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Pizzagate and Beyond

by Jeffrey S. Debies-Carl
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

Using Social Research to Understand Conspiracy Legends

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Becoming Fantastic

by Eric Wojciechowski
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

Why Some People Embellish Their Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales

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Ten Questions (and Answers) about Teaching Evolution

by Bertha Vazquez and Christopher Freidhoff
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

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Critical Thinking and Parenting

by Amy Frushour Kelly
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

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How Skepticism Saved My Special Needs Kid from Certain Death

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Hollywood Curse Legends

by Brett Taylor
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

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Before Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, There Was Dan Q. Posin

Before Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, There Was Dan Q. Posin

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Pioneer physicist and science popularizer Dan Q. Posin saw the power of television for education and inspiration. Almost lost to history, his history has new relevance today.

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The Roswell Incident at 70: Facts, Not Myths

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Special Report

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Is Eating Vegetables Truly Safe?

by Craig A. Foster
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

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An Examination into Contemporary Anti-Vaccination Arguments

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Mystery of Mollie Fancher, ‘The Fasting Girl,’ and Others Who Lived Without Eating

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Investigative Files

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A Great and Fortuitous ‘Find’!

by James Randi
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

A Magician in the Lab

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The Conspiracy of the Fairies

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Notes on a Strange World

Moving Science’s Statistical Goalposts

Moving Science’s Statistical Goalposts

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

In 1989, Ralph Rosnow and Robert Rosenthal, two well-respected experts on statistical methods in psychology, wrote the following memorable line: “We want to underscore that, surely, God loves the .06 nearly as much as the .05”. For researchers in psychology, this was an amusing statement.

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Editing the Human Germline

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Science Watch

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Legitimizing Woo

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

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Food Evolution

by Celestia Ward
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

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A Pictorial Film Review

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Loch Ness Solved — Even More Fully!

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

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The Martin Gardner Correspondence with Marcello Truzzi

by Ray Ward
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

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Truth to Power on Climate

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

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Critical Thinking Approaches to Confronting Racism

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

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Psychology, Skepticism, and Confronting Racism

by Craig A. Foster and Steven M. Samuels
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

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Combating Racism Through Shared Goals

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

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Are Racist Beliefs Pseudoscientific, and What Do We Do About Them?

by Terence Hines
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

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A Hard Look at How We See Race

by Sam Scott
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

Jennifer Eberhardt’s research shows subconscious connections in people’s minds between black faces and crime and how those links may pervert justice.

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In What Version of Evolution Do You Believe

by David Zeigler
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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Daryl Bem and Psi in the Ganzfield

by Susan Blackmore
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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Medical Misinformation in the Media: Is Anorexia on the Rise?

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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Let’s Be SHARPs Together: The Need for a New Umbrella Term

by David J. Tyler and Gary M. Bakker
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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Free Energy: When the Web Is Freewheeling

by Sebastien Point
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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Why Psuedoscience Should Be Taught in College

by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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A Cancer Nurse Examines Alternative Medicine

by Carrie Poppy
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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The Giant Panda: Discovered in the Land of Myth

by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Investigative Files

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Myths and Secrets of the Colosseum

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Notes on a Strange World

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Divided Expectations

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

The Science of Science Communication

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Yes, We Do Need Experts

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Behavior & Belief

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Science (Indeed, the World?) Needs Fewer, Not More, Icons

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Science Watch

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Is Elvis Presley in Home Alone?

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Skeptical Inquiree

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Jettisoning Freud’s Spurious Contributions

by Peter Barglow
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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The Interplay of Science Fiction and Pseudoscience

by Terence Hines
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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Repeating Erroneously the Words of Another

by Glenn Branch
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

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Bigfoot as Big Myth: Seven Phases of Mythmaking

Bigfoot as Big Myth: Seven Phases of Mythmaking

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

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The hairy man-beast known as the “Sasquatch” or “Bigfoot” is now ever present in North American culture. Supposedly a throwback to our evolutionary past, it is an “ape-man” version of us just as the little-bodied, big-headed, humanoid extraterrestrial is a futuristic one.

A Consistently Erroneous Technology

A Consistently Erroneous Technology

by James Randi
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

A Magician in the Lab

The evidence is just so much against this technology, it’s difficult to believe how long it has existed as a supposedly valid notion.

Evolution in the College Classroom: Facilitating Conversations about Science and Religion

Evolution in the College Classroom: Facilitating Conversations about Science and Religion

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

The Science of Science Communication

As surprising as this might sound, the unfortunate reality is that in many high schools across the country evolution is often avoided or covered superficially as part of a crammed science curriculum, taught by teachers who are underqualified and poorly supported.

Teaching Skepticism: How Early Can We Begin?

Teaching Skepticism: How Early Can We Begin?

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Special Report

I trust that I need not persuade readers of Skeptical Inquirer that in today’s world of post-truth, alternative facts, and rampant pseudoscience, critical thinking—reasoning that helps to compensate for our biases—is needed now more than ever.

