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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 32.6

Volume 32.6

November / December 2008

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Asteroids Named for Skeptics, Authors, Science Educators

by Jeff Medkeff
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

Asteroids named for P.Z. Myers, Philip Plait, Michael Stackpole and Rebecca Watson.

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Charles Fort’s Life and Legacy of Strangeness

by Rob Boston
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Review

Review of Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural by Jim Steinmeyer

The Curious Case of Street Lamp Interference

The Curious Case of Street Lamp Interference

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Notes on a Strange World

What would you think if street lamps kept turning off when you passed them by?

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The Emperor’s Postmodern Clothes

by David A. Levy
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Comment and Opinion

A brief guide to deconstructing academically fashionable phrases for the uninitiated.

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Firebombings Target University Animal Researchers

by The Editors
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

Fire bombings against biomedical researchers were called acts of domestic terrorism and attributed to animal rights extremists.

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Georgia Bigfoot Hoax Draws Global Attention

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

In early August, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer claimed to have found in the woods of Georgia something never known to exist.

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Ghosts and Ion Counters

by Don A. Merrell
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Forum

On a recent Friday night, the ghost hunters on the show Most Haunted were seeking specters in a creepy Welsh mansion.

‘Hex’ Signs: Searching for the Magic

‘Hex’ Signs: Searching for the Magic

by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Investigative Files

My introduction to Pennsylvania Dutch "hex" signs came when I was a teenager running my own sign-painting business...

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Is ‘Knol’ for Knowledge or for Pseudoknowledge?

by Jay M. Pasachoff
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Comment and Opinion

The runaway success of Wikipedia, which comes up first in many Google searches for information, has led to much criticism.

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Jon Beckjord, Advocate of a Paranormal Bigfoot (1939-2008)

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

Jon Erik Beckjord, well known as a paranormal investigator focusing on Bigfoot, died July 22 from prostate cancer.

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Keeping Ahead of the News

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

From the Editor

We have plenty of riches for you in this issue: five articles, four commentaries, three book reviews, two Forum columns...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Volume 32, Issue 4

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Love at First Sight

by Stephen Bertman
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Feature

Science is exploring the "mystery" of love at first sight. As it turns out, our search for Mr. or Mrs. Right may simply be...

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Mickelson, McKellar Tout Science, Math, and Being Smart

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

Kudos to two prominent celebrities who are championing science and math education and the virtues of being smart.

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A Mind for Murdergate

by Gary Posner
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Follow-up

"Psychic clues" audaciously altered in new edition of Renier memoir.

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More Cool Careers for Dummies: Ghost Hunter

by Paul DesOrmeaux
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Forum

You can bet your sweet poltergeist that ghost busters will be in demand for years to come.

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Mr. Belloc Objects

by Martin Gardner
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Comment and Opinion

The Battered Silicon Press, a Canadian publishing house, has brought back into print an obscure little book by H.G. Wells...

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Nocturnal Lights and Sounds Baffle Maryland Town…for Awhile

by Bill Vanderlinde
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

For more than two years, residents of Pikesville, Maryland, have been startled awake by bright flashes and loud explosions.

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Purdue Panel Finds Scientific Misconduct in Researcher’s Bubble Fusion Reports

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

A Purdue University panel has found a researcher guilty of scientific misconduct in a case of bubble, or desktop, fusion.

Quantum Weirdness: An Analogy from the Time of Newton

Quantum Weirdness: An Analogy from the Time of Newton

by Paul Quincey
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Feature

What Einstein called "spooky action-at-a-distance" is similar to "action-at-a-distance" that bothered people in Newton's time.

Science and Footprints

Science and Footprints

by Michael Dennett
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Feature

A recent article in a scientific journal argues that alleged footprints at the Patterson film site provide evidence for Bigfoot.

Secrets of Spectacularly Skewered Skin

Secrets of Spectacularly Skewered Skin

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Skeptical Inquiree

What explains the ability of some people to insert sharp spikes into their skin without bleeding or pain?

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Secular Sunshine as the Best Disinfectant

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Review

Review of The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life by Austin Dacey

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The Skeptic Meets the Moral Panic

by Erich Goode
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Feature

Moral panics are collective delusions and behaviour that a threat posed by an evil agent is more serious than evidence suggests.

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Statistically Significant Results vs. Oomph

by Peter Lamal
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Review

The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives by Stephen T. Ziliak

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Unproven or Disproven Treatments—Why Would Anyone Want to Use Them?

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Comment and Opinion

A recent report suggests that the sales of homeopathic remedies in the UK have increased by 24% during the last five years.

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Where’s the Responsibility? UK Broadcasting Code Prevents Re-Airing Psychic’s Failure

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

News & Comment

In all of these television shows, not once has any psychic ability been demonstrated in a double-blind test.

The Wholesale Sedation of America’s Youth

by Andrew M. Weiss
Volume 32.6, November / December 2008

Feature

In 1950, approximately 7,500 children in the U.S. were diagnosed with mental disorders. It is at least eight million today.