Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 42.2
March / April 2018
by H. Sidky
The decades-long academic assault on science has bewildered the American public about the role and function of science, promoted anti-intellectualism, and politically empowered purveyors of supernaturalism and paranormal beliefs.
Here’s a geologist’s critical analysis of false perceptions held by many creationists about the origin of the Grand Canyon and the age of the Earth.
A Festival of Scientific Skepticism or a Theme Park for Science and Reason? CSICon Las Vegas 2017 Had It All
by Joe Nickell
How could a press that represents all of the universities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky publish such nonsense—even in an age of fake news and fake science?
by Matt Nisbet
Harnessing the Power of Opinion-Leaders Across Communities
by George Hrab
I’m not sure I get the point of the story of David and Goliath.
by Harriet Hall
Consciousness is not a nonphysical phenomenon. It is an evolved user-illusion, “a system of virtual machines that evolved, genetically and memetically, to play very special roles in the ‘cognitive niche’ our ancestors have constructed over the millennia.”
Drug Therapy Hype: The Misuse of Data
There are several flagrant examples of hype from cancer and cardiac therapy. The drugs Avastin and Opdivo, which have serious problems, have been greatly overhyped.
Colin Wilson’s Idiosyncratic Literary Legacy
by Brett Taylor
Rather than creating a glorious new literature of pos- itive art, Colin Wilson delivered an odd mix of dodgy philosophy, pulp novels, and paranormal studies— the latter often downright silly.
Short Takes from CSICON 2017
Do Superstitious Rituals Work?
by Stuart Vyse
Just Asking Questions
Strange Songs from the Fringe
by Brian Regal