Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 32.3
May / June 2008
In a 2007 SI, Efthimiou and Gandhi agrgued that Haitian voodoo witch doctors create real zombies by using tetrodoxin.
Review of Ann Coulter's Godless
Anonymous vs. Scientology
In the last few months, a series of anti-Scientology protests have taken place worldwide. In an unpredictable sequence...
Bones of Contention
Missions Incompatible: New Creation Museum, Venerable Carnegie Museum a Stark Contrast.
Brain Neuroimaging Experiments find ‘Evidence against Existence of Psi’ ... or Do They?
Can imaging of the brain help resolve the debate over whether psi exists or not? Two researchers at Harvard University...
by William Orem
I ran into a former coworker in the streets of Boston recently and stole a minute with her in the ubiquitous coffee klatch...
Creationist Peer Review
Arguing, teaching, and doing research means that one accepts the rule of rational, evidence-based discourse...
Dangers of Animal Rights Extremists
We haven't before dealt in our pages with the dangers of the extreme animal rights movement...
Darwin Day 2008: CFI/Los Angeles Stages Rare Reading of Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds
With an enthusiastic standing-room only crowd of 180 attending, critically acclaimed actors brought to life four historical...
Electric Asteroid Zaps Earth
The "Electric Universe" is codswollop, with or without gods hurling thunderbolts.
by Peter Lamal
Review of The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
by Joe Nickell
Did an incident that reportedly occurred in Turin, Italy, in 1453 offer unimpeachable evidence of the supernatural?
Expelling All Reason
by Dan Whipple
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Directed by Nathan Frankowski. Starring Ben Stein.
How to Study Reincarnation: Guidelines for Research
Is there a way to empirically study claims of reincarnation to satisfy scientific standards?
by Lionel Tiger
We need a movement exploring our inner nature with all its mystery. Our genes are a crucial part of that story.
If It Exists, It Is Natural
Both the word supernatural and the concept behind it rest on shaky foundations. In fact, they fade to irrelevance in...
Just Like Jedi Knights (If Only)
You can be the most powerful Jedi knight in the universe, but if I keep my toe down, you are nothing more than a useless C3PO.
Merchandising God: The Pope Tart
Jesus on a tortilla? The Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich? The "Nun Bun"? With eBay's emergence, there has been fervent...
NASA’s Mysterious ‘Man on Mars’ Photo
The idea that there may be life on Mars has been around for centuries, but the theory got a boost from photos taken by...
The Nature of the Supernatural
It is common to argue about the supernatural. Indeed, entire volumes are written to discuss such things as the existence of...
by The Editors
Abstracts of recently published books of interest to skeptics.
Scientists say Nullo Modo (No Way) to Pope
by Frank Reiser
When Marcello Cini, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza, heard that Pope Benedict XVI was...
Sir Edmund Hillary, Explorer, Skeptic (1919-2008)
by Joe Nickell
The conqueror of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, who died January 11, 2008, was a man of many famous exploits.
Skepticism has, as one of its major motivations, a deep ethical concern about the consequences of unwarranted beliefs.
Some Splainin’ to Do
During his John Dewey Lecture to the American Philosophical Association in 2006, Nicholas Wolterstorff, a well-respected...
by P. Michael Conn and James V. Parker
Animal extremists are foot soldiers in a quiet war that could restrict the ability of researchers to develop drugs.