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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 40.2

Volume 40.2

March/April 2016

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Pensar claramente sobre el cáncer

Pensar claramente sobre el cáncer

by Harriet Hall, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Review

Cuando a la gente se le diagnostica cáncer, se vuelve vulnerable y se desespera. Buscan información y esperan encontrar libros de recetas de cocina, relatos milagrosos, medicina alternativa y “curas prohibidas” respecto del cáncer.

A Numerate Life

A Numerate Life

by John Allen Paulos
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Feature

The man who brought us Innumeracy and touted the benefits of mathematical thinking 
begins his ‘anti-memoir’ by conveying concerns and questions we should have about 
biographies... or our own lives.

A Celebrity’s Experience in Scientology

A Celebrity’s Experience in Scientology

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Review

In her new book, Troublemaker, written with Rebecca Paley, Remini interweaves stories of her personal and professional life with her history in and growing doubts about Scientology.

Biological Race and the Problem of Human Diversity

Biological Race and the Problem of Human Diversity

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Feature

Is biological race a mere myth or a troublesome fact better left unexplored?

Searching for the Yowie, the Down Under Bigfoot

Searching for the Yowie, the Down Under Bigfoot

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Investigative Files

The Yowie is becoming increasingly standardized in its appearance. It is sometimes said that it resembles “depictions of the American Bigfoot” or that “America’s Bigfoot would be an identical type”

In Search of Mary Magdalene

In Search of Mary Magdalene

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Notes on a Strange World

But why today is there so much discussion about Magdalene? What’s so special about this woman to attract the attention of fans of mysteries?

Shifting the Conversation about Climate Change

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

The Science of Science Communication

As we educate the public about scientific consensus, evidence suggests we also need to reframe the focus of debate. Americans tend to view climate change as a scientific or environmental issue, but not as a problem that affects them personally or that connects to issues that they already perceive as important.

Clear Thinking About Cancer

Clear Thinking About Cancer

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Review

He doesn’t blame people who go off in pursuit of a promised miracle cure. He understands their desperation and the comfort of having a hope to cling to. Rather, he blames those who offer that anything without a fair, accurate, and accountable foundation.

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Skepticism and the Nature of the Mind

by Daniel A. Vogel
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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The Mote in Thy Brother’s Eye

by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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Does the Scientific Method Have Biblical Origins?

by Brian Bolton
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

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Another Really Bad Week for the Supplements Industry, Including Criminal Charges

by Steven Salzberg
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Special Report

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Divine Providence or Divine Malfeasance: A Skeptical Inquiry

by Nicholas S. Molinari
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Forum

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Missiles and Saucers

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Psychic Vibrations

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Cyptozology and Global Warming

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

Guns: Feeling Safe Does Not Equal Being Safe

Guns: Feeling Safe Does Not Equal Being Safe

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Sadly, buying a gun does not make you safer. To the contrary, the evidence suggests that bringing a gun into your home increases the chances you will be killed.

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The Physics of Martial Arts

by Peter Huston
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Review