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Arkansas’s White River Monster: Very Real, but What Was It?

Arkansas’s White River Monster: Very Real, but What Was It?


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Investigative Files

Can we finally solve the mystery?

The Ecomodernists

The Ecomodernists


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by Matt Nisbet
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

The Science of Science Communication

A New Way of Thinking about Climate Change and Human Progress

Diving into the VAERS Dumpster

Diving into the VAERS Dumpster


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Reality is the Best Medicine

Fake News about Vaccine Injuries

How We Believe

How We Believe


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Review

Beliefs guide all our thoughts and behaviors, from brushing our teeth to voting for a particular political party.

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UFO Identification Process


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by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

There is a wide variety of natural explanations for things we see in the sky that are easy to misinterpret.

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UFOs: Why Humanoid Aliens? Why So Varied?


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by Eric Wojciechowski
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

UFOlogy is replete with varying descriptions of UFOs and their occupants—so much so that concluding an alien intelligence is piloting them goes against the more logical and reasonable conclusion that the only intelligence behind the phenomenon is the human brain itself.

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Those Supposed Aliens Might Be Worms


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by David Zeigler
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Many believe life on alien planets would likely include intelligent humanoids, and much of science fiction uses this idea. Based on what we know of evolution on Earth, there is really no basis for this belief; however, one supportable prediction for alien lifeform would be worms.

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Arthur J. Cramp: The Quackbuster Who Professionalized American Medicine


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by Robert Blaskiewicz and Mike Jarsulic
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

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How a pioneering physician at the American Medical Association fought medical fraud on a national scale in the early twentieth century.

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Grand Illusions and Existential Angst


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by Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

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Natural illusions have impeded civilization’s progress toward enlightenment for millennia. Here’s an inventory of a few prominent illusions that have had a tenacious grip on our collective wisdom.

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Essential Oils: One Weird Workshop


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by Susan Gould
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Special Report

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The Salton Sea Flat Earth Test: When Skeptics Meet Deniers


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by Jim Underdown
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Commentary

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Thoughts on Visiting Darwin’s Home, Down House


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Commentary

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Autism Wars: Science Strikes Back


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Behavior & Belief

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Channeling Ancient African Wisdom—or Not


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Skeptical Inquiree

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When Psychics Come Under Control of Organized Crime


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by Wendy Grossman
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Review

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A Detailed Primer in Fighting Wildlife Crime


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by Bob Ladendorf
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Review

The God Engine

The God Engine


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by James Alcock
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Belief in the supernatural develops as a natural consequence of the way our brains work, so it should be no surprise that religion is both pervasive and enduring.

Biological Reasons Young-Earth Creationists’ Worldwide Flood Never Happened

Biological Reasons Young-Earth Creationists’ Worldwide Flood Never Happened


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by Lorence G. Collins
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

Like the geological evidence, biological evidence demonstrates that a worldwide flood never happened 4,350 years ago, as young- Earth creationists believe.

On the Set of Cosmos’s Season Two

On the Set of Cosmos’s Season Two


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Special Report

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey aired in 2014 to much acclaim.

From the Spectral to the Spectrum: Radiation in the Crosshairs

From the Spectral to the Spectrum: Radiation in the Crosshairs


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by Jeanne Goldberg
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

Public attitudes about radiation, shaped by a rich history of mythology from biblical times to the modern events of Chernobyl and Fukushima, impact personal lives and decisions, but they also have global existential implications.

The Care and Feeding of the Vagina

The Care and Feeding of the Vagina


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

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Special Section

The Case That CAM is Unethical

The Case That CAM is Unethical


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Review

CAM exploits patients, including physical damage, mental distress, financial loss, and harm to third parties.

An Early ‘Monster’ with an Older History

An Early ‘Monster’ with an Older History


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by Terence Hines
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Review

In cryptozoological terms, the Jersey Devil doesn’t have the cachet of the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, or even the chupacabra.

A Telepathy Investigation

A Telepathy Investigation


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by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Column
Notes on a Strange World

Sound reading,” as this technique is called, is a classic trick of mentalists who wish to simulate telepathy phenomena.

Multi-Level Menace

Multi-Level Menace


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by Denise Sutherland
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

Multi-level marketing companies use subtle influence techniques to capture and influence recruits—and you are at risk.

A State of Many Mysteries

A State of Many Mysteries


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by Susan Gerbic
Volume 39.3, May/June 2015

Review

Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment by Benjamin Radford

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I’ve Got Algorithm. Who Could Ask for Anything More?


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by Peter Kassan
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

The news has been filled with discussions of the so-called algorithms of Facebook and other software giants. Originally, the word algorithm had a precise meaning, but more recently it has been used to elicit undeserved respect—and perhaps to avoid deeper scrutiny.

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Ghostly ‘Black Monk’ or Random Tourist?


