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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 30.6

Volume 30.6

November / December 2006

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Art, Science, and Creativity

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

From the Editor

Art stimulated my early interest in science. Chesley Bonestell's stunning paintings envisioning Earth from orbit...

Center for Inquiry Launches Public Policy Office in Washington

by Nathan Bupp
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

News & Comment

The Center for Inquiry has opened an Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C.

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Creationist Hovind’s Legal Woes Continue

by Greg Martinez
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

News & Comment

On June 5, 2006, after a nearly four-year standoff with the Escambia County government over his failure to observe county...

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Creativity versus Skepticism within Science

by V.S. Ramachandran
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Article

More harm has been done in science by those who make a fetish out of skepticism, aborting ideas before they are born...

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Critical Chiropractor, Inept Publisher

by Harriet Hall
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Book Review

The P.R.E.S.T.O.N. Protocol for Back Pain: The Seven Evidence-Based Practices for Living Pain-Free by Preston Long.

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Death of a Demonologist

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

News & Comment

Ghost hunter and self-styled "demonologist" Ed Warren, 79, died August 23, 2006, at his Monroe, Connecticut home.

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Design, Doubts, and Darwin

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Article

Review of Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design. By Michael Shermer.

The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson One

The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson One

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Notes on a Strange World

The great fake psychics are great improvisationists.

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The Enigma We Answer by Living

by Alison Hawthorne Deming
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Poem

Poem by the author.

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Florida Medicaid to Cover Acupuncture

by Greg Martinez
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

News & Comment

Beginning July 1, 2006, Florida's Medicaid program began enrolling beneficiaries in Duval and Broward counties in a new model...

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From Of Sum

by Forrest Gander
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Poem

Excerpt from the poem by Gander

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The Humanities and Human Nature

by Steven Pinker
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Article

What does psychoanalysis have to do with poetics, or fiction with mental computation?

Latin American Conference Launches Federation of Centers

Latin American Conference Launches Federation of Centers

by Nathan Bupp
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

News & Comment

The Center for Inquiry hosted the second Ibero-American Conference on Critical Thinking...

Leakey Fights Church Campaign to Downgrade Kenya Museum’s Human Fossils

Leakey Fights Church Campaign to Downgrade Kenya Museum’s Human Fossils

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

News & Comment

Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey is giving no quarter to evangelical leaders who are pressing Kenyas national museum...

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Leakey Fights Church Campaign to Downgrade Kenya Museum’s Human Fossils

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

News & Comment

Famed paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey is giving no quarter to powerful evangelical church leaders who are pressing Kenya's...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the July / August 2006 Skeptical Inquirer

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A Little Mumba

by Jennifer Michael Hecht
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Poem

Poem by the author.

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Nature Is Nowhere Rectangular: Galileo’s Starry Messenger Meets Matisse’s Le Guignon

by Edward Tufte
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Article

Science and art each result from intense seeing. Evidence can be a beautiful thing.

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The Neuro-philosophy of Regred

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Thinking About Science

For millennia, the study of the mind and the relationship between reason and emotions was the exclusive domain of philosophy.

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The Privacy Threat, Revelations, and Relevancy

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Book Review

Review of two books on RFIDs by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre

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A Rare Contribution to the Rant Literature in the Sciences

by Robert P. Crease
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Book Review

Review of Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law. By Peter Woit.

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Recent Deaths

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

News & Comment

Obituaries for James Harvey Young and Karl T. Pflock

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Science + Art: Special Issue Introduction

by Austin Dacey
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Article

Monet is said to have remarked to a young artist that he wished he had been born blind and suddenly regained his sight...

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Scientology Losing Ground to New Fictionology

by From The Onion, reprinted with permission
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Humor

"Unlike Scientology, which is based on empirically verifiable scientific tenets, Fictionology's central principles are...

Searching to Noah Vale

by Ben Radford
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Skeptical Inquiree

In this world there are things that seem on the verge of being discovered every so often, yet never quite materialize.

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Shame on Shamus Sham

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Special Report

The false confession of American John Mark Karr—that he had murdered child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1996...

Siege of ‘Little Green Men’: The 1955 Kelly, Kentucky, Incident

Siege of ‘Little Green Men’: The 1955 Kelly, Kentucky, Incident

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Investigative Files

What were the humanoid-like creatures that terrified a family at their farmhouse?

Sound: Not as Simple as It Sounds. An Interview with Joshua Fineberg.

by Austin Dacey
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Interview

An Interview with Joshua Fineberg

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Spirited Defense: William James and the Ghost Hunters

by Joe Nickell
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Book Review

Review of Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death. By Deborah Blum.

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String Theory

by Clifford A. Pickover
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Article

I have written several books on topics at the borderlands of science and on scientific visualization...

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Tsunami

by Roald Hoffman
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Poem

Poem by the author.

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View Masters

by Margaret S. Livingstone and Bevil R. Conway
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Article

The remarkable triumphs of masters in the artist's studio have realigned perceptions of vision.

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Why We Read Fiction

by Lisa Zunshine
Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Article

In spite of the way it sounds, mind reading has nothing to do with plain old telepathy.