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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 30.3

Volume 30.3

May / June 2006

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AAAS: Deeply Concerned about Legislation and Policies That Would Undermine the Teaching of Evolution

by The Editors
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

Key portion of the new statement by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, issued in St. Louis in February.

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AAAS Events, Statement Expound Evolution, Decry ID

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

If this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is any guide, no one can complain...

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Are We Alone? A Searching Look at SETI

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

From the Editor

Are we alone in the Universe? The question reverberates across the centuries. But the generations alive today are the first...

Astrobiology Is the New Modern Framework Encompassing SETI . . . and So Much Else

by David Morrison
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Article

SETI is a scientific effort that has attracted wide popular interest over the past half century.

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Circles of Light

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Notes on a Strange World

A new enigma is spreading on the Internet. Some call it a new kind of miracle. According to various Web sites, for the past...

The Cosmic Haystack Is Large

The Cosmic Haystack Is Large

by Jill Tarter
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Article

The Cosmic Haystack is large, unimaginably large, and at least nine-dimensional.

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CSICOP Announces Winners of the First Robert P. Balles Prize

by The Editors
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

CSICOP is pleased to announce the winners of the first Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking...

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‘Curing’ ADHD

by Alan D. Bowd
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Article

A Web search for "Curing ADHD" resulted in 33,000 hits. This is a curious result, considering the unanimous view of...

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Darwin’s Birthday, Hollywood Style

by Jim Underdown
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

At 12:01 A.M. on February 12, 2006, Center for Inquiry—West Executive Director James Underdown began reading...

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The Ill Effects of the Self-help Movement

by Terence Hines
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Book Review

Reviews of books by Steve Salerno and Christina Hoff Sommers

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Hubble Wouldn’t Be Hubble without Her

by Greg Martinez
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Book Review

Review of Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe.

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Intelligent Design and the Workings of Science

by Michael Friedlander
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Comment and Opinion

Rather than discussing the methods of science in an abstract way, we should draw our illustrations from concrete examples...

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Irving Rothchild Dead at 92

by The Editors
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

Irving Rothchild, a retired professor from Case Western Reserve's medical school and a world authority on reproduction...

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Is Physics Turning into Philosophy?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Thinking About Science

Physics is, by most people's—especially physicists'—accounts, the queen of the sciences.

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James Randi’s Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas

by Ben Radford
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

James Randi's fourth annual "Amazing Meeting" was held in Las Vegas Nevada, January 27-29, 2005.

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Letters to the Editor

Reader responses to SI 30.2, Cyberterrorism: Hoaxers, Hackers, and Policymakers.

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Mysteries of the Coral Castle

by Ben Radford
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Skeptical Inquiree

"Edward Leedskalnin cut, quarried, and raised a castle consisting of over 1,000 tons of coral rock."

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Neil deGrasse Tyson to Host NOVA ScienceNOW

by The Editors
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

Astrophysicist and CSICOP Fellow Neil deGrasse Tyson has been named to host the PBS television science magazine series...

The New Approach to SETI Is from the Bottom Up, Rather Than the Top Down

by David Darling
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Article

As far as the prevalence of life and intelligence throughout the galaxy goes, the simple fact is we still have no idea.

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The ‘New’ Idolatry

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Investigative Files

For a live, prime-time television program, I was asked to evaluate claims that a statue in Sacramento streamed tears of blood.

The PEAR Proposition: Fact or Fallacy?

The PEAR Proposition: Fact or Fallacy?

by Stanley Jeffers
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Article

For years, Princeton's PEAR group has been pursuing a research program that many would characterize as parapsychology.

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Public Health’s Credibility Crisis

by Elizabeth M. Whelan
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Comment and Opinion

As society grapples with a possible avian influenza epidemic, threats of biological and chemical terrorism, AIDS...

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The Real Sword in the Stone

by Luigi Garlaschelli
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Article

The Sword in the Stone of St. Galgano, a twelfth-century Tuscan hermit, has been investigated, and the striking coincidences...

SETI Requires a Skeptical Reappraisal

SETI Requires a Skeptical Reappraisal

by Peter Schenkel
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Article

In light of new findings and insights, it seems appropriate to put euphoria to rest and to take a more down-to-earth view.

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Studies on Soy and Arthritis-relief Supplaments Give Negative Results

by David Park Musella
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

Recent studies have cast doubt on the purported benefits of soy and glucosamine supplements.

Teaching Pigs to Sing: An Experiment in Bringing Critical Thinking to the Masses

Teaching Pigs to Sing: An Experiment in Bringing Critical Thinking to the Masses

by Harriet Hall
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Article

A skeptic encounters psychics, astrologers, and other strange creatures and discovers how they react to science and reason.

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U.S. ‘Out on a Limb by Ourselves’ in Evolution Rejection, Jon Miller Tells AAAS

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

News & Comment

Americans do embrace science and technology, says Jon D. Miller of Northwestern--with the notable exception of evolution.

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The Virtues of Skepticism

by David Ludden
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Book Review

Review of Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown. By Michael Shermer

Why Scientists Shouldn’t Be Surprised by the Popularity of Intelligent Design

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Article

The main obstacle standing in the way of the public’s acceptance of evolutionary theory is not a dearth of common sense.