Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 36.4
by Joe Nickell
Six cases were reported, then twelve, then fifteen and counting as the story captured attention across the United States and beyond. I twice visited Le Roy on behalf of the Skeptical Inquirer, to talk with parents and others involved, visit relevant sites, and otherwise investigate this strange outbreak.
AIDS denialism has proved socially resilient because dissident “hero scientists” provide legitimacy, “cultropreneurs” offer fake cures in the place of antiretroviral treatment, and HIV-positive “living icons” seem to provide proof of concept.
by Matthew J. Sharps
Research in experimental psychology has shown that many paranormal sightings fall directly within the realm of eyewitness memory. Experiments reveal that such “sightings” derive from the psychology of the observers rather than from supernatural sources. Experiments show these proclivities.
by Joe Nickell
In August 1977, a series of disturbances that were soon characterized as a case of poltergeist phenomena or even demonic possession began in Enfield, a northern suburb of London.
The “mystery illness” has become a Rorschach test of sorts: people see in the illness a diagnosis that fits their worldview or pet cause. But now that the dust has settled somewhat on this outbreak, what can we reliably say about it?
by Paul Brown
A review of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
‘Mystery Illness’ in Western New York: Is Social Networking Spreading Mass Hysteria?
The recent outbreak of twitching, facial tics, and garbled speech—symptoms of a form of conversion disorder—at a school in Western New York may signal a growing trend in the United States.
The Top 20 Logical Fallacies
by Jesse Richardson
Political Myths that Influence Voters
by Jeffrey S. Victor
Dinodang: The Melon Rex Myth
by Phil Senter
Why the GOP Distrusts Science
by Chris Mooney
Dr. Phil Gives Psychics a Pass
Explanations in Search of Observations
Stairway to Heaven: A Firsthand Account of a UFO Sighting
Flying Saucer or Fly: The Case UFO Skeptics Have Been Dreading?
Besieging the Last Bastions of Race