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Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

Bill Nye’s Take on the Nye-Ham Debate

by Bill Nye
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

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In this Special Pre-Issue Release, Bill Nye gives his own first-person view of this much-watched and much-discussed debate, the circumstances surrounding it, his preparations and strategy, and the reasons he decided to take part.

Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure

Stanislaw Burzynski: Four Decades of an Unproven Cancer Cure

by David H. Gorski
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

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The Houston doctor Stanislaw Burzynski has been using an unproven cancer cure, “antineoplastons,” for decades, but despite its lack of proven anticancer activity, he has still not been shut down. Here is a primer for skeptics on his career and claims.

Skeptic Activists Fighting for Burzynski’s Cancer Patients

Skeptic Activists Fighting for Burzynski’s Cancer Patients

by Robert Blaskiewicz
Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

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A group of skeptical activists has been aggressively investigating and challenging the false claims of the Burzynski clinic and its dubious cancer treatments, presenting reliable information about them online. They even raised funds for a legitimate research hospital.

Losing Our Minds in the Age of Brain Science

Losing Our Minds in the Age of Brain Science

by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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Neuroscience and its new brain imaging tools are great achievements of modern science. But they are vulnerable to being oversold by the media, some overzealous scientists, and neuroentrepreneurs.

Why Being Human Makes Evolution Hard to Understand

Why Being Human Makes Evolution Hard to Understand

by Cameron M. Smith
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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Our difficulty accepting evolution isn’t just because some religions oppose it or that it is complicated—it isn’t. The problem may be a result of how our minds work.

The Valentich Disappearance: Another UFO Cold Case Solved

The Valentich Disappearance: Another UFO Cold Case Solved

by James McGaha and Joe Nickell
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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What did he see? The missing piece of the puzzle in a strange ‘UFO’ case involving the crash of a young pilot off Australia has been identified.

The Jersey Devil: The Real Story

The Jersey Devil: The Real Story

by Brian Regal
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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The story of the Jersey Devil has become layered with myths and variations, obscuring the original events that gave rise to it. Not surprising considering the story comes from colonial-era political intrigue, Quaker religious infighting, and a future Founding Father.

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Six Signs of Scientism: Part 1

by Susan Haack
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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Stardust, Smoke, and Mirrors: The Myth of the Mad Genius

Stardust, Smoke, and Mirrors: The Myth of the Mad Genius

by Judith Schlesinger
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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The myth of the mad genius began with a misinterpretation of Plato’s “divine madness” and has since gathered support and credibility because of public fascination, media distortion, and enthusiastic pseudoscience.

The Psychic Defective Revisited: Years Later, Sylvia Browne’s Accuracy Remains Dismal

The Psychic Defective Revisited: Years Later, Sylvia Browne’s Accuracy Remains Dismal

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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An update of our “Psychic Defective” analysis examines developments in eleven cases Sylvia Browne made predictions about, explores a new reading, and scrutinizes her other failed predictions about the papacy and American politics.

Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel

Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel

by LaRae Meadows
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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Europe’s diphtheria outbreaks in the 1940s provide a sobering context for modern anti-vaccination claims.

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How News about ESP Research Shapes Audience Beliefs

by Paul R. Brewer
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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Electrocuting Parasites: Cutting Edge Pseudoscientific Technology

by Thomas Patterson
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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The Chelyabinsk Event of February 15, 2013

The Chelyabinsk Event of February 15, 2013

by David Morrison, Alan Harris, and Mark Boslough
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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On February 15, 2013, the million inhabitants of the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk experienced a half-megaton explosion from a disintegrating space rock. What happened, and how did the people of Chelyabinsk react?

Down the Garden Path: Faulty Thinking and Self-Delusion

by Harriet Hall
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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A Navy neurologist’s credulous venture into acupuncture advocacy serves as a useful case study. Here are twelve mistakes he made rambling down the garden path of self-delusion.

The Queen Mary Is Not Haunted (But I Understand Why You Think She Is)

The Queen Mary Is Not Haunted (But I Understand Why You Think She Is)

by John Champion
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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The RMS Queen Mary, a ship of enormous historical import, has been transformed into a roadside attraction whose owners profit off the allure of “ghosts.” Her glorious factual history has been brushed aside in a bid to pander to eager ghost-hunting tourists who aren’t thinking critically about the claims.

