Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 34.1
January / February 2010
One might be excused for wondering what, exactly, German director Roland Emmerich has against the United States...
by Gary Posner
The September/October 2009 Skeptical Inquirer carried the commentary piece "Can a Reasonable Skeptic Support Climate Change Legislation?" by...
by Joe Nickell
A member of the European Union, Belgium is located between the Netherlands, Germany, and France. The country takes its name from its first recorded...
Coral Castle: Fact and Folklore
How a diminutive, frail, uneducated, unskilled man built Coral Castle without modern machinery has supposedly "baffled scientists, engineers, and scholars."
by The Editors
A study was published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine claiming that prayers from the USA, Canada, and Australia...
The new film Creation, which opens January 22, tells the true story of the circumstances surrounding Charles Darwin's crowning creation...
Cryptozoology Museum Opens in Maine
Fans of Bigfoot, Ogopopo, the chupacabra, and other "mystery creatures" will finally have a place to see their favorite beasts—albeit in absentia.
CSI’s ‘UFOs: The Space-Age Mythology’
by Dave Thomas
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry held a workshop titled "UFOs: The Space-Age Mythology" in Tuscon, Arizona, October 9-11, 2009.
by Matt Lowry
Edmund Scientific is actively marketing and selling paranormal woo-woo on their Web site.
Parapsychologists have tended to view positive results as supportive of the psi hypothesis while ensuring that null results don't count as evidence against it.
Hyperbaric Therapy for Autism: Airy Promises
With the recent news that autism cases are on the rise, I'm sure the number of dubious "treatments" are increasing as well...
Is There a Difference between Basic and Applied Science?
Humans like to classify things into discrete boxes. It helps us make sense of our complex and often chaotic world. A classic problem in philosophy is whether...
Latest Texas ‘Chupacabra’ Exhibited in Creationist Museum
In August 2009 a man in the small town of Blanco, Texas, heard something attacking chickens in his cousin's barn.
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Responses to Issue 33.5, Power Line Panic and Cell Phone Mania
NASA may have most people convinced that its purpose in crashing the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) into the Moon on October 9, 2009...
‘Noetic Science’ in The Lost Symbol
by Joe Nickell
Review of The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Norman Levitt, a major figure in combating pseudoscience and pseudoknowledge, died at the age of 66 on October 24.
Notes on the News: Deception, Notoriety, and Credulity in Our Infotainment Age
The media frenzy about a homemade balloon launch supposedly carrying a Fort Collins, Colorado, family's six-year old son into the sky and the resulting...
by Harriet Hall
Alternative practitioners constantly claim that conventional medicine treats only symptoms while they treat underlying causes. They’ve got it backwards.
Religious Fundamentalism and Same-Sex Marriage
Americans' attitudes toward same-sex marriage have rapidly changed, defining it now as a civil-rights issue. Nearly all the remaining determined opposition...
This issue presents contributions by Gary Posner and Robert Sheaffer...
The Scourge of Cancer
I doubt there are many families not affected in some way by the subject of our cover article—cancer.
The Shroud of Turin Duplicated
The Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CICAP) celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a special three-day conference...
Stephen Fry is an English actor, comedian, author, television presenter, director—and skeptic...
Thomas Gold: Is the Origin of Oil Nonbiological?
Thomas Gold was born in Vienna in 1920 and died in Ithaca, New York, in 2004 at age eighty-four. Few scientists since Kepler have combined such brilliant...
Although there has been some progress in the war on cancer initiated by President Nixon in 1971, the gains have been limited.
Wedge Strategy Update: Intelligent Design Creationism Since the Dover Trial
The creationist havens of Louisiana and Texas are doing all they can--which is considerable--to flout the law and inject intelligent design into public schools.
When Does a Person Become a Human Subject?
by Mary M. Livingston and Jerome J. Tobacyk
Sensitivity to human subjects issues is important and praiseworthy, but there is some confusion regarding the formal definition of human subjects research.