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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 40.4

Volume 40.4

July/August 2016

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Does Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty-Year Update

Does Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty-Year Update

by Geoffrey Dean
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Feature

Thirty years ago, although dozens of tests had been mostly negative, astrologers said critics had ignored serious astrology. Now there are hundreds of tests, some of them even heroic. Has anything changed?

A Skeptical Response to Science Denial

A Skeptical Response to Science Denial

by John Cook
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Feature

Science denial has a corrosive effect on deli- cately understood scientific concepts, and it is getting worse. But science itself holds an answer.

Artistic Provocations from 
Skeptical Inquirers: An Exhibit

Artistic Provocations from 
Skeptical Inquirers: An Exhibit

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Special Report

The question of the relationship between art and science remains fascinating and open.

Two Artists Combine Art, 
Science, and Skepticism

Two Artists Combine Art, 
Science, and Skepticism

by Russ Dobler
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Special Report

“Much of my work has been about what we see, what we don’t see, and what we think we see”

Jesse James’s ‘Haunts’: Legends, History, and Forensic Science

Jesse James’s ‘Haunts’: Legends, History, and Forensic Science

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Investigative Files

Before trying to explain something, first be sure that it really occurred.

The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

The ‘Phoenix Lights’ Become an ‘Incident’

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Psychic Vibrations

Until now, the Phoenix Lights were simply that: they were just lights in the sky, skeptics and proponents could agree.

Partisan Pandemics

Partisan Pandemics

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Political Divisions Will Affect American Beliefs about the Zika Threat.

Heavy with Praise, Light with Skepticism

Heavy with Praise, Light with Skepticism

by James Alcock
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Review

Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism, and Science by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha

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Does E = mc2 Imply Mysticism?

by Sadri Hassani
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Feature

No word stolen from physics is (ab)used in the woo literature more than energy. The most fa- mous equation in physics is often cited as proof that matter and soul are one and the same, a tenet of mysticism.

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Does the Universe Revolve around Me?

by Matthew P. Wiesner
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Feature

A Critical Review of the Geocentrism Documentary The Principle

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Dear Readers, This Is about You . . . and Us

by csicop.org
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Commentary

Skeptical Inquirer’s 2016 Reader Survey Results

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Trusting Science

by Faye Flam
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Feature

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Obesity: ‘Fat Chance’ or Failure of Sincerity?

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Science Watch

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Good News for Grouches: Happiness May Be Overrated

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Online Extra

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Egging the Equator

Egging the Equator

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

So it was that I spent several long minutes trying to balance the same egg on the same stake and nail.

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Bad Medicine

by Bernard M. Patten
Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Review

The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife by Eben Alexander