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Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

by Ben Radford
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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The ‘Psychology Is Science, Not Witchcraft’ Campaign

by Tomasz Witkowski and Maciej Zatonski
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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New Information Surfaces on ‘World’s Best Lake Monster Photo,’ Raising Questions

New Information Surfaces on ‘World’s Best Lake Monster Photo,’ Raising Questions

by Robert E. Bartholomew
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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The famous “Mansi photo” of the Lake Champlain monster has been held up for decades as strong proof for cryptozoology—the so-called best evidence for the existence of a hidden animal. Yet, newly uncovered documents reveal troubling questions about the photo and the circumstances surrounding it.

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Nurturing Non-Science: Startling Concepts in the Education of Physicians

by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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Climate Change Denial in the Classroom

by Christopher Hassall, Chris A. Hebbern, and Carley J. Centen
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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Treatise on Invisible Beings

Treatise on Invisible Beings

by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Allegedly invisible entities—popular belief notwithstanding—are indistinguishable from imaginary beings.

An Indian Test of Indian Astrology

An Indian Test of Indian Astrology

by Jayant V. Narlikar
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Indian astrologers claim they can tell a person’s intelligence from his or her horoscope. But twenty-seven astrologers failed to perform better than chance when given forty horoscopes of intellectually bright subjects and mentally handicapped subjects.

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The Elberfeld Horses

by Stefano Vezzani
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Understanding Believers’ Cognitive Dissonance

by James Walker
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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It’s the End of the World and They Don’t Feel Fine: The Psychology of December 21, 2012

It’s the End of the World and They Don’t Feel Fine: The Psychology of December 21, 2012

by Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera
Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Cognitive science research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that dissociative processes contribute directly to this belief through reduction of the “feature-intensive” cognitive processing that would engender appropriate skepticism.

Indignation Is Not Righteous

by Gary Longsine and Peter Boghossian
Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.

Monsters and Dragons and Dinosaurs, Oh My: Creationist Interpretations of Beowulf

Monsters and Dragons and Dinosaurs, Oh My: Creationist Interpretations of Beowulf

by Eve Siebert
Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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There is no field of inquiry that young-Earth creationists can’t distort. In the area of literary and linguistic studies, they misinterpret, misrepresent, and mistranslate Beowulf to fit their agenda.

The Secret Life of J. Allen Hynek

The Secret Life of J. Allen Hynek

by John Franch
Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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According to legend, the astronomer J. Allen Hynek was a skeptic before becoming an outspoken UFOlogist, but is the legend true? This article takes a look at Hynek’s unusual life and career.

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Mystics, Mycobacterium, and the Gospel of Matthew

by C.A. Porter
Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Phrenology and the Grand Delusion of Experience

Phrenology and the Grand Delusion of Experience

by Geoffrey Dean
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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In the nineteenth century, phrenology was hugely influential despite being totally invalid. Its history shows why we must be skeptical of any belief based solely on experience.

Homeopathy: A Critique of Current Clinical Research

Homeopathy: A Critique of Current Clinical Research

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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An evaluation of the clinical research by the group that has published most of the papers in homeopathy, 2005–2010, finds numerous flaws in the design, conduct, and reporting along with a tendency to overinterpret weak data.

The Pseudoscience of Live Blood Cell Analysis

The Pseudoscience of Live Blood Cell Analysis

by Thomas Patterson
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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Of the many aspects of alternative medicine, one of the most bizarre is live blood cell analysis. This unapproved blood test supposedly identifies nutritional deficiencies and other nebulous conditions.

Faith Healing and Skepticism in Pakistan: Challenges and Instability

Faith Healing and Skepticism in Pakistan: Challenges and Instability

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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With the rise of Islamic extremism in Pakistan, the country not only has to protect people from fraudulent healers but also has the challenge of protecting these fraudsters from violence.

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A Golden Age of Harmony? Misrepresenting Science and History in the 1001 Inventions Exhibit

by Taner Edis and Sonja Brentjes
Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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Skepticism in the Video Box

Skepticism in the Video Box

by Christian Walters
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Skepticism is not just books and talks anymore. With the popularity of social media services, skeptical discussion and inquiry has moved beyond the written word and the podium. If you like your critical thinking in the form of a quick demonstration that can be as short as a music video, YouTube has you covered.

A Warm Twist on a ‘Cold Reading’: A Conversation with Damon Martin

A Warm Twist on a ‘Cold Reading’: A Conversation with Damon Martin

by Matthew A. Kacar Jr.
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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For as long as there have been people claiming to be mediums, there have been people like composer Damon Martin to call them out. His latest Traumatosis album, Cold Reading, takes the listener on a journey that details the deceptive techniques used by people who claim an ability to talk with the dead.

