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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 29.4

Volume 29.4

July / August 2005

The Great Turning Away

by Ann Druyan
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Article

Our culture seems to be engaged in a great turning away from reality, seeking refuge in discredited myths and magical thinking.

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Are the Historical Sciences Sciences?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Thinking About Science

Are historical sciences somehow inferior to experimental ones? This attitude, sometimes referred to as "physics envy..."

The Case of the ‘Psychic Detectives’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Investigative Files

Although mainstream science has never validated any psychic ability, mediums continue to sell their fantasies to the public.

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Copeland’s Delusions

by Avi Dov Klein
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Book Review

Review of Copeland's Cure: Homeopathy and the War between Conventional and Alternative Medicine. By Natalie Robins.

Fakers and Innocents: The One Million Dollar Challenge and Those Who Try for It

Fakers and Innocents: The One Million Dollar Challenge and Those Who Try for It

by James Randi
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Article

Randi describes some of the people who apply for his foundation's $1 million challenge for evidence of paranormal powers.

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like a (Fritjof) Capra?

by Burton S. Guttman
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Article

Fritjof Capra's popular books purport to expound modern thinking in science by promoting "system thinking."

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the March / April 2005 Skeptical Inquirer, Evolution and Evidence

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NASA Comet Collision to Disrupt Earth’s ‘Psychic Environment,’ Says Russian Astrologer

by David Park Musella
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

News & Comment

On July 4, 2005, if NASA has its way, a space probe will collide with Comet 9P/Tempel 1, creating a deep...

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Our Lady of the Underpass

by Ben Radford
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

News & Comment

Thousands of Roman Catholics have made an impromptu shrine of another unlikely spot, this time a Chicago underpass...

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Police, Psychics Search for ‘Abducted’ Runaway Bride

by Ben Radford
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

News & Comment

Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, vanished from her Duluth, Georgia, home on April 26, 2005. The long-distance runner, who was to be...

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Randi’s Pigasus Awards Go to Prayer Study, Psychic Travel, Ramtha ‘Bleep’ Film

by The Editors
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

News & Comment

James Randi announced his 2005 Pigasus Awards ("Pigs might fly") on April 1, and the lead one went to the people responsible...

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Seeking a Sixth Sense

by Ben Radford
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Skeptical Inquiree

Following the December 26, 2004, Asian tsunami, many media reports said that animals and aboriginal tribesmen somehow sensed...

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The Social Context of Cults

by Karla McLaren
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Book Review

Review of Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults. By Janja Lalich.

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The Story of a ‘Greata’ Medium

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Notes on a Strange World

There once was an Italian Spiritualistic medium who had both the pleasure of astonishing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator...

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Thoughts on Thought Control

by Joseph P. Szimhart
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Book Review

Review of Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control. By Kathleen Taylor.

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Time for Science to Go on the Offense

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

From the Editor

We have seen another turbulent several months in science's latest battles with the evolution-deniers.

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Tsunami Rumors Cause Ongoing Waves of Fear

by Robert E. Bartholomew and Diego Zuniga
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

News & Comment

Months after the receding waters from the tsunami of December 26, 2004, rumors of more killer waves continue to disrupt lives.

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Voodoo Science and Voodoo Politics in Florida

by Greg Martinez
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

News & Comment

In January 2005, the Board of Governors of Florida's state university system voted down by a 10-3 margin a plan to create..

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What Should We Do with Skepticism?

by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Article

The word skeptic has negative connotations: naysayer, refuter, debunker, spoilsport...

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Where the UFO Conspiracy Theories Roam

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Psychic Vibrations

The International UFO Congress has been taking place each March in Laughlin, Nevada, for fourteen years and I had yet to...

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‘World’s Most Documented Psychic’ Fails to Find Abducted Granddaughter

by Ben Radford
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

News & Comment

On the afternoon of April 12, 2005, six-week-old Graciana Heughan was abducted from a Children's Aid Society office in Toronto.

Carl Sagan Takes Questions: More From His ‘Wonder and Skepticism’ CSICOP 1994 Keynote

Carl Sagan Takes Questions: More From His ‘Wonder and Skepticism’ CSICOP 1994 Keynote

by Carl Sagan
Volume 29.4, July / August 2005

Interview

Carl Sagan takes questions at his CSICOP keynote address in Seattle Washington on June 26, 1994.