: The Modern Macronutrient War Rages On

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Science Watch

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Ethical and Effective Curse Removal

by Ben Radford
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Skeptical Inquiree

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The Return of Facilitated Communication

by Terence Hines
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Review

The Horse That Won’t Go Away: Clever Hans, Facilitated Communication, and the Need for Clear Thinking by Thomas E. Heinzen, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Susan A. Nolan

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Skepticism through Stick Figures

by Russ Dobler
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Review

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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Psychology and Psychotherapy: How Much Is Evidence-Based?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Review

Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Side of Science and Therapy by Tomasz Witkowski and Maciej Zatonski

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At Last a Photo of the Soul?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Review

Image of a Spirit by Paul Williams

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

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

Among those who believe the Bible is the word of God, those with more formal education are less likely to believe in human evolution than those with less education.

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

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

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

Article

Investigations show that famous nighttime “alien light” sightings were all due to objects in the sky, but not the extraterrestrial spacecraft UFO enthusiasts imagined.

Organized Skepticism: Four Decades ... and Today

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Commentary

Just over forty years ago, the world was awash in unexamined paranormalism. But a scientific response to all the nonsense was beginning to brew.

Behind the Magic: An Interview with James Randi

Behind the Magic: An Interview with James Randi

by Kylie Sturgess
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Interview

An eighty-six-year-old skeptic, secular humanist, and atheist, Randi has investigated paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims for much of his career.

The New Pope Saints

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Investigative Files

On April 27, 2014, two former popes—John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli, 1881–1963) and John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla, 1920–2005)—were made saints of the Roman Catholic Church. But how are saints created?

Why Do People Believe in Gods?

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?

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

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

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

Article

Where do conspiracy beliefs come from? Recent behavioral research suggests that they do not reflect pathology or lazy thinking but may instead come from normal, rational minds.

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

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

Recently obtained FBI files shatter Sylvia Browne’s insinuation that she had a relationship with federal law enforcement and show that the only interest the agency had in Browne was investigating her for fraud.

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

by Thomas Patterson
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation

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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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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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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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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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Yes, But How Do You Explain This?

by Stephen Carey
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Article

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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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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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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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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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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