Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 33.5
September / October 2009
CFI vets list of 687 'dissenting scientists' in Senate minority report; 80% haven't published peer-reviewed climate research.
Ask The Outlaw Skeptic
by The Editors
While at the local mall, I stopped inside a health-food store to check out the wares...
Is it possible for someone to be extremely intelligent and creative in a certain field and at the same time...
Cell Phones, Power Lines, Video Games…and Much Else
This issue demonstrates not only the variety of topics we tackle in the Skeptical Inquirer, but also...
by Chris French
"I think this article raises an interesting issue, but ultimately I find the arguments unconvincing for a number of reasons..."
"If Parnia does the experiments properly, and his patients really can see those images, then I will change my mind about..."
Does Subliminal Persuasion Work? It Depends on Your Motivation and Awareness.
by Brandon Randolph-Seng and Robert D. Mather
Recent psychological research provides more answers about why and when subliminal information can influence...
Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 3
There suddenly came a wild, yelling scream. It was such a scream as I have never heard before in my life, not even in...
Exercising the Brain Gym
What can you tell me about the Brain Gym? It seems to make all sorts of amazing claims and is apparently very popular...
Angry citizens' groups in hundreds of different communities across the United States protest against the location of new...
by Dave Thomas
Puzzle— A simple substitution cipher.
The Last Laugh
Eight Weird Psychic Comments Overheard at a Singles Bar
Leadership Changes at the Center for Inquiry
by The Editors
Changes in the leadership at the Center for Inquiry, including the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, were announced at the end...
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Responses to the May / June 2009 issue of Skeptical Inquirer.
Logophobics have developed strategies to obfuscate clear thinking, which they deploy whenever pressed by a skeptic.
Modern-Day DaVinci’s ROM: Range of Motion or Rip Off Machine?
A supposedly revolutionary (and remarkably expensive) exercise machine called the ROM makes amazing claims in advertisements.
Anecdotal reports of people having paranormal perceptions during near-death experiences are widespread, and it has been...
New Champ Lake Monster Video Surfaces
In May, new video footage of Champ, the monster said to inhabit Vermont's Lake Champlain, was release on YouTube...
by Richard wiseman, Chris French, and Caroline Watt
The last few years have seen substantial growth in the number of television programs claiming to contain paranormal phenomena.
by Joe Nickell
They embody legend: romantic, swashbuckling, heroic figures--enchanting rogues whose ghosts eternally guard their buried...
What is the physics that underlies any possible linkage between mobile phones, power lines, and cancer?
The Questionable Research of Hans Holzer, Dean of Ghost Hunters (1920-2009)
by Joe Nickell
During the second half of the twentieth "Dr." Hans Holzer, a self-styled parapsychologist who died April 2, 2009, at the age...
Skeptic’s Web Site Becomes Advertising for Psychic Business
by Ryan Shaffer
In October, a Hollywood-based Web site selling psychic consultations and other products acquired a notable skeptic's Web site...
The Pseudoscience of Anti-Anti-UFOlogy
Stanton Friedman critiques Joe Nickell's article "Return to Roswell" by noting that Nickell is a former magician...
Third Annual IIG Awards: Mythbusters and Nickell Honored, Ben Stein Lampooned.
by Owen Hammer
On May 18, 2009, the Independent Investigations Group--the premier paranormal investigations teram on the West Coast...
The Varied Concepts of ‘Epidemic’ and Our Varied Reactions
by Peter Lamal
Review of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu by Philip Alcabes.
Violent Video Games: Dogma, Fear, and Pseudoscience
Video games are at the center of a modern media-based moral panic. Too often, social scientists have fueled the flames...
by Tracy King
In June 2009 a new urban legend was born—that the power generated by cell phones can cook popcorn.
What’s New? Observations on Science and Fringe Science from Bob Park
Recap of recent news items by the author.