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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 31.3

Volume 31.3

May / June 2007

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A Warming Climate for Climate Warming

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

From the Editor

Our report in this issue, "Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming" was in production when the IPCC released...

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Baby, It’s Warm Outside: 2006 Warmest Year on Record in U.S.

by The Editors
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

Last year's average annual temperature for the contiguous United States was the warmest on record, scientists with the NOAA...

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Can There Be a Science of Free Will?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Thinking About Science

A splendid article by Dennis Overbye in The New York Times gave me the impetus to talk about...

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Car Carma Car-tastrophe

by Geoffrey Dean
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

In December 2006, Lee Romanov, the president of the Toronto-based insurancehotline.com, announced the results of her survey...

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Celebrating Darwin Day with a New Play in L.A.

by Bob Ladendorf
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

In a span of eighty years, the teaching and science of evolution has been under siege in America, from the 1925 Scopes trial...

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Danger! Scientific Inquiry Hazard

by Alan J. Scott
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Article

A physicist presents an overview of affronts to science and creates a whimsical hazard symbol to further describe them.

Debating Creationists

Debating Creationists

by Charles L. Rulon
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Forum

I was asked by the Anthropology Club to debate a scientist from the Discovery Institute regarding intelligent design.

Deciphering Da Vinci’s Real Codes

Deciphering Da Vinci’s Real Codes

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Investigative Files

Leonardo da Vinci was something of a cryptographer, and much attention has been given his various "codes".

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Defending Evolution, but with a Cop-Out

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Book Review

Review of The Top Ten Myths about Evolution. By Cameron M. Smith and Charles Sullivan.

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The Devious Art of Improvising: Third and Final Lesson

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Notes on a Strange World

"You say that Uri Geller is a psychic because he did this. Now if I were able to do it, would you say I'm a psychic?"

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Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming Part 1

by Stuart D. Jordan
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Article

This paper will offer up compelling evidence from a large body of research that global climate change caused by global...

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IPCC Climate Report Shows ‘Unequivocal’ Warming, Reduces Uncertainties

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

The long-awaited international report summarizing the latest and best thinking of the world's scientists about climate change...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the January/February 2007 Skeptical Inquirer

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Measuring Near-Death Experience

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Skeptical Inquiree

While researching near-death experience, I came across a so-called Greyson Scale, which is claimed to be...

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More Signers of Declaration in Defense of Science & Secularism

by The Editors
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

The following signers of the Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism, issued by the Center for Inquiry...

The Myth of Consistent Skepticism: The Cautionary Case of Albert Einstein

The Myth of Consistent Skepticism: The Cautionary Case of Albert Einstein

by Todd C. Riniolo and Lee Nisbet
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Article

All skeptics, even Einstein, are, at best, selectively skeptical.

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A Pathologist Among the Spirits

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Book Review

Beyond Knowing: Mysteries and Messages of Death and Life from a Forensic Pathologist. by Janis Amatuzio, MD

PEAR Lab Closes, Ending Decades of Psychic Research

by Stanley Jeffers
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Comment and Opinion

The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research group is shutting down after 28 years of searching for proof of the paranormal.

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Philip Kitcher Awarded Inaugural $10,000 Prometheus Prize

by The Editors
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

Prometheus Books and the American Philosophical Association have selected Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy...

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‘Psychic’ Evans Acquitted on Appeal in Swindling Case

by David Park Musella
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

In 2005, we published an article by Amy Davis, a television reporter then with WOAI-TV in San Antonio, Texas, about her...

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Randi’s Amazing Meeting Returns

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

James "The Amazing" Randi's fifth annual conference, dubbed "The Amazing Meeting", was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, January...

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Secrets and Lies

by Mary Carmichael and Benjamin Radford
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Special Report

Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe. It is based on a principle of quantum mechanics and lies in a...

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Snake-Oil Traders

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Comment and Opinion

"The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business."

Sylvia Browne’s Biggest Blunder

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

The tragic consequences of listening to psychic advice were brought into sharp focus in January 2007.

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Sylvia Browne’s Year to Forget

by Bryan Farha
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

News & Comment

During the final week of each year Sylvia Browne boldly appears on the Montel Williams show to maker her...

Theatre of Science

Theatre of Science

by Richard Wiseman
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Article

Two academics show--somewhat to their own surprise--that there is an audience for a live stage science show.

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The Nonsense and Non-science of Sasquatch

by Benjamin Radford, MIchael R. Dennett, Matt Crowley, and David J. Daegling
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Book Review

Review of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science by Jeff Meldrum.

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Third Strike for Columbia University Prayer Study: Author Plagiarism

by Bruce Flamm
Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Comment and Opinion

Mr. Wirth, the man who allegedly designed and conducted the prayer study, was sentenced to five years in federal prison.