Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 37.2
by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Allegedly invisible entities—popular belief notwithstanding—are indistinguishable from imaginary beings.
Indian astrologers claim they can tell a person’s intelligence from his or her horoscope. But twenty-seven astrologers failed to perform better than chance when given forty horoscopes of intellectually bright subjects and mentally handicapped subjects.
Experiments attempting to replicate Bem’s results were quickly conducted at various universities, but none were accepted for publication by Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Now the journal has had an apparent change of heart.
A Lively CSICon 2012 Nashville Eyes Latest Trends in Science, Pseudoscience, and Belief
The archaeological record shows clearly that our human ancestors were enormously intelligent and resourceful. They were more than capable of developing sophisticated technologies on their own.
Herbal supplements are big business. The industry has managed to maintain a “mom and pop” image to the public, the righteous underdog constantly under attack by Big Pharma. In reality, the herbal product industry is just another drug industry, one selling products that are poorly regulated and likely don’t work for their claimed indications.
Skeptics often say they are trying to expose pseudoscience, but in reality we tend to use this term loosely. Creationism, homeopathy, alternative medicine, and cold fusion are clearly pseudoscientific, but what about ancient aliens, UFOs, alien abductions, Bigfoot, crystals, the Moon hoax, and many other claims investigated in the pages of the Skeptical Inquirer?
The intent of Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite is to provide scientific explanations for various monsters found in historical legend and literature up through the monsters of today as seen, mostly, in film. Had Kaplan succeeded in this task, he would have produced an exciting and interesting book.
The Elberfeld Horses
by Stefano Vezzani
Understanding Believers’ Cognitive Dissonance
by James Walker
Closing the Book on ‘Open-Mindedness’
by Katja Petrovic
by Mark Levy
A Good Look at Invisibility
Scotland Mysteries—Part I: The Silly Ness Monster
by Joe Nickell
The Proper Role of Sociology of Science
UFOs Infest Denver, Says Fox TV Affiliate
Innate Morality? Babies Weigh In