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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 37.6

Volume 37.6

November/December 2013

Losing Our Minds in the Age of Brain Science

Losing Our Minds in the Age of Brain Science

by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Article

Neuroscience and its new brain imaging tools are great achievements of modern science. But they are vulnerable to being oversold by the media, some overzealous scientists, and neuroentrepreneurs.

Why Being Human Makes Evolution Hard to Understand

Why Being Human Makes Evolution Hard to Understand

by Cameron M. Smith
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Article

Our difficulty accepting evolution isn’t just because some religions oppose it or that it is complicated—it isn’t. The problem may be a result of how our minds work.

The Valentich Disappearance: Another UFO Cold Case Solved

The Valentich Disappearance: Another UFO Cold Case Solved

by James McGaha and Joe Nickell
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Article

What did he see? The missing piece of the puzzle in a strange ‘UFO’ case involving the crash of a young pilot off Australia has been identified.

The Jersey Devil: The Real Story

The Jersey Devil: The Real Story

by Brian Regal
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Article

The story of the Jersey Devil has become layered with myths and variations, obscuring the original events that gave rise to it. Not surprising considering the story comes from colonial-era political intrigue, Quaker religious infighting, and a future Founding Father.

Why We Do This: Revisiting the Higher Values of Skeptical Inquiry

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Commentary

I want to give some brief historical perspective about the skeptical movement, take a look at some new trends, and revisit a theme I’ve emphasized before, reminding ourselves why we do this: the higher values of skeptical inquiry.

Where Is the Science in Electronic Voice Phenomena?

Where Is the Science in Electronic Voice Phenomena?

by Everett A. Themer
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Forum

While the evidence they provide is scientifically debated, some tools such as audio recorders have become popular mainstays of the paranormal investigator.

UFO Hoaxes? There’s an App for That!

UFO Hoaxes? There’s an App for That!

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Psychic Vibrations

I knew that it was possible to create all manner of digital UFOs in photographs. What I did not realize was just how easy it has become.

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Six Signs of Scientism: Part 1

by Susan Haack
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Article

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The Future of High Energy Physics in the United States

by Kevin T. Pitts
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Special Report

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Psychic Successes or Memory Failures?

by Theodore E. Parks
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Forum

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Cautions and Enthusiasms

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

From the Editor

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Detective: Uncovering the Mysteries of a Word

by Joe Nickell
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Investigative Files

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Truth, Part II

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Thinking About Science

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Taking Our Medicine: What Hope for Skepticism in Healthcare?

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Science Watch

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Paranormal Qualifications

by Ben Radford
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Skeptical Inquiree

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An Inside Look at a ‘Psychic’s’ World

by Ray Hyman
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Book Review

A review of Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium by Mark Edward.

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Scholarly Cryptozoology: Now, There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day

by Sharon Hill
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Book Review

A review of Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero.

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A Serious Look at Psychiatry’s Madness Model

by Peter Barglow
Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Book Review

A review of Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs by Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory, and David Cohen.