Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 36.6
In the nineteenth century, phrenology was hugely influential despite being totally invalid. Its history shows why we must be skeptical of any belief based solely on experience.
by Edzard Ernst
An evaluation of the clinical research by the group that has published most of the papers in homeopathy, 2005–2010, finds numerous flaws in the design, conduct, and reporting along with a tendency to overinterpret weak data.
Of the many aspects of alternative medicine, one of the most bizarre is live blood cell analysis. This unapproved blood test supposedly identifies nutritional deficiencies and other nebulous conditions.
by Ryan Shaffer
With the rise of Islamic extremism in Pakistan, the country not only has to protect people from fraudulent healers but also has the challenge of protecting these fraudsters from violence.
by Simon Davis
Following an investigation published by journalists Kostas Vaxevanis and Stefanos Gogos, the General Consumer Secretariat (GCS), a Greek government agency, ordered the immediate removal of key health and product claims by Viotech Ltd., makers of the Nanobionic clothing line.
by Joe Nickell
Together, as we shall see, these cases illustrate that UFOlogy continues its long tradition of mystery mongering and the implicit reliance on a logical fallacy called “arguing from ignorance”: “We don’t know what was seen in the sky; therefore, it must have been an extraterrestrial craft.”
Paranormal legends about paintings have always existed. Some think that a picture falling off the wall represents a bad omen for the person depicted or photographed in it. Others feel watched by some portraits whose eyes seem to follow onlookers as they move through a room. And still others claim that paintings can come alive...
by Mark Alford
A review of A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss.
by Ben Radford
A review of Encyclopedia of Urban Legends: Updated and Expanded Edition by Jan Harold Brunvand.
A Golden Age of Harmony? Misrepresenting Science and History in the 1001 Inventions Exhibit
by Taner Edis and Sonja Brentjes
The Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics
by Marvin M. Mueller
Phrenology’s Lessons for Today
Singularity As Pseudoscience
National Geographic’s Chasing UFOs—‘Investigation as Farce’
Mystery Solved—According to Whom?
by Ben Radford
Not So Smart Thinking
A review of You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney.
Four Realms of Inquiry
by Richard Bond
A review of Handling Truth by William Gardner.