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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 34.1

Volume 34.1

January / February 2010

2012: Not a Complete Disaster

2012: Not a Complete Disaster

by Ben Radford
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Online Extra

One might be excused for wondering what, exactly, German director Roland Emmerich has against the United States...

Assessing the Credibility of CFI’s Credibility Project

by Gary Posner
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Article

The September/October 2009 Skeptical Inquirer carried the commentary piece "Can a Reasonable Skeptic Support Climate Change Legislation?" by...

Belgian Miracles

Belgian Miracles

by Joe Nickell
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Investigative Files

A member of the European Union, Belgium is located between the Netherlands, Germany, and France. The country takes its name from its first recorded...

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Coral Castle: Fact and Folklore

by Karen Stollznow
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Article

How a diminutive, frail, uneducated, unskilled man built Coral Castle without modern machinery has supposedly "baffled scientists, engineers, and scholars."

Court Vindicates Doctor Who Questioned Fertility Study

by The Editors
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Online Extra

A study was published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine claiming that prayers from the USA, Canada, and Australia...

Creation: A Cinematic Look at Charles Darwin

by Ben Radford
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Online Extra

The new film Creation, which opens January 22, tells the true story of the circumstances surrounding Charles Darwin's crowning creation...

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Cryptozoology Museum Opens in Maine

by Ben Radford
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

News & Comment

Fans of Bigfoot, Ogopopo, the chupacabra, and other "mystery creatures" will finally have a place to see their favorite beasts—albeit in absentia.

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CSI’s ‘UFOs: The Space-Age Mythology’

by Dave Thomas
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Conference Report

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry held a workshop titled "UFOs: The Space-Age Mythology" in Tuscon, Arizona, October 9-11, 2009.

Edmund (Pseudo) Scientific Sells ‘Ghost Detectors’

Edmund (Pseudo) Scientific Sells ‘Ghost Detectors’

by Matt Lowry
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Online Extra

Edmund Scientific is actively marketing and selling paranormal woo-woo on their Web site.

‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null Results

by Richard Wiseman
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Article

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.

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Hyperbaric Therapy for Autism: Airy Promises

by Ben Radford
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Skeptical Inquiree

With the recent news that autism cases are on the rise, I'm sure the number of dubious "treatments" are increasing as well...

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Is There a Difference between Basic and Applied Science?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Thinking About 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...

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Latest Texas ‘Chupacabra’ Exhibited in Creationist Museum

by Ben Radford
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

News & Comment

In August 2009 a man in the small town of Blanco, Texas, heard something attacking chickens in his cousin's barn.

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Letters to the Editor

by The Editors
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Issue 33.5, Power Line Panic and Cell Phone Mania

NASA Tries to Bomb Star Visitors

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Psychic Vibrations

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...

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‘Noetic Science’ in The Lost Symbol

by Joe Nickell
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Book Review

Review of The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Norm Levitt: An Obituary

by Jay M. Pasachoff
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

News & Comment

Norman Levitt, a major figure in combating pseudoscience and pseudoknowledge, died at the age of 66 on October 24.

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Notes on the News: Deception, Notoriety, and Credulity in Our Infotainment Age

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

News & Comment

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...

The One True Cause of All Disease

The One True Cause of All Disease

by Harriet Hall
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Article

Alternative practitioners constantly claim that conventional medicine treats only symptoms while they treat underlying causes. They’ve got it backwards.

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Religious Fundamentalism and Same-Sex Marriage

by Anthony Layng
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Article

Americans' attitudes toward same-sex marriage have rapidly changed, defining it now as a civil-rights issue. Nearly all the remaining determined opposition...

Response to ‘Assessing the Credibility of CFI’s Credibility Project’

by Stuart D. Jordan
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Follow-up

This issue presents contributions by Gary Posner and Robert Sheaffer...

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The Scourge of Cancer

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

From the Editor

I doubt there are many families not affected in some way by the subject of our cover article—cancer.

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The Shroud of Turin Duplicated

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Notes on a Strange World

The Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CICAP) celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a special three-day conference...

Stephen Fry—Last Chance to Think

by Kylie Sturgess
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Interview

Stephen Fry is an English actor, comedian, author, television presenter, director—and skeptic...

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Thomas Gold: Is the Origin of Oil Nonbiological?

by Martin Gardner
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Notes of a Fringe-Watcher

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...

The War on Cancer A Progress Report for Skeptics

The War on Cancer A Progress Report for Skeptics

by Reynold Spector
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Article

Although there has been some progress in the war on cancer initiated by President Nixon in 1971, the gains have been limited.

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Wedge Strategy Update: Intelligent Design Creationism Since the Dover Trial

by Barbara Forrest
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Article

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.

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When Does a Person Become a Human Subject?

by Mary M. Livingston and Jerome J. Tobacyk
Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Follow-up

Sensitivity to human subjects issues is important and praiseworthy, but there is some confusion regarding the formal definition of human subjects research.