Art, Mysteries, and Context

Art, Mysteries, and Context

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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In my books and workshops on scientific paranormal investigation, I discuss how best to conceptualize a mystery: basically, an event out of context. A live dolphin lying on a Manhattan sidewalk is a mystery; that same dolphin in a tank at an aquarium is not.

Surly-Ramic’s Amy Davis Roth

Surly-Ramic’s Amy Davis Roth

by Amy Davis Roth
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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I design jewelry that advocates education and science and that celebrates the brave, emerging society of freethinkers that I find myself a part of. It’s nice to be able to carry around a small piece of art that represents skepticism and the rational ideals that are helping to make this world a better place.

Skeptic Trumps: A Satirical Skeptic Card Game

Skeptic Trumps: A Satirical Skeptic Card Game

by Tim Farley
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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The skeptical community’s growth has led to many unanticipated creative projects, particularly online. One such project is Skeptic Top Trumps, a virtual deck of playing cards featuring caricatures of popular skeptics.

In the Key of Type: A Conversation with Marian Call

In the Key of Type: A Conversation with Marian Call

by Kylie Sturgess
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Art and skepticism do complement each other wonderfully in her work, but Call has slightly a different perspective: “In the end, I feel I’m firmly on the skeptic side, I believe. But I don’t see picking a side as my role as an artist. I see communication as my role.” Kylie Sturgess interviewed Call about her music and where skepticism harmonizes with art.

Skewed Skepticism: Bizarro Piraro

Skewed Skepticism: Bizarro Piraro

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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A conversation with award-winning cartoonist, fine artist, and stand-up comedian Dan Piraro.

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Art and Skepticism Introduction

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Nighthawks State of Mind

by Jeremiah Moss
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Science and Art: Complementary Disciplines

by Joe Nickell
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Confirmation Bias and Art

by Samuel McNerney
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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XKCD: A Perfect Marriage of Snark and Skepticism

by CSI Staff
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Neurologic Illness or Hysteria? A Mysterious Twitching Outbreak

Neurologic Illness or Hysteria? A Mysterious Twitching Outbreak

by Joe Nickell
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Six cases were reported, then twelve, then fifteen and counting as the story captured attention across the United States and beyond. I twice visited Le Roy on behalf of the Skeptical Inquirer, to talk with parents and others involved, visit relevant sites, and otherwise investigate this strange outbreak.

The Social and Symbolic Power of AIDS Denialism

The Social and Symbolic Power of AIDS Denialism

by Nicoli Nattrass
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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AIDS denialism has proved socially resilient because dissident “hero scientists” provide legitimacy, “cultropreneurs” offer fake cures in the place of antiretroviral treatment, and HIV-positive “living icons” seem to provide proof of concept.

Eyewitness to the Paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained’

Eyewitness to the Paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained’

by Matthew J. Sharps
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Research in experimental psychology has shown that many paranormal sightings fall directly within the realm of eyewitness memory. Experiments reveal that such “sightings” derive from the psychology of the observers rather than from supernatural sources. Experiments show these proclivities.

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‘Mystery Illness’ in Western New York: Is Social Networking Spreading Mass Hysteria?

by Robert E. Bartholomew
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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The recent outbreak of twitching, facial tics, and garbled speech—symptoms of a form of conversion disorder—at a school in Western New York may signal a growing trend in the United States.

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The Top 20 Logical Fallacies

by Jesse Richardson
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Political Myths that Influence Voters

by Jeffrey S. Victor
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Dinodang: The Melon Rex Myth

by Phil Senter
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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An analysis of four classic flying-saucer incidents reveals how debunking can send a mundane case underground, where it is transformed by mythologizing processes, then reemerges—like a virulent strain of a virus—as a vast conspiracy tale. Defined by the Roswell Incident (1947), this syndrome is repeated at Flatwoods (1952), Kecksburg (1965), and Rendlesham Forest (1980).

We Can’t Treat Soldiers’ PTSD without a Better Diagnosis

We Can’t Treat Soldiers’ PTSD without a Better Diagnosis

by Peter Barglow
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a diagnosis fully accepted by the U.S. Veterans Administration, psychiatrists, and the American public. But PTSD does not meet the criteria for a real psychiatric-medical disease.

The Ongoing Decline of Religion

The Ongoing Decline of Religion

by Elie A. Shneour
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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The inexorably growing impact of science is our most significant tool discrediting religion.

