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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 37.4

Volume 37.4

July/August 2013

The Chelyabinsk Event of February 15, 2013

The Chelyabinsk Event of February 15, 2013

by David Morrison, Alan Harris, and Mark Boslough
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Article

On February 15, 2013, the million inhabitants of the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk experienced a half-megaton explosion from a disintegrating space rock. What happened, and how did the people of Chelyabinsk react?

Down the Garden Path: Faulty Thinking and Self-Delusion

by Harriet Hall
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Article

A Navy neurologist’s credulous venture into acupuncture advocacy serves as a useful case study. Here are twelve mistakes he made rambling down the garden path of self-delusion.

Steven Pinker on Violence

Steven Pinker on Violence

by Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Interview

Acclaimed Harvard psychologist and best-selling author Steven Pinker was interviewed by Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney in a rare live edition of Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of our Center for Inquiry. Here is the majority of that interview.

The Queen Mary Is Not Haunted (But I Understand Why You Think She Is)

The Queen Mary Is Not Haunted (But I Understand Why You Think She Is)

by John Champion
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Article

The RMS Queen Mary, a ship of enormous historical import, has been transformed into a roadside attraction whose owners profit off the allure of “ghosts.” Her glorious factual history has been brushed aside in a bid to pander to eager ghost-hunting tourists who aren’t thinking critically about the claims.

Mind Over Metal

Mind Over Metal

by Joe Nickell
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Investigative Files

Can people move or alter physical objects simply by using a hidden power of the mind called psychokinesis? I have encountered many claims of such powers in the course of my work (since 1969) as a paranormal investigator.

Do You Believe in Magic?

Do You Believe in Magic?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Book Review

A review of Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul Offit, MD.

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Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

by Ben Radford
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Article

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The ‘Psychology Is Science, Not Witchcraft’ Campaign

by Tomasz Witkowski and Maciej Zatonski
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Article

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Grumble Grumble

by Keith Taylor
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Forum

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Vindication of My Notorious ‘Insulting’ Letter to UFOlogist J. Allen Hynek

by Gary Posner
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Follow-up

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Violence, Here and Above

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

From the Editor

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News and Comment

by Kendrick Frazier / Benjamin Radford
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

News & Comment

Do You Believe That? Poll Zeroes in on Conspiracy Beliefs/Goat Sacrificed for Chicago Cubs Curse/Sylvia Browne Blunders Again, Telling Mother of Kidnap Victim Amanda Barry She Was Dead/British Businessman Sentenced in Bogus ‘Bomb Detector’ Scam

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Psychic Failure and the Boston Marathon Bombing

by Ben Radford
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Skeptical Inquiree

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Mathematical Explanations and Degrees of Impossibility

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Thinking About Science

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The Mystery of the Sicilian Avengers

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Notes on a Strange World

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UFOs in the Desert, 2013

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Psychic Vibrations

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Why Gay and Lesbian? A New Proposal

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Science Watch

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Bringing Bayes into Predictions

by Paul G. Brown
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Book Review

A review of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t by Nate Silver

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The Biography of America’s Lake Monster

by Ben Radford
Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Book Review

A review of The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster by Robert E. Bartholomew