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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 32.3

Volume 32.3

May / June 2008

Zombies and Tetrodotoxin

by Terence Hines
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Follow-up

In a 2007 SI, Efthimiou and Gandhi agrgued that Haitian voodoo witch doctors create real zombies by using tetrodoxin.

Ann Coulter Takes on Darwin

Ann Coulter Takes on Darwin

by Martin Gardner
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Book Review

Review of Ann Coulter's Godless

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Anonymous vs. Scientology

by Karen Stollznow
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

In the last few months, a series of anti-Scientology protests have taken place worldwide. In an unpredictable sequence...

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Bones of Contention

by Edward H. Jones
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Special Report

Missions Incompatible: New Creation Museum, Venerable Carnegie Museum a Stark Contrast.

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Brain Neuroimaging Experiments find ‘Evidence against Existence of Psi’ ... or Do They?

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

Can imaging of the brain help resolve the debate over whether psi exists or not? Two researchers at Harvard University...

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Coffee—with Strings

by William Orem
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

I ran into a former coworker in the streets of Boston recently and stole a minute with her in the ubiquitous coffee klatch...

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Creationist Peer Review

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Thinking About Science

Arguing, teaching, and doing research means that one accepts the rule of rational, evidence-based discourse...

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Dangers of Animal Rights Extremists

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

From the Editor

We haven't before dealt in our pages with the dangers of the extreme animal rights movement...

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Darwin Day 2008: CFI/Los Angeles Stages Rare Reading of Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds

by Bob Ladendorf
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

With an enthusiastic standing-room only crowd of 180 attending, critically acclaimed actors brought to life four historical...

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Electric Asteroid Zaps Earth

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

The "Electric Universe" is codswollop, with or without gods hurling thunderbolts.

Entertainment, Religion, and the Decline of Society

Entertainment, Religion, and the Decline of Society

by Peter Lamal
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Book Review

Review of The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

Eucharistic ‘Miracles’

Eucharistic ‘Miracles’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Investigative Files

Did an incident that reportedly occurred in Turin, Italy, in 1453 offer unimpeachable evidence of the supernatural?

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Expelling All Reason

by Dan Whipple
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Film Review

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Directed by Nathan Frankowski. Starring Ben Stein.

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How to Study Reincarnation: Guidelines for Research

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

Is there a way to empirically study claims of reincarnation to satisfy scientific standards?

The Human Nature Project

The Human Nature Project

by Lionel Tiger
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Article

We need a movement exploring our inner nature with all its mystery. Our genes are a crucial part of that story.

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If It Exists, It Is Natural

by Jeremy M. Harris
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Article

Both the word supernatural and the concept behind it rest on shaky foundations. In fact, they fade to irrelevance in...

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Just Like Jedi Knights (If Only)

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

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.

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Merchandising God: The Pope Tart

by Karen Stollznow
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Article

Jesus on a tortilla? The Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich? The "Nun Bun"? With eBay's emergence, there has been fervent...

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NASA’s Mysterious ‘Man on Mars’ Photo

by Ben Radford
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

The idea that there may be life on Mars has been around for centuries, but the theory got a boost from photos taken by...

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The Nature of the Supernatural

by Daniel R. Altschuler
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Article

It is common to argue about the supernatural. Indeed, entire volumes are written to discuss such things as the existence of...

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New Books

by The Editors
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Abstracts of recently published books of interest to skeptics.

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Scientists say Nullo Modo (No Way) to Pope

by Frank Reiser
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

When Marcello Cini, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza, heard that Pope Benedict XVI was...

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Sir Edmund Hillary, Explorer, Skeptic (1919-2008)

by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

The conqueror of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, who died January 11, 2008, was a man of many famous exploits.

Skeptical Ethics— What Should We Investigate?

Skeptical Ethics— What Should We Investigate?

by Martin Bridgstock
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Article

Skepticism has, as one of its major motivations, a deep ethical concern about the consequences of unwarranted beliefs.

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Some Splainin’ to Do

by George Englebretsen
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Article

During his John Dewey Lecture to the American Philosophical Association in 2006, Nicholas Wolterstorff, a well-respected...

WARNING: Animal Extremists are Dangerous to Your Health

WARNING: Animal Extremists are Dangerous to Your Health

by P. Michael Conn and James V. Parker
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Article

Animal extremists are foot soldiers in a quiet war that could restrict the ability of researchers to develop drugs.

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What Would Jesus Deface?

by Kat Meltzer
Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Forum

The bumper sticker on my car reads: If evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve. Last week, at Safeway...