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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 35.2

Volume 35.2

March/April 2011

Back from the Future: Parapsychology and the Bem Affair

by James Alcock
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Article

Psychologist Daryl Bem has reported data suggesting that future experiences can influence responses in the present. Careful scrutiny of his report reveals ...

Heaven’s Stenographer: The ‘Guided’ Hand of Vassula Ryden

Heaven’s Stenographer: The ‘Guided’ Hand of Vassula Ryden

by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Investigative Files

She claims to receive communications not only from her guardian angel, “Daniel,” but also from Jesus and even Yahweh himself, who guide her hand ...

Strange Problems in the Wegman Report

by John R. Mashey
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Special Report

A computer scientist discusses the roles of plagiarism, conspiracies, anti-science memes, and intense beliefs in a global-warming denying report.

Magic or Miracle?

Magic or Miracle?

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Notes on a Strange World

A Lesson Worth Remembering

Padre Pio: Scandals of a Saint

Padre Pio: Scandals of a Saint

by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Book Review

A review of Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age by Sergio Luzzatto.

Religion on Politics on Science: The Rough Ride for Stem Cells Continues

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Science Watch

Nothing obscures or distorts science quite like politics inspired by religion.

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The Mysterious Morgellons Malady

by Ben Radford
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Skeptical Inquiree

Most doctors believe that Morgellons is a type of psychiatric disorder called delusional parasitosis, in which patients come to believe ...

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On Time Travel

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Thinking About Science

Where does the know-how to build time machines ultimately come from?

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Why the Bem Experiments Are Not Parapsychology’s Next Big Thing

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

From the Editor

The world of news and blogs began buzzing in mid-November. A prominent psychologist, Daryl Bem of Cornell University, had posted a paper on his website...

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Debunking the Trauma Myth

by Ben Radford
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Book Review

A review of The Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children—and Its Aftermath by Susan A. Clancy.

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‘Unexplained’ Cases —Only If You Ignore All Explanations

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Book Review

A review of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean.

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A Little Too Grand?

by Justin Trottier
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Book Review

A review of The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.

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God in the News Again

by Mark Levy
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Forum

If you're a theist, you ought to acknowledge, at least occasionally, that God is responsible for terrible events as well as miraculous ones.

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Do Scientists Know Everything?

by Keith Taylor
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Forum

Scientists do things a little differently than the rest of us.

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Washington Rally to Restore Sanity a Plea for Reason

by Benjamin Wolozin
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Commentary

Media reports described it as a lighthearted day of comedy, but there was a much more profound message: a rallying cry for reason.

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Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: Cure-All or Just One More Unproven Therapy?

by Clifford W. Beninger
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Article

Intravenous nutrient therapy is increasingly popular as a treatment for multiple ailments. But the evidence for the efficacy of IV nutrient treatments is...

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Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses

by Reynold Spector
Volume 35.2, March/April 2011

Article

Many medical hypotheses have been ill-conceived and/or inadequately tested. As a consequence, billions of dollars have been wasted and the public harmed.