Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 37.3
What causes the startling, unbidden perception of something that seems very real but has no material existence outside of our own minds? The “poet-laureate of medicine,” Oliver Sacks, takes us through the looking glass and into the fascinating world of hallucinations.
The famous “Mansi photo” of the Lake Champlain monster has been held up for decades as strong proof for cryptozoology—the so-called best evidence for the existence of a hidden animal. Yet, newly uncovered documents reveal troubling questions about the photo and the circumstances surrounding it.
by Barry Fagin
What do you do when your heart says one thing and the data says another? When science conflicts with values, which wins the battle for your soul? Which, for that matter, gets your vote?
What a privilege to be living through a time of such miracles. These are not literal miracles, of course, in the sense of divine intervention, and so miracles is not the correct word.
by Joe Nickell
Joe Nickell continues his investigation of Scottish enigmas—based in part on his excursion following the 2012 skeptics QED conference in England, with intrepid skeptical investigator Hayley Stevens and her father Andy, who is a photographer and professional guide.
"Is there any chance you could put my mind at ease and explain why the Social Security Death Index would list [Sandy Hook shooter] Adam Lanza as having died on December 13, 2012, the day before the Sandy Hook shooting?"
We very likely have Katie Holmes to thank for the timing of this latest crop of books on Scientology, the belief system so notably promoted by her ex-husband, Tom Cruise. Yes, at least two of these authors have been researching their books for many years, but for promotional opportunities you can’t beat a good celebrity crack-up.
Nurturing Non-Science: Startling Concepts in the Education of Physicians
by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler
Climate Change Denial in the Classroom
by Christopher Hassall, Chris A. Hebbern, and Carley J. Centen
Bigfoot DNA Study: Making an End Run Around Science
by Sharon Hill
Admiration and Disapprobation
Whose Burden of Proof?
The Thought Reader Craze
Is Interstellar Travel ‘Preposterous’?
Obesity: What Does the Science Really Say?
No News Is Good News, but Bad News Is Deadly
by Kitty Mervine
A review of The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford