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Heavy with Praise, Light with Skepticism

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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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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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 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.

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.

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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 Physics of Martial Arts

by Peter Huston
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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A Protopian View of Moral Progress

A Protopian View of Moral Progress

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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

On Her Majesty’s Secret Saucers

On Her Majesty’s Secret Saucers

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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

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Lincoln’s ‘Haunting’ Presence

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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Invasion of the Pod People

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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Unlocking the Treasures

by David Kordahl
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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A Review of Great Calculations: A Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries by Colin Pask

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Memior of an Accused Satanist

by Mike Moran
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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A Review of Life After Death by Damien Echols

The Return of Facilitated Communication

The Return of Facilitated Communication

by Terence Hines
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

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Review of 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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The Case of the Haunting Handprints

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death by Janis Heaphy Durham

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A Textbook Case in Georgia Remembered

by Glenn Branch
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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God Sent Me: A Textbook Case on Evolution vs. Creation by Jeffrey Selman

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World-Changing Genius, Creativity, and Teamwork

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

Truth, Trouble, and Research Exposing Alt Med

Truth, Trouble, and Research Exposing Alt Med

by Chris French
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

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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

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

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Skepticism through Stick Figures

by Russ Dobler
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

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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

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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

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Image of a Spirit by Paul Williams

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A Scientific Response to Chemophobia

by Harriet Hall
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

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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

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

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Skeptical Psychology between Two Covers

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

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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

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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

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

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The Great Freethinker We Owe A Big Debt

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

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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

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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 Benjamin Radford
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

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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

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

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Historical Revisionism in Tim’s Vermeer

by Eve Siebert
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

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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

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

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How to Be Less Dumb

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

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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

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

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A Skeptical Linguist Looks at American Beliefs

by Mark Newbrook
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

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

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

Myths and Media in the Creationist Movement

by Glenn Branch
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

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

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The Brain and Religious Belief: Analysis Disappoints

by Terence Hines
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

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A review of The Believer’s Brain, by Kenneth M. Heilman and Russell S. Donda

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Saucer, Saucer, Who’s Got the Saucer?

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

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A review of Inside the Real Area 51: The Secret History of Wright Patterson, by Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt.

How to Think about Appealing Claims

How to Think about Appealing Claims

by Kenneth L. Feder
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

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A review of Think: Why You Should Question Everything, by Guy P. Harrison.

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A Philosophical Mind Considers the Universe (and Us)

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

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A review of The Turbulent Universe by Paul Kurtz

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The Continuing Resistance to Acceptance of Reality

by Peter Lamal
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

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A review of Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future by Donald R. Prothero

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The House of Skeptics Serves Psi (and Crow)

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

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A review of Science and Psychic Phenomena: The Fall of the House of Skeptics by Chris Carter

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Philosophy Meets Medicine

by Harriet Hall
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

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A review of Medical Philosophy: Conceptual Issues in Medicine by Mario Bunge

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Explanations and Meta-Ideas

by Paul G. Brown
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

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A review of Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel Dennett

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Extra Time or Game Over?

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

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A review of Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers of the Mind by Brian Clegg

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Delving into the Abduction Files

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

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A review of The Alien Abduction Files by Kathleen Marden and Denise Stone

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An Inside Look at a ‘Psychic’s’ World

by Ray Hyman
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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A review of Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium by Mark Edward.

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Scholarly Cryptozoology: Now, There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day

by Sharon Hill
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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A review of Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero.

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A Serious Look at Psychiatry’s Madness Model

by Peter Barglow
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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A review of Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs by Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory, and David Cohen.

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The Wonder of Creation Astronomy

by Pierre Stromberg
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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A review of Wonders Without Number: Created with Purpose or Conceived in Chaos? by David Rives

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A Dangerous Blending of Nazi Fact and Fiction

by Peter Huston
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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A review of The Nazi Occult by Kenneth Hite

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A Fundamental, Costly Error

by Peter Lamal
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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A review of The Marvelous Learning Animal: What Makes Human Nature Unique by Arthur W. Staats

Do You Believe in Magic?

Do You Believe in Magic?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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A review of Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul Offit, MD.

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Bringing Bayes into Predictions

by Paul G. Brown
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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A review of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t by Nate Silver

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The Biography of America’s Lake Monster

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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A review of The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster by Robert E. Bartholomew

Clear and Fear: Scientology Under Review

Clear and Fear: Scientology Under Review

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Review

We very likely have Katie Holmes to thank for the timing of this latest crop of books on Scientology, the belief system so notably promoted by her ex-husband, Tom Cruise. Yes, at least two of these authors have been researching their books for many years, but for promotional opportunities you can’t beat a good celebrity crack-up.

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No News Is Good News, but Bad News Is Deadly

by Kitty Mervine
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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A review of The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford

The Parameters of Pseudoscience

The Parameters of Pseudoscience

by David Morrison
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

Review

Skeptics often say they are trying to expose pseudoscience, but in reality we tend to use this term loosely. Creationism, homeopathy, alternative medicine, and cold fusion are clearly pseudoscientific, but what about ancient aliens, UFOs, alien abductions, Bigfoot, crystals, the Moon hoax, and many other claims investigated in the pages of the Skeptical Inquirer?

