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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 33.6

Volume 33.6

November / December 2009

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by csicop.org
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

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Ask the Outlaw Skeptic

by csicop.org
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Online Extra

What is a "skeptoid" anyway?

Bill Maher: Crank and Comic

by Martin Gardner
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

Well-known stand-up comic Bill Maher has joined the ranks of the Big-D atheists, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett...

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CSI Launches New Web Site

by Timothy Binga
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) is proud to announce a new design and enhancements to its Web site, www.csicop.org.

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Dinosaur Adventure Land Facing Possible IRS Seizure

by Greg Martinez
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

Flamboyant creationist Kent Hovind's seventeen-year dispute with the Internal Revenue Service is finally reaching its end...

Editor’s Note

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Online Extra

There are, of course, dozens more skeptics out there whose names may be slightly less familiar but whose contributions...

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Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 4

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Notes on a Strange World

How is it possible that well-trained and respected scientists and investigators could be deceived by a clever...

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Introducing Skepticism 2.0

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

From the Editor

There's nothing new about skepticism. People who think critically and analytically have been around since ancient times.

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The Invisible Disorder

by Mark Durm
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Book Review

Review of The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives. By Leonard Mlodinow.

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John A. Keel, Mothman Writer, Paranormalist Trickster (1930-2009)

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

Noted paranormalist author John Alva Keel, best known to the public for his Mothman writings, died of a heart condition...

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the July / August 2008 Skeptical Inquirer, The Hobbit Discovery.

Messages to ‘Ask an Astrobiologist,’ May 2009

by David Morrison
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Featurette

Sidebar to Morrison's update on the Niburu 2012 doomsday

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Moon Hoax Resolved: New Lunar Orbiter Images Show Moon Landers, Astronauts’ Tracks

by David Morrison
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

Did NASA fake the landings on the Moon? This has been one of the most consistent (and outrageous) conspiracy myths of our day.

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The Moral Duty of a Skeptic

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Thinking About Science

I assume that most readers of the Skeptical Inquirer think that skepticism is a good thing...

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The Myth of the Walking Tree

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Skeptical Inquiree

While on a tour of the rainforest during a recent vacation, our guide showed us a tree with a very unusual root system.

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Nigerian Scam Mastermind Sentenced in Australia

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

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.

The Paradoxical Future of Skepticism

by Daniel Loxton
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

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.

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Pew/AAAS Poll: Public Likes Science but Still Disagrees with Scientists on Controversial Issues

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

The public continues to like science and value scientists, but a new poll shows considerable gaps between how scientists...

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Psychic Exploits Horrific Abduction Case

by Ben Radford
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

News & Comment

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...

The Real Secrets of Fatima

by Joe Nickell
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Investigative Files

Among the intriguing mysteries of modern Catholocism are the "miracles" and "secrets" supposedly imparted by the Virgin Mary...

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Reinventing the Skeptic Conference

by Reed Esau
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

SkeptiCamps are informal, community-organized events borne of a desire to share and learn in an open environment.

Skeptical Parenting: Raising Young Critical Thinkers

by Heidi Anderson
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

There comes a moment in every parent's life when your child asks you the question you most feared hearing from your dear one...

Skeptical Programs for Generation Y and Beyond

by Barry Karr
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Special Report

CSI has many long-standing programs to encourage critical thinking in children and young people--the world's future skeptics.

Skepticism 2.0

by D.J. Grothe
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

When Carl Sagan, James Randi, Paul Kurtz, Martin Gardner, Ray Hyman, and others came together in the mid-1970s to form CSICOP...

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Skepticism and Blogging

by Karen Stollznow
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

Blogs first appeared in the late 1990s as "web logs," In the form of journals or diaries. Blog has become a generic...

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Skepticism: New Paths Ahead

by Jeff Wagg
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

I just returned from Dragon*Con, the "convention of conventions" that is held over Labor Day weekend each year in Atlanta.

Skepticism via YouTube

Skepticism via YouTube

by Tim Farley
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

In the summer of 2008, Georgians Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer claimed to have found a Bigfoot carcass...

A Skeptic’s Guide to Podcasts

by D.J. Grothe
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

As most of the readers of the Skeptical Inquirer probably know, podcasts are audio shows...

State-Sponsored Quackery: Feng Shui and Snake Oil for California Nurses

by Owen Hammer and James Underdown
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

The Independent Investigations Group investigates pseudoscience particularly therapeutic touch in professional nursing.

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Surfing for Skeptics

by Blake Smith
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

Whether you are looking for data on a particular type of questionable claim, trying to find some like-minded friends...

Talking Skepticism to Generation Y

by Justin Trottier
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

If anyone ever wonders just what impression a skeptic's words, stories, explanations, and arguments have, there's no better...

Update on the Nibiru 2012 ‘Doomsday’

by David Morrison
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Follow-up

Special preview from the November / December 2009 Skeptical Inquirer

Skeptical Books for Children and Young Adults

Skeptical Books for Children and Young Adults

by Timothy Binga
Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

I was asked to write a bibliography of youth-oriented skeptical books not only because I am the director of libraries at CFI...