Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 30.2
March / April 2006
by Joe Nickell
While visiting Argentina, I was also able to take a look at some local mysteries with which I already had some familiarity.
Nearly everyone is in favor of critical thinking. This is evidence that the term is in danger of becoming meaningless.
I recently had the opportunity to travel through Europe in search of the reality behind some famous ancient legends.
Review of the book by Susan A. Clancy
Alien Abduction Analysis
Review of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens. By Susan A. Clancy.
Art Bell’s Show Broadcasts Sylvia Browne Failure about Mine Tragedy
Self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne, the best selling author and a regular on Larry King Live...
A Constructive Look at Destructive Mental Health Trends
Review of Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm. Edited by Wright and Cummings.
The Big Bird, the Big Lie, God, and Science
by Jill Neimark
A young man claims to have amazing distant-healing powers, but a skeptical look at the fact raises serious questions.
Carla Baron Psychic Detective Update
by Vaughn Rees
Over the past twenty years, Carla Baron, a self-described psychic detective, claims to have solved some fifty cases...
Commentary on John P.A. Ionnidis’s ‘Why Most Published Research Findings are False’
by Ray Hyman
We need to consider the prior or pre-study probability that a finding will be true to find the posterior or post-study...
Court Decision in Dover Case a Victory for Good Science
The court decision in the Dover Intelligent Design case is cause for jubilation. For all of us who care deeply about science...
Evolution Science’s Top Story of the Year
Each December, the editors of Science magazine, one of the world's leading scientific journals, review the most...
Hoaxers, Hackers, and Policymakers
How Junk Science Persuaded the FBI to Divert Terrorism Funding to Fight Hackers
In Landmark Dover Decision, Judge Rules ID Is Not Science, Teaching It Is Unconstitutional
It was clear, strong, eloquent, and decisive. It ruled broadly on the merits of the case. And it dealt a stinging rebuke to...
Is Evolutionary Psychology a Pseudoscience?
Evolutionary psychology is the most current incarnation of what started out as sociobiology, a branch of evolutionary theory...
It’s a Natural Selection: Evolution Amber Ale
Beer is an ancient invention, so, using the reasoning of proponents of long-forgotten Eastern mysticism and alternative...
Kansas Professor Relieved of His Chair Over Comments Critical of Intelligent Design
A furor has erupted over a graduate-level course that was to be offered at the University of Kansas in the Spring 2006 semester.
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Responses to the November/December 2005 Skeptical Inquirer, Evolution and the ID Wars
Loon Season in Canada
Paul Hellyer was Canada's Defence Minister from 1963-1967 under Prime Minister Lester Pearson, as well as later serving...
Ludmil A. Chotkowski, M.D., 1916-2005, Challenged Chiropractic
by Frank Reiser
Ludmil A. Chotkowski, M.D., died of a brain tumor at his home in Berlin, Connecticut, October 6, 2005, at the age of 89.
The Memory Wars: Parts 2 and 3
Most of the cases against priests for sexual abuse against young parishioners are supported by full confessions...
What's behind the current anti-science move toward the "natural" birth process?
New Center for Inquiry Research Building Completed
by Paul Kurtz
The new addition to the Center for Inquiry—Transnational's headquarters in Amherst, New York, has been completed.
A Portrait of Darwin for Kids
Review of Darwin and Evolution for Kids: His Live and Ideas with 21 Activities. by Kristan Lawson.
The Power of Not Thinking Is Not Very Great
by Wesley Cecil
Review of Blink. By Malcolm Gladwell.
The Rampant Politicization of Science
by Peter Lamal
Review of The Republican Ware on Science. By Chris Mooney.
Rare Woodpecker, presumed Extinct, Found in Arkansas
A chance sighting in Arkansas's Cache River National Wildlife Refuge of a presumed extinct woodpecker led to a 2005...
Skepchicks Raise Profile of Female Skeptics
Anyone familiar with the skeptical community knows that the number of women involved in conferences, activism...
‘We Find That ID Is Not Science’: Excerpts from the Dover Federal Court Ruling on Intelligent Design
Excerpts from the body of U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III's 139-page ruling in...
The Wrong Question
A person from Porlock [...] dropped by for a chat the other day and to ask what I thought the purpose of life was.