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by Kenny Biddle
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Special Report

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We Need a Paradigm Shift in Science Advocacy


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by Gregg Davidson, Carol Hill, and Ken Wolgemuth
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Commentary

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Why Belief is So Powerful


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by csicop.org
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

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Outside the Box: Solving Diverse Mysteries


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

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Investigative Files

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Why are Millennials Turning to Astrology?


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Behavior & Belief
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Caught Between the Possible and the Paranormal


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

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Skeptical Inquiree

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Climate Fundamentals: NOVA’s ‘Decoding the Weather Machine’


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by David Morrison
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Review

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This is Your Brain on Social Media


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Review

Wildlife Apocalypse: How Myths and Superstitions Are Driving Animal Extinctions

Wildlife Apocalypse: How Myths and Superstitions Are Driving Animal Extinctions


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by Bob Ladendorf and Brett Ladendorf
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Feature

Demand for wildlife body parts for scientifically unproven medicinal remedies and paranormal trinkets is causing a worldwide crisis for many endangered animal species, including rhinos and elephants.

Skepticism Reloaded

Skepticism Reloaded


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by Amardeo Sarma
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Feature

A leading skeptic addresses the essence of contemporary skepticism and highlights the vital nonpartisan and science-based role of skeptics in preventing deception and harm.

Speed Reading: Fact or Fiction

Speed Reading: Fact or Fiction


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by William Vanderlinde
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Is training in speed reading valuable? It depends.

Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer

Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer


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by Christopher Labos and Kenneth R. Foster
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Research Review

New NTP Results Inconsistent; Random Chance Likely at Play

Secrets of ‘The Flying Friar’: Did St. Joseph of Copertino Really Levitate?

Secrets of ‘The Flying Friar’: Did St. Joseph of Copertino Really Levitate?


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Investigative Files

Supported by records citing eyewitness testimony, St. Joseph of Copertino was a seventeenth-century religious marvel who laid claim to the power of levitation.

Response to Ken Ham and YouTube Comments by Andrew Snelling


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by Lorence G. Collins
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Follow-up

After my article “Twenty-One Reasons Noah’s Worldwide Flood Never Happened” was published in the March/April 2018 Skeptical Inquirer, the creationist organization Answers in Genesis produced a YouTube video in which Andrew Snelling criticized some of the reasons I presented.

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Lotus Birth


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by Kavin Senapathy
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

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Skepticism and Literature in Nineteenth-Century Spain


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by Azucena López Márquez and Antonio G. Valdecasas
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

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Dead Varmint Vision at Its Funniest


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by Philip J. Senter
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

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An Alleged Dinosaur with Breasts in a Medieval Carving

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Gullible Reporting about ESP on CBS


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by Steven Novella
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Special Report

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CBS Sunday Morning Seers Don’t See So Well


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Special Report

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The Anatomy and Pathology of Jihad


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by Vanni Cappelli
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

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The Enduring Legend of the Changeling


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Behavior & Belief

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The Phantom Menace of UFO Revelation


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Skeptical Inquiree

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Tackling the Big Questions


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Review

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A Monumental, but Flawed, Effort to Understand Behavior


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by Reynold Spector
Volume 42.4, July / August 2018

Review

Percival Lowell and the Canals of Mars

Percival Lowell and the Canals of Mars


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by Matthew J. Sharps
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Feature

The ‘canals’ of Mars don’t exist, and they never did; yet they were repeatedly reported and defended as scientific realities by many great astronomers. Why?

The Curious Question of Ghost Taxonomy

The Curious Question of Ghost Taxonomy


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Feature

The nature of ghosts remains unknown despite centuries of collective effort by legions of ghost hunters.

Why Did We Call Prince Charles Foolish and Immoral?

Why Did We Call Prince Charles Foolish and Immoral?


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by Edzard Ernst
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Commentary

Charles’s foolishness in respect to the promotion of quackery has, in my opinion, been demonstrated multiple times.

Flat-Earth Anxieties Reflect Misplaced Priorities

Flat-Earth Anxieties Reflect Misplaced Priorities


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by Craig A. Foster
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Commentary

The potential and kinetic energy devoted to counter the flat-earth movement is wasteful and misguided. It reveals a broad naiveté about which forms of pseudoscience have real gravitas.

Navy Pilot’s 2004 UFO: A Comedy of Errors

Navy Pilot’s 2004 UFO: A Comedy of Errors


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Investigative Files

The first I heard about a shadowy UFO research program operated by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 2007–2012 was when I was interviewed by New York Times reporter Helene Cooper on December 12, 2017.