Flawed Look at Monsters

Flawed Look at Monsters

by Terence Hines
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

Review

The intent of Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite is to provide scientific explanations for various monsters found in historical legend and literature up through the monsters of today as seen, mostly, in film. Had Kaplan succeeded in this task, he would have produced an exciting and interesting book.

Pretentious Whit

Pretentious Whit

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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A review of Solving the Communion Enigma: What Is to Come by Whitley Strieber.

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The Return of Repressed-Memory Satanic Ritual Stories

by Douglas Mesner
Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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A review of Twenty-Two Faces by Judy Byington.

How to Get Something from Nothing

How to Get Something from Nothing

by Mark Alford
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Review

A review of A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss.

A Book of Stories that Happened to a Friend ...

A Book of Stories that Happened to a Friend ...

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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A review of Encyclopedia of Urban Legends: Updated and Expanded Edition by Jan Harold Brunvand.

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Not So Smart Thinking

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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A review of You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney.

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Four Realms of Inquiry

by Richard Bond
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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A review of Handling Truth by William Gardner.

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Aztec Saucer Crash Story Rises from the Dead?

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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A review of The Aztec Incident by Scott Ramsey, Suzanne Ramsey, Frank Thayer, and Frank Warren.

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Are Conservatives and Liberals Different People?

by Ronald A. Lindsay
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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A review of The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality by Chris Mooney

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The Puzzle of the Implausible

by Ronald L. Numbers
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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A review of Power and Illusion: Religion and Human Need by David W. Wilbur

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Enumerating the Problems with Young-Earth Creationism

by Peter Lamal
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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A review of The Three Failures of Creationism: Logic, Rhetoric, and Science by Walter M. Fitch

What’s Going On in Our Minds?

What’s Going On in Our Minds?

by Paul Brown
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

Review

A review of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

Thinking: An Unnatural Act

Thinking: An Unnatural Act

by Harriet Hall
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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A review of Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed! by Robert Todd Carroll.

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Is Science the Antidote to Deepak Chopra’s Spirituality?

by Mark Alford
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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A review of War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow

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Answers for Kids from Twelve to Eighty-Two

by Keith Taylor
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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A review of The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins

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Being Reasonable about Neuroscience

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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A review of Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael Gazzaniga

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Bigfoot on Film: A Comprehensive Guide

by Rob Boston
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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A review of The Bigfoot Filmography: Fictional and Documentary Appearances in Film and Television by David Coleman

End to a Twisted and False Episode in Psychiatry

End to a Twisted and False Episode in Psychiatry

by James M. Wood
Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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A review of Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan.

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A Droll Stroll Down Skeptical Lane

by Jim Underdown
Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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A review of Psychic Vibrations by Robert Sheaffer with illustrations by Rob Pudim

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UFOs? Yes. Crashes and Conspiracies? No.

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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A review of UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities by John B. Alexander

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The Case for Aggressive Evolutionary Science

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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A review of The Wild Life of Our Bodies by Rob Dunn

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Scientology under the Looking Glass

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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A review of Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion by Janet Reitman

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Turing Test for Human Beings

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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A review of The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be Alive by Brian Christian

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He Lets Other People Make Up Stories for Him

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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A review of The Real Men in Black by Nick Redfern

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Slaying the Beast of the Gévaudan

by Blake Smith
Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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A review of Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast by Jay M. Smith

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Why Belief Always Comes First

by Harriet Hall
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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A review of The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer

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Eight Impediments to Rationality

by Peter Lamal
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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A review of Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole by Stephen Law

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A Flawed Attempt to Reconcile Religion and Science

by Jim Clark
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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A review of The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions by Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins

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A Modern Fable about Science and Religion

by Joe Szimhart
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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A review of The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory by Mark Laxer

A Slam-Dunk Debunk

A Slam-Dunk Debunk

by Matt Crowley
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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A review of Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore by Benjamin Radford

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Personal Genomics: The Fine Line between Science and Narcissism

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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A review of Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics by Misha Angrist

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Escaping Mortality

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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A review of Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner

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He Sees Dead People

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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A review of The Key: A True Encounter by Whitley Strieber

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Two Views of the War on Cancer

by Harriet Hall
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

Review

Reviews of Pink Ribbon Blues by Gayle Sulik and The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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Fresh Voice, Passionate Polemic

by Ryan Seals
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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A review of Tabloid Medicine: How the Internet Is Being Used to Hijack Medical Science for Fear and Profit by Robert Goldberg

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The Problem with Neurosexism

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

Review

A review of Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine

Padre Pio: Scandals of a Saint

Padre Pio: Scandals of a Saint

by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Review

A review of Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age by Sergio Luzzatto.

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Debunking the Trauma Myth

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

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A review of The Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children—and Its Aftermath by Susan A. Clancy.