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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 31.1

Volume 31.1

January / February 2007

Carl Sagan’s Life and Legacy as Scientist, Teacher, and Skeptic

Carl Sagan’s Life and Legacy as Scientist, Teacher, and Skeptic

by David Morrison
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Article

In remembrance of Carl Sagan, a noted planetary scientist and colleague recalls Sagan's contributions to planetary research.

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Bigfoot, Pluto and ?

by Chris Volkay
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Forum

If we could eliminate religious insanity, what person would fly a plane into a building, or blow himself up in a pizza parlor?

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The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson Two

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Notes on a Strange World

Both Henning and Wilson were staring, quite curious to see how Randi would escape from such an impossible situation.

Do They Have Your Numb3r?

Do They Have Your Numb3r?

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Article

CBS's popular Friday night drama uses mathematics, reason, and rationality to help the FBI solve major crime mysteries.

‘Dr.’ Bearden’s Vacuum Energy

by Martin Gardner
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

One of the strangest books ever written about modern physics was published in 2002, and reprinted two years later.

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Energy Department Will End Most Polygraph Testing

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

News & Comment

After years of controversy, ranging from complaints from national labs' scientists to a critical National Academy of Sciences...

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Evolutionary Epistemology, Anyone

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Thinking About Science

Wittgenstein wrote that "Darwin's theory has no more to do with philosophy than any other hypothesis in natural science."

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The Flashlight of the Gods

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Psychic Vibrations

Now that the crashed saucers seem to have replaced alien abductions as the "gold standard" of UFOlogical excitement...

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It’s CSI Now, Not CSICOP

by Kendrick Frazier and the Executive Council
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Editorial

CSICOP's name has been shortened. The Executive Council of CSICOP has formally adopted a shorter name for the organization...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the September/October 2006 Skeptical Inquirer

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Mass Hysteria at Starpoint High

by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Article

Though mass hysteria is alive and well in the twenty-first century, it remains an unpopular diagnosis.

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Men of the Cosmos

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

From the Editor

It seems entirely fitting that our cover article in appreciation of Carl Sagan is written by David Morrison.

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Michigan Supports Evolution, Rejects ID for Science Classes

by The Editors
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

News & Comment

Add Michigan to the list of states that have given intelligent design the bum's rush. Michigan's state Board of Education...

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Moscow Roundtable Discusses False Science in Russia

by Valerii Kuvakin
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

News & Comment

Within the framework of the 2006 CFI/Amherst/CFI/Moscow International Summer School, a roundtable discussion was held on...

Mysterious Entities of the Pacific Northwest, Part I

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Investigative Files

Mankind's imagination has always been excited by the possibilities of unknown regions.

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New Directions for Skeptical Inquiry

by Paul Kurtz
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Editorial

CSICOP has reached an historic juncture: the recognition that there is a critical need to change our direction.

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New Report Casts Doubt on Gulf War Syndrome

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Special Report

A study recently published by the National Academy of Sciences casts doubt on the reality of Gulf War Syndrome...

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Pep Talk: How to Get Rid of the Energy You Don’t Need

by William H. Baarschers
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Article

Health-related energy ideas readily move from thermodynamics into pseudoscience, and sometimes right into the paranormal.

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Pluto/Planet Roundtable Now Online

by The Editors
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

News & Comment

If, like many educators, you are not quite sure what to do in your own work about the recent definition of planet...

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Smart Scientists on Intelligent Thought (If Not Design)

by Matt Young
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Book Review

Review of Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement. Edited by John Brockman.

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Soul Scales

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Skeptical Inquiree

"Have you heard about the claim that a person's sol can be weighed?"

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Strange Visions: Haloes, Dust Storms, and Blood on the Walls

by A. Charles Catania
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Article

Unusual events within the eye such as the tearing of retinal capillaries or the detachment of intraocular structures may...

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The Art of Persuasion in Politics (and Science)

by Benjamin Wolozin
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Comment and Opinion

Advocating for science is more important than ever. Funding for many scientific endeavors is being reduced.

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UCS Releases Science Idol Calendar

by David Park Musella
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

News & Comment

The Union of Concerned Scientists, in response to the many ways in which "government science is being censored, manipulated...

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The ‘Vise Stragegy’ Undone: Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District

by Barbara Forrest
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Article

Here's an inside look at the first legal case testing intelligent design, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District

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World Trade Center Illness: Manufactured Mass Hysteria

by Michael Fumento
Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Special Report

Starting in early 2002, firefighters who responded to the WTC on that awful day the previous september began reporting...