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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 31.5

Volume 31.5

September / October 2007

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AIDS Denialism and Science

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

From the Editor

We who try to defend good science and expose sham science are ofen asked what harm it does to believe in...

AIDS Denialism vs. Science

AIDS Denialism vs. Science

by Nicoli Nattrass
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Article

AIDS denialists believe that HIV does not cause AIDS and that antiretrovirals should not be used for HIV prevention or treatment

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Andrew Franknoi Honored for Excellence in Astronomy Teaching

by The Editors
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

Andrew Franknoi, an astronomy instructor at Foothill College in Lost Altos Hills, California, and a CSI Fellow...

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Betty Hill’s Last Hurrah

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Psychic Vibrations

A Secret UFO Symposium in New Hampshire

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Carroll, Forrest, Kroto Elected CSI Fellows; Mooney, Nisbet Named Consultants

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

Three noted scholars have been elected Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in recognition of their distinguished...

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CFI Calls for Protecting Science and Research Findings from Political Interference

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

CFI has called for legislation to protect scientific research and the dissemination of findings of scientific research.

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CSI’s Robert P. Balles Award Goes to Guardian ‘Bad Science’ Columnist Ben Goldacre

by The Editors
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

CSI has awarded its second Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking to Ben Goldacre for his weekly column...

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Evolution in the Limelight

by Austin Dacey and Derek Araujo
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

In a crowded room on West 45th Street in Manhattan, a young high-school teacher is hauled before a judge to face criminal...

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Fix Your Ruptured Disk without Surgery?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Article

The Truth behind the Ads

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Gallup Polls Show Split on Evolution (Dis)Belief by Politics, Religion

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

Not that we needed more evidence of Americans' disbelief in evolution, but the results of several Gallup Poll questions...

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Global Warming: Critical Reaction, Support, and Author Response

by The Editors
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Follow-up

Responses to the May/June 2007 Skeptical Inquirer on the topic of Global Warming

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How to Survive the Apocalypse

by Stephen T. Asma
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Article

With the Rapture and Armageddon soon coming, you haven't much time to prepare. Here's a survival guide for those whose...

Is This Article on Conspiracies Part of a Conspiracy?

by Chris Volkay
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Article

Elvis is alive, Paul McCartney is dead, and the government that couldn't prevent the 9/11 attacks continues masterminding...

‘John of God’: Healings by Entities?

‘John of God’: Healings by Entities?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Investigative Files

A Brazilian faith healer claims spirits take control of his body to enable him to perform surgeries without anesthesia.

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our May/June 2007 article on global warming

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The Loch Ness Critter

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Special Report

Gordon Holmes caught on camera a "jet black thing, about forty-five feet long, moving fast in the water."

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The Man Who Fooled Edison ... but Not Houdini

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Notes on a Strange World

In one of the earliest letters exchanged between magician Harry Houdini and Sherlock Homes Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...

A Model UFO Debunking

A Model UFO Debunking

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Book Review

While such a book is not likely to make any best-seller list, it's a valuable contribution to our understanding of UFO mania

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A Model UFO Debunking

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Book Review

Review of Ware of the Words: A True but Strange Story of the Gulf Breeze UFO by Craig R. Myers.

Mythic Creatures, Bigger than Life

by Edward Summer
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Special Report

Living as we do in a sea of words lit by a backdrop of television and the Internet's endless flow of two-dimensional images...

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New Books

by The Editors
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Abstracts of recent books of interest to skeptics

The (Non)Mysterious Orbs

The (Non)Mysterious Orbs

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Skeptical Inquiree

People keep showing me pictures that have "orbs" in them. They usually look like round spots of light.

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One Small Victory in Canada in Support of Evolution

by Bruce Pendergast
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

There was a small Canadian victory for evolution and against intelligent design recently when Bruce Pendertgast...

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Quack Attacker Returns after Legal Threat

by Mark Neunder
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

The quackbusting blog of David Colquhoun, a renowned British professor of pharmacology, was removed on May 30, 2007, from his...

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Quoteworthy

by The Editors
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

Recent quotations collected by CSI

Santa Fe ‘Courthouse Ghost’ Mystery Solved

Santa Fe ‘Courthouse Ghost’ Mystery Solved

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Special Report

A mysterious white blob was captured on videotape June 15, 2007, by a security camera at a courthouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Skeptical Community Laments Loss of Barry Beyerstein, Psychologist, CSI Council Member

by Amanda Chesworth and Barry Karr
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

News & Comment

Barry Lane Beyerstein, a professor of psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and a longtime member of...

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Storm World

by Chris Mooney
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Article

Hurricanes, Warming, and Scientific Uncertainty

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This is the Forum Column That Goes Like This

by Ralph Estling
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Forum

"Cogito ergo sum" has always bothered me as an explanation for one's existence. The best that Cartesian logic can come up...

The Trouble with Memetics

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Thinking About Science

A meme, according to the by-now-standard dictionary definition, is "an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be...

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A Welcome Compilation of Classic Critiques

by Angelo Stagnaro
Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Book Review

Review of Paranormal Claims: A Critical Analysis. Edited by Bryan Farha.