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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 35.4

Volume 35.4

July/August 2011

The 9/11 Truth Movement: The Top Conspiracy Theory, a Decade Later

The 9/11 Truth Movement: The Top Conspiracy Theory, a Decade Later

by Dave Thomas
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Article

After ten years, the pesky 9/11 Truth movement has refined its arguments but still hasn’t proved the attacks were an inside job. Their key claims are refuted on multiple grounds.

A Bestiary of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Notes from the Front Line

A Bestiary of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Notes from the Front Line

by Jamie Bartlett and Carl Miller
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Article

Two social scientists describe their experience confronting the 9/11 Truth movement in the United Kingdom after they published a paper linking conspiracy theories with extremist ideology.

Conflicts of Interest in Alternative Medicine

Conflicts of Interest in Alternative Medicine

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Commentary

I am, of course, talking about a different type of conflict: the one that is created by strong belief and evangelic conviction.

Medium Allison DuBois Is Tested—and Fails—in the Real World

Medium Allison DuBois Is Tested—and Fails—in the Real World

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Special Report

Allison DuBois, the best-selling author who inspired the recently cancelled television show Medium, claims to have amazing psychic abilities. But when her skills are tested in the real world—first with a missing-child case and then at a dinner party on reality-TV—they prove less than stellar.

A Slam-Dunk Debunk

A Slam-Dunk Debunk

by Matt Crowley
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Book Review

A review of Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore by Benjamin Radford

Photos of Ghosts: The Burden of Believing the Unbelievable

Photos of Ghosts: The Burden of Believing the Unbelievable

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Notes on a Strange World

Seeing photos of ghostly faces and figures floating around in the air must have been quite a shock to our ancestors.

What Is Acupuncture?

What Is Acupuncture?

by Steven Novella
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

The Science of Medicine

We must first define what acupuncture actually is before we can ask whether acupuncture works. This is not as easy as it might seem.

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Dave Thomas vs. Jesse Ventura: The Skeptical Smackdown

by Ben Radford
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Article

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‘Messages’ from the 9/11 Dead

by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Article

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Deliberate Ignorance

by Keith Taylor
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Forum

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The 2012 Doomsday Hoax: Update II

by David Morrison
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Follow-up

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Personal Genomics: The Fine Line between Science and Narcissism

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Book Review

A review of Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics by Misha Angrist

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Escaping Mortality

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Book Review

A review of Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner

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He Sees Dead People

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Book Review

A review of The Key: A True Encounter by Whitley Strieber

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Examining 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

From the Editor

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The Séances of ‘Hellish Nell’: Solving the Unexplained

by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Investigative Files

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Popper vs. Kuhn: The Battle for Understanding How Science Works

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Thinking About Science

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2012: Peter Gersten’s ‘Leap of Faith’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Psychic Vibrations

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Women and High-End Science: Nurture or Nature, Prejudice or Preference?

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Science Watch

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Is There a 100C Grain of Truth to Homeopathy?

by Ben Radford
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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