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The Trouble with Pseudoskepticism

by Lawrence Torcello
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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Legend of the Ztarr: The Skeptic Epic

Legend of the Ztarr: The Skeptic Epic

by Sara E. Mayhew
Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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Entertainment—whether in the form of books, television, film, music, or graphic novels—can be a powerful way to convey a message, including the promotion of science-based thinking.

Antimatter Pseudoscience

Antimatter Pseudoscience

by John Eades
Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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Claims that antimatter annihilation can generate limitless power or lead to unbelievably destructive bombs are greatly exaggerated, as can easily be shown by running a few numbers.

Amateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‘Sciencey’ Things

Amateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‘Sciencey’ Things

by Sharon Hill
Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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A study of 1,000 websites shows how amateur groups use technical jargon and equipment as symbols of what is “scientific” while actually promoting the paranormal and not adhering to any real scientific principles of investigation.

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Three: Real Messages in DNA

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Three: Real Messages in DNA

by Deborah A. Bolnick, Kenneth L. Feder, Bradley T. Lepper, and Terry A. Barnhart
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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The Lost Civilizations of North America documentary suggests that there is genetic evidence for a pre-Columbian migration of Israelites to the Americas. However, DNA studies provide no support for this hypothesis.

The Mysterious Meteorite of Chalk Mountain, Texas

The Mysterious Meteorite of Chalk Mountain, Texas

by Manfred Cuntz
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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In May 2009 a meteorite impact was reported just thirty miles south of Fort Worth, Texas, but the mysterious object was of a very unusual composition for a meteorite. Had an impact occurred, it would have caused widespread devastation-yet nothing of the sort happened.

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Measuring Mythology: Startling Concepts in NCCAM Grants

by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Laughing Goats and Scowling Sheep: Humor in Paranormal Discourse

by Jonathan C. Smith
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Information Literacy and Conspiracy Theories

by Kristin E. Harley
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Did Shakespeare Write ‘Shakespeare’? Much Ado About Nothing

Did Shakespeare Write ‘Shakespeare’? Much Ado About Nothing

by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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Anti-Stratfordians start with the answer they want and work backward to the evidence—the opposite of good science and scholarship. They reverse the standards of objective inquiry, replacing them with pseudoscience and pseudohistory.

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Two: False Messages in Stone

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Two: False Messages in Stone

by Bradley T. Lepper, Kenneth L. Feder, Terry A. Barnhart, and Deborah A. Bolnick
Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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The documentary Lost Civilizations of North America presents a distorted picture of American prehistory. The archaeological evidence presented to support notions of ancient pre-Columbian contact consists of long-discredited frauds.

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Paranormal Misinterpretations of Vision Phenomena

by Michael Mauser
Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part One: An Alternate Reality

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part One: An Alternate Reality

by Kenneth Feder, Bradley T. Lepper, Terry A. Barnhart, and Deborah A. Bolnick
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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The Lost Civilizations of North America documentary is one in a long line of failed attempts to populate America’s ancient past with the denizens of lost tribes, lost cities, and, as its title indicates, lost civilizations.

The Haunted Brain

The Haunted Brain

by Richard Wiseman
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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Reports of alleged ghostly activity tell us a great deal about the innermost workings of our brains.

The Perpetual Quest

The Perpetual Quest

by Dimitry Rotstein
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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How to make a perpetual motion device and live to tell about it.

The 9/11 Truth Movement: The Top Conspiracy Theory, a Decade Later

The 9/11 Truth Movement: The Top Conspiracy Theory, a Decade Later

by Dave Thomas
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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After ten years, the pesky 9/11 Truth movement has refined its arguments but still hasn’t proved the attacks were an inside job. Their key claims are refuted on multiple grounds.

A Bestiary of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Notes from the Front Line

A Bestiary of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Notes from the Front Line

by Jamie Bartlett and Carl Miller
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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Two social scientists describe their experience confronting the 9/11 Truth movement in the United Kingdom after they published a paper linking conspiracy theories with extremist ideology.

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Dave Thomas vs. Jesse Ventura: The Skeptical Smackdown

by Ben Radford
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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‘Messages’ from the 9/11 Dead

by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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A Skeptical Look at a Remarkable Case Report of ‘Overnight’ Amnesia

A Skeptical Look at a Remarkable Case Report of ‘Overnight’ Amnesia

by Harald Merckelbach, Thomas Merten, and Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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Extraordinary Symptoms, Weak Evidence, and a Breakdown in Peer Review

Power Lines and Cancer, Distant Healing and Health Care: Magnetism Misrepresented and Misunderstood

Power Lines and Cancer, Distant Healing and Health Care: Magnetism Misrepresented and Misunderstood

by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Derek C. Araujo1
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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The 1990s fear that background magnetic fields—hundreds of times weaker than Earth’s magnetic field—could cause cancer has been replaced.

