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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 41.1

Volume 41.1

January/February 2017

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Cómo superar a un Maestro de Tai Chi

Cómo superar a un Maestro de Tai Chi

by Joe Nickell, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Investigative Files

Tai chi es una abreviatura de taiji quan, “boxeo máximo supremo”. Concebido hace siglos como un arte marcial, ahora también se practica —“Tai chi taoísta”— como técnica de ejercicios.

Public Debate, Scientific Skepticism, and Science Denial

by Stephan Lewandowsky, Michael E. Mann, Nicholas J.l. Brown, and Harris L. Friedman
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Feature

How can scientists navigate highly polarized public controversies and how can the public’s legitimate demand for involvement be accommodated without compromising the integrity of science?

Science vs. Silliness for Parents: Debunking the Myths of Child Psychology

Science vs. Silliness for Parents: Debunking the Myths of Child Psychology

by Stephen Hupp, Amanda Stary, and Jeremy Jewell
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Feature

Parents and students struggle to distinguish between pseudoscience and evidence-based ideas in child psychology. This study sampled the beliefs of 163 students and 205 parents on topics related to parenting and development.

Skepticism, at Heart, Is Not Partisan

by Craig A. Foster
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Commentary

Skeptics cannot support political claims that are simply at odds with reasonable interpretations of the existing evidence. However, they should, when speaking as skeptics, stop short of denigrating an entire political viewpoint.

Survey Shows Americans Fear Ghosts, the Government, and Each Other

Survey Shows Americans Fear Ghosts, the Government, and Each Other

by Carrie Poppy
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Special Report

The issues of paranormal and conspiracy claims, which have long been the focus of our work at Skeptical Inquirer, are finding new, interesting connections with these broader issues of how fear—especially irrational fear—works.

Claims of Chi: Besting a Tai Chi Master

Claims of Chi: Besting a Tai Chi Master

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Investigative Files

Tai chi is a shortened form of taiji quan, “Supreme ultimate boxing.” Conceived centuries ago as a martial art, it is now also practiced—as “Taoist tai chi”—as an exercise technique…

Ten Practical Tactics to Unravel the Uncanny

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Notes on a Strange World

The plural of anecdote is not evidence.

The Superbug Crisis: False Beliefs about Antibiotics Are a Global Threat

The Superbug Crisis: False Beliefs about Antibiotics Are a Global Threat

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

The Science of Science Communication

Each year at least 2 million Americans battle serious bacterial infections that are resistant to one or more antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die annually as a direct result of those infections.

Ghost Hunters in the Dark

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Why do ghost hunters look for ghosts at night with the lights off?

Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled after All These Years

Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled after All These Years

by Raymond Barglow and Margret Schaefer
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Feature

Had stem-cell research received the political support that it merits, it would probably have arrived by now at effective treatments for a number of severe chronic diseases.

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Creationism in Europe

by Stefaan Blancke
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Project Greenglow: How Horizon Lost the Message in the Medium

by John Eades
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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No Time for Certainty

by Alan J. Scott
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

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Notable Articles about the Creation of CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer

by Timothy Binga
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Special Report

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‘Mirage Men’—Disinformation Agents or Just a Mirage?

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Psychic Vibrations

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Consensus: Could Two Hundred Scientists Be Wrong?

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Online Extra

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The Story of the Gene

by Harriet Hall
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Review