Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 33.2
March / April 2009
To say that people love a good story is cliché, but the problem with that statement is that 'love' is too mild a term.
by Glenn Branch
Review of Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution by Karl W. Giberson
Critique of ‘The Bipolar Bamboozle’
by Nigel Bark
As a psychiatrist, I see a lot of adults diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Yet I am a bit skeptical of the expansion of...
Is someone or something criss-crossing our skies with poisonous vapor trails that fall to Earth?
Deep History or Shallow Cognition? Cognitive Biases and ‘Esoteric History’
by John Ray
A host of new media productions have reignited the belief that extraterrestrial visitors aided early human civilization...
Dutch, Belgian Creationist Groups Unite to Bring Anti-Evolution Message to Six Million
The upcoming year-long celebration of Darwin's 200th birthday (February 12, 2009) is causing a lot of excitement...
Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin
You are going to be hearing a lot about Charles Darwin this year. Deservedly so. February 12 was his 200th birthday...
How to Get Rich Quickly with ‘Alternative’ Medicine
by Edzard Ernst
"Alternative" medicine is undoubtedly popular and therefore profitable. The latest report from Mintel...
The Information You’ve Been Provided Ain’t Necessarily So
by Peter Lamal
Review of Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data by Joel Best.
It’s Scary, But Not the Way They Intend
Review of Paranormal State: Season One DVD set.
Judge Jones and the Science/Religion Debate at Ohio State
In the course of her teaching career, Susan Fisher has had to cope with a serious problem that often hindered her ability to...
The Winds message controversy does have lessons about burdens and pressures on pre-war American cryptology.
by The Editors
Abstracts of recently published books of interest to skeptics
A new investigation by the NSA confirms that a Japanese message was not heard until after the attack on Pearl Harbor began.
The Potential Habitable Zone on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus
by Felix Wasiak
Recent discoveries from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have led many scientists to believe that microorganisms found on Earth...
Questioning Conventional Wisdom on Science-Related Issues
Review of Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller
Response to the Critique of the ‘Bipolar Bamboozle’
The critique by Nigel Bark, whose work has been sponsored by ten drug companies, is disingenuous and furthers the bamboozle.
If science doesn’t inform the decisions we make, the consequence is that people suffer.
The Obama White House could hardly have a more distinguished set of people in the key science positions.
by Joe Nickell
It should not be surprising that there have been instances of reputed vampirism in the United States.
Six Common Medical Myths that Gain Wide Attention
by The Editors
In a study published in the December 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal two health researchers at...
The Tree of Life
Darwin famously drew only one figure in The Origin of Species, which was published 150 years ago...
UFOs by the Numbers
by The Editors
Opinion polls about UFOs are always dissatisfying to science-oriented people because they usually ask about belief rather...
What Do Skeptics Need to Explain?
Robert Sheaffer has (along with James Alcock and Ray Hyman) given skeptics a piece of really good advice...
What Open-Mindedness Requires
by William Hare
If we are to steer a course between being obstinantly defensive and wantonly credulous, it is important to understand...