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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 21.5

Volume 21.5

September / October 1997

Dark Skies Uses Pseudo-Sagan to Recast Astronomer’s Motives

by C. Eugene Emery Jr.
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Media Watch

Only five months after his death, astronomer Carl Sagan was turned into a government conspirator in a worldwide UFO coverup.

Alternative Medicine and the Laws of Physics

by Robert L. Park
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Article

Mechanisms proposed to account for the alleged efficacy of alternative treatments involve serious misrepresentations of physics.

Skeptical Simpsons Episode Spoofs Aliens, Pseudoscience

Skeptical Simpsons Episode Spoofs Aliens, Pseudoscience

by Mike Brown
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

News & Comment

It’s rare that a popular, prime-time network television show turns out to be a “slam dunk” for skeptics.

The Truth Is, They Never Were ‘Saucers’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Psychic Vibrations

June 24 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the day UFOs were discovered, or else invented, whichever you prefer.

Why Bogus Therapies Seem to Work

by Barry L. Beyerstein
Volume 21.5, September / October 1997

Article

At least ten kinds of errors and biases can convince intelligent, honest people that cures have been achieved when they have not