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CSICon 2016: Las Vegas

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Conference Report

La “Física” de Deepak Chopra

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July 12, 2016
La “Física” de Deepak Chopra

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

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.4, July/August 2016

Commentary

Skeptical Inquirer’s 2016 Reader Survey Results

The Search for Negative Evidence

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

By their nature, paranormal claims depend not on positive but negative evidence, by which proponents attempt to use mysteries (“the unexplained”) to support their beliefs. In contrast, scientists seek to use positive evidence to solve mysteries.

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Trends in Scientific Knowledge, Education, and Religion

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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The Science of Meaning

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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The Sixteenth European Skeptics Congress, London 2015

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

Conference Report

‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo

Pseudoscience has been rapidly gaining ground in the past few decades. Dietary supplements and homeopathic preparations, advertised by the disgraced Dr. Oz and his ilk, now constitute a multi-billion-dollar industry.

The 1848 ‘Enormous Serpent’ of the Daedalus Identified

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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The 1848 ‘Enormous Serpent’ of the Daedalus Identified

A famous sea serpent sighting has been an enduring mystery 
of the sea since 1848. However, new information suggests a solution.

Encouraging Evidence-Free Enterprise: Business on a Bed of Sand

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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Encouraging Evidence-Free Enterprise: Business on a Bed of Sand

The former National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s use of two U.S. government grant programs for small businesses is examined and found to lend legitimacy to the lucrative business of non-evidence-based medicine.

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The Devil and the Details

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

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Is the EmDrive Pseudoscience?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Special Report

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Unlocking the Treasures

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Review

A Review of Great Calculations: A Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries by Colin Pask

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Memior of an Accused Satanist

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.6, November/December 2015

Review

A Review of Life After Death by Damien Echols

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Not Seeking the White Whale or Tanystropheus

Skeptical Briefs Volume 25.1, Spring 2015

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Is the Pope Catholic?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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Correlations: How Do We Ever Establish Definite Causation?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.5, September/October 2015

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WHO’s Strategy on Traditional and Complementary Medicine

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation
WHO’s Strategy on Traditional and Complementary Medicine

The World Health Organization once again advocates for implementing complementary and alternative medicine in national health services, jeopardizing global public health and evidence-based medicine.

Vaccines and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: An Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Interview
Vaccines and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: An Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

In an interview with Lindsay Beyerstein on the Point of Inquiry podcast, Offit spoke about the early 2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaccination movement, and the importance of vaccination.

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Do We Really Want to Believe in UFOs?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

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Treemonisha: Scott Joplin’s Skeptical Black Opera

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

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Skepticism through Stick Figures

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Review

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

When Don’t the Highly Educated Believe in Evolution? The Bible Believers Effect

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

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When Don’t the Highly Educated Believe in Evolution? The Bible Believers Effect

Among those who believe the Bible is the word of God, those with more formal education are less likely to believe in human evolution than those with less education.

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Bias in Reporting of Medical Research: How Dangerous Is It?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Medical Misinformation

“You Are Smart!” on Radio

March 20, 2015
“You Are Smart!” on Radio

“You Are Smart,” a daily feature for commercial radio, made its national debut recently with host, Jim Underdown, executive director of CFI–LA and founder of the Independent Investigations Group (IIG).

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Confessions of a Rock Shop Clerk

Skeptical Briefs Volume 24.3, Fall 2014

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Evolution: The Big and the Small of It

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

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Yes, But How Do You Explain This?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

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Africa’s Satanic Panic

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

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When Genealogy Gets Distorted

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.2, March/April 2015

Review

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally.

Remembrance of Apocalypse Past: The Psychology of True Believers When Nothing Happens

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.6, November/December 2014

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Remembrance of Apocalypse Past: The Psychology of True Believers When Nothing Happens

Research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that specific psychological processes contributed directly to the maintenance of paranormal apocalyptic beliefs, even after the apocalypse did not occur.

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Modern Geocentrism: A Case Study of Pseudoscience in Astronomy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

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Flaw and Order: The Science and Mythology of Criminal Profiling

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

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Josh Zepps with Ann Druyan: Cosmos, Carl Sagan, and Culture

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

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Josh Zepps with Ann Druyan: Cosmos, Carl Sagan, and Culture

We present a condensed version of an earlier interview about Ann Druyan’s experience with the first and the new Cosmos series by Josh Zepps for our Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast.

The $100,000 Flying Reindeer Challenge

December 9, 2014
The $100,000 Flying Reindeer Challenge

What happens when the Independent Investigations Group and CSI go after “the mother of all extraordinary claims”?

