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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 36.3

Volume 36.3

May/June 2012

The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Article

An analysis of four classic flying-saucer incidents reveals how debunking can send a mundane case underground, where it is transformed by mythologizing processes, then reemerges—like a virulent strain of a virus—as a vast conspiracy tale. Defined by the Roswell Incident (1947), this syndrome is repeated at Flatwoods (1952), Kecksburg (1965), and Rendlesham Forest (1980).

We Can’t Treat Soldiers’ PTSD without a Better Diagnosis

We Can’t Treat Soldiers’ PTSD without a Better Diagnosis

by Peter Barglow
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Article

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a diagnosis fully accepted by the U.S. Veterans Administration, psychiatrists, and the American public. But PTSD does not meet the criteria for a real psychiatric-medical disease.

The Ongoing Decline of Religion

The Ongoing Decline of Religion

by Elie A. Shneour
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Article

The inexorably growing impact of science is our most significant tool discrediting religion.

Famous Alien Abduction in Pascagoula: Reinvestigating a Cold Case

Famous Alien Abduction in Pascagoula: Reinvestigating a Cold Case

by Joe Nickell
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Special Report

Among reports of extraterrestrial encounters, the 1973 claim of two Mississippi men to have been taken aboard a flying saucer remains controversial. Was it a real encounter or a hoax? Or is that a false dichotomy?

Thinking: An Unnatural Act

Thinking: An Unnatural Act

by Harriet Hall
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Book Review

A review of Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed! by Robert Todd Carroll.

Ghost Author? The Channeling of ‘Patience Worth’

Ghost Author? The Channeling of ‘Patience Worth’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Investigative Files

Pearl Lenore (Pollard) Curran (1883–1937), wife of John H. Curran of St. Louis, began in 1913 to receive poems and novels, via Ouija board, from a seventeenth-century Puritan english woman named “Patience Worth.”

Pseudoscience in Our Universities

by Steven Novella
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

The Science of Medicine

The group Friends of Science in Medicine has recently formed in Australia, and they now have over 400 professional members. They felt the need to come together over a disturbing trend—the infiltration of rank pseudoscience into once respected universities.

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The Trouble with Pseudoskepticism

by Lawrence Torcello
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Article

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A Feeble Challenge to Evolution from ‘Reasons to Believe’

by Brian Bolton
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Special Report

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Is Science the Antidote to Deepak Chopra’s Spirituality?

by Mark Alford
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Book Review

A review of War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow

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Answers for Kids from Twelve to Eighty-Two

by Keith Taylor
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Book Review

A review of The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins

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Being Reasonable about Neuroscience

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Book Review

A review of Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael Gazzaniga

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Bigfoot on Film: A Comprehensive Guide

by Rob Boston
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Book Review

A review of The Bigfoot Filmography: Fictional and Documentary Appearances in Film and Television by David Coleman

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The Roswell Syndrome . . . and Pseudoskepticism

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

From the Editor

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Psychoanalysis and Social Constructivism

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Thinking About Science

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Ten Myths about the Titanic

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Notes on a Strange World

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Join the Boycott to Protest the CIA Cover-Up of President Obama’s Trips to Mars

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Psychic Vibrations

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Gender Personality Differences: Planets or P.O. Boxes, Evidence or Ideology?

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Science Watch

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Dealing with Believers During Skeptical Investigation

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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