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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 29.1

Volume 29.1

January / February 2005

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Alien-Abduction Guru Mack Killed in Accident

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

John E. Mack—whose position as a Harvard psychiatrist seemed to add legitimacy to his endorsement of alien abduction claims...

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Betty Hill, First ‘Alien Abductee,’ Dies

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

Eunice "Betty" Hill—whose claimed 1961 encounter with extraterrestrials spawned the alien-abduction mania—died October 19,2004.

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Bits of Bogus Science Preceding Piltdown

by John Whittaker
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Book Review

Piltdown Man: The Secret Life of Charles Dawson and the Worlds Greatest Archaeological Hoax. By Miles Russell.

Brave Thoughts Are Still Not the Truth

by Vitaly L. Ginzburg
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Article

Scientists often take the bait of swindlers from pseudoscience.

Critical Inquiry, and Thinking About Galileo

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

From the Editor

Kendrick Frazier's comments

Critical Thinking About Energy: The Case for Decentralized Generation of Electricity

Critical Thinking About Energy: The Case for Decentralized Generation of Electricity

by Thomas R. Casten and Brennan Downes
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Article

Highly centralized generation of electrical power is a paradigm that has outlived its usefulness.

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Critics Ravage ‘Hoax’ New Age

by Ben Radford
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

An independent film directed and produced by followers of the New Age channeller/guru J.Z. Knight...

Demagogues against Scientific Expertise

by Vitaly L. Ginzburg
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Article

A distinguished Russian physicist battles the pseudoscience and charlatanism that he feels is duping his country's population.

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Exploring Controversies in the Art and Science of Polygraph Testing

by John Ruscio
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Article

Polygraph testing has always been controversial, with a wide gulf separating practitioners from scientists with relevant...

Facts and Fiction in the Kennedy Assassination

Facts and Fiction in the Kennedy Assassination

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Notes on a Strange World

Investigating historical mysteries is one of the most fascinating and rewarding aspects of the work of a skeptical researcher

A Giant Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

by Greg Martinez
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Book Review

Review of the book by physicist MIchio Kaku

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Hurricane Osama?

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Psychic Vibrations

With the recent devastating and remarkable assault on Florida by one destructive hurricane after another, some are...

In the Land of Galileo, Fifth World Skeptics Congress Solves Mysteries, Champions Scientific Outlook

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

The legacy of Galileo shone like a brilliant star throughout the Fifth World Skeptics Congress...

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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

Forum

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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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the September / October 2004 Skeptical Inquirer, Columbia's Prayer/Fertility Study.

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The Mary Celeste: A Very Plausible Explanation

by Terence Hines
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Book Review

Review of Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and her Missing Crew. By Brian Hicks.

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Metabolife Founder Michael Ellis Charged with Lying to FDA

by David Park Musella
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

On top of having the product his company takes its name from banned, Michael J. Ellis, founder of Metabolife International...

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Mystery Painting: ‘The Shadow of the Cross’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Investigative Files

An enigmatic painting is exhibited at the church of San Francisco de Asis (St. Francis of Assisi) at Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

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Natural Medicine: Will That Be a Pill or a Needle?

by William H. Baarschers
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Article

Many alternative practitioners promise to reveal "secrets your doctor never told you." One secret is never mentioned...

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Paranormal Expo Cancelled Under Cloud

by Jim Underdown
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

When the promoters of the paranormal-chemed Paraworld Expo announced its event at the Los Angeles Convention Center...

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Piltdown and How Science Really Works

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Thinking About Science

When one debates creationists, one is bound to run up against the infamous Piltdown forgery. This is the case of an alleged...

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Psychics (Don’t) Explain Missing September 11

by Ben Radford
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

While going though files on psychics a few months ago, I came across a newspaper article listing annual psychic predictions...

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Raelian Update: Sex, Pseudoscience, and Sacrilege

by Kevin Christopher
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

In 1950s sci-fi movies, aliens brought mankind gifts like solutions to world peace and the cure for cancer.

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Randi: That’s Amazing

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

The special event the second night was "Randi: That's Amazing," billed as "A 'Magical' Evening with James Randi."

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Some Reasons for Caution about the Bigfoot Film Exposé

by Michael Dennett
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Follow-up

For skeptics, the revelation of a hoax can provide valuable insights but may also contain pitfalls.

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Stupid Things

by Ralph Estling
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

Forum

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

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The World of Galileo Galilei

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.1, January / February 2005

News & Comment

As befitted a conference outside Padua, the first evening featured a special event, "The World of Galileo Galilei."