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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 38.6

Volume 38.6

November/December 2014

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Defending Science-Based Medicine: 44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments ...and Their Rebuttals

Defending Science-Based Medicine: 44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments ...and Their Rebuttals

by Harriet Hall
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Feature

Supporters of alternative medicine and purveyors of quack remedies love to criticize conventional medicine and science. They keep repeating the same tired arguments that are easily rebutted. This handy guide will help skeptics answer common criticisms from doctor-bashers.

Sweet Science of Seduction or Scam? Evaluating eHarmony

Sweet Science of Seduction or Scam? Evaluating eHarmony

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Feature

The popular online dating site eHarmony claims that its matching methods are both successful and scientific. But a closer look at the evidence suggests otherwise.

Video Game Violence and Pseudoscience: Bad Science, Fear, and Politics

Video Game Violence and Pseudoscience: Bad Science, Fear, and Politics

by Christopher J. Ferguson
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Feature

Research continues to find that violent video games play a negligible role in societal violence. But the politics of a culture war won’t let the idea go.

Dr. Phil and the Hummingbird

Dr. Phil and the Hummingbird

by Jim Underdown
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Feature

A medium made a seemingly impressive guess about a hummingbird on a national television talk show. A follow-up investigation finds it not so striking after all—for the birds, in fact.

Some Popular Global Warming Factoids

by John Eades
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Feature

Norman Mailer coined the word factoids to describe facts that have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, but once they do appear they are accepted without question. Some global warming deniers are especially fond of them.

Remembrance of Apocalypse Past: The Psychology of True Believers When Nothing Happens

Remembrance of Apocalypse Past: The Psychology of True Believers When Nothing Happens

by Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Feature

Research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that specific psychological processes contributed directly to the maintenance of paranormal apocalyptic beliefs, even after the apocalypse did not occur.

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44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments . . . and Harriet Hall’s Rebuttals

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

From the Editor

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Lessons of a Landmark PK Hoax

by Martin Gardner
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Martin Gardner Centennial

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Era of the Flying Saucers

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Investigative Files

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JAL 1628: Capt. Terauchi’s Marvelous ‘Spaceship’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Psychic Vibrations

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Futurology

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Thinking About Science

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The Amazing Randi’s Most Extraordinary Escape, Part 1

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Notes on a Strange World

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Vegetable Oil or Snake Oil? The Pseudoscience of ‘Oil Pulling’

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Skeptical Inquiree

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The Great Freethinker We Owe A Big Debt

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Review

A review of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby

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A Walk on the Other Side

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Review

A review of The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science by Will Storr

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Reading, Writing, Math, and Panic in the Schools

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Review

A review of Mass Hysteria in Schools: A Worldwide History Since 1566 by Robert Bartholomew with Bob Rickard

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Moonlight and Magic

by Jay M. Pasachoff
Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

Review

A review of Magic in the Moonlight written and directed by Woody Allen