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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 39.6

Volume 39.6

November/December 2015

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La búsqueda de evidencia negativa

by Joe Nickell & James McGaha, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Online Extra

A todo el mundo le gustan los misterios. Resuelva uno en el campo científico y enseguida vendrán los elogios.

The Charlie Charlie Challenge

The Charlie Charlie Challenge

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Notes on a Strange World

This is the latest web craze known as the “Charlie Charlie Challenge,” perhaps dating back to an ancient Mexican tradition, an experience that intrigues kids and scares adults. Through a sort of séance, some claim people can ask questions to some unseen entity that should be able to reply.

Poltergeist Scribbler: The Bizarre Case of Matthew Manning

Poltergeist Scribbler: The Bizarre Case of Matthew Manning

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Investigative Files

What has been called “one of the most extraordinary outbreaks of poltergeist phenomena” of the twentieth century began with an English schoolboy, aged eleven and a half years, Matthew Manning.

The Search for Negative Evidence

by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

By their nature, paranormal claims depend not on positive but negative evidence, by which proponents attempt to use mysteries (“the unexplained”) to support their beliefs. In contrast, scientists seek to use positive evidence to solve mysteries.

We Are All GMOs

by Matan Shelomi
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Increasing evidence that gene transfer across huge evolutionary distances is common in animals, including humans, provides a strong retort to the claim that GMOs are “unnatural.”

The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Delusion: Looking Back after Forty Years

The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Delusion: Looking Back after Forty Years

by Larry Kusche
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

The man who solved the Bermuda Triangle “mystery” looks back after four decades on his investigations into the missing flight that started it all and the shoddy research, gullibility, and distortions that created this mystery.

A Protopian View of Moral Progress

A Protopian View of Moral Progress

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Review

A Review of The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom by Michael Shermer

The Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming

The Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming

by James Lawrence Powell
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

In 2013–2014, only four of 69,604 publishing climate scientists rejected anthropogenic global warming. The consensus on anthropogenic global warming is not 97 percent, as is widely claimed; it is above 99.9 percent.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Saucers

On Her Majesty’s Secret Saucers

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Review

A Review of How UFO's Conquered the World by David Clarke

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Through Me, the Universe: A Stroll through the Curious Solipsism of Biocentrism

by Dale DeBakcsy
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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The Devil and the Details

by Jérémie Harris and Edouard Harris
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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From N-Rays to EmDrives: When Does Science Become Pseudoscience?

by David Koepsell
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Special Report

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Is the EmDrive Pseudoscience?

by Leonard Tramiel
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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The Man Who Solved the Bermuda Triangle Mystery

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

From the Editor

Ten Distinguished Scientists and Scholars 
Named Fellows of Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

Ten Distinguished Scientists and Scholars 
Named Fellows of Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

by The Editors
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

News & Comment

Ten distinguished scientists, scholars, educators, and investigators from five countries have been elected fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), copublisher of the Skeptical Inquirer. CSI (formerly CSICOP) is one of the world’s leading organizations for the promotion of scientific thinking and the critical examination of extraordinary claims from a scientific point of view.

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The Rendle-Sham Case: Phony and Phonier

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Psychic Vibrations

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Beware Mesmer Thieves!

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Skeptical Inquiree

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Unlocking the Treasures

by David Kordahl
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Review

A Review of Great Calculations: A Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries by Colin Pask

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Memior of an Accused Satanist

by Mike Moran
Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Review

A Review of Life After Death by Damien Echols