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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 32.4

Volume 32.4

July / August 2008

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AGU Reverses Position on Climate Change

by The Editors
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

News & Comment

The American Geophysical Union, the world's largest scientific organization of Earth and space scientists, has revised its...

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Alternative Science

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Thinking About Science

Theories and hypotheses are the outcome of creative thinking, and creative thinking requires imagination, not just knowledge.

Anomalous Cognition: A Meeting of Minds?

by Amir Raz
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Feature

A conference on "anomalous cognition" raises issues on the role of scientific evidence, replicability, and philosophy of science

Anomalous Cognition? A Second Perspective

by Ray Hyman
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Feature

Challenged on the evidence for anomalous cognition, participants in a conference on the subject simply ignored the challenge.

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

by James Randi
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Featurette

James Randi remembers Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

by David Morrison
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Featurette

David Morrison remembers Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

by Martin Gardner
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Featurette

Martin Gardner remembers Arthur C. Clarke.

Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Featurette

Kendrick Frazier remembers Arthur C. Clarke

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Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

by Greg Bear
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Featurette

In the mid-1960s, when I was fourteen or fifteen, I read Sir Arthur's book Childhood's End and experienced...

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Arthur C. Clarke Remembered

by Alan Dean Foster
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Featurette

We had just driven down from Kandy, and my driver finally managed to find Arthur's neighborhood...

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Arthur ‘N’ Me

by Harlan Ellison©
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Feature

As time, space, and gravity had their way with us, we spoke less frequently. The years slipped by in shadow, but three years...

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The Beginner’s Guide to ‘Holistic’ Wellness

by Dimitry Rotstein
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Review

Review of Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine by the Mayo Clinic.

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Broadening Our Scientific Horizons

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Review

Review of Mind, Life, and the Universe: Conversations With Great Scientists of Our Time.

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But You Deceived Me! The Necessity of Deception in Investigation of the Paranormal

by Katharine Merow
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Feature

A student concludes that the use of pretext is invaluable in the quest for truth after completing a project in which she put...

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Clarke, Cognition, and the Presidential Campaign

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

From the Editor

This issue's tributes to Arthur C. Clarke stand as soaring testaments to that seminal figure of the twentieth century.

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Controversy Erupts Over Errors, Bias in Textbook Examined by CFI

by Henry Huber
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

News & Comment

In 2006, New Jersey public high school junior Matthew LaClair made headlines after secretly tape-recording...

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Court Dismisses Cha Suit, Vindicates Flamm on Questioned Prayer/Fertility Study

by The Editors
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

News & Comment

A victory for science and freedom of speech has come in a court ruling upholding physician Bruce Flamm's investigations...

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The Fallacy of Misplaced Rationalism

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Psychic Vibrations

There seem to be so many fallacious arguments making the rounds these days that it would be surprising if skeptics were...

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Gardnerian Whimsy and Insight, New and Old

by Sid Deutsch
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Review

Review of The Jinn from Hyperspace, and other Scribblings—Both Serious and Whimsical, by Martin Gardner

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The Idene: An Early Appearance of the Meme’s Meme(s)?

by Ralph H. Lutts
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Follow-up

Discussion of Richard Dawkins' coinage in The Selfish Gene.

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In a Mirror, Darkly: Does Superstition Reflect Rationality?

by Konrad Talmont-Kaminski
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Feature

How can humans be rational when they persist in believing superstitions? The answer depends upon seeing reasoning as...

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Likely Voters Prefer Evolution over Creationism

by Greg Laden
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Special Report

It is common knowledge that most Americans are creationists, and prefer creationist stories of human origins and evolution...

The Mysterious Phoenix Lights

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Skeptical Inquiree

In April 2008, residents of Phoenix called police and local news media to report four bright, red lights hovering over the city.

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New Books

by The Editors
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Abstracts of recently published books of interest to skeptics.

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Paul Kurtz calls Expelled Film ‘Anti-Science Propaganda’

by Nathan Bupp
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

News & Comment

Paul Kurtz, founder and chairman of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Center for Inquiry, has called...

Photoghosts: Images of the Spirit Realm?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Review

Review of Ghosts Caught on Film: Photographs of the Paranormal By Melvyn Willin.

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A Physicist’s Spirited Defense of String Theory and Science

by Justin Trottier
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

News & Comment

In an era when the public understanding and appreciation of science continues to fall in reciprocal fashion to the rising...

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Physics for the People

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Review

The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You.

Pseudoscientists and Their Worlds

by Donald Simanek
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Review

Review of Worlds of Their Own by Robert Schadewald

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Richard Dawkins Replies

by Richard Dawkins
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Follow-up

Response to Ralph H. Lutts' Follow-up

A Skeleton’s Tale: The Origins of Modern Spiritualism

A Skeleton’s Tale: The Origins of Modern Spiritualism

by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Investigative Files

At the home of a blacksmith named John Fox, strange rapping noises began to occur in the bedroom of Fox's young daughters...

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The Spate of Bogus Research Papers from Korean Scientists

by Frank Reiser
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

News & Comment

Eureka moments in biology are rare. Teasing demonstrable facts from the complexity of life can be an arduous process of...

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Stamps of Approval for Four U.S. Scientists; Carl Sagan Next?

by The Editors
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

News & Comment

In March, the U.S. Postal Service issued a new series of American Scientists commemorative stamps. The four first-class...

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When Faith Kills: Christian Healing at the Expense of Rational Medicine

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 32.4, July / August 2008

Special Report

Dennis and Lorie Nixon of Altoona, Pennsylvania, lost two children in the early 1990s. When their younger son, Clayton, fell...