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Skeptical Briefs — Volume 24.1

Spring 2014

Soul Theft through Photography

by Matt Crowley
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.

The Lake Monster That Predates Nessie

The Lake Monster That Predates Nessie

by Terence Hines
Volume 24.1, Spring 2014

Book Review

A review of The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster, by Robert E. Bartholomew.

Song of a Siren:
 A Study in Fakelore

by Joe Nickell
Volume 24.1, Spring 2014

Investigative Files

Lorelei is described variously as a “sorceress,” “siren,” “water nymph,” “mermaid,” and even, in the plural, “mermaids.” In any case, at least she represents a romantic legend of the Rhine—or does she?

Skeptical Activism Online

Skeptical Activism Online

by Amanda Devaus
Volume 24.1, Spring 2014

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.

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‘Ex-Muslim’ Tries to Revive Reputation and Sues Critics

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 24.1, Spring 2014

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Confessions from a Secret Bunker of Conspiracy Skepticism

by Gurmukh Mongia
Volume 24.1, Spring 2014

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