Deniers are not Skeptics

December 5, 2014
Deniers are not Skeptics

Public discussion of scientific topics such as global warming is confused by misuse of the term "skeptic."

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The Rendlesham UFO Incident: A Study in Folly

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Review

Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World’s Best-Documented UFO Incident by Nick Pope

Soul Theft through Photography

Skeptical Briefs Volume 24.1, Spring 2014

Consider the notion that taking a photograph of a person “steals his or her soul.” It’s an easy concept to dismiss, as it seems so simplistic and overtly fallacious. But I claim there is value in actually considering this notion more carefully.

Skeptical Activism Online

Skeptical Briefs Volume 24.1, Spring 2014

Skeptical Activism Online

The “woo” crowd—the psychics, the charlatans, the “healers” and others—are out there in the public; they are writing the books, setting up conferences, and getting themselves extensive media coverage. We need to match their exposure with our own and be there to give the counterpoints.

In memoriam Jean DOMMANGET

October 16, 2014
In memoriam Jean DOMMANGET

Jean Dommanget died on October 1, 2014 at the age of 90. He was an astronomer and head of the Département “Astrométrie et Dynamique des corps célestes” at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. He was an internationally acknowledged specialist in the domain of double stars.

Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

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Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine

A study of federal funding advancing naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and energy healing as acceptable medical protocols finds troubling misuse of taxpayer dollars.

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The Secular Are Skeptics: The Worldviews of Today’s University Students

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

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Raelism: Christianity for the Space Age

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

Science and Religion

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UFOs and Cognitive Science: A Case Study

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

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How I Was Scammed by Kevin Trudeau

Skeptical Briefs Volume 23.4, Winter 2013–2014

Ghost Hunting: Conditioning Phobias

Skeptical Briefs Volume 23.3, Fall 2013

In August of 2009, I was asked to tag along with a ghost-hunting group that was going to do a paranormal investigation of a private residence. Despite the fact that there were simple and very plausible explanations for everything he experienced, the owner was completely convinced he had purchased a haunted house.

Investigating the Rhode Island UFO

Skeptical Briefs Volume 23.3, Fall 2013

Investigating the Rhode Island UFO

With a half a century plus of interest in UFOs, astronomy, and science, I’ve despaired that in all that time I’ve never seen a real UFO. (With emphasis on what the “U” stands for of course.)

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Paperback Evil: The Review

Skeptical Briefs Volume 23.3, Fall 2013

A Book Not for the Faint of Heart

Skeptical Briefs Volume 23.2, Summer 2013

Book Review

A review of Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium, by Mark Edward.

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What Is the Danger That Terrorists Will Attack the United States with a Nuclear or ‘Dirty’ Bomb?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.2, March/April 2014

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The Moon Was Full and Nothing Happened

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 10.2, Winter 1985-86

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The Moon Was Full and Nothing Happened

A Review of Studies on the Moon and Human Behavior and Lunar Beliefs

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We’re Here to Help

Skeptical Briefs Volume 23.2, Summer 2013

Ann Druyan: Telling the Story of the Cosmos

May 5, 2014
Ann Druyan: Telling the Story of the Cosmos

This recent Point of Inquiry interview with Ann Druyan has now been transcribed and is available to read.

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Communicating Science

April 16, 2014
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Communicating Science

This classic Point of Inquiry interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson has now been transcribed and is available to read.

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Problems with Modern Medicine: Too Much Emphasis on Disease, Not Enough on Managing Risk

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Commentary

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The Sacrifice of a Skeptic

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Special Report

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Explanations and Meta-Ideas

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Review

A review of Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel Dennett

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The Unexplained Files—TV Mystery-Mongering

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 38.1, January/February 2014

Television Review

A review of The Unexplained Files on The Science Channel

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The Future of High Energy Physics in the United States

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Special Report

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Psychic Successes or Memory Failures?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.6, November/December 2013

Forum

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How News about ESP Research Shapes Audience Beliefs

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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NCCAM Responds to ‘Nurturing Non-Science’ Article

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Follow-up

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Authors Reply to NCCAM Response

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Follow-up

Steven Pinker on Violence

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Interview
Steven Pinker on Violence

Acclaimed Harvard psychologist and best-selling author Steven Pinker was interviewed by Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney in a rare live edition of Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of our Center for Inquiry. Here is the majority of that interview.

