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Skeptical Inquirer — Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Swedenborg and Dr. Oz

by Martin Gardner
Volume 34.5, September/October 2010

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

It is not widely known that Oz has been profoundly influenced by Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish Protestant fundamentalist who, late in life, became...

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James Arthur Ray: New Age Guru and Sweat Lodge Culprit

by Martin Gardner
Volume 34.2, March / April 2010

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

In recent years Sedona, Arizona, has become a popular haven for New Age cults of all shades. Why Sedona? Partly because of its superb scenery and sunlight,...

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Thomas Gold: Is the Origin of Oil Nonbiological?

by Martin Gardner
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Thomas Gold was born in Vienna in 1920 and died in Ithaca, New York, in 2004 at age eighty-four. Few scientists since Kepler have combined such brilliant...

Bill Maher: Crank and Comic

by Martin Gardner
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Well-known stand-up comic Bill Maher has joined the ranks of the Big-D atheists, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett...

Bobby Fischer: Genius and Idiot

Bobby Fischer: Genius and Idiot

by Martin Gardner
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Is it possible for someone to be extremely intelligent and creative in a certain field and at the same time...

‘Dr.’ Bearden’s Vacuum Energy

by Martin Gardner
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

One of the strangest books ever written about modern physics was published in 2002, and reprinted two years later.

Multiverses and Blackberries

Multiverses and Blackberries

by Martin Gardner
Volume 25.5, September / October 2001

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

The philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce somewhere remarked that unfortunately universes are not as plentiful as blackberries...

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher: Distant Healing and Elisabeth Targ

by Martin Gardner
Volume 25.2, March / April 2001

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Gardner recalls the paranormal claims of Elisabeth Targ

The Star of Bethlehem

by Martin Gardner
Volume 23.6, November / December 1999

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

As Christmas approaches, churches will be celebrating the birth of Jesus, with many references to the Star of Bethlehem.

What’s Going On At Temple University?

by Martin Gardner
Volume 22.5, September / October 1998

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

In recent years Temple University has become a center for the promulgation of some of the wildest aspects of pseudoscience.

Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru

Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru

by Martin Gardner
Volume 19.3, May / June 1995

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

In the 1970s, Doug James Henning’s Magic Show ran on Broadway for more than four years.