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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 40.5

Volume 40.5

September/October 2016

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Why Skepticism?

by Steven Novella
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

I have come to understand that scientific skepticism is a weird beast that is often difficult to understand, especially from the outside.

Science and Skepticism

Science and Skepticism

by Lawrence M. Krauss
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

These are the times that try men’s souls.” This was true when Thomas Paine uttered these words, and they remain true today.

How Can Skepticism Do Better?

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

We must begin to develop more effective means of disseminating the fruits of our labors to individuals who are skeptical of our skepticism.

Authority and Skepticism

by Daniel C. Dennett
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

One of the unwelcome side effects of the mostly wonderful democratization of knowledge that has been ushered in by the age of the Internet is that we are losing consensus on what to consult when settling a bet.

The Science Literacy Paradox

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Why really smart people are often the most 
biased in their opinions…

Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things That Happen

Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things That Happen

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Online Extra

You might guess there wouldn’t be much psychological research on belief in fate, destiny, or purpose, but you’d be wrong.

Our Conspiracy-Generating Brains

Our Conspiracy-Generating Brains

by Steven Caldwell Brown
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Review

Brotherton argues that conspiracy theories, ultimately, are stories not unlike those we have been telling each other throughout the ages.

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Promote Reason, Prevent Climate Catastrophes: Let’s Get ’Er Done

by Bill Nye
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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What Science Is and How and Why It Works

by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Time to Upgrade the Skeptical Operating System. Reboot.

by Sharon Hill
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Why I Am Optimistic about the Future of Skepticism

by Richard Wiseman
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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The Better Angels of Our Nature vs. the Internet

by David J. Helfand
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Skepticism Evolves—and So Does the Paranormal

by Martin Bridgstock
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Alternative Medicine Is a Playground for Apologists

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

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Issues in Science and Skepticism

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

From the Editor

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Ley Lines: Investigating on Site

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Investigative Files

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William Tell: Myth or Reality?

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Notes on a Strange World

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‘UFO Disclosure’ Happening Again This Year

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Psychic Vibrations

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Dog Behavior: Beneath the Veneer of ‘Man’s Best Friend’

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Science Watch

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Playing to an Empty Room: Ghost Hunting and ‘Singapore Theory’

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Skeptical Inquiree

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Why Science and Religion are Irreconcilable

by James M. Clark
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Review