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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 40.3

Volume 40.3

May/June 2016

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Creators of the Paranormal

Creators of the Paranormal

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

A handful of twentieth-century figures “created” the modern concept of the paranormal and its leading topics, transporting fantasy, myth, or speculation into a kind of believable “reality.” Most proved to be a chimera.

Dissociation and Paranormal Beliefs, Toward a Taxonomy of Belief in the Unreal

Dissociation and Paranormal Beliefs, Toward a Taxonomy of Belief in the Unreal

by Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

In a normal population, dissociative tendencies contribute to many types of 
paranormal thinking. Psychological dissociation, even at a subclinical level, is an important 
factor in the cognitive processing that leads to belief in the unreal.

Scientific Reasoning at the USAF Academy: An Examination into Titanium-Treated Necklaces

Scientific Reasoning at the USAF Academy: An Examination into Titanium-Treated Necklaces

by Craig A. Foster, Christopher K, McClernon, and Richard F. Reich
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

We used a classroom experiment at the United States Air Force Academy to examine whether 
necklaces infused with microscopic-particle titanium, such as those sold by Phiten Corporation, 
improve emotional well-being.

Stick It In Your Ear! How Not To Do Science

Stick It In Your Ear! How Not To Do Science

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

Ear acupuncture claims to relieve sore throats. A new study seeming to support that idea is so poorly done that it provides a textbook example of how to distinguish between good and bad science.

Gallows Ghosts? Mystery at Brisbane’s Tower Mill

Gallows Ghosts? Mystery at Brisbane’s Tower Mill

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Investigative Files

Residents in the neighborhood in the mid-twentieth century reported that “sometimes when they looked up at the small window facing the street they could see a faint glow and a figure inside the tower, swinging gently from side to side.”

Theresa Caputo: The Fake Long Island Medium

Theresa Caputo: The Fake Long Island Medium

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Notes on a Strange World

Today mediums really have an easy life.

Don’t Fear a Franken Public

Don’t Fear a Franken Public

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Certainly if the food industry were to support mandatory GM labeling, the precise impact on consumers remains unkown. But to continue to battle against labeling rules is also risky business.

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A Testament of Belief Masquerading as Science

by Michael J. Reynolds
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Feature

Need there be a conflict between science and religion? Francis S. Collins thinks not, but his "evidence for belief" disintegrates under scrutiny, revealing instead a personal testament of belief.

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CRISPR-Cas9: Not Just Another Scientific Revolution

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Special Report

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New X-Files Renews Cover-Up Conspiracy Claims

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Psychic Vibrations

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U.K. Viral ‘Ghost Photo’ Explained

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

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The Nature of ‘Nature’

by Paul Brown
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Review

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Hallucination or Revelation?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Review

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The Art and Science of the Scam: Implications for Skeptics

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 40.3, May/June 2016

Review