A Brilliant Climate Collaboration

A Brilliant Climate Collaboration

by Robert Ladendorf
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Review

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles

Predatory Journals: Write, Submit, and Publish the Next Day

Predatory Journals: Write, Submit, and Publish the Next Day

by Ramzi Hakami
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Special Report

Predatory journals can be defined as “publications [that take] large fees without providing robust editorial or publishing services.” They usually “recruit articles through aggressive marketing and spam emails, promising quick review and open access publication for a price.

The Politicization of Scientific Issues

The Politicization of Scientific Issues

by Jeanne Goldberg
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Feature

It is paradoxical that in populations supportive of science and democracy scientific issues have become politicized to the degree that objective evidence is ignored or rejected in favor of “alternative” opinions.

The Fakery of Electrodermal Screening

The Fakery of Electrodermal Screening

by Stephen Barrett
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

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Souped-up galvanometers are being used to assess people’s health and determine what they supposedly need. Tests expose them as preposterous, and government agencies should stop their use.

El negacionismo respecto de las estatinas

El negacionismo respecto de las estatinas

by Harriet Hall, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Las estatinas, aunque no son la panacea, han mostrado claramente que tienen efectos positivos -más que negativos- sobre los pacientes en riesgo.

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The Fallacy Fork

by Maarten Boudry
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

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Why It’s Time to Get Rid of Fallacy Theory

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A History of Physics Worth Fifty-One Thousand Words

by Celestia Ward
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

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Drawing Physics: 2,600 Years of Discovery from Thales to Higgs by Don S. Lemons

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Houdini’s Remarkable Female Detective

by Terence Hines
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Review

Houdini’s ‘Girl Detective’: The Real-Life Ghost-Busting Adventures of Rose Mackenburg Compiled and Introduced by Tony Wolf

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Australia’s Storied Ghosts

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Investigative Files

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The Monster of Florence: Case Closed? The Terrifying Story of the Most Infamous Ritual Murders in It

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Notes on a Strange World

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P-Hacker Confessions: Daryl Bem and Me

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Behavior & Belief

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Orbs as Plasma Life

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

A Good Analysis of Bad UFO Information

A Good Analysis of Bad UFO Information

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Review

Robert Sheaffer is one of the—if not the—world’s top experts on the subject of unidentified flying objects and claims of extraterrestrials, and he shares that knowledge in his new book Bad UFOs.

An Investigation of the Missing411 Conspiracy

An Investigation of the Missing411 Conspiracy

by Kyle Polich
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

In his “Missing411” series of books, author David Paulides claims that people are going missing from U.S. national parks under unusual circumstances and the National Park Service is obstructing attempts to investigate. What are the facts?

The March for Science

The March for Science

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

The Science of Science Communication

Partisan protests put public trust in scientists at risk.

JonBenet Murder Mystery Solved? (Not by Psychics)

JonBenet Murder Mystery Solved? (Not by Psychics)

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

The death of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey went unsolved for two decades. 
Psychics were worse than useless, but the author’s proposed solution resulted from evaluating the best evidence.


The Farce Known as ‘FC’

The Farce Known as ‘FC’

by James Randi
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

A Magician in the Lab

James Randi addresses the sham of ‘Facilitated Communication’

The Phoenix Driveway Ghost

The Phoenix Driveway Ghost

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Ben Radford explains a strange mist found in a Phoenix woman’s driveway.

‘Psychic Detective’ Noreen Renier: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from a Grieving Family

‘Psychic Detective’ Noreen Renier: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from a Grieving Family

by Gary Posner
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Newly obtained recordings provide a unique opportunity to assess the sessions of a genuine “psychic detective” police case.

Murder by Darkness: Does Mammoth Cave’s Specter Harbor a Secret?

Murder by Darkness: Does Mammoth Cave’s Specter Harbor a Secret?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Investigative Files

Joe Nickell solves the case of an unlikely ghost, hidden in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave

Why We Often Get Risks Wrong

Why We Often Get Risks Wrong

by Terence Hines
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Review

Geoffrey Kabat debunks elusive health risks in his new book.

Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs?

Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs?

by Philip J. Senter
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Feature

To support their claim that humans and dinosaurs coexisted, numerous antievolution publications—including grade-school science textbooks—assert that dragon legends were inspired by human encounters with fire-breathing dinosaurs. Here’s why that’s unrealistic.

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Did Australia’s Aborigines See Plesiosaurs? Yes–in a Children’s Book

by Philip J. Senter
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

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The Danger of Chromotherapy

by Sébastian Point
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

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Maria Konnikova Wins CSI’s Balles Prize in Critical Thinking for The Confidence Game

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Special Report

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The Fires of Creationists, and Rallying for Science

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

From the Editor

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The Monster of Florence: Case Closed?

