Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 29.4
July / August 2005
by Ann Druyan
Our culture seems to be engaged in a great turning away from reality, seeking refuge in discredited myths and magical thinking.
Are the Historical Sciences Sciences?
Are historical sciences somehow inferior to experimental ones? This attitude, sometimes referred to as "physics envy..."
by Joe Nickell
Although mainstream science has never validated any psychic ability, mediums continue to sell their fantasies to the public.
Review of Copeland's Cure: Homeopathy and the War between Conventional and Alternative Medicine. By Natalie Robins.
by James Randi
Randi describes some of the people who apply for his foundation's $1 million challenge for evidence of paranormal powers.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like a (Fritjof) Capra?
Fritjof Capra's popular books purport to expound modern thinking in science by promoting "system thinking."
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Responses to the March / April 2005 Skeptical Inquirer, Evolution and Evidence
NASA Comet Collision to Disrupt Earth’s ‘Psychic Environment,’ Says Russian Astrologer
On July 4, 2005, if NASA has its way, a space probe will collide with Comet 9P/Tempel 1, creating a deep...
Our Lady of the Underpass
Thousands of Roman Catholics have made an impromptu shrine of another unlikely spot, this time a Chicago underpass...
Police, Psychics Search for ‘Abducted’ Runaway Bride
Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, vanished from her Duluth, Georgia, home on April 26, 2005. The long-distance runner, who was to be...
Randi’s Pigasus Awards Go to Prayer Study, Psychic Travel, Ramtha ‘Bleep’ Film
by The Editors
James Randi announced his 2005 Pigasus Awards ("Pigs might fly") on April 1, and the lead one went to the people responsible...
Seeking a Sixth Sense
Following the December 26, 2004, Asian tsunami, many media reports said that animals and aboriginal tribesmen somehow sensed...
The Social Context of Cults
Review of Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults. By Janja Lalich.
The Story of a ‘Greata’ Medium
There once was an Italian Spiritualistic medium who had both the pleasure of astonishing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator...
Thoughts on Thought Control
Review of Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control. By Kathleen Taylor.
Time for Science to Go on the Offense
We have seen another turbulent several months in science's latest battles with the evolution-deniers.
Tsunami Rumors Cause Ongoing Waves of Fear
by Robert E. Bartholomew and Diego Zuniga
Months after the receding waters from the tsunami of December 26, 2004, rumors of more killer waves continue to disrupt lives.
Voodoo Science and Voodoo Politics in Florida
In January 2005, the Board of Governors of Florida's state university system voted down by a 10-3 margin a plan to create..
What Should We Do with Skepticism?
The word skeptic has negative connotations: naysayer, refuter, debunker, spoilsport...
Where the UFO Conspiracy Theories Roam
The International UFO Congress has been taking place each March in Laughlin, Nevada, for fourteen years and I had yet to...
‘World’s Most Documented Psychic’ Fails to Find Abducted Granddaughter
On the afternoon of April 12, 2005, six-week-old Graciana Heughan was abducted from a Children's Aid Society office in Toronto.
by Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan takes questions at his CSICOP keynote address in Seattle Washington on June 26, 1994.