Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 36.3
by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
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).
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 inexorably growing impact of science is our most significant tool discrediting religion.
by Joe Nickell
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?
by Harriet Hall
A review of Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed! by Robert Todd Carroll.
by Joe Nickell
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.”
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.
The Trouble with Pseudoskepticism
by Lawrence Torcello
A Feeble Challenge to Evolution from ‘Reasons to Believe’
by Brian Bolton
Is Science the Antidote to Deepak Chopra’s Spirituality?
by Mark Alford
A review of War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow
Answers for Kids from Twelve to Eighty-Two
by Keith Taylor
A review of The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins
Being Reasonable about Neuroscience
A review of Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael Gazzaniga
Bigfoot on Film: A Comprehensive Guide
by Rob Boston
A review of The Bigfoot Filmography: Fictional and Documentary Appearances in Film and Television by David Coleman
The Roswell Syndrome . . . and Pseudoskepticism
Psychoanalysis and Social Constructivism
Ten Myths about the Titanic
Join the Boycott to Protest the CIA Cover-Up of President Obama’s Trips to Mars
Gender Personality Differences: Planets or P.O. Boxes, Evidence or Ideology?