Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 36.1
by Deborah A. Bolnick, Kenneth L. Feder, Bradley T. Lepper, and Terry A. Barnhart
The Lost Civilizations of North America documentary suggests that there is genetic evidence for a pre-Columbian migration of Israelites to the Americas. However, DNA studies provide no support for this hypothesis.
by Manfred Cuntz
In May 2009 a meteorite impact was reported just thirty miles south of Fort Worth, Texas, but the mysterious object was of a very unusual composition for a meteorite. Had an impact occurred, it would have caused widespread devastation-yet nothing of the sort happened.
by Shobha S. Krishnan
Ever since the FDA approved the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2006, its introduction has been embroiled in a medical, social, cultural, and political controversy.
by Edzard Ernst
The general public is frequently confused by controversies, by a plethora of misinformation, and by the bewildering categories of medicines derived from herbs. Here I will try to clear up some of this confusion by explaining what the different categories are.
Members of the Independent Investigations Group and sixteen volunteers, including former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, conducted a test of Power Balance bracelets. The results will not be surprising to skeptics.
by Joe Nickell
It was like déjà-vu. In 2008, in a traveling exhibition called “Vatican Splendors,” I had seen the Holy Mandylion, also known as the Image of Edessa, which was once held to be the miraculous self-portrait of Christ. Now, in Genoa the following year, I was seeing another such image...
Last May, newspapers in Italy and abroad reported that the iconic image of a Madonna had wept tears in the Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas in Milano. It was the second time that this phenomenon had reportedly happened there.
To patients suffering from an incurable disease a new idea represents one thing: hope. Science, by contrast, cares only about what works and is dispassionate, which is easily portrayed as heartlessness. Hopeful nonsense thus has a public relations advantage over pitiless science every time.
Measuring Mythology: Startling Concepts in NCCAM Grants
by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler
Laughing Goats and Scowling Sheep: Humor in Paranormal Discourse
by Jonathan C. Smith
Information Literacy and Conspiracy Theories
by Kristin E. Harley
Scientology under the Looking Glass
A review of Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion by Janet Reitman
Turing Test for Human Beings
A review of The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be Alive by Brian Christian
He Lets Other People Make Up Stories for Him
A review of The Real Men in Black by Nick Redfern
NCCAM, No. CSIcon, Yes.
Hume vs. Rousseau: The Limits of Human Reason
Comet Elenin “Self-Destructs”— Doomsday Postponed Again!
In Vitro Meat: An Imminent Revolution in Food Production?