Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 33.6
November / December 2009
Alternate Cover for Issue 33.6, November / December 2009
What is a "skeptoid" anyway?
Well-known stand-up comic Bill Maher has joined the ranks of the Big-D atheists, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett...
CSI Launches New Web Site
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) is proud to announce a new design and enhancements to its Web site, www.csicop.org.
Dinosaur Adventure Land Facing Possible IRS Seizure
Flamboyant creationist Kent Hovind's seventeen-year dispute with the Internal Revenue Service is finally reaching its end...
by Ben Radford
There are, of course, dozens more skeptics out there whose names may be slightly less familiar but whose contributions...
Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 4
How is it possible that well-trained and respected scientists and investigators could be deceived by a clever...
Introducing Skepticism 2.0
There's nothing new about skepticism. People who think critically and analytically have been around since ancient times.
The Invisible Disorder
by Mark Durm
Review of The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives. By Leonard Mlodinow.
John A. Keel, Mothman Writer, Paranormalist Trickster (1930-2009)
Noted paranormalist author John Alva Keel, best known to the public for his Mothman writings, died of a heart condition...
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Responses to the July / August 2008 Skeptical Inquirer, The Hobbit Discovery.
Sidebar to Morrison's update on the Niburu 2012 doomsday
Moon Hoax Resolved: New Lunar Orbiter Images Show Moon Landers, Astronauts’ Tracks
Did NASA fake the landings on the Moon? This has been one of the most consistent (and outrageous) conspiracy myths of our day.
The Moral Duty of a Skeptic
I assume that most readers of the Skeptical Inquirer think that skepticism is a good thing...
The Myth of the Walking Tree
by Ben Radford
While on a tour of the rainforest during a recent vacation, our guide showed us a tree with a very unusual root system.
Nigerian Scam Mastermind Sentenced in Australia
We've all seen the e-mails from Nigeria insisting wealth can be ours if we help the writer get his money out of the country.
Like many skeptics, I'm preoccupied by one question: "How do we take this thing to the next level?" I have an answer to propose.
Pew/AAAS Poll: Public Likes Science but Still Disagrees with Scientists on Controversial Issues
The public continues to like science and value scientists, but a new poll shows considerable gaps between how scientists...
Psychic Exploits Horrific Abduction Case
by Ben Radford
In 1991, a young girl named Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped on her way to school. No one knew the girl's fate for eighteen years...
by Joe Nickell
Among the intriguing mysteries of modern Catholocism are the "miracles" and "secrets" supposedly imparted by the Virgin Mary...
Reinventing the Skeptic Conference
by Reed Esau
SkeptiCamps are informal, community-organized events borne of a desire to share and learn in an open environment.
There comes a moment in every parent's life when your child asks you the question you most feared hearing from your dear one...
by Barry Karr
CSI has many long-standing programs to encourage critical thinking in children and young people--the world's future skeptics.
by D.J. Grothe
When Carl Sagan, James Randi, Paul Kurtz, Martin Gardner, Ray Hyman, and others came together in the mid-1970s to form CSICOP...
Skepticism and Blogging
Blogs first appeared in the late 1990s as "web logs," In the form of journals or diaries. Blog has become a generic...
Skepticism: New Paths Ahead
by Jeff Wagg
I just returned from Dragon*Con, the "convention of conventions" that is held over Labor Day weekend each year in Atlanta.
by Tim Farley
In the summer of 2008, Georgians Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer claimed to have found a Bigfoot carcass...
by D.J. Grothe
As most of the readers of the Skeptical Inquirer probably know, podcasts are audio shows...
by Owen Hammer and James Underdown
The Independent Investigations Group investigates pseudoscience particularly therapeutic touch in professional nursing.
Surfing for Skeptics
by Blake Smith
Whether you are looking for data on a particular type of questionable claim, trying to find some like-minded friends...
If anyone ever wonders just what impression a skeptic's words, stories, explanations, and arguments have, there's no better...
Special preview from the November / December 2009 Skeptical Inquirer