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The ‘Psychology Is Science, Not Witchcraft’ Campaign

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

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News and Comment

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

News & Comment

Do You Believe That? Poll Zeroes in on Conspiracy Beliefs/Goat Sacrificed for Chicago Cubs Curse/Sylvia Browne Blunders Again, Telling Mother of Kidnap Victim Amanda Barry She Was Dead/British Businessman Sentenced in Bogus ‘Bomb Detector’ Scam

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Bringing Bayes into Predictions

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.4, July/August 2013

Review

A review of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t by Nate Silver

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Nurturing Non-Science: Startling Concepts in the Education of Physicians

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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Climate Change Denial in the Classroom

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

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No News Is Good News, but Bad News Is Deadly

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.3, May/June 2013

Review

A review of The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford

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The Elberfeld Horses

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Understanding Believers’ Cognitive Dissonance

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Closing the Book on ‘Open-Mindedness’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Perpetual Discussion!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Skeptics Organize in Indonesia

May 6, 2013
Skeptics Organize in Indonesia

Every day in Indonesia you will hear or see psychics, paranormalists, parapsychologists, and pseudoscientists spreading, scaring, and scamming the nation with irrational beliefs and pseudoscience through the media. You will be able to see them planting thoughts into peoples’ heads so that they can offer solutions and take people's money.

It’s the End of the World and They Don’t Feel Fine: The Psychology of December 21, 2012

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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It’s the End of the World and They Don’t Feel Fine: The Psychology of December 21, 2012

Cognitive science research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that dissociative processes contribute directly to this belief through reduction of the “feature-intensive” cognitive processing that would engender appropriate skepticism.

Indignation Is Not Righteous

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.

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Mystics, Mycobacterium, and the Gospel of Matthew

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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The Math Behind the Myths

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Paul Kurtz and the Virtue of Skepticism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

Paul Kurtz In Memoriam

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Additional Tributes

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

Paul Kurtz In Memoriam

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The Return of Repressed-Memory Satanic Ritual Stories

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

Review

A review of Twenty-Two Faces by Judy Byington.

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End of the World Looms According to Maya’s Calendar

Skeptical Briefs Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

Humor

One Young Man’s Struggle against Louisiana’s Creationist Lobby

January 17, 2013
One Young Man’s Struggle against Louisiana’s Creationist Lobby

When I became a senior in high school, I finally recognized that no one had launched a repeal of the LSEA and no one was going to. For my high school senior project, I decided I had to stand up and take on creationism in Louisiana. I partnered with Senator Karen Carter Peterson, who has now sponsored two bills to repeal the LSEA.

Exposing the Faith-Healers

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 11.1, Fall 1986

Special Report

There we sat, listening, scanning, searching, and adjusting. While Alec worked with the equipment, I kept a watchful eye for anyone who might interfere. The time dragged. Now the service inside the auditorium was about to start; we had searched for more than an hour, and we still hadn't found what we were looking for.

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A Golden Age of Harmony? Misrepresenting Science and History in the 1001 Inventions Exhibit

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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The Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Commentary

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Four Realms of Inquiry

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Review

A review of Handling Truth by William Gardner.

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Can Carry-On Explosives Bring Down an Airliner?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 22.2, Summer 2012

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Nighthawks State of Mind

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Confirmation Bias and Art

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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XKCD: A Perfect Marriage of Snark and Skepticism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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The Puzzle of the Implausible

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Review

A review of Power and Illusion: Religion and Human Need by David W. Wilbur

Conspiracy Theorist Claims NASA Picnic Photos Were Faked

Skeptical Briefs Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

Humor

Citing irregularities in photographs posted on the About Us page on the official NASA website, Northern Virginia resident Brian Williams is calling the space agency’s employee and family picnic, allegedly held this last summer, a complete hoax.

Eyewitness to the Paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Eyewitness to the Paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained’

Research in experimental psychology has shown that many paranormal sightings fall directly within the realm of eyewitness memory. Experiments reveal that such “sightings” derive from the psychology of the observers rather than from supernatural sources. Experiments show these proclivities.

What’s Going On in Our Minds?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

Review
What’s Going On in Our Minds?

A review of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

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The Top 20 Logical Fallacies

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Political Myths that Influence Voters

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Dinodang: The Melon Rex Myth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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South Korean Skeptics Work to Promote Science-Based Medicine

October 10, 2012
South Korean Skeptics Work to Promote Science-Based Medicine

My name is Uiwon, Hwang, 35 years old. I majored in railroad engineering at university and worked as a rolling stock driver after graduating. I always had some interest in the global scientific skepticism movement, a rare case in Korea. This is how I started to work in the field of scientific journalism.

The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

An analysis of four classic flying-saucer incidents reveals how debunking can send a mundane case underground, where it is transformed by mythologizing processes, then reemerges—like a virulent strain of a virus—as a vast conspiracy tale. Defined by the Roswell Incident (1947), this syndrome is repeated at Flatwoods (1952), Kecksburg (1965), and Rendlesham Forest (1980).

