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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 29.3

Volume 29.3

May / June 2005

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Alleged Reagan Astrologer Dies

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

Joyce Jillson, the self-styled "Hollywood Astrologer" who claimed to have cast horoscopes for the Reagans, died October 1, 2004.

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‘Ancient Universe’ Booklet Explains the Great Age of the Changing Cosmos

by The Editors
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

In several U.S. states there have been demands that discussions of the Big Bang and the vast age of the universe be excluded...

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Astronomy, Astrology—What’s the Difference? It’s Politics

by Frank Reiser
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

A radio ad that confused astronomy with astrology was used to ridicule Joel Trella for taking college courses in astronomy...

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Bad Science, Bad Fiction, and an Agenda

by Chris Mooney
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Book Review

Review of State of Fear. By Michael Crichton.

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Brains, Biology, Science, and Skepticism: On Thinking about Sex Differences (Again)

by Carol Tavris
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

In 1977, my friend and colleague Carole Wade and I wrote one of the first textbooks in women's studies...

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Centuries-old Puzzle Solved by Calgary Teen

by David Park Musella
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

In the early part of the sixteenth century, German artist, engraver, and master of perspective Albrecht Durer, who often...

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Claims of Invalid ‘Shroud’ Radiocarbon Date Cut from Whole Cloth

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Special Report

A Longtime Shroud of Turin devotee now admits there is the equivalent of watercolor paint on the alleged burial cloth of Jesus.

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A Closer Look at Medium

by William Harwood
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Television Review

Discussion of the NBC series.

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CSICOP Launches Creation Watch Web Site

by The Editors
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

In an effort to help counter the misinformation spread on the Internet by creationist groups, the Committee for...

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CSI’s Anthony Zuiker: TV’s Man of the Century?

by Chris Volkay
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

I nominate Anthony E. Zuiker as TV's man of the century.

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Florida Legislators, FSU Faculty Clash over Proposed Chiropractic School at University

by John Gaeddert
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

A proposed chiropractic school at Florida State has pitted state legislators against faculty in a battle that is equal parts...

Getting the Monkey off Darwin’s Back: Four Common Myths About Evolution

Getting the Monkey off Darwin’s Back: Four Common Myths About Evolution

by Charles Sullivan and Cameron Mcpherson Smith
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Article

Evolution is poorly characterized by certain commonly used phrases.

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Indian Rationalist H. Narasimhaiah Dies at 84

by Amardeo Sarma
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

Eminent rationalist H. Narasimhaiah, founder of the Bangalore Science Forum, CSICOP Fellow, and eminent skeptic, died January...

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Internet Group Donates Evolution Texts to Dover High School

by The Editors
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

An international e-mail group that focuses on opposing the teaching of Intelligent Design creationism has donated over twenty...

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Joe Nickell Replies

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Follow-up

Ray Rogers largely sidesteps my criticisms. He claimed to have uniquely found cotton and madder on the shroud's radiocarbon...

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Johnny Carson Remembered

by James Randi
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Special Report

A very bright light in my life has gone out. Forgive me if what follows is a little disorganized, but I've just heard that...

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Kindness Explained

by Peter Lamal
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Book Review

Review of Kindness in a Cruel World: The Evolution of Altruism. By Nigel Barber.

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the January / February 2005 Skeptical Inquirer, Critical Thinking About Energy

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Loftus Wins $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Her Memory Research

by The Editors
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

CSICOP Fellow Elizabeth Loftus, a noted memory expert and professor of psychology and law at the University of California...

Natasha Demkina: The Girl with Normal Eyes

Natasha Demkina: The Girl with Normal Eyes

by Andrew A. Skolnick
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Article

Many in Russia and the United Kingdom believe a teenage girl can identify diseases in patients better than their physicians.

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Newspaper’s ‘Psychic Experts’ Wash Out with Hurricane Predictions

by Gary Posner
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

Like Frances did three weeks earlier, Hurricane Jeanne cut a swatch of destruction across central Florida, striking the east...

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Nonsense in Vogue

by Phil Molé
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Book Review

Review of The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense: A Guide for Edgy People. By Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangtoom.

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Psychic’ Con Artist Caught in Police Sting

by David Park Musella
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

At the Bayou Lacombe Crab Festival, a resident of Louisiana had a reading performed by a supposed psychic who called herself...

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Psychic Swindlers

by Amy Davis
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Article

An investigative television reporter looking into a shady psychic uncovers a dangerous underworld of fraud and scams.

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Quoteworthy

by The Editors
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

Science is always more unsolved questions, and its great advantage is you can prove something is true or something...

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Rebuttal to Joe Nickell

by Raymond N. Rogers
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Follow-up

Joe Nickell has attacked my scientific competence and honesty in his "Claims of Invalid 'Shroud'...

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Recent Deaths

by The Editors
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

Ernst Mayr, considered by some the leading evolutionary biologist of the twentieth century, one of the architects of...

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Science, Seeing, and Cosmological Worldviews

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

From the Editor

Ray Hyman's cover article describes tests he, Wiseman, and Skolnick carried out on the so-called Russian "girl with X-ray eyes."

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Second Sight: The Phenomenon of Eyeless Vision

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Investigative Files

Natasha Demkina claims a special ability: She can supposedly peer inside people's bodies, observe their organs, and diagnose...

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Shark Cartilage Cancer ‘Cure’ Shows Danger of Pseudoscience

by Johns Hopkins University
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

News & Comment

The rising popularity of shark cartilage as an anti-cancer treatment is a triumph of marketing and pseudoscience over reason.

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The So-called Gaia Hypothesis

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Thinking About Science

Is Earth a living organism? Broadly speaking, this is the chief claim of a family of theories often referred to as "Gaia."

Testing Natasha

Testing Natasha

by Ray Hyman
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Article

Can a seventeen-year-old girl truly "see" inside a person's body? Hyman and colleagues conducted tests to search for the truth.

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There’s a UFO in My Painting!

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Notes on a Strange World

"UFOs are not a recent invention, they were seen by our ancestors as well!"

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The Psychologist, the Philosopher, and the Librarian: The Information-literacy Version of CRITIC

by Brad Matthies
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Article

The information-literacy version of CRITIC expands upon Wayne R. Bartz's development of that acronym.

Tsunami Conspiracies and Hollow Moons

Tsunami Conspiracies and Hollow Moons

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 29.3, May / June 2005

Psychic Vibrations

As the destruction became clear from the recent tsunami in southern Asia, claims surfaced of strange events associated with it.