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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 33.5

Volume 33.5

September / October 2009

Can a Reasonable Skeptic Support Climate Change Legislation?

by Stuart D. Jordan
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Commentary

CFI vets list of 687 'dissenting scientists' in Senate minority report; 80% haven't published peer-reviewed climate research.

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Ask The Outlaw Skeptic

by The Editors
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

While at the local mall, I stopped inside a health-food store to check out the wares...

Bobby Fischer: Genius and Idiot

Bobby Fischer: Genius and Idiot

by Martin Gardner
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Is it possible for someone to be extremely intelligent and creative in a certain field and at the same time...

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Cell Phones, Power Lines, Video Games…and Much Else

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

From the Editor

This issue demonstrates not only the variety of topics we tackle in the Skeptical Inquirer, but also...

Comments on NDE Experiment: Ethical Concerns

by Christopher C. French
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Commentary

"I think this article raises an interesting issue, but ultimately I find the arguments unconvincing for a number of reasons..."

Comments on NDE Experiment: Ethical Concerns

by Susan Blackmore
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Commentary

"If Parnia does the experiments properly, and his patients really can see those images, then I will change my mind about..."

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Does Subliminal Persuasion Work? It Depends on Your Motivation and Awareness.

by Brandon Randolph-Seng and Robert D. Mather
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Article

Recent psychological research provides more answers about why and when subliminal information can influence...

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Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 3

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Notes on a Strange World

There suddenly came a wild, yelling scream. It was such a scream as I have never heard before in my life, not even in...

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Exercising the Brain Gym

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

What can you tell me about the Brain Gym? It seems to make all sorts of amazing claims and is apparently very popular...

A Growing Hysteria

A Growing Hysteria

by Lorne Trottier
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Article

Angry citizens' groups in hundreds of different communities across the United States protest against the location of new...

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Hidden Messages

by Dave Thomas
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Puzzle— A simple substitution cipher.

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The Last Laugh

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Humor

Eight Weird Psychic Comments Overheard at a Singles Bar

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Leadership Changes at the Center for Inquiry

by The Editors
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

News & Comment

Changes in the leadership at the Center for Inquiry, including the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, were announced at the end...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the May / June 2009 issue of Skeptical Inquirer.

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Logophobia

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Thinking About Science

Logophobics have developed strategies to obfuscate clear thinking, which they deploy whenever pressed by a skeptic.

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Modern-Day DaVinci’s ROM: Range of Motion or Rip Off Machine?

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Article

A supposedly revolutionary (and remarkably expensive) exercise machine called the ROM makes amazing claims in advertisements.

NDE Experiment: Ethical Concerns

by Sebastian Dieguez
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Article

Anecdotal reports of people having paranormal perceptions during near-death experiences are widespread, and it has been...

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New Champ Lake Monster Video Surfaces

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

News & Comment

In May, new video footage of Champ, the monster said to inhabit Vermont's Lake Champlain, was release on YouTube...

‘None of This Is True’: Do Disclaimers about the Paranormal Really Work?

by Richard wiseman, Chris French, and Caroline Watt
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Commentary

The last few years have seen substantial growth in the number of television programs claiming to contain paranormal phenomena.

Pirates’ Ghosts: Aar-r-gh!

Pirates’ Ghosts: Aar-r-gh!

by Joe Nickell
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Investigative Files

They embody legend: romantic, swashbuckling, heroic figures--enchanting rogues whose ghosts eternally guard their buried...

Power Line Panic and Mobile Mania

Power Line Panic and Mobile Mania

by S.T. Lakshmikumar
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Article

What is the physics that underlies any possible linkage between mobile phones, power lines, and cancer?

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The Questionable Research of Hans Holzer, Dean of Ghost Hunters (1920-2009)

by Joe Nickell
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

News & Comment

During the second half of the twentieth "Dr." Hans Holzer, a self-styled parapsychologist who died April 2, 2009, at the age...

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Skeptic’s Web Site Becomes Advertising for Psychic Business

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

News & Comment

In October, a Hollywood-based Web site selling psychic consultations and other products acquired a notable skeptic's Web site...

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The Pseudoscience of Anti-Anti-UFOlogy

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Psychic Vibrations

Stanton Friedman critiques Joe Nickell's article "Return to Roswell" by noting that Nickell is a former magician...

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Third Annual IIG Awards: Mythbusters and Nickell Honored, Ben Stein Lampooned.

by Owen Hammer
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

News & Comment

On May 18, 2009, the Independent Investigations Group--the premier paranormal investigations teram on the West Coast...

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The Varied Concepts of ‘Epidemic’ and Our Varied Reactions

by Peter Lamal
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Book Review

Review of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu by Philip Alcabes.

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Violent Video Games: Dogma, Fear, and Pseudoscience

by Christopher J. Ferguson
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Article

Video games are at the center of a modern media-based moral panic. Too often, social scientists have fueled the flames...

Viral Video Cell-Phone Scare

by Tracy King
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Featurette

In June 2009 a new urban legend was born—that the power generated by cell phones can cook popcorn.

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What’s New? Observations on Science and Fringe Science from Bob Park

by Robert L. Park
Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

News & Comment

Recap of recent news items by the author.