How to Protest a ‘Psychic’

October 1, 2012
How to Protest a ‘Psychic’

Last fall, it was brought to my attention that John Edward was scheduled to appear in downtown Oklahoma City for two seminars on March 9, 2012. I brought this information to the campus group that I advise, the UCO Skeptics, and suggested we plan a protest to help educate people on exactly what John Edward would be doing, and that it was in no way related to supernatural abilities.

Indignation Is Not Righteous

Online Extras
September 27, 2012

The Twin Fallacies of Appeal to Righteous Indignation and Appeal to Sanctity.
Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.

CSICon’s Halloween Party: Use Psychic Powers, Dress Funny, Win Cash!

September 12, 2012

Skeptics are excellent at using their brains, but all that thinking can be exhausting. Luckily, at this year’s CSICon -- the conference dedicated to science and skeptical inquiry -- there’s going to be a way for the doubters to let their hair down, and win some truly excellent prizes.

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The Trouble with Pseudoskepticism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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A Feeble Challenge to Evolution from ‘Reasons to Believe’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Special Report

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Is Science the Antidote to Deepak Chopra’s Spirituality?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Review

A review of War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow

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SensaSlim Lawsuit Seeks to Silence Skeptics

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Resolution: Scientific Standards in Academia and Education

May 31, 2012
Resolution: Scientific Standards in Academia and Education

At the occasion of the 6th World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, CSI, ECSO and GWUP adopted a resolution calling for high standards of scientific practice in scientific institutions and in science education.

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My Ephemeral Friend

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

Forum

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Steven Novella Honored with CSI’s Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.2, Summer 2011

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Three: Real Messages in DNA

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Three: Real Messages in DNA

The Lost Civilizations of North America documentary suggests that there is genetic evidence for a pre-Columbian migration of Israelites to the Americas. However, DNA studies provide no support for this hypothesis.

The Mysterious Meteorite of Chalk Mountain, Texas

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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The Mysterious Meteorite of Chalk Mountain, Texas

In May 2009 a meteorite impact was reported just thirty miles south of Fort Worth, Texas, but the mysterious object was of a very unusual composition for a meteorite. Had an impact occurred, it would have caused widespread devastation-yet nothing of the sort happened.

The HPV Vaccine Controversy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

Commentary
The HPV Vaccine Controversy

Ever since the FDA approved the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2006, its introduction has been embroiled in a medical, social, cultural, and political controversy.

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Measuring Mythology: Startling Concepts in NCCAM Grants

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Laughing Goats and Scowling Sheep: Humor in Paranormal Discourse

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Information Literacy and Conspiracy Theories

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Tripping on the Trebuchet: An Interview with George Hrab

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

Interviews
Tripping on the Trebuchet: An Interview with George Hrab

Musician and skeptic George Hrab recently sat down with Skeptical Briefs to discuss his latest album, Trebuchet, his Geologic Show at Dragon*Con, and why bald guys are just plain smarter than everyone else.

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Digital Clock Numerology

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

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The All-Dressed-Up-and-Going-Nowhere Ghosts

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Two: False Messages in Stone

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Two: False Messages in Stone

The documentary Lost Civilizations of North America presents a distorted picture of American prehistory. The archaeological evidence presented to support notions of ancient pre-Columbian contact consists of long-discredited frauds.

Disputing ‘Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

Follow-up

This collection of letters was previously posted as an Online Extra. Read it in CSI's Special Articles section »

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Paranormal Misinterpretations of Vision Phenomena

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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9/11: Perspectives from a Decade Later

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

Commentary

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part One: An Alternate Reality

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part One: An Alternate Reality

The Lost Civilizations of North America documentary is one in a long line of failed attempts to populate America’s ancient past with the denizens of lost tribes, lost cities, and, as its title indicates, lost civilizations.

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An Ambitious, Hopeful Response to 9/11

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Commentary

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When the Shrinks Ignore Science, Sue Them

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Pastafarian Quatrains

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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A Flawed Attempt to Reconcile Religion and Science

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Review

A review of The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions by Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins

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A Modern Fable about Science and Religion

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Review

A review of The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory by Mark Laxer

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The Psychic and I

Skeptical Briefs Volume 20.4, December 2010

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Hungry for Life: Caloric Restriction and Science

Skeptical Briefs Volume 20.4, December 2010

The Inception of the Polish Sceptics Club

November 18, 2011
The Inception of the Polish Sceptics Club

In 2010 (the best year for Polish charity), we were able to donate 43 million PLN to improve early cancer diagnosis in children. That’s forty-six times less than the money Polish people have thrown away for fortune tellers. This comparison quite effectively shows the preferences and beliefs of an average Pole.

