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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 33.3

Volume 33.3

May / June 2009

Autism-Vaccine Link Researcher Andrew Wakefield Accused of Faking His Data

by Steven Novella
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

Andrew Wakefield, the researcher who in 1998 sparked the public controversy over whether the MMR vaccine is linked to autism...

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Cardiff’s Giant Hoax

by Joe Nickell
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Book Review

Review of A Colossal Hoax: The Giant from Cardiff that Fooled America by Scott Tribble

CFI/Los Angeles Celebrates Darwin’s 200th Birthday with Readings, Plays, Lecture

by Jim Underdown and Bob Ladendorf
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

More than 300 Southern Californians celebrated the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin at CFI Los Angeles...

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Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea

by Robert Ashton
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Book Review

Review of the book by Christine Garwood

Demons in Connecticut

Demons in Connecticut

by Joe Nickell
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Investigative Files

Take a house reeking of death, bring in a "demonologist," commission a professional writer to enhance the alleged events...

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Eusapie Palladino, the Queen of the Cabinet, Part 1

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Notes on a Strange World

...it was essential that the investigators were knowledgeable of the methods of trickery. But were they really?

Ghosts, Doughnuts, and A Christmas Carol: Investigating New Mexico’s ‘Haunted’ KiMo Theater

Ghosts, Doughnuts, and A Christmas Carol: Investigating New Mexico’s ‘Haunted’ KiMo Theater

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Article

A careful investigation into one of the most famous haunted theaters in the Southwest.

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The Great Global Cooling Myth

by John Fleck
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Commentary

Like all good misinformation that travels well and lasts long, we found a kernel of truth. But we also found the deep...

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Hard and Soft Science: Physics vs. Psychology

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Thinking About Science

It turns out that the replicability of findings in psychology is no worse than that of findings in particle physics.

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It’s What We Do

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

From the Editor

"Why did you write about [fill in the blank]?" That is a recurring question we get at the Skeptical Inquirer.

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Volume 33.1, The New UFO Interest

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Life and Planet

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Article

Evolution, Climate Change. Two Grand Themes of AAAS Science Fest.

A Modern Witch Craze in Papua New Guinea

by Karen Stollznow
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

Newspapers internationally reported a recent spate of witchcraft-related murders in rural Papua New Guinea.

More Studies Reject Vaccine-Autism Link

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

As if more scientific support was needed, a new review of the evidence has again shown no link between vaccines and autism.

Playing by the Rules

by Harriet Hall
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Article

It is useless for skeptics to argue with someone who doesn’t play by the rules of science and reason.

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The Pseudoscience of Personalysis

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

"Look, that green rectangle represents my motivation to control things!"

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Putting Your Money Where Your MInd Is

by Joseph Keierleber
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Book Review

Review of The Mind of the Market by Michael Shermer

Remembering Henry Gordon, Magician, Skeptic, Debunker

by Justin Trottier
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

Kemo Kimo Merinickel Pumpernickel. Henry Gordon invented this phrase to use as an incantation in his magic...

Report Knocks Baylor Claim about American Religiosity

by The Editors
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

The Council for Secular Humanism made some headlines in February with a report released to the national media...

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Repower America? Science Commmunication and the Obama Presidency

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Policy Forum

It is time to turn the page on the "war on science," "inconvenient truths," and "denier" rhetoric that were battle cries...

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The Roots of Skepticism

by Christopher diCarlo
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Article

Some of the central ideas of ancient skepticism have historical significance and still influence...

Science and Pseudoscience in Adult Nutrition Research and Practice

Science and Pseudoscience in Adult Nutrition Research and Practice

by Reynold Spector
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

Human nutrition research and practice is plagued by pseudoscience and unsupported opinions.

Scientists Hail Gallo’s ‘Unsung’ Role in Nobel HIV/AIDS Discovery

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

When the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to two French virologists for discovering and identifying the HIV virus...

Selective Memory at Work When Patients ‘Predict’ Own Death

by Terence Hines
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

Can patients predict their own deaths using some fancy type of "insight" that is more accurate than the expertise of physicians?

Spanish Skeptics Magazine Pensar Suspends Publication

by The Editors
Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

Pensar, the Spanish-language skeptics magazine launched in 2004, has suspended publication as of 2009.