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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 33.4

Volume 33.4

July / August 2009

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An Apologia with a Transparent Strategy

by Peter Lamal
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Book Review

Review of The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right. by Jon A. Shields.

Bigelow’s Aerospace and Saucer Emporium

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Psychic Vibrations

Perhaps you've seen news stories about Bigelow Aerospace, founded by Las Vegas real estate millionaire Robert Bigelow.

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Big Scientific Controversy over Little Hobbit People of Flores

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

From the Editor

Five years ago a stunning discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores rocked the field of paleoanthropology...

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Borneo’s River Monster Photo: Living Legend or Hoax?

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

In February, two photographs of a huge snake-like creature allegedly taken in Borneo made international news.

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Careful Phrasing: A Matter of Life and Death

by Danny Helman
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Article

Many people believe one is more likely to die from a shark attack than from falling airplane parts. This finding has been...

CFI World Congress: More Highlights

CFI World Congress: More Highlights

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Special Report

Longtime CSI Fellow and Skeptical Inquirer contributor Elizabeth Loftus presented a talk about...

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Chiropractic Neck Manipulation and Informed Consent

by Samuel Homola
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Article

Although there is evidence to indicate that neck manipulation can cause stroke by damaging vertebral or carotid arteries...

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Crystal Balls in Chains

by Donna Danford
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

Fortune teller Janet Adams preyed on the fears of an elderly San Mateo, California woman to the tune of more than $80,000.

CSI’s Balles Prize Goes to Physicist/Author Leonard Mlodinow

by Barry Karr
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

CSI has awarded its Annual Prize to Mlodinow for his book The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives.

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CSI Solves New Jersey UFO Mystery

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

Strange, bright red lights appeared over Morris County, New Jersey, on January 5, 2009. They were first noticed in the night...

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The Deadwood Ghost Photo

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

"My brother and I stayed at the historic Franklin Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota. I'm not a big believer in the paranormal..."

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Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 2

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Notes on a Strange World

Eleven extraordinary séances with medium Eusapia Palladino were held in the now-defunct Hotel Victoria in Naples.

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A Graphic Guide to Grabbing a Precious Pro-Religion Prize

by Joel Kirschbaum
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Forum

Lord Templeton established a foundation that grants various sums to advance religion, in particular Christianity.

Highlights of CFI’s Twelfth World Congress: Science, Public Policy, and the Planetary Community

Highlights of CFI’s Twelfth World Congress: Science, Public Policy, and the Planetary Community

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Special Report

Science, Public Policy, and the Planetary Community

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John Maddox, Longtime Nature Editor and CSI Fellow, Dies

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

John Maddox, a pivotal figure in the world scientific community as twice editor of the esteemed scientific journal...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.2, "Debunking the Pearl Harbor Message Myth."

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Michael Dennet, Skeptic and Bigfoot Investigator, Dies

by The Editors
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

Michael Dennett, who headed the Seattle area skeptics group Society for Sensible Explanations, died May 2, 2009.

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New Books

by The Editors
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Abstracts of recently published books of interest to skeptics.

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Nonreligious Portion of U.S. Population Growing, Survey Finds

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

What many secularists have long been contending--that their numbers are growing, and have consistently been underestimated...

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Obama on Science, Discovery, and Open Inquiry

by The Editors
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Article

Excerpts from a talk by President Barack Obama to the National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., April 27, 2009.

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On Evolution, Abortion, and Astrology

by Alan Orenstein
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Article

Survey research about the kinds of people who read horoscopes shows the effects of religious and scientific beliefs.

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On the Moon

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

There is nothing like new facts to add some excitement to supposedly established theories.

Pathology or Paradigm Shift? Human Evolution, Ad Hominem Science and the Anomolous Hobbits of Flores

Pathology or Paradigm Shift? Human Evolution, Ad Hominem Science and the Anomolous Hobbits of Flores

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Article

A pint-sized Hobbit recently shook the science world's foundations and set anthropologists at one another's throats.

Quest for the Giant Eel

Quest for the Giant Eel

by Joe Nickell
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Investigative Files

On a six-day trip to the Canadian province of Newfoundland in Labrador, I encountered some very large creatures...

Randi, Krauss, Kurtz Honored with Major Awards

Randi, Krauss, Kurtz Honored with Major Awards

by The Editors
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Special Report

James Randi, Lawrence Krauss, and Paul Kurtz were honored with major awards at CFI's 12th World Congress in Bethesda, Maryland.

Seeing the Indigo Children

by Benjamin Witts
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Article

The Indigo children are touted as the next evolutionary stage in human development, and their supporters boast that these...

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A Tribute to Jerry Andrus—Magician, Creator of Master Illusions

by Ray Hyman
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

News & Comment

Jerry Andrus--master magician and creator of innovative illusions--died peacefully August 26, 2007.

Whats Wrong with the I Ching? Ambiguity, Obscurity, and Synchronicity

by Charles Sullivan
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Article

The I Ching is an ancient Chinese oracle that many believe mysteriously offers clear advice on important questions.

When Science Gets Distorted for Nonscientific Reasons

When Science Gets Distorted for Nonscientific Reasons

by Terence Hines
Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Book Review

Hyping Health Risks: Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology. by Geoffrey C. Kabat