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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 37.3

Volume 37.3

May/June 2013

Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

by Indre Viskontas
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Interview

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.

New Information Surfaces on ‘World’s Best Lake Monster Photo,’ Raising Questions

New Information Surfaces on ‘World’s Best Lake Monster Photo,’ Raising Questions

by Robert E. Bartholomew
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Article

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.

Valuing Science with Differing Values: Let’s Broaden the Debate in the Skeptical Movement

by Barry Fagin
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Forum

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?

Recent Miracles You May Have Missed

by Lawrence Rifkin
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Forum

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.

Scotland Mysteries—Part II: Ghosts, Fairies, and Witches

Scotland Mysteries—Part II: Ghosts, Fairies, and Witches

by Joe Nickell
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Investigative Files

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.

Sandy Hook School Shooting: The Adam Lanza Death Certificate Conspiracy

Sandy Hook School Shooting: The Adam Lanza Death Certificate Conspiracy

by Ben Radford
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Skeptical Inquiree

"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?"

Clear and Fear: Scientology Under Review

Clear and Fear: Scientology Under Review

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Book Review

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.

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Nurturing Non-Science: Startling Concepts in the Education of Physicians

by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Article

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Climate Change Denial in the Classroom

by Christopher Hassall, Chris A. Hebbern, and Carley J. Centen
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Article

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Bigfoot DNA Study: Making an End Run Around Science

by Sharon Hill
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Special Report

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Admiration and Disapprobation

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

From the Editor

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Whose Burden of Proof?

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Thinking About Science

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The Thought Reader Craze

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Notes on a Strange World

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Is Interstellar Travel ‘Preposterous’?

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Psychic Vibrations

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Obesity: What Does the Science Really Say?

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Science Watch

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No News Is Good News, but Bad News Is Deadly

by Kitty Mervine
Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Book Review

A review of The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford