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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 32.1

Volume 32.1

January / February 2008

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Born to Believe

by David Ludden
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Book Review

Review of Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief. By Lewis Wolpert.

Chiropractic: A Profession Seeking Identity

Chiropractic: A Profession Seeking Identity

by Samuel Homola
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Article

The chiropractic profession is resisting changes that will establish it as a back-pain specialty...

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Council of Europe Approves Resolution against Creationism

by Martin Mahner
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

News & Comment

On October 4, 2007, the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly approved a resolution recommending...

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Creationism, Catastrophism, and Velikovsky

by William D. Stansfield
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Article

Catastrophism is a tenet of biblical fundamentalism (creationism). Immanual Velikovsky was a neocatastrophist...

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Dangerous Ideas on the Loose

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Book Review

Review of What is Your Dangerous Idea? Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable. Edited by John Brockman.

A Darwinian View of a Hostile Atheist

A Darwinian View of a Hostile Atheist

by Irwin Tessman
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Article

The frontal assault on religion by Richard Dawkins and others may mark a new chapter in the warfare of science with theology.

The Difference between Hahnemann and Darwin

The Difference between Hahnemann and Darwin

by U. Kutschera
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Article

In contrast to evolutionary biology, homeopathy is a closed, dogmatic system of fixed rules.

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Difficulty in Debunking Myths Rooted in the Way the Mind Works

by Shankar Vedantam
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

News & Comment

This phenomenon may help explain why large numbers of Americans incorrectly think that Saddam Hussein was directly involved...

Exciting UFOs Become Bland IFOs

Exciting UFOs Become Bland IFOs

by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Investigative Files

Most "flying saucers" are eventually identified as planes, balloons, meteors, or other objects, or even as illusions or hoaxes.

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Haunting Evidence Follow-Up: TV Psychic Detectives Fail Again

by Ben Radford
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

News & Comment

How many of the ... cases featured in the first season of Haunting Evidence did the team solve? Not a single one.

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How to ‘Haunt’ A House

by Ben Radford
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Article

When a terrified family sought information about the ghosts they believed haunted their home, they found only...

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Is Intelligent Design Creationism?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Thinking About Science

The fossils produced by the paleontologist make a compelling case because they are of the appropriate morphology...

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The Legend of the Pied Piper

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Notes on a Strange World

It is 1284, and the little German town of Hamelin is infested by a plague of rats. In desperation, the mayor advertises for...

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New Books

by The Editors
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Abstracts of recent books of interest to skeptics.

One Large Defeat for Science in Canada

One Large Defeat for Science in Canada

by Gary Bauslaugh
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Follow-up

Follow up to the September/October 2007 News and Comment item by Bruce Pendergast

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A Painful Legal Case is Resolved in Favor of Open Inquiry

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

From the Editor

I hope everyone will read Carol Tavris's report in this issue on the resolution of a legal case that threatened...

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The Science of Chemistry

by Ben Radford
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Skeptical Inquiree

I have an inquiry about Internet dating and relationship Web sites. At least one claims in its advertising to use science to...

A Skeptical Consumer’s Look at Chiropractic Claims: Flimflam in Florida?

by Bruce Thyer and Gary Whittenberger
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Article

There is no scientifically credible evidence that chiropractic treatment can alleviate high blood pressure or arthritis...

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Stalking the Nutty Notions

by Robert L. Wolke
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Article

There are more crackpot "spritual," "medical," "theraputic," and "healing" schemes out there than you can shake a talisman at.

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Unrivaled Acumen, Communitarian Passion

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Book Review

Review of The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould. Edited by Steven Rose.

Whatever Happened to ‘Jane Doe’?

by Carol Tavris
Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

Special Early Release

An important victory for open, skeptical inquiry and free speech.