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Slaying the Vampire: Solving the Chupacabra Mystery

by Ben Radford
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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The Numerology of 23

by Mark Benecke
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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Back from the Future: Parapsychology and the Bem Affair

by James Alcock
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

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Psychologist Daryl Bem has reported data suggesting that future experiences can influence responses in the present. Careful scrutiny of his report reveals ...

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Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: Cure-All or Just One More Unproven Therapy?

by Clifford W. Beninger
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

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Intravenous nutrient therapy is increasingly popular as a treatment for multiple ailments. But the evidence for the efficacy of IV nutrient treatments is...

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Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses

by Reynold Spector
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

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Many medical hypotheses have been ill-conceived and/or inadequately tested. As a consequence, billions of dollars have been wasted and the public harmed.

Should Chiropractors Treat Children?

by Samuel Homola
Volume 34.5, September/October 2010

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Parents should be made aware of possible risks associated with chiropractic treatment of children, particularly the services offered by “pediatric chirop...

Psychic Defective: Sylvia Browne’s History of Failure

by Ryan Shaffer and Agatha Jadwiszczok
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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The most extensive study of alleged psychic Sylvia Browne’s predictions about missing persons and murder cases reveals a strange discrepancy: despite her...

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The Psychic and the Serial Killer: Examining the ‘Best Case’ for Psychic Detectives

by Ben Radford
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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An examination of the 'best case' of psychic detective abilities offers insight into how extraordinary claims are made, exaggerated, and clung to despite...

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Encounters with Aliens (the Local Kind)

by Martin Bridgstock
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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A strange army of paranormalists has infested the Internet and mail system. We need and understanding of the ethics and practicalities of dealing with people...

Disinformation about Global Warming

Disinformation about Global Warming

by David Morrison
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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Most arguments from global warming disputers don’t make scientific sense or are based on distorted or obsolete information. Here are short answers to ten of...

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Faith in the Power of Witchcraft

by Anthony Layng
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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Believing that there are witches with malevolent power can have numerous social and psychological benefits for a community. This helps explains why...

Oprah Winfrey: Bright (but Gullible) Billionaire

Oprah Winfrey: Bright (but Gullible) Billionaire

by Martin Gardner
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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There are two Oprah Winfreys. One is the African-American woman who struggled against incredible odds in abject poverty to become the wealthiest, most...

Mann Bites Dog: Why ‘Climategate’ Was Newsworthy

by Mark Boslough
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

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“When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.”

Assessing the Credibility of CFI’s Credibility Project

by Gary Posner
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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The September/October 2009 Skeptical Inquirer carried the commentary piece "Can a Reasonable Skeptic Support Climate Change Legislation?" by...

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Coral Castle: Fact and Folklore

by Karen Stollznow
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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How a diminutive, frail, uneducated, unskilled man built Coral Castle without modern machinery has supposedly "baffled scientists, engineers, and scholars."

‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null Results

by Richard Wiseman
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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Parapsychologists have tended to view positive results as supportive of the psi hypothesis while ensuring that null results don't count as evidence against it.

The One True Cause of All Disease

The One True Cause of All Disease

by Harriet Hall
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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Alternative practitioners constantly claim that conventional medicine treats only symptoms while they treat underlying causes. They’ve got it backwards.

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Religious Fundamentalism and Same-Sex Marriage

by Anthony Layng
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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Americans' attitudes toward same-sex marriage have rapidly changed, defining it now as a civil-rights issue. Nearly all the remaining determined opposition...

The War on Cancer A Progress Report for Skeptics

The War on Cancer A Progress Report for Skeptics

by Reynold Spector
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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Although there has been some progress in the war on cancer initiated by President Nixon in 1971, the gains have been limited.

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Wedge Strategy Update: Intelligent Design Creationism Since the Dover Trial

by Barbara Forrest
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

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The creationist havens of Louisiana and Texas are doing all they can--which is considerable--to flout the law and inject intelligent design into public schools.

The Paradoxical Future of Skepticism

by Daniel Loxton
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

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Like many skeptics, I'm preoccupied by one question: "How do we take this thing to the next level?" I have an answer to propose.

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Reinventing the Skeptic Conference

by Reed Esau
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

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SkeptiCamps are informal, community-organized events borne of a desire to share and learn in an open environment.