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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 36.5

Volume 36.5

September/October 2012

Skepticism in the Video Box

Skepticism in the Video Box

by Christian Walters
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

Skepticism is not just books and talks anymore. With the popularity of social media services, skeptical discussion and inquiry has moved beyond the written word and the podium. If you like your critical thinking in the form of a quick demonstration that can be as short as a music video, YouTube has you covered.

A Warm Twist on a ‘Cold Reading’: A Conversation with Damon Martin

A Warm Twist on a ‘Cold Reading’: A Conversation with Damon Martin

by Matthew A. Kacar Jr.
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

For as long as there have been people claiming to be mediums, there have been people like composer Damon Martin to call them out. His latest Traumatosis album, Cold Reading, takes the listener on a journey that details the deceptive techniques used by people who claim an ability to talk with the dead.

Art, Mysteries, and Context

Art, Mysteries, and Context

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

In my books and workshops on scientific paranormal investigation, I discuss how best to conceptualize a mystery: basically, an event out of context. A live dolphin lying on a Manhattan sidewalk is a mystery; that same dolphin in a tank at an aquarium is not.

Surly-Ramic’s Amy Davis Roth

Surly-Ramic’s Amy Davis Roth

by Amy Davis Roth
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

I design jewelry that advocates education and science and that celebrates the brave, emerging society of freethinkers that I find myself a part of. It’s nice to be able to carry around a small piece of art that represents skepticism and the rational ideals that are helping to make this world a better place.

Skeptic Trumps: A Satirical Skeptic Card Game

Skeptic Trumps: A Satirical Skeptic Card Game

by Tim Farley
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

The skeptical community’s growth has led to many unanticipated creative projects, particularly online. One such project is Skeptic Top Trumps, a virtual deck of playing cards featuring caricatures of popular skeptics.

In the Key of Type: A Conversation with Marian Call

In the Key of Type: A Conversation with Marian Call

by Kylie Sturgess
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

Art and skepticism do complement each other wonderfully in her work, but Call has slightly a different perspective: “In the end, I feel I’m firmly on the skeptic side, I believe. But I don’t see picking a side as my role as an artist. I see communication as my role.” Kylie Sturgess interviewed Call about her music and where skepticism harmonizes with art.

Skewed Skepticism: Bizarro Piraro

Skewed Skepticism: Bizarro Piraro

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Article

A conversation with award-winning cartoonist, fine artist, and stand-up comedian Dan Piraro.

CSI’s Balles Prize Goes to Richard Wiseman for Paranormality

CSI’s Balles Prize Goes to Richard Wiseman for Paranormality

by Barry Karr
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

News & Comment

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) will award its 2011 Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Think­ing to psychologist Richard Wiseman for his book Paranormality: Why We See What Isn’t There.

Sixth World Skeptics Congress–Berlin 2012

Sixth World Skeptics Congress–Berlin 2012

by Kylie Sturgess
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

News & Comment

The conference, held in Berlin from May 18–20, 2012, was a lively mixed gathering of people with a great number of countries represented both on the stage and in the audience.

Alien Mug Shots: The Ten Best (or Worst) Photos of Aliens

Alien Mug Shots: The Ten Best (or Worst) Photos of Aliens

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Notes on a Strange World

Once you take out those plainly fake and the more suspicious looking ones all you are left with are about ten photos. These are, essentially, “mug shots” of wanted extraterrestrials. Here is my personal list of the best (or worst) photos of aliens.

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Art and Skepticism Introduction

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Nighthawks State of Mind

by Jeremiah Moss
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Science and Art: Complementary Disciplines

by Joe Nickell
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Confirmation Bias and Art

by Samuel McNerney
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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XKCD: A Perfect Marriage of Snark and Skepticism

by CSI Staff
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Art and Skepticism

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

From the Editor

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The ‘Murder’ of Vincent van Gogh

by Joe Nickell
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Investigative Files

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What’s So Bad about Ad Hoc Hypotheses?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Thinking About Science

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‘Top Ten’ UFO Case: Yukon, Canada, 1996—Busted!

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Psychic Vibrations

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Saving Us from Sweets: This Is Science and Government on Sugar

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Science Watch

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Tracking the Chupachameleon: Chupacabra Iconography

by Ben Radford
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Skeptical Inquiree

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Are Conservatives and Liberals Different People?

by Ronald A. Lindsay
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Book Review

A review of The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality by Chris Mooney

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The Puzzle of the Implausible

by Ronald L. Numbers
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Book Review

A review of Power and Illusion: Religion and Human Need by David W. Wilbur

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Enumerating the Problems with Young-Earth Creationism

by Peter Lamal
Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Book Review

A review of The Three Failures of Creationism: Logic, Rhetoric, and Science by Walter M. Fitch