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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 30.4

Volume 30.4

July / August 2006

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Alien Autopsy Hoax Revealed—Again

by David Park Musella
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

Many people have seen the black-and-white film showing the supposed postmortem examination of one of the extraterrestrials...

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‘Alien Rains’ of Kerala Not So Alien after All

by Ian Williams Goddard
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

Since January 2006, news headlines the world over have advanced the claim that extraterrestrial microbes rained down on India.

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The Big Sleep or Just a Nap?

by Greg Martinez
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Review

Review of Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. By Mary Roach.

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Body of Evidence

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Review

Reviews of books by Gillian Bennett and Jacqueline Simpson.

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Center for Inquiry Opens in India

by Austin Dacey
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

Jawaharlal Nehru, the founder of modern India, famously called its mills and dams "temples of modern India."

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Dinosaur Adventure Land Slated for Demolition

by Greg Martinez
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

Flamboyant young-earth creationist Kent Hovind may see his lucrative creationist theme park Dinosaur Adventure Land...

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Evolution’s Radical Future?

by James N. Gardner
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Review

Review of The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. By Ray Kurzweil.

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Explanatory Frameworks and Investigative Exposés

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

From the Editor

For every issue of SI we try to provide a nourishing variety of material. First, there's the variety of types of material...

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Florida Psychic Jailed for Fraud

by Greg Martinez
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

Linda Marks, a self-proclaimed psychic who worked out of a Florida storefront pled guilty to three counts of wire fraud...

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Governor Snubs Kentucky Academy of Science About Intelligent Design

by David Ludden
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher recently snubbed the Kentucky Academy of Science in a discussion about whether I.D. should...

Houdini’s Impossible Demonstration

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Notes on a Strange World

For years, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were friends. One was an arch-skeptic while the other was a true believer.

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The Internet: A Shining Beacon of Truth

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Psychic Vibrations

Where have all the UFOs gone? In recent months, three widely read articles have been published by thoughtful observers...

In Defense of the Higher Values

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Comment and Opinion

When Paul Kurtz brought us to Buffalo 30 ago to found CSICOP, the nation was awash in what he called "The New Irrationalisms."

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Skeptical Inquirer 30.2, Cyberterrorism: Hoaxes Hackers and Policymakers

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A Lively Guide to Resisting Bogus Reasoning

by Mark Durm
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Review

Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders.

Magnet Therapy: A Billion-dollar Boondoggle

Magnet Therapy: A Billion-dollar Boondoggle

by Bruce Flamm
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Feature

About a billion dollars a year is now spent on "magnet therapy," which is claimed to eliminate many symptoms and diseases.

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One Big STEP: Another Major Study Confirms That Distant Prayers Do Not Heal the Sick

by Bruce Flamm
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

For almost a decade, investigators at six academic medical centers including Harvard and the Mayo Clinic have been working...

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The Philosophy behind Pseudoscience

by Mario Bunge
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Feature

Every intellectual endeavor, whether authentic or bogus, has an underlying philosophy.

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Please Pass the Globster

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Skeptical Inquiree

"What is a globster and where can I find one?"

Riddle of the Crystal Skulls

Riddle of the Crystal Skulls

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Investigative Files

Around the world are found mysterious artifacts, crystal skulls that many New Age enthusiasts believe possess mystical powers.

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Saving a Disenchanted World with Astrology?

by Geoffrey Dean
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Review

Review of Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. By Richard Tarnas.

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Science Is for Sale (And It’s Not Only for the Money)

by Ragnar Levi
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Feature

Until all types of threats to scientific integrity are discussed and handled more effectively, they jeopardize the validity...

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A Sweedish Professorship in Parapsychology

by Jesper Jerkert and Sven Ove Hansson
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

When the Danish margarine manufacturer Poul Thorsen died in 1962, he had recently bequeathed a large sum of money for...

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When Philosophy Matters

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Thinking About Science

Philosophy is often accused of being out of touch with reality, the esoteric pursuit of a vanishing academic elite that...

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Why Great Thinkers Sometimes Fail to Think Critically

by D. Alan Bensley
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Feature

Why did two great thinkers, Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred Russel Wallace, believe in spiritualism and other paranormal claims?

Why Quantum Mechanics Is Not So Weird after All

Why Quantum Mechanics Is Not So Weird after All

by Paul Quincey
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

Feature

Feynman's "least-action" approach to quantum physics shows that it is just classical physics constrained by a simple mechanism.

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The Wrong Stuff: Men’s Magazine’s Psychic Columnist

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

While popular women's magazines have for decades featured regular astrology columns, magazines aimed at the men's market have...