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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 38.1

Volume 38.1

January/February 2014

Harun Yahya’s Islamic Creationism: What It Is and Isn’t

Harun Yahya’s Islamic Creationism: What It Is and Isn’t

by Stefano Bigliardi
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Article

The works published under the name Harun Yahya promote “Islamic creationism.” A closer look at their internal logic reveals that their appeal lies in their capacity to mimic science.

When Big Evidence Isn’t: The Statistical Pitfalls of Dean Radin’s Supernormal

When Big Evidence Isn’t: The Statistical Pitfalls of Dean Radin’s Supernormal

by Dale DeBakcsy
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Article

Dean Radin’s new book claims that the scientific evidence for supernormal human abilities is now overwhelming. Radin relies upon meta-analyses and misrepresentations of published results to produce outlandish confidence numbers that work against the very belief he is trying to foster.

Demonology: A Study of What Is Not

Demonology: A Study of What Is Not

by Stanley Stepanic
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Article

Demonology is one of the most misused terms in English, particularly by those relating the phrase to the occult. But what is it?

Reduce Greenhouse Emissions and Make a Profit: My Forty-Year Focus on Climate Change

by Thomas R. Casten
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Commentary

My experience suggests a contrarian view on the climate change debate that may be worth sharing with my fellow skeptics, including those of you skeptical of climate science.

Three Days of Science and Skepticism in Stockholm

Three Days of Science and Skepticism in Stockholm

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

News & Comment

Sweden is the home of a large and vibrant skeptics group and was the able host of the 2013 European Skeptics Congress, August 23–25, in Stockholm.

The ‘Bell Witch’ Poltergeist

The ‘Bell Witch’ Poltergeist

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Investigative Files

Called “America’s best-known poltergeist case,” Tennessee’s sensational “Bell Witch” affair of ca. 1817–1821 has gone unexplained, it is said, for two centuries.

Demarcation and Pseudoscience

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Thinking About Science

The demarcation problem is a serious one because science has extraordinary social cachet and commands huge sums of public financing, as well as because pseudoscience maims and even kills people.

Curse of the Evil Eye

Curse of the Evil Eye

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Notes on a Strange World

The evil eye is a lucrative business for many psychics and charlatans. However, the risks run by those who decide to rely on these frauds are often much worse than just a bloodletting to their pocketbooks.

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When Does a Human Life Begin?

by Elie A. Shneour
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Article

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Six Signs of Scientism: Part 2

by Susan Haack
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Article

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Problems with Modern Medicine: Too Much Emphasis on Disease, Not Enough on Managing Risk

by Maciej Zatonski
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Commentary

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Indian Skeptic Assassinated, World’s First Anti-Superstition Law Passed

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Special Report

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The Sacrifice of a Skeptic

by Bhaskar Sripada
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Special Report

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Creationism Gone Global

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

From the Editor

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Australian Man Films Giant Glowing Object in the Sky and Then Deletes Comments Explaining What It Is

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Psychic Vibrations

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BMI Skeptics

by Ben Radford
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Skeptical Inquiree

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Philosophy Meets Medicine

by Harriet Hall
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Book Review

A review of Medical Philosophy: Conceptual Issues in Medicine by Mario Bunge

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Explanations and Meta-Ideas

by Paul G. Brown
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Book Review

A review of Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel Dennett

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Extra Time or Game Over?

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Book Review

A review of Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers of the Mind by Brian Clegg

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Delving into the Abduction Files

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Book Review

A review of The Alien Abduction Files by Kathleen Marden and Denise Stone

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The Unexplained Files—TV Mystery-Mongering

by Stephanie Kemmerer
Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Television Review

A review of The Unexplained Files on The Science Channel