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Notes on a Strange World

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Can Anything Save Us from Unintended Consequences?

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Behavior & Belief

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The Bigfoot Obsession

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Review

Los campos electromagnéticos ¿pueden crear fantasmas?

by Ben Radford, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Si usted está seguro de que los fantasmas son reales (y no el producto de alucinaciones inducidas por CMEs), no hay lógica ni razón alguna para usar un dispositivo para detectar dichos CMEs.

Surviving the Misinformation Age

Surviving the Misinformation Age

by David J. Helfand
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

For ourselves and our society, survival in the current era requires adopting scientific habits of mind.

Statin Denialism

Statin Denialism

by Harriet Hall
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

The benefits of statins far outweigh their risks, but public perception has been skewed by alarmist misinformation from statin denialists.

Vaccines, Autism, and the Promotion of Irrelevant Research: A Science-Pseudoscience Analysis

by Craig A. Foster and Sarenna M. Ortiz
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

Proponents of the vaccination-autism link have created a bogus scientific debate by providing lists of studies that supposedly support their claims but are actually either questionable or irrelevant. We identify this as a relatively new pseudoscience tactic: the promotion of irrelevant research.

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi, Part 2

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi, Part 2

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Interview

You were asked how to treat a friend who ardently believes in the paranormal. You said, “Be kind. Be kind. They believe because they need to believe. Be compassionate.”

Some Queensland Mysteries

Some Queensland Mysteries

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Investigative Files

Strange mysteries may be found almost anywhere, but they seem especially plentiful and interesting in Australia.

The Return of the Fairies

The Return of the Fairies

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Notes on a Strange World

“In this case, the gnome is seen as a guardian of nature, just like our Corp is recognized as the environmental protector.”

It Just Never Stops ...

by James Randi
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

A Magician in the Lab

Any nonsense that powerful people such as Oprah Winfrey choose to promote is featured as fact, quackery is extolled, and pseudoscience is flaunted in news media rather than on pulp magazine racks.

The Mindfulness Movement

The Mindfulness Movement

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

The Science of Science Communication

How a Buddhist Practice Evolved into a Scientific Approach to Life…

Why Skepticism?

by Ronald A. Lindsay
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

The issues we address are only “soft” targets in the sense that there may be little scientific support for some of these claims. But these claims actually can be very resilient because of ideological support or commercial interests.

Can Electromagnetic Fields Create Ghosts?

Can Electromagnetic Fields Create Ghosts?

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

If you are sure that ghosts are real (and not the product of EMF-induced hallucinations), there is no logic or point in using a device to detect those EMFs.

The Selfish Gene Revisited

The Selfish Gene Revisited

by Richard Dawkins
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

On the fortieth anniversary of the book that made him a scientific celebrity, biologist Richard Dawkins looks back at this “gene’s eye view” of evolution and finds it even more relevant today.

God’s Own Medicine

God’s Own Medicine

by Paul Offit
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

History’s unlearned lesson about pain relievers and addiction.

The Virtuous Skeptic

The Virtuous Skeptic

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

Shouldn’t Skeptics Know What They Are Talking about When They Are Talking about It?

Why We Believe —Long After We Shouldn’t

by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Feature

Our brains are wired for self-justification and dissonance-reduction. We can override that impulse by learning how to admit our mistakes and separate them from our self-esteem.

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Interview

I took up being Harry Houdini, though I never claimed to be him. As a matter of fact, during my career I broke a couple of his records.

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.

Miracle Tableau: Knock, Ireland, 1879

Miracle Tableau: Knock, Ireland, 1879

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Investigative Files

The ability to see pictures in random forms—as in clouds, tea leaves, and inkblots—is known as pareidolia... Some publicized examples I have made pilgrimages to examine include the face of Jesus in the skillet burns of a tortilla…

The Dangerous Delusion about Vaccines and Autism

The Dangerous Delusion about Vaccines and Autism

by James Randi
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

A Magician in the Lab

We’re already seeing a comeback of measles due to drops in vaccination rates.

Mystery of the Paulding Light

Mystery of the Paulding Light

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Of course, it’s more fun to imagine the distant glimmer is a ghostly railroad brakeman’s phantom lantern than the headlights of a 2005 Honda Civic.

What Ghosts Mean

What Ghosts Mean

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Review

“I have to admit that I’ve come to envy the people who reported having poltergeists in their home; they have a ready explanation for anything amiss in their household”

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Helping Teachers Teach Evolution in the United States

by Bertha Vazquez
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

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Everything You Know about Being Rh-Negative Is Wrong

by D. Ellen K. Tarr
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

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Fake News and Fake Science in the Age of Misinformation

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

From the Editor

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Science and History Get Personal

by Michael Booth
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Forum

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Your Unlearning Report

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Behavior & Belief

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Research into Astrology Made Accessible

by Ivan W. Kelly
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Review

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Understanding Manufactroversies

by Glenn Branch
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Review