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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 31.6

Volume 31.6

November / December 2007

The Global Warming Debate: Science and Scientists in a Democracy

by Stuart Jordan
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Follow-up

Science does not offer certainty. The results of modern science are typically presented in statistics and probabilities.

Spook Hills in the Lab

Spook Hills in the Lab

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Notes on a Strange World

Spook hills, also known as antigravity or magnetic hills, are natural places where cars in neutral seem to move uphill.

The Anti-Vaccination Movement

The Anti-Vaccination Movement

by Steven Novella
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Article

Despite the growing consensus that neither vaccines nor mercury cause autism, a stubborn vocal minority claims otherwise.

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The Best of All Health Care

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Comment and Opinion

The best of all health care— who wouldn't want to know how to achieve this meritorious aim?

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Beyond Selfish Genes

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Thinking About Science

Richard Dawkins' classic book, The Selfish Gene (1976), presented to the public the astonishing idea that...

Biodynamics in the Wine Bottle

Biodynamics in the Wine Bottle

by Douglass Smith and Jesús Barquín
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Article

Is supernaturalism becoming the new worldwide fad in winemaking?

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Cosmos and Commentary

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Book Review

Review of Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandries by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Endless Forms, Endless Controversy

by Greg Martinez
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Book Review

Review of Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography. By Janet Browne.

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The End of the Einstein-Astrology-Supporter Hoax

by Denis Hamel
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Article

Astrology books and Web sites often describe Einstein as favorably regarding astrology. Einstein, however, was known for...

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Governed By Emotion

by Peter Lamal
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Book Review

Review of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation. By Drew Westen.

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The Greatest Occultist in Western History?

by Richard Petraitis
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Book Review

Review of The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of Reason. by Iain McCalman.

Interview with Roy Richard Grinker

Interview with Roy Richard Grinker

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Interview

Author of Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism

Kitzmiller v. Homo Boobiens

Kitzmiller v. Homo Boobiens

by Greg Martinez
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Book Review

Review of 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Volume 31.4, The Science Behind Fiction

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Masaru Emoto’s Wonderful World of Water

by Harriet Hall
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Article

It can read, listen to music, look at pictures, hear your thoughts, heal you, and create world peace.

The Netherlands: Visions and Revisions

The Netherlands: Visions and Revisions

by Joe Nickell
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Investigative Files

Like people everywhere, the Dutch can also be superstitious--hence the conference theme, “the paranormal.”

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New Books

by The Editors
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Abstracts of recent books of interest to skepics

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Out of Body and in the Lab: New Experiments Stimulate Seeing Self Elsewhere

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

News & Comment

Two sets of studies published independently in the same issue of the journal Science demonstrate how...

Over the Hill on UFO Abductions

Over the Hill on UFO Abductions

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Book Review

The story of the alleged UFO abduction of Betty and Barney Hill in New Hampshire in 1961 is well known to the public.

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Paul MacCready (1923-2007)

by The Editors
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

News & Comment

Paul MacCready was a visionary aeronautical engineer trained at Caltech, the father of human-powered flight, winner of...

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Protecting Our Valuable Vaccine Programs

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

From the Editor

Benjamin Franklin championed vaccinations in the early years of our nation. In the past half-century or so, widespread...

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Ralph Estling, Eclectic Writer, 1930-2007

by Chris Brewchorne
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

News & Comment

Ralph Leonard Estling, who died in July at the age of seventy-seven, was born in the Bronx, New York...

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Studies Challenge Garlic, Beetroot Treatments against HIV

by The Editors
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

News & Comment

During the same week that our September/October 2007 cover article on AIDS denialism vs. science was published came the news...

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A Time to Die

by Ben Radford
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Skeptical Inquiree

On the Montel Williams show, Sylvia Browne recently stated that most people die within three months of...

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Tributes to Barry Beyerstein, Champion of Critical Thinking, Skeptical Inquiry

by James Alcock
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

News & Comment

Barry Beyerstein is dead. I have lost a friend and colleauge of thirty-plus years, and you, dear reader, have lost a champion...

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Tribute to Barry Beyerstein

by Lee Moller
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

News & Comment

I found Barry through a short article in Scientific American some twenty years ago...

Vaccine Safety: Vaccines Are One of Public Health’s Great Accomplishments

Vaccine Safety: Vaccines Are One of Public Health’s Great Accomplishments

by Richard G. Judelsohn
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Article

As the 20th century drew to a close, immunization was declared its greatest public health achievement.

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Weekly World News Dies in Print, Lives On on the Web

by David Park Musella
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

News & Comment

For the past twenty-eight years, every time that Elvis was sighted behind a fast-food counter, every time that Bigfoot showed...

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What is Common about Common Sense? Perspectives from Anthropology

by Lathel F. Duffield
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Forum

The idea of "common sense" fuels the popular intelligent-design (ID) explanation for biological evolution.

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‘Why Won’t They Admit They’re Wrong?’ and Other Skeptics’ Mysteries

by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

Comment and Opinion

Cognitive dissonance is hardwired, but how we choose to reduce it is not. Just as good drivers learn to correct for...