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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 29.5

Volume 29.5

September / October 2005

Beware of Quacks at the WHO: Objecting to the WHO Draft Report on Homeopathy

by Cees N.M. Renckens, Tom Schoepen, and Willem Betz
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Special Report

Even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has no international power, it still enjoys great authority all over the world.

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Beware of Poltergeists

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Notes on a Strange World

Poltergeist is a German word that literally means "noisy ghost." It is, in fact, believed that poltergeists...

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Bill Nye Launches ‘The Eyes of Nye’

by Kim Stewart
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

News & Comment

Bill Nye is a 1977 graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and was taught by Carl Sagan.

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Deadly Rituals: Nun Dies During Convent Exorcism

by Ben Radford
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

News & Comment

An exorcism at a convent in me small Romanian town of Tanacu resulted in the death of Maricica Irina Cornici...

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The Elixir of Life: Green Tea or Red Wine?

by William H. Baarschers
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Article

Green tea, steeped in an ancient civilization, conquered the West because of its supposed health effects.

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Eloquent but Gloomy

by Ralph Estling
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Forum

I've always recalled with fondness the scene in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal where the knight and...

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Famous ‘Psychic Healer’ Arrested in Toronto

by Kim Stewart
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

News & Comment

On June 14, 2005, police in Toronto, Canada, arrested a self-proclaimed "psychic healer" named Alex Orbito.

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Gallup Poll Shows that Americans’ Belief in the Paranormal Persists

by David Park Musella
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

News & Comment

Despite the best efforts of CSICOP and other skeptical organizations, the results of a poll conducted June 6 through 8, 2005...

The God of Eth

The God of Eth

by Stephen Law
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Article

Are the usual religious defenses of belief in God really up to the job? A dialogue.

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Isaac Newton, Astrologer?

by Ben Radford
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Skeptical Inquiree

Are astrologers correct in saying that Isaac Newton believed in, and practiced, astrology?

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Italian Skeptics Debunk Crop Circle Radiation Claim

by The Editors
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

News & Comment

Researchers from CICAP have published a scientific paper titled Balls of Light: The Questionable Science of Crop Circles.

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Italy’s ‘Miracle’ Relics

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Investigative Files

In October 2004, after participating in the Fifth World Skeptics Congress in Abano Terme, Italy—near Padua, where Galileo...

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‘Jane Doe’ Recovered Memory Lawsuit Appeal

by Kim Stewart
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

News & Comment

SI published a two-part article in 2002 questioning psychologist David L. Corwin's use of a single case study as...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the May / June 2005 Skeptical Inquirer, Testing 'The Girl with X-Ray Eyes'

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Mystical Experiences: Magnetic Fields or Suggestibility?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Article

Some skeptics have embraced Persinger's studies which supposedly demonstrate that electromagnetic stimulation of the brain...

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Obesity Epidemic? Elixirs of Life? Where’s the Truth?

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

From the Editor

Are we in the midst of an obesity epidemic? And if so, what does that mean for our health, really?

Obesity: Epidemic or Myth?

Obesity: Epidemic or Myth?

by Patrick Johnson
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Article

New evidence shows that the obesity epidemic is not as bad as we have been led to believe.

On Problems with Near-light-speed Travel

by Dave Thomas
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Article

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Palm Readers, Stargazers, and Scientists: A Critique of Futurism

by Richard L. Miller and Emily Balcetis
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Article

Scientific Futurism is not that different from psychic futurism. It serves many of the same purposes and is subject to many...

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PBS Series Nova to Feature ‘Einstein’s Big Idea’

by The Editors
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

News & Comment

On Tuesday, October 11, 2005, the PBS series Nova will broadcast an episode titled "Einstein's Big Idea," which will not only...

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The Power and Perils of Metaphors in Science

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Thinking About Science

Humans apparently cannot avoid thinking, at least occasionally, by images and parallels to already known situations.

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Questioning the Obesity Myth

by Ben Radford
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Book Review

Review of The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health. By Paul Campos.

Special Relativity after 100 Years

by John Geohegan
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Article

Special relativity has been phenomenally successful, but its nonintuitive nature has made it difficult for us to absorb.

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Statistics of the Natasha Test: Response to Concerns and Questions

by Ray Hyman
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Follow-up

The television program The Girl with the X-ray Eyes has appeared on the Discovery Channel in Europe and Asia.

Sylvia Browne’s Latest: Ghost-Written?

Sylvia Browne’s Latest: Ghost-Written?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Book Review

Review of the book by Sylvia Brown

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These Files May Be ‘Real-Life’—But Is She Really ‘Psychic’?

by Gary Posner
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Book Review

Review of A Mind for Murder: The Real-Life Files of a Psychic Investigator. By Noreen Renier with Naomi Lucks.

Tom Cruise, Scientology Bash Psychiatry; APA Fires Back

Tom Cruise, Scientology Bash Psychiatry; APA Fires Back

by Amanda Chesworth
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

News & Comment

“It is irresponsible for Mr. Cruise to use his movie publicity tour to promote his own ideological views...”

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Tom Cruise, Scientology Bash Psychiatry; APA Fires Back

by Amanda Chesworth
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

News & Comment

It is irresponsible for Mr. Cruise to use his movie publicity tour to promote his own ideological views and deter...

The Twin Paradox

The Twin Paradox

by Dave Thomas
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Article

Thomas explains the twin paradox of special relativity.

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An Unusual Twist in Testing Media Psychics

by Wendy Grossman
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Forum

It seemed hardly unusual to be asked to debate a psychic for a TV documentary "exploring spirituality in Britain..."

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We Can Still Learn Lessons from Einstein’s Watershed Year

by Gary L. Bennet
Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Article

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most creative years in science, a year in which five extraordinary...