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Where Is the Science in Electronic Voice Phenomena?

Where Is the Science in Electronic Voice Phenomena?

by Everett A. Themer
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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While the evidence they provide is scientifically debated, some tools such as audio recorders have become popular mainstays of the paranormal investigator.

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Psychic Successes or Memory Failures?

by Theodore E. Parks
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

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Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry

Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry

by Joe Schwarcz
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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Miracles are pretty rare events. Except on television’s Dr. Oz Show, where they appear with astonishing frequency.

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Grumble Grumble

by Keith Taylor
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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Valuing Science with Differing Values: Let’s Broaden the Debate in the Skeptical Movement

by Barry Fagin
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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What do you do when your heart says one thing and the data says another? When science conflicts with values, which wins the battle for your soul? Which, for that matter, gets your vote?

Recent Miracles You May Have Missed

by Lawrence Rifkin
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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What a privilege to be living through a time of such miracles. These are not literal miracles, of course, in the sense of divine intervention, and so miracles is not the correct word.

Help! I’m Being Followed by Ancient Aliens!

Help! I’m Being Followed by Ancient Aliens!

by Kenneth L. Feder
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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The archaeological record shows clearly that our human ancestors were enormously intelligent and resourceful. They were more than capable of developing sophisticated technologies on their own.

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Closing the Book on ‘Open-Mindedness’

by Katja Petrovic
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Perpetual Discussion!

by Mark Levy
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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The Math Behind the Myths

by Charles F. Cooper
Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Ghost-Busted! Phony Tales of Dixie Spirits

by Joe Nickell
Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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My Ephemeral Friend

by Don Keith
Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Pastafarian Quatrains

by Jonathan C. Smith
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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Deliberate Ignorance

by Keith Taylor
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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Three Types of Evidence Lacking for Paranormal Claims

by Jonathan C. Smith
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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God in the News Again

by Mark Levy
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

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If you're a theist, you ought to acknowledge, at least occasionally, that God is responsible for terrible events as well as miraculous ones.

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Do Scientists Know Everything?

by Keith Taylor
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

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Scientists do things a little differently than the rest of us.

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A Graphic Guide to Grabbing a Precious Pro-Religion Prize

by Joel Kirschbaum
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

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Lord Templeton established a foundation that grants various sums to advance religion, in particular Christianity.

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How to Get Rich Quickly with ‘Alternative’ Medicine

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

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"Alternative" medicine is undoubtedly popular and therefore profitable. The latest report from Mintel...

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Ghosts and Ion Counters

by Don A. Merrell
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

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On a recent Friday night, the ghost hunters on the show Most Haunted were seeking specters in a creepy Welsh mansion.

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More Cool Careers for Dummies: Ghost Hunter

by Paul DesOrmeaux
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

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You can bet your sweet poltergeist that ghost busters will be in demand for years to come.

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What Would Jesus Deface?

by Kat Meltzer
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

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The bumper sticker on my car reads: If evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve. Last week, at Safeway...

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What is Common about Common Sense? Perspectives from Anthropology

by Lathel F. Duffield
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

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The idea of "common sense" fuels the popular intelligent-design (ID) explanation for biological evolution.

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This is the Forum Column That Goes Like This

by Ralph Estling
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

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"Cogito ergo sum" has always bothered me as an explanation for one's existence. The best that Cartesian logic can come up...

Getting It Right, or Brooklyn Is Not Expanding

by Ralph Estling
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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I notice that people tend to go to extremes. This is most likely to occur when they don’t understand something.

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The PhD Degree and Biblical Fundamentalism

by William D. Stansfield
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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Is it appropriate to award a PhD degree in a natural science to a fundamentalist candidate who is committed to believing the...

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The Two-Months Argument for Parapsychological Research

by Jesper Jerkert
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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In the perennial debate between parapsychologists and critics, some arguments are recycled in a seemingly endless fashion...

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Why I Burned a BIble

by Joe Szimhart
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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The day that my issue of the Skeptical Inquirer titled "Science, God and (Non)Belief" arrived, I burned a Christian Bible.

Debating Creationists

Debating Creationists

by Charles L. Rulon
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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I was asked by the Anthropology Club to debate a scientist from the Discovery Institute regarding intelligent design.

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Bigfoot, Pluto and ?

by Chris Volkay
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

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If we could eliminate religious insanity, what person would fly a plane into a building, or blow himself up in a pizza parlor?

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Tell It Like It Was

by Susan Bury
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

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Some years ago, I attended a lecture by Jared Diamond at the National Academy of Sciences in Washingon, D.C...

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The Wrong Question

by Ralph Estling
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

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A person from Porlock [...] dropped by for a chat the other day and to ask what I thought the purpose of life was.

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Praying for Jane

by Susan Bury
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

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A dear friend of mine, Jane, drowned recently during a canoe accident on a river rapids in an Ontario wilderness...

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Eloquent but Gloomy

by Ralph Estling
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

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I've always recalled with fondness the scene in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal where the knight and...

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An Unusual Twist in Testing Media Psychics

by Wendy Grossman
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

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It seemed hardly unusual to be asked to debate a psychic for a TV documentary "exploring spirituality in Britain..."

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Comforting Thoughts about Death That Have Nothing to Do with God

by Greta Christina
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

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If you don't believe in God or an afterlife; or if you believe that the existence of God or an afterlife are fundamentally...

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Comforting Thoughts about Death That Have Nothing to Do with God

by Greta Christina
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

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If you don't believe in God or an afterlife; or if you believe that the existence of God or an afterlife are fundamentally...

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Scientists and the Election

by Ralph Estling
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

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Science never is, was never meant to be, a democracy. Majority consensus cannot determine whether Earth revolves around the...

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane,  It’s… an Angel?

by Dave Brooks
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

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Logic is a wonderful thing— which makes it kind of alarming to find out how easily our minds will heave it out the window.

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Stupid Things

by Ralph Estling
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

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I think I'm fairly safe in saying that it will probably not come as a terrible shock to readers...

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My Wife—and the Dialectics of External Historicity

by Ralph Estling
Volume 28.6, November / December 2004

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Let me say right off the bat that I very rarely argue with my wife. There are a number of reasons for this...

Readers Forum on Science and Religion

by The Editors
Volume 23.6, November / December 1999

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Readers' responses to recent issues of Skeptical Inquirer

The Reality of Reality

by Robert Stanton
Volume 23.3, May / June 1999

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Although the conflict between objectivity and relativity is old, it’s not hopeless.

Why the World Is Not My Idea ... or George’s

by Ralph Estling
Volume 22.2, March / April 1998

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...And this is the best way I know of for separating sanity from insanity. Always assuming we want to.

A View from Russia: Popularization of Science as a Tool against Antiscience

by Boris Shmakin
Volume 20.4, July / August 1996

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In Russia, many parapsychologists, astrologers, and nontraditional doctors and are involved in pseudoscientific investigations.

Scientific Knowledge Is Money in the Bank

by Mark Boslough
Volume 20.2, March / April 1996

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”Meteor Crater . . . the planet’s most penetrating natural attraction.”

Looking Up To Logic

by Bryan Farha
Volume 20.1, January / February 1996

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Why does the UFO phenomenon seem to change the thinking process of so many?