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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 33.2

Volume 33.2

March / April 2009

Bearing False Witness for Profit

Bearing False Witness for Profit

by Greg Martinez
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Book Review

To say that people love a good story is cliché, but the problem with that statement is that 'love' is too mild a term.

A Christian Physicist’s Dispatch from the Evolution Wars

A Christian Physicist’s Dispatch from the Evolution Wars

by Glenn Branch
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Book Review

Review of Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution by Karl W. Giberson

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Critique of ‘The Bipolar Bamboozle’

by Nigel Bark
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Follow-up

As a psychiatrist, I see a lot of adults diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Yet I am a bit skeptical of the expansion of...

Curious Contrails: Death from the Sky?

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

Is someone or something criss-crossing our skies with poisonous vapor trails that fall to Earth?

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Deep History or Shallow Cognition? Cognitive Biases and ‘Esoteric History’

by John Ray
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Article

A host of new media productions have reignited the belief that extraterrestrial visitors aided early human civilization...

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Dutch, Belgian Creationist Groups Unite to Bring Anti-Evolution Message to Six Million

by Stefaan Blancke
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

News & Comment

The upcoming year-long celebration of Darwin's 200th birthday (February 12, 2009) is causing a lot of excitement...

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

From the Editor

You are going to be hearing a lot about Charles Darwin this year. Deservedly so. February 12 was his 200th birthday...

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How to Get Rich Quickly with ‘Alternative’ Medicine

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Forum

"Alternative" medicine is undoubtedly popular and therefore profitable. The latest report from Mintel...

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The Information You’ve Been Provided Ain’t Necessarily So

by Peter Lamal
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Book Review

Review of Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data by Joel Best.

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It’s Scary, But Not the Way They Intend

by Brian Thompson
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Film Review

Review of Paranormal State: Season One DVD set.

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Judge Jones and the Science/Religion Debate at Ohio State

by Kenneth Nichols
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

News & Comment

In the course of her teaching career, Susan Fisher has had to cope with a serious problem that often hindered her ability to...

Lessons about Burdens on American Cryptology

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Featurette

The Winds message controversy does have lessons about burdens and pressures on pre-war American cryptology.

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New Books

by The Editors
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Abstracts of recently published books of interest to skeptics

The Pearl Harbor ‘Winds Message’ Controversy: A New Critical Evaluation

The Pearl Harbor ‘Winds Message’ Controversy: A New Critical Evaluation

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Article

A new investigation by the NSA confirms that a Japanese message was not heard until after the attack on Pearl Harbor began.

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The Potential Habitable Zone on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

by Felix Wasiak
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Article

Recent discoveries from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have led many scientists to believe that microorganisms found on Earth...

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Questioning Conventional Wisdom on Science-Related Issues

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Book Review

Review of Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller

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Response to the Critique of the ‘Bipolar Bamboozle’

by Stephen Flora
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Follow-up

The critique by Nigel Bark, whose work has been sponsored by ten drug companies, is disingenuous and furthers the bamboozle.

Science and Antiscience in America: Why It Matters

by Elizabeth Sherman
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Article

If science doesn’t inform the decisions we make, the consequence is that people suffer.

Science, Reason, and the Obama Administration

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Comment and Opinion

The Obama White House could hardly have a more distinguished set of people in the key science positions.

Searching for Vampire Graves

Searching for Vampire Graves

by Joe Nickell
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Investigative Files

It should not be surprising that there have been instances of reputed vampirism in the United States.

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Six Common Medical Myths that Gain Wide Attention

by The Editors
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

News & Comment

In a study published in the December 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal two health researchers at...

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The Tree of Life

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Thinking About Science

Darwin famously drew only one figure in The Origin of Species, which was published 150 years ago...

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UFOs by the Numbers

by The Editors
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

News & Comment

Opinion polls about UFOs are always dissatisfying to science-oriented people because they usually ask about belief rather...

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What Do Skeptics Need to Explain?

by Dale Beyerstein
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Follow-up

Robert Sheaffer has (along with James Alcock and Ray Hyman) given skeptics a piece of really good advice...

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What Open-Mindedness Requires

by William Hare
Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Article

If we are to steer a course between being obstinantly defensive and wantonly credulous, it is important to understand...