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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 35.1

Volume 35.1

January/February 2011

The Voynich Manuscript: The Book Nobody Can Read

The Voynich Manuscript: The Book Nobody Can Read

by Klaus Schmeh
Volume 35.1, January/February 2011

For almost 100 years, experts and amateur researchers have tried to solve the riddle of a handwritten book, referred to as the “Voynich manuscript,” comp...

‘Pop’ Culture: Patent Medicines Become Soda Drinks

‘Pop’ Culture: Patent Medicines Become Soda Drinks

by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.1, January/February 2011

Investigative Files

Mineral water, including naturally carbonated water, has long been promoted as a curative for various ailments.

The Aura: A Brief Review

by Bridgette M. Perez
Volume 35.1, January/February 2011

Column

Empirical studies show no evidence for the existence of an aura around humans that supposedly only psychics can see. Why, then, does belief in auras persist?

Magnetic Healing: An Old Scam That Never Dies

by Steven Novella
Volume 35.1, January/February 2011

Column

The notion that magnets can be used for healing has existed since humans discovered them.

The Right Stuff

by Steven Doloff
Volume 35.1, January/February 2011

Column

Will America's (Foolish) Optimism Stare Down the Recession?

Defending Isagenix: A Case Study in Flawed Thinking

by Harriet Hall
Volume 35.1, January/February 2011

Column

Do those who comment on blogs even read the articles they are responding to? Here is a case study in emotional thinking, ad hominem arguments, logical...

The Conspiracy Meme

by Ted Goertzel
Volume 35.1, January/February 2011

Column

Many of these theories are clearly absurd, but some are plausible and others actually contain elements of truth.