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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 30.2

Volume 30.2

March / April 2006

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Argentina Mysteries

Argentina Mysteries

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Investigative Files

While visiting Argentina, I was also able to take a look at some local mysteries with which I already had some familiarity.

Critical Thinking: What Is It Good for? (In Fact, What Is It?)

Critical Thinking: What Is It Good for? (In Fact, What Is It?)

by Howard Gabennesch
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Feature

Nearly everyone is in favor of critical thinking. This is evidence that the term is in danger of becoming meaningless.

In Search of Dracula

In Search of Dracula

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Notes on a Strange World

I recently had the opportunity to travel through Europe in search of the reality behind some famous ancient legends.

Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens

Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens

by Terence Hines
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Review

Review of the book by Susan A. Clancy

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Alien Abduction Analysis

by Terence Hines
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Review

Review of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens. By Susan A. Clancy.

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Art Bell’s Show Broadcasts Sylvia Browne Failure about Mine Tragedy

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

Self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne, the best selling author and a regular on Larry King Live...

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A Constructive Look at Destructive Mental Health Trends

by Bruce Hartsell
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Review

Review of Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm. Edited by Wright and Cummings.

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The Big Bird, the Big Lie, God, and Science

by Jill Neimark
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Feature

A young man claims to have amazing distant-healing powers, but a skeptical look at the fact raises serious questions.

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Carla Baron Psychic Detective Update

by Vaughn Rees
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

Over the past twenty years, Carla Baron, a self-described psychic detective, claims to have solved some fifty cases...

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Commentary on John P.A. Ionnidis’s ‘Why Most Published Research Findings are False’

by Ray Hyman
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Research Review

We need to consider the prior or pre-study probability that a finding will be true to find the posterior or post-study...

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Court Decision in Dover Case a Victory for Good Science

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

From the Editor

The court decision in the Dover Intelligent Design case is cause for jubilation. For all of us who care deeply about science...

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Evolution Science’s Top Story of the Year

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

Each December, the editors of Science magazine, one of the world's leading scientific journals, review the most...

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Hoaxers, Hackers, and Policymakers

by Carolyn Meinel
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Feature

How Junk Science Persuaded the FBI to Divert Terrorism Funding to Fight Hackers

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In Landmark Dover Decision, Judge Rules ID Is Not Science, Teaching It Is Unconstitutional

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

It was clear, strong, eloquent, and decisive. It ruled broadly on the merits of the case. And it dealt a stinging rebuke to...

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Is Evolutionary Psychology a Pseudoscience?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Thinking About Science

Evolutionary psychology is the most current incarnation of what started out as sociobiology, a branch of evolutionary theory...

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It’s a Natural Selection: Evolution Amber Ale

by Amanda Chesworth
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

Beer is an ancient invention, so, using the reasoning of proponents of long-forgotten Eastern mysticism and alternative...

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Kansas Professor Relieved of His Chair Over Comments Critical of Intelligent Design

by David Park Musella
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

A furor has erupted over a graduate-level course that was to be offered at the University of Kansas in the Spring 2006 semester.

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the November/December 2005 Skeptical Inquirer, Evolution and the ID Wars

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Loon Season in Canada

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Psychic Vibrations

Paul Hellyer was Canada's Defence Minister from 1963-1967 under Prime Minister Lester Pearson, as well as later serving...

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Ludmil A. Chotkowski, M.D., 1916-2005, Challenged Chiropractic

by Frank Reiser
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

Ludmil A. Chotkowski, M.D., died of a brain tumor at his home in Berlin, Connecticut, October 6, 2005, at the age of 89.

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The Memory Wars: Parts 2 and 3

by Martin Gardner
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Feature

Most of the cases against priests for sexual abuse against young parishioners are supported by full confessions...

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‘Natural’ Childbirth

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Skeptical Inquiree

What's behind the current anti-science move toward the "natural" birth process?

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New Center for Inquiry Research Building Completed

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

The new addition to the Center for Inquiry—Transnational's headquarters in Amherst, New York, has been completed.

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A Portrait of Darwin for Kids

by Greg Martinez
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Review

Review of Darwin and Evolution for Kids: His Live and Ideas with 21 Activities. by Kristan Lawson.

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The Power of Not Thinking Is Not Very Great

by Wesley Cecil
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Review

Review of Blink. By Malcolm Gladwell.

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The Rampant Politicization of Science

by Peter Lamal
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Review

Review of The Republican Ware on Science. By Chris Mooney.

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Rare Woodpecker, presumed Extinct, Found in Arkansas

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

A chance sighting in Arkansas's Cache River National Wildlife Refuge of a presumed extinct woodpecker led to a 2005...

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Skepchicks Raise Profile of Female Skeptics

by Amanda Chesworth
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

News & Comment

Anyone familiar with the skeptical community knows that the number of women involved in conferences, activism...

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‘We Find That ID Is Not Science’: Excerpts from the Dover Federal Court Ruling on Intelligent Design

by Judge John E. Jones III
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Special Report

Excerpts from the body of U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III's 139-page ruling in...

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The Wrong Question

by Ralph Estling
Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Forum

A person from Porlock [...] dropped by for a chat the other day and to ask what I thought the purpose of life was.