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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 34.4

Volume 34.4

July / August 2010

The Real ‘Ghost Whisperer’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Investigative Files

Although Winkowski distinguishes herself from both mediums and psychics (she claims no future-telling ability), she nevertheless shares much in common with...

Oscar, the Death-Predicting Cat

by Joe Nickell
Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Book Review

A Review of "Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat." By David Dosa.

A Skeptic’s View of Pharmaceutical Progress

A Skeptic’s View of Pharmaceutical Progress

by Reynold Spector
Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

To obtain a balanced view of pharmaceutical progress (or lack thereof), we need to step back, define a few terms and concepts, and make explicit certain...

The Mysterious Invisible ‘Rods’

by Ben Radford
Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Skeptical Inquiree

Q: I’ve been told there are small creatures called rods—which are shaped like, well, rods—that fly so fast they’re invisible. Is there any truth to this?

Thinking Critically about Computer Security Trade-offs

by Adam Slagell
Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Good security decisions require making intelligent trade-offs, but far too often we settle for poorly justified security measures based on fear and...

Fabricating Communication

by Maarten Boudry, Roeland Termote, and Willem Betz
Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Special Report

The Case of The Belgian Coma Patient

Testing for X-Ray Vision

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Notes on a Strange World

Some time ago, we received a letter from a woman, R.G., who claimed she can peer inside sealed boxes with some sort of X-ray vision and describe...