Hello, Grandmother—What Big Eyes You Have

November 16, 2011
Hello, Grandmother—What Big Eyes You Have

A review of Little Red Riding Hood (DVD).

Introducing the Menrva Foundation for Science and Reason

November 9, 2011
Introducing the Menrva Foundation for Science and Reason

Founded in 2011, the Menrva Foundation for Science and Reason is striving to popularize science in Indonesia.

A Bestiary of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Notes from the Front Line

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Feature
A Bestiary of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Notes from the Front Line

Two social scientists describe their experience confronting the 9/11 Truth movement in the United Kingdom after they published a paper linking conspiracy theories with extremist ideology.

A Slam-Dunk Debunk

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Review
A Slam-Dunk Debunk

A review of Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore by Benjamin Radford

Statement From CSI/CFI on Walmart’s Marketing of a Homeopathic Flu Remedy

January 25, 2011
Statement From CSI/CFI on Walmart’s Marketing of a Homeopathic Flu Remedy

Statement from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Center for Inquiry on Walmart’s marketing of a homeopathic flu remedy

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When Does a Person Become a Human Subject?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Follow-up

Sensitivity to human subjects issues is important and praiseworthy, but there is some confusion regarding the formal definition of human subjects research.

Alternate Cover

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Online Extra
Alternate Cover

Alternate Cover for Issue 33.6, November / December 2009

Ask the Outlaw Skeptic

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Online Extra

What is a "skeptoid" anyway?

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Does Subliminal Persuasion Work? It Depends on Your Motivation and Awareness.

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Feature

Recent psychological research provides more answers about why and when subliminal information can influence...

The British Centre for Science Education (BCSE)

December 11, 2006

The British Centre for Science Education is a newly formed organisation with the primary purpose of stopping the teaching of...

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A Sweedish Professorship in Parapsychology

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

When the Danish margarine manufacturer Poul Thorsen died in 1962, he had recently bequeathed a large sum of money for...

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Palm Readers, Stargazers, and Scientists: A Critique of Futurism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

Feature

Scientific Futurism is not that different from psychic futurism. It serves many of the same purposes and is subject to many...

Touch Wood

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Touch Wood

"Touch wood" or "knock on wood" is a popular saying to reverse any bad luck that might come your way, due to a recent action...

Rabbit’s Foot

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Rabbit’s Foot

Rabbits and hares were considered very lucky animals as they were associated with spring and the return of flowers and other...

Wishbones

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Wishbones have become a common tradition at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners. The general rule is that the wishbone...

Umbrellas

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

An umbrella, according to popular superstition, should never be open indoors or you will bring bad luck on all the people...

Spiders

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Apparently the superstition surrounding spiders dates back to Egyptian times when spiders were associated with riches.

Spilt Salt

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Salt was once considered a very precious commodity; as important as money has grown to be. Because it was so valued...

Sailors

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Sailors have attributed superstitions to almost all aspects of their work and life on the sea. One of the common traits of...

Spilt Milk

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Many food and beverages that were valued had superstitions associated with them to deter the waste of such commodities.

Hats

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Many superstitions are associated with hats, several now being modified into rules for manners and etiquette.

Definitions of Superstition

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Superstitions are beliefs in ideas or practices based on the supernatural as opposed to laws of science. People look for...

Cracks

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Ill-fortune is said to be the result from stepping on a crack in the pavement. Present day society usually associates...

Lucky Charms

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

A charm can be almost any object, as shown by the countless examples of charms or amulets that have been said to ward off...

Actors and Actresses

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

The superstitions surrounding actors and actresses were more prevalent in the Middle Ages, when performances would...

Common Superstitions

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Short list of common superstitions

Horseshoes

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Horseshoes

The horseshoe is considered very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to protect and attract good fortune for the family...

Pennies

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Pennies

Lots of superstitions center around money. Almost all forms of currency have at least one superstition associated with them.

Four-Leaf Clovers

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Four-Leaf Clovers

The superstition of the four-leaf clover is thought to originate with the Druids. Apparently they believed the shamrock...

Mirrors

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Mirrors

Breaking a mirror can even make a skeptic shudder for a brief moment!

Black Cats

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Black Cats

There are many superstitions associated with cats, partly because the cat has lived alongside humans for many millennia.

Walking Under Ladders

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Walking Under Ladders

People will go to great lengths to avoid walking under ladders. Many origins for the superstition have been surfaced...

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