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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 31.2

Volume 31.2

March / April 2007

Science’s Vast Cosmic Perspective Eludes Religion

Science’s Vast Cosmic Perspective Eludes Religion

by Carl Sagan
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

An excerpt from The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A personal View of the Search for God. by Carl Sagan

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A Renewal of Sagan’s Voice on Science, Religion, and Survival

by Lauren Becker
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Book Review

Review of The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God. by Carl Sagan.

Bible Stories: A Sociologist Looks at Implausible Beliefs in Genesis

by Allan Mazur
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

The ongoing debate between scientists and creationists has ignored the contradictions contained in Genesis.

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Center for Inquiry Launches Naturalism Research Project

by John Shook
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

News & Comment

The Center for Inquiry/Transnational announces the Naturalism Research Project, a major new effort to develop the theoretical...

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CFI Washington Office Opens, Issues Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism

by The Editors
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

News & Comment

The effort to call science and reason back to the table in manners of public policy and legislation has received a...

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The Clash of Biotechnology and Post-Christian Spirituality

by Lee M. Silver
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

Christian fundamentalists and anti-biotech radicals may seem to have little in common...

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The Coulter Hoax: How Ann Coulter Exposed the Intelligent Design Movement

by Peter Olofsson
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

Ann Coulter's treatment of evolutionary biology in her book Godless is best interpreted as a hoax...

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Counterproductive Mix of Science and Theology

by William D. Stansfield
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Book Review

Review of Astronomy and the Bible—Questions and Answers. Second ed. By Donald B. DeYoung

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Dr. Dino Guilty on All Counts in Tax-Fraud Case, Gets Ten Years

by Greg Martinez
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

News & Comment

A twelve-person federal jury deliberated for two and a half hours on November 2, 2006, before finding Kent "Dr. Dino" Hovind...

Fighting the Fundamentalists: Chamberlain or Churchill?

by Michael Ruse
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

We who think that biblical literalism has no place in science classrooms should be fighting ignorance and prejudice.

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Fighting the Fundamentalists: Chamberlain or Churchill?

by Michael Ruse
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

We who think that biblical literalism has no place in science classrooms should be standing together and fighting ignorance...

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Follies of the Wise

by Frederick Crews
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

The human penchant for disastrously confusing fantasy with fact is most plainly seen in the impulse to ascribe one's own...

For the God Question, a Biological Perspective

For the God Question, a Biological Perspective

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Book Review

That a book so forthrightly titled could reach the best seller lists may tell us something about a shifting cultural climate.

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A Free-for-All on Science and Religion

by George Johnson
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Special Report

Steven Weinberg warned that "the world needs to wake up from its long nightmare of religious belief."

The Incredible Bouncing Cow

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Psychic Vibrations

When aliens return cows after they have finished mutilating them, do the cows bounce when they hit the ground?

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Intellectual and Creative Magnificence

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Book Review

Review of What We Believe But Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers in the Age of Uncertainty by John Brockman, ed.

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Is Science Gaining New Ground?

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

The tone and character of the science vs. religion debate, a perennial source of conflict, seems recently to have shifted...

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Is There Such a Thing as Macroevolution?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Thinking About Science

Even creationists make progress.

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the November/December 2006 Skeptical Inquirer

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Male Pregnancy

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Skeptical Inquiree

"I came across a news story and Web site about a pregnant man. Can this be true?"

Mysterious Entities of the Pacific Northwest, Part II

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Investigative Files

Some assume that UFOs are a modern invention, but since ancient times men have reported seeing strange things in the sky.

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New Books

by The Editors
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Recently published books of interest to skeptics

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NMSR’s Annual Best and Worst Awards for 2006

by The Editors
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

News & Comment

It's time once again for NMSR's Annual Awards for the year just ended.

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Old-Time Religion, Old-Time Language

by Mark Newbrook
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

Jesus buried in Japan? Literal belief in the Tower of Babel? Hindu influence in the American Southwest?

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Pat Robertson’s Secret Ingredient

by Stanley Rice
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

Like many people, I was amazed at the announcement by televangelist Pat Robertson that he could leg press a ton...

Prayer: A Neurological Inquiry

by David C. Haas
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

Are silent prayers transmissible to, or readable by, a supernatural being?

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The Religion Blues

by Alan Dean Foster
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Featurette

Oh the Christians hate the Muslims / And the Muslims hate the Jews / And the Buddhists go around and 'round...

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Science, God, and (Non)Belief

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

From the Editor

The intersection of science and religion has grasped and stimulated the minds and emotions of great thinkers for centuries...

Sci Fi Investigates, Finds Only Pseudoscience

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Special Report

Despite its breathless claims, the series provides little science and few answers but a lot of unintended skeptical laughs.

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Thank Goodness!

by Daniel C. Dennett
Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Article

What happens after a noted atheist philosopher undergoes harrowing emergency heart surgery?