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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 31.4

Volume 31.4

July / August 2007

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Addressing the Crucial Issues of Stem-Cell Research

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Book Review

Review of The Stem Cell Controversy: Debating the Issues 2nd Edition by Michael Ruse and Christopher A. Pynes.

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An Effective, Positive Approach to Teaching Critical Thinking

by David W. Clapsaddle
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Book Review

The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning about Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims. By Lewis Vaughn.

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A Call to Be Heeded

by Peter Lamal
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Book Review

Review of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior. By Lee McIntyre.

Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality: Ghosts, Vampires, and Zombies

Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality: Ghosts, Vampires, and Zombies

by Costas J. Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Article

Two physicists examine features of popular myths regarding ghosts, vampires, and zombies as they appear in film and folklore.

‘Court TV’ Psychic Loses to Skeptic in Real Court

by Gary Posner
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

News & Comment

The epic legal wranglings between "psychic detective" Noreen Renier and skeptic John Merrell may have finally come to an end.

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CSI Executive Council Members Meet in D.C., Speak on Restoring Scientific Integrity

by The Editors
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

News & Comment

Members of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's Executive Council and others spoke on "Restoring Scientific Integrity" at...

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The Earth and Stars in the Lunar Sky

by William C. Keel
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Article

One argument by proponents of the Apollo-hoax theory is the lack of stars in photographs from the lunar surface.

Feng Shui and Monkey Madness at the L.A. Zoo

by Jim Underdown
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

News & Comment

In March, I started receiving calls that the L.A. Zoo had hired a feng shui practitioner to help design their new monkey habitat

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The Fingerprint Controversy

by Simon A. Cole
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Article

Astonishingly, one of the most trusted forms of forensic evidence, fingerprint identification, has yet to be validated.

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First They Came for Darwin, Then They Came for Copernicus and Galileo…

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Psychic Vibrations

A recent mass mailing was sent to thousands of addresses in California asking "Have Scientists Been Wrong for 400 Years?"

Getting It Right, or Brooklyn Is Not Expanding

by Ralph Estling
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Forum

I notice that people tend to go to extremes. This is most likely to occur when they don’t understand something.

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Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming

by Stuart Jordan
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Article

The second installment of our presentation of a position paper issued by CFI's new Office of Public Policy in Washington DC.

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Hope for the Future, and Early Reaction on Global Warming

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

From the Editor

I just got back from talking with some of the world's brightest high-school students. It's enough to restore faith in...

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Islam’s Troubled Relationships with Science

by Harry Eagar
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Book Review

Review of An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam. By Taner Edis.

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Is Dawkins Deluded? When Scientists Talk About Religion

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Thinking About Science

By some accounts, 2006 was the year atheists struck back. Three books in particular made headlines across the world...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Volume 31.2, Science, God, and (Non)Belief

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Little Audrey: The Life and Death of a ‘Victim Soul’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Special Report

A milestone in supernatural claims has been reached: Audrey Santo—the brain-damaged girl in Worcester, Massachusetts...

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Might Fright Cause White?

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Skeptical Inquiree

Can hair turn white overnight, from stress or from fright?

New Findings Show Some Improvements in U.S. Science Literacy

by The Editors
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

News & Comment

Most of our grandparents didn't attend college, so it would be surprising if today's generation didn't outscore previous ones.

Onward Science Soldiers

by Victor Stenger
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Comment and Opinion

In a poll taken in 1998, only 7 percent of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences said they believed in a personal God.

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Peru’s Ancient Mysteries

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Investigative Files

Peru, like all the Americas, was relatively recently settled. A succession of native cultures flourished in various regions...

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The PhD Degree and Biblical Fundamentalism

by William D. Stansfield
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Forum

Is it appropriate to award a PhD degree in a natural science to a fundamentalist candidate who is committed to believing the...

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Philadelphia Psychics Shut Down, Then Allowed to Reopen

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

News & Comment

In April 2007, citing a state law banning fortune-telling for profit, Philadelphia's Department of Licences and Inspections...

Psychic Events Workshop Fails APA Curriculum Requirement

by Yancy B. McDougal
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

News & Comment

A continuing-education workshop titled "Coming to Our Senses: Psychic Events in the Lives of Clinicians and Clients"...

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The Quest for the ‘Real’ Robin Hood

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Notes on a Strange World

Once upon a time, there lived in Sherwood Forest a wronged noblemand whose lands, home, and woman had been stolen and who had...

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Stem Cells: President Bush Vows to Protect One-Celled People

by Robert L. Park
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

News & Comment

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act passed the senate 63 to 34, but President Bush promeses a veto.

Superhero Science

Superhero Science

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Article

Spasibo. It means thank you. I know only a few words Russian, but what little I do know I learned about twenty years ago.

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The Two-Months Argument for Parapsychological Research

by Jesper Jerkert
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Forum

In the perennial debate between parapsychologists and critics, some arguments are recycled in a seemingly endless fashion...

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Why I Burned a BIble

by Joe Szimhart
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Forum

The day that my issue of the Skeptical Inquirer titled "Science, God and (Non)Belief" arrived, I burned a Christian Bible.

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Why Religion and Medicine Don’t Mix

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Book Review

Review of Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine. By Richard P. Sloan.