Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 37.1
by Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera
Cognitive science research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that dissociative processes contribute directly to this belief through reduction of the “feature-intensive” cognitive processing that would engender appropriate skepticism.
by Gary Longsine and Peter Boghossian
Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.
by Eve Siebert
There is no field of inquiry that young-Earth creationists can’t distort. In the area of literary and linguistic studies, they misinterpret, misrepresent, and mistranslate Beowulf to fit their agenda.
by John Franch
According to legend, the astronomer J. Allen Hynek was a skeptic before becoming an outspoken UFOlogist, but is the legend true? This article takes a look at Hynek’s unusual life and career.
by Joe Nickell
El Santuariò de Chimayó in New Mexico is a place of pilgrimages. Scores visit the little adobe church daily, while thousands walk miles to worship there on Good Friday. Many come seeking a cure for their afflictions, scooping from a small pit in the church floor a reddish soil that they rub on afflicted areas of their bodies or even sprinkle on their food or brew in tea.
“Searching for Hitler’s DNA in Antarctica.” This is the bizarre headline that made the news a few months ago, launched by Russian news agency Ria Novosti and picked up by the world media after scientists were able to successfully drill into Antarctica’s Lake Vostok.
A review of Solving the Communion Enigma: What Is to Come by Whitley Strieber.
Mystics, Mycobacterium, and the Gospel of Matthew
by C.A. Porter
The Math Behind the Myths
by Charles F. Cooper
Science Journalist Leon Jaroff, Eighty-Five
Paul Kurtz, Philosopher, Humanist Leader, and Founder of the Modern Skeptical Movement, Dies at 86
by Tom Flynn
Courage, Optimism, and Thinking Big: An Exuberant Life Well Lived
The Modern Skeptical Movement Would Not Exist without Him
by Ray Hyman
In Memory of a Most Remarkable Man
by James Alcock
Farewell, Fellow Warrior
by James Randi
Exuberant Champion of the New Enlightenment
Paul Kurtz and the Virtue of Skepticism
by Michael Shermer
A Powerful and Thoughtful Voice for Skepticism and Humanism
Book of Seasons: An Elegy, for Paul Kurtz
by Joe Nickell
by Daniel C. Dennett, Edward Tabash, Daniel Loxton, Amardeo Sarma, D.J. Grothe, Chris French
Can We Have Civilized Conversations about Touchy Science Policy Issues?
Physicists against Philosophers
Smithsonian-Affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum Promised to Reveal ‘UFO Secrets’
Science Writers Gone Wild?
The Mysterious Bee Deaths