Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 37.5
The myth of the mad genius began with a misinterpretation of Plato’s “divine madness” and has since gathered support and credibility because of public fascination, media distortion, and enthusiastic pseudoscience.
by Ryan Shaffer
An update of our “Psychic Defective” analysis examines developments in eleven cases Sylvia Browne made predictions about, explores a new reading, and scrutinizes her other failed predictions about the papacy and American politics.
Europe’s diphtheria outbreaks in the 1940s provide a sobering context for modern anti-vaccination claims.
by David Morrison, John R. Mashey, and Mark Boslough
The latest public confusion about climate change involves an apparent slowing of the rise of global temperatures. What is the reality concerning this putative temperature ‘plateau’?
by Joe Schwarcz
Miracles are pretty rare events. Except on television’s Dr. Oz Show, where they appear with astonishing frequency.
by Joe Nickell
Over my years as a skeptical cryptozoologist, I have looked for real, natural lookalikes to explain various reported “monsters.” Are there animals that might be mistaken for Bigfoot?
Leonardo da Vinci not only epitomizes genius and creativity, but he is also one of the most sought-after sources of mysteries, both real and invented.
How News about ESP Research Shapes Audience Beliefs
by Paul R. Brewer
Electrocuting Parasites: Cutting Edge Pseudoscientific Technology
NCCAM Responds to ‘Nurturing Non-Science’ Article
by Alyssa Cotler
Authors Reply to NCCAM Response
by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler
Wildly Wrong, Psychics Shouldn’t Get a Free Pass
Truth, Part I
You Can’t Possibly Be Sirius!
Obesity Redux: A Response to Readers
Did Psychic Visions Locate Missing California Boy?
The Wonder of Creation Astronomy
A review of Wonders Without Number: Created with Purpose or Conceived in Chaos? by David Rives
A Dangerous Blending of Nazi Fact and Fiction
by Peter Huston
A review of The Nazi Occult by Kenneth Hite
A Fundamental, Costly Error
by Peter Lamal
A review of The Marvelous Learning Animal: What Makes Human Nature Unique by Arthur W. Staats