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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 32.5

Volume 32.5

September / October 2008

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The Amazing Randi Strikes Again

by Ben Radford
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

News & Comment

The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was the site of the sixth Amaz!ng Meeting, James Randi's more-or-less annual...

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Alien Peeping Tom—Film at Eleven

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Psychic Vibrations

The world was startled on May 28 when a Denver man claimed he was going to show a video of a "living, breathing alien."

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CSI’s Robert P. Balles Award Goes to New York Times Science Writer Natalie Angier

by Nathan Bupp
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

News & Comment

CSI presents its third Balles award to Angier for The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

Ben Stein’s Trojan Horse: Mobilizing the State House and Local News Agenda

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Special Report

In April, as the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed premiered in more than a 1,000 theaters across the country...

The Bipolar Bamboozle

The Bipolar Bamboozle

by Stephen Ray Flora and Sarah Elizabeth Bobby
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Article

Millions of people are being told they have a severe psychiatric disorder and are being prescribed antipsychotic medication.

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The Brain on Justice

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Thinking About Science

Justice, fairness and the efficient distribution of resources do not seem at first the sort of topics that should interest...

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Corporate Self Interest and Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression

by Peter Barglow
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Article

An American corporation has pressured the FDA to pursue its expensive and unproven Vagus Nerve Stimulation device for depression

The Eighth Gathering for (Martin) Gardner

The Eighth Gathering for (Martin) Gardner

by Ray Hyman
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Special Report

Who attends these gatherings? What takes place? How do they serve as a tribute to this remarkable man?

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Exposing Popular ‘Let’s Pretend’ Fantasies

by William Harwood
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Book Review

Review of Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms by Robert M. Price

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Finally, Sylvia Browne’s Final Tour

by Karen Stollznow
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

News & Comment

Visitors to Salt Lake City usually make the pilgrimage to the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...

From Weeping Icons to Crop Circles: Investigating with Gusto

From Weeping Icons to Crop Circles: Investigating with Gusto

by Terry Smiljanich
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Book Review

A review of the book by CSI fellow Joe Nickell

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Hoax Led to Polygamist Sect Raid

by Ben Radford
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

News & Comment

False reports can have serious consequences. Time and resources spent on hoaxers and liars are diverted from real crime victims.

Hunting for Spooklights

Hunting for Spooklights

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Notes on a Strange World

The hot, still night was illuminated by a full moon. The two shadowy figures moving along the empty road wondered if this...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Volume 32, Issue 3

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Lighthouse Specters

by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Investigative Files

Remote sentinels on rocky shores, lighthouses have been called "America's castles." Certainly, they are places of scenic...

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No Safe Level? Science and Seconhand Smoke

by David Appell
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

News & Comment

Are the dangers of secondhand smoke being exaggerated by anti-smoking groups?

Padre Pio: Wonderworker or Charlatan?

Padre Pio: Wonderworker or Charlatan?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Special Report

Of the twentieth century's two most famous stigmatics, both were suspected of fraud, but Pio went on to be canonized in 2002.

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Psychic’s False Sex Abuse Claim Threatens Family

by Ben Radford
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

News & Comment

Psychics are wrong about things all the time; that's no news to our regular readers...

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Redoing the Math on Nuclear Energy

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Book Review

Nuclear Energy Now: Why the Time has Come for the World's Most Misunderstood Energy Source by Herbst and Hopley

A Special Afterword

by Martin Gardner
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Special Report

A special afterword to Hyman's report

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The Sweet Spirit Sounds of Rosemary Brown

by Ben Radford
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Skeptical Inquiree

Whatever happened to Rosemary Brown, who claimed to take down dictation from Liszt, Schubert, and other dead composers?

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A Trio of Questionable Medical Treatments

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

From the Editor

The three articles under the theme "Questionable Medical Treatments" in this issue delve into problems with modern medicine...

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The Truth About Brain Science

by Robert Epstein
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

The Skeptical Psychologist

Our brains are very small when we're babies, grow throughout childhood, reach their maximum size at about age fourteen...

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We’re Wrong More Than We Think

by Harriet Hall
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Book Review

Review of On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not by Robert Burton, MD

‘We Couldn’t Say It in Print If It Wasn’t True’: Akavar’s Version of Truth in Advertising

by Harriet Hall
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Article

An ad for a weight-loss product falsifies its own slogan by printing outright lies.

The Myth of Nibiru and the End of the World in 2012

by David Morrison
Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

Article

An astronomer tries to counter misinformation on the Internet about a supposed rogue planet and an impending catastrophe.