Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 28.6
November / December 2004
And the Mechanism Is ...
Why do people fall in love? This ageless question has seen attempts at resolution by minds of the caliber of Aristotle and...
APS’s Bob Park Elected a CSICOP Fellow
by The Editors
Physicist, educator, and writer Robert Park has been elected a Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation...
Medicine's purported ostracism of the discovery of H. pylori has achieved a mythological quality.
Biblical Pseudoarchaeology by a Swedish Professor of Medicine
The Exodus Case: A Scientific Examination of the Exodus Story—And a Deep Look into the Red Sea. Lennart Moller.
Blind Spots, Brain Maps, and Backaches: A New Chiropractic Delusion
by Harriet Hall
A new test that measures the size of the blind spot to detect altered brain function and correct it with chiropractic...
A Call for Attention to Climate Change
by Chris Mooney
As president emeritus of Stanford University, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and current editor...
David Morrison Named 2004 Sagan Medalist
by The Editors
Space scientist David Morrison, a CSICOP Fellow, has been awarded the 2004 Sagan Medal by the American Astronomical Society...
Discovering Human Interconnection Through the History of Our Genes
by Mark Durm
Review of Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes. By Steve Olson.
Explaining the Plagues of Egypt
The Ten Plagues of Egypt, as told in the Book of Exodus, can be easily explained. Or maybe not...
Fortuneteller Allowed at Fair Despite Law
Loretta Adams, a self-described "psychic consultant," requested a permit to open a booth at the 2004 Kane County Fair...
French Group Tests Man’s Claims to Sense a Person’s Presence
Controlled, double-blind tests of a therapeutic touch practitioner's claims to be able to feel a "signal" or "fluid"...
by Austin Dacey
The attempt to integrate basic cultural beliefs with the scientific outlook calls for a new interdisciplinary academic field.
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Readers respond to the July / August 2004 Skeptical Inquirer, Capital Punishment and Homicide.
My Wife—and the Dialectics of External Historicity
Let me say right off the bat that I very rarely argue with my wife. There are a number of reasons for this...
New Details Emerge About Psychic’s Airline Bomb Threat Tip
As reported in the July/August issue of Skeptical Inquirer, a self-described psychic suggested that...
Nobelist Francis Crick, Stalwart Supporter of CSICOP and the Center for Inquiry, Mourned
by Paul Kurtz
We regret the passing of Francis Crick at the age of 88, after a long illness.
The Path to Discovery and the Impact on Culture
It wasn't an earth-shaking discovery. It didn't fundamentally revamp our cultural and cosmological worldview.
Prayers, Psychics Fail to Find Missing Women
Prayers and psychics have failed to recover a Brigham Young University student who has been missing since May 24, 2004.
Psychic Sylvia Browne Once Failed to Foresee Her Own Criminal Conviction
by Joe Nickell
Self-claimed "psychic, medium, clairvoyant, channel" Sylvia Browne has gained notoriety by appearing on...
by Joe Nickell
People arrive in droves to view them: holy images that appear—many believe miraculously—in the most unlikely places.
Russian Reports Add New Twist to Old Tunguska UFO Myth
by James Oberg
A flurry of reports from Russia this summer about the discovery of fragments of an alien spaceship at the site of the 1908...
What if the Holy Grail was not the legendary cup that held the blood of Christ, but was itself a bloodline?
Senate Intelligence Committee Highlights Need for Skeptical Inquiry
On July 9, 2004, a bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the findings of its inquiry into America's...
Tunguska 1, Roswell 0
This past summer, the Tunguska Space Phenomenon Foundation, led by Yuri Labvin, headed off into the wilds of the vast...
Well, Larry—You’ve Done It Again
by Bryan Farha
Larry King's viewers must be getting tired of Sylvia Browne and John Edward having a monopoly...
Why SETI Is Science and UFOlogy Is Not: A Space Science Perspective on Boundaries
by Mark Moldwin
Understanding the differences between science and pseudoscience is a fundamental critical thinking skill but often isn't as...
Young-earth creationist Kent Hovind has built a dinosaur-filled theme park in Florida and claims to prove that evolution is bunk