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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 30.5

Volume 30.5

September / October 2006

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Alleged Psychic Convicted of Murder

by Ben Radford
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

Susan Polk, a self-proclaimed psychic, was convicted on June 16, 2006, of second-degree murder.

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Author, Professor Vern Bullough Dies

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

Scholar, author, and sexologist Vern Bullough died on June 21, 2006, after a brief illness. He was 78.

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Behind the Mask

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Notes on a Strange World

"A masked man lived in the Bastille for years and, still wearing a mask, there he died."

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The Bloodless Fish of Bouvet Island: DNA and Evolution in Action

by Sean B. Carroll
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Article

An obscure bloodless fish living in the remote subfreezing waters of the Antarctic vividly illustrates how evolution works...

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British Defense Study Debunks UFO Sightings

by David Park Musella
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

In 1952, then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill said "What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean?"

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Can Jim Berkland Predict Earthquakes?

by Roger Hunter
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Article

Jim Berkland claims to be able to predict earthquakes. Such earth-shaking claims, however, appear to be groundless.

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Carla Baron, Psychic Detective? Not Quite

by Brian Hart
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

Psychic Detective. The very phrase conjures up an image of Peter Falk as Columbo, wearing his trademark raincoat...

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The Fabricated Cosmonaut and the Nonexistent Prophecy

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

Soviet cosmonaut Ivan Istochnikov piloted Soyuz 2, disappeared in space in 1968, and faded from history.

Ghost Hunters

Ghost Hunters

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Investigative Files

Belief that spirits of the dead exist and can appear to the living is both ancient and widespread.

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Go, Go, Ghost Gadgets

by Ben Radford
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Skeptical Inquiree

"On the Sci-Fi Channel show Ghost Hunters, these guys run around with thermal imaging cameras, EMF detectors...

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H.P. Lovecraft and ‘Extraterrestrial Genesis’

by Pat Harrigan
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Article

Review of The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture. By Jason Colativo.

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Letters to the Editor

Responsis to SI 30.3, Is Anyone Out There? SETI and Astrobiology: Four Views

Name Dropping: Want to Be a Star?

Name Dropping: Want to Be a Star?

by Phil Plait
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Article

If you think that a star can be named after you, and that once one is, it’s all official, think again.

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The Neural Substrates of Moral, Religious, and Paranormal Beliefs

by Marcello Spinella and Omar Wain
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Article

Recent research shows that moral, religious, and paranormal beliefs relate to specific workings of the brain.

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New Psychic Detective (Un)Reality Series: Haunting Evidence

by Ben Radford
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

Following the success of Court TV's "documentary" series Psychic Detectives, the network has launched a new program.

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One More Take on Reductionism vs. Holism

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Thinking About Science

Do you think that nature is characterized by complex systems that interact with each other and whose properties are not...

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Parade’s Rosenfeld Reprises Dubious Acupuncture Claim

by Gary Posner
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

In a July/August 1999 News and Comment Item, "Questioning Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's China Acupuncture Story," I detailed...

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Plunging into the Depths of a Mystery

by Michael Dennett
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Book Review

Review of Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures. By Ben Radford and Joe Nickell.

Predator Panic: A Closer Look

by Ben Radford
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Special Report

“Protect the children.” Over the years that mantra has been applied to countless real and perceived threats.

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Science Ain’t an Exact Science: Public Perception of Science in the Wake of the Stem-cell Fraud

by David Koepsell
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Article

As public awareness and trust of science appears to be waning in the U.S., scientists and supporters of science must be...

Should the NHS Provide Complementary Therapy?

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Comment and Opinion

On May 23, Prince Charles addressed the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva...

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Skeptic’s Lawsuit Stalls ‘Psychic’ Renier’s Book

by Gary Posner
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

"Psychic Detective" Noreen Renier's memoir, A Mind for Murder, has been pulled by the publisher in response to...

Summing Up Thirty Years of the Skeptical Inquirer

Summing Up Thirty Years of the Skeptical Inquirer

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Science and the Public

This issue of the Skeptical Inquirer marks the thirtieth year of publication of the official magazine of CSICOP

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Tell It Like It Was

by Susan Bury
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Forum

Some years ago, I attended a lecture by Jared Diamond at the National Academy of Sciences in Washingon, D.C...

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Time Flies LIke an Arrow, but Fruit Flies like Bilked Bananas

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Psychic Vibrations

At the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science...

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Update: Charges against Ontario ‘Healer’ Dropped

by Julia Lavarnway and David Park Musella
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

News & Comment

In the September/October 2005 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer, we reported the arrest on June 14...

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The Vigorous Science of Evolution

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

From the Editor

I received a letter the other day that got me thinking...

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Why What We Know Isn’t Necessarily So

by Peter Lamal
Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

Book Review

Review of Don't Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking. By Thomas Kida.