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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 29.6

Volume 29.6

November / December 2005

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AGU: President Confuses Science and Belief, Puts Schoolchildren at Risk

by The Editors
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Featurette

The following statement was issued by the American Geophysical Union in Washington on August 2, 2005.

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Bigfoot in Life and Legend

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Review

Review of Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend. By David J. Daegling.

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Can Atheists Be Ethical and Virtuous?

by Peter Lamal
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Review

Review of Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe. By Erik J. Wielenberg.

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Center for Inquiry Granted Representation at the United Nations

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

CFI, which is the parent organization of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal,,,

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Developing Perspectives on Anomalous Experiences

by Julia Santomauro
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Special Report

As readers of the Skeptical Inquirer are aware, anomalous experiences are commonly reported...

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Does Irreducible Complexity Imply Intelligent Design?

by Mark Perakh
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Feature

Michael Behe's "irreducible complexity," according to "design theorists," implies Intelligent Design of biological systems.

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Endless Forms Most Beautiful: A New Revolution in Biology

by Sean B. Carroll
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Feature

Over the past two decades, a revolution has unfolded in biology. Advances in embryology and evolutionary development biology...

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Evolution and the ID Wars

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

From the Editor

We devote the core of this issue to Evolution and the ID Wars. The "Intelligent Design" movement is the most pernicious...

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Fullerton Underpass: The Lost Episodes

by Jim Underdown
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

When the story broke in April about hundreds of people visiting the Fullerton underpass at the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago...

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Harris Poll Explores Beliefs about Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design

by The Editors
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Feature

There is an enormous gap between the firmness of the evidence for evolution and the American public's beliefs about it.

The Intelligent Designer

by Irving Rothchild
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Poem

Is it female or male? Does it have any sex? / Does it come with a name, like Jane, Irving, or Rex?

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Just the Facts, Ma’am: Empirical vs. Rationalist Approaches to Understanding

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Thinking About Science

Skeptics tend to be empiricists. They want the facts. Indeed, it is this emphasis on empirically verifiable statements that...

Legends of Castles and Keeps

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Investigative Files

During the Middle Ages, the castle arose as the private fortress of a monarch or nobleman.

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Letters to the Editor

Responses to SI volume 29.4, Carl Sagan: Questions and Answers from His 1994 Keynote Address

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New-Agey Feldenkrais

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Skeptical Inquiree

My sister-in-law is a Feldenkrais practitioner. She always wants to give us treatments. What is this?

Obfuscating Biological Evolution

Obfuscating Biological Evolution

by Elie A. Shneour
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Feature

On May 5, 1925, biology teacher John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for the crime of teaching Darwin's "theory of evolution."

Only a Theory? Framing the Evolution/Creation Issue

by David Morrison
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Feature

Evolution opponents are framing the issues to our disadvantage.

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Philip J. Klass (1919-2005)

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

The man who was indisputably the most influential UFO skeptic of all time passed away August 9 at the age of 85.

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Plane Crash Survival: Miracle or Skill and Science?

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

On August 2, 2005, amid heavy rain and lightning, Air France Flight 358 from Paris, France, to Toronto, Canada, crashed.

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Police Chief Misleads Viewers on Psychic Detectives

by Gary Posner
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

An episode of Court TV's Psychic Detectives series titled "Dressed to Kill," recreated "psychic" John Monti's role in a 1988...

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Praying for Jane

by Susan Bury
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Forum

A dear friend of mine, Jane, drowned recently during a canoe accident on a river rapids in an Ontario wilderness...

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‘Psychic Swindler’ in San Antonio Convicted of Theft by Coercion

by David Park Musella
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

Jennifer Nicole Evans, the San Antonio, Texas, fortuneteller whose crimes were chronicled in an article in the May/June 2005...

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Real-world Use of the Word Theory

by The Editors
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Featurette

The following examples were encountered in the summer of 2005:

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Recent News on Alternative Medicine

by Kim Stewart and David Park Musella
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

Recent items in the news

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Robert A. Baker (1921-2005)

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

Robert A. Baker—one of the world's preeminent authorities on such phenomena as ghosts, alien abductions, religious apparitions..

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Science Wars II: Science and the Bush Administration

by Chris Mooney
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Doubt and About

Whistleblowers from branches of government ranging from the Climate Change Science Program to the Bureau of Land Management...

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Skeptics and TV News Expose ‘Magnetic Water Conditioners’

by Dave Thomas
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Special Report

The afternoon of Thursday, June 23, was splendidly sunny in Albuquerque, and 1 was leaving the office to drive over to...

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Teen in Aruba, Others Still Missing Despite Psychics

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in the early hours of May 30, 2005, while on vacation in the Dutch Caribbean...

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The Pope and I

by Lawrence M. Krauss
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Feature

Much of my popular writing in newspapers over the past several years has been devoted to trying to clearly lay out...

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This Fall’s Flood of Paranormal Programming

by Barry Karr
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

It appears that no matter where you click with your remote control these days, the new fall television lineup is certain to...

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Top 25 Science Questions: A Stimulating List of What We Don’t Know

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

Science thrives on seeking solutions to unanswered questions.

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The Trick Was a Trick

by Greg Martinez
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Review

Review of The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick: How a Spectacular Hoax Became History. By Peter Lamont.

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Velikovsky Papers to Princeton University

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

The papers of Russian-born American author Immanuel Velikovsky have a new home in the Princeton University Library.

What Should We Think about Americans’ Beliefs Regarding Evolution?

by Lawrence S. Lerner
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Feature

In interpreting poll results, we should be careful about their underlying meaning.

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Why Scientists Get So Angry When Dealing with ID Proponents

by Jason Rosenhouse
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

Feature

Intelligent Design proponents are constantly quoting scientists out of context to make it wrongly appear they have grave...

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‘Winking Jesus’ Statue: Mystery Solved!

by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.6, November / December 2005

News & Comment

On July 28, 2005—according to a Hoboken, New Jersey, street "preacher"— a plaster Jesus statue he had installed...