The Case of the Curious Christmas Light

The Case of the Curious Christmas Light


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Skeptical Inquiree

Even a smart, skeptical person can be fooled by something strange in a photograph

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Progressophobia: Why Things Are Better Than You Think They Are


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by Steven Pinker
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Intellectuals dislike the very idea of progress. Our own mental bugs also distort our understanding of the world, blinding us to improvements in the human condition underway globally—and to the ideas that have made them possible.

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Trauma and Taboo: Traumatic Memories Are Alive and Well and Eating Your Innards Out


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by Robert Stern
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Sorry, ‘Theistic Science’ Is Not Science


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by Brian Bolton
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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The 1849 Balvullich Ice Fall


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by Randall J. Osczevski
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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A Doctoral Dissertation on a Geocentric Flat Earth


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by Yaël Nazé
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Special Report

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Why We Can’t Acknowledge Progress


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by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

From the Editor

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Does the Vatican Hold a Painting of a UFO?


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by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Notes on a Strange World

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William James and the Psychics


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Behavior & Belief
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New and Notable


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by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Letters to the Editor


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by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Take a Wish Foundation


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by Ian Harris
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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The Last Laugh

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The Fortieth Anniversary of E.O. Wilson’s On Human Nature


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by Reviewed By: Paul Brown
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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On Human Nature: Revised Edition with New Preface by E.O. Wilson

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Following Disgraced Doctor Andrew Wakefield


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by Reviewed By: Robert Ladendorf
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Review

The Pathological Optimist A film by Miranda Bailey

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Scientific American Collection on the Science about Controversial Issues


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by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Review

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Reconsidering Monsters


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by Reviewed By: Joseph R. Stains
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Review

The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast

The War on Science, Anti-Intellectualism, and ‘Alternative Ways of Knowing’ in 21st-Century America

The War on Science, Anti-Intellectualism, and ‘Alternative Ways of Knowing’ in 21st-Century America


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by H. Sidky
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Feature

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.

Twenty-One Reasons Noah’s Worldwide Flood Never Happened

Twenty-One Reasons Noah’s Worldwide Flood Never Happened


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by Dr. Lorence G. Collins
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Feature

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.

In Troubled Times, This Is What We Do

In Troubled Times, This Is What We Do


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by Kendrick Frazier
Commentary

We all must support critical inquiry and evidence-based thinking. We must honor those who do it, often at some considerable sacrifice to themselves.

CSICON Las Vegas 2017

CSICON Las Vegas 2017


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Conference Report

A Festival of Scientific Skepticism or a Theme Park for Science and Reason? CSICon Las Vegas 2017 Had It All

Hawking ‘Ghosts’ in Old Louisville

Hawking ‘Ghosts’ in Old Louisville


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Column
Investigative Files

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?

Ambassadors for Science

Ambassadors for Science


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by Matt Nisbet
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Column
The Science of Science Communication

Harnessing the Power of Opinion-Leaders Across Communities

David vs. Whatsisname

David vs. Whatsisname


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by George Hrab
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Column

I’m not sure I get the point of the story of David and Goliath.

The Riddle of Consciousness

The Riddle of Consciousness


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Review

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.”

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Drug Therapy Hype: The Misuse of Data


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by Reynold Spector
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Feature

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.

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Colin Wilson’s Idiosyncratic Literary Legacy


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by Brett Taylor
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

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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.

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Short Takes from CSICON 2017


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by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Conference Report

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Do Superstitious Rituals Work?


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Behavior & Belief
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Just Asking Questions


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

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Strange Songs from the Fringe


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by Brian Regal
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Review

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Yet Another Title on ‘Quantum’ Consciousness


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by Sadri Hassani
Volume 42.2, March / April 2018

Review

Expectativas divididas

Expectativas divididas


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by Matt Nisbet, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

The Science of Science Communication

Cuando pensamos en las raíces del antagonismo sobre la pericia científica en los Estados Unidos, a menudo nos enfocamos en el partidismo o en las diferencias religiosas.

Divided Expectations

Divided Expectations


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by Matt Nisbet
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

The Science of Science Communication

Why We Need a New Dialogue about Science, Inequality, and Society

Critical Thinking Approaches to Confronting Racism

Critical Thinking Approaches to Confronting Racism


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

Racism and prejudice are thorny, age-old problems with many origins. There is no single solution, no magic spell that will bring everyone together.

Psychology, Skepticism, and Confronting Racism

Psychology, Skepticism, and Confronting Racism


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

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

Racism is abhorrent. It is therefore easy for a movement such as skepticism to adopt anti-racism stances, but skepticism must avoid promoting viewpoints because they are politically popular or self-satisfying.

Combating Racism Through Shared Goals

Combating Racism Through Shared Goals


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

We do not solve our problems by demonizing our enemies. We do not change minds through argument or violence.

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

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


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by Terence Hines
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

A Skeptic's Guide to Racism

What might work? Certainly being violent back won’t help — it will just egg the racists on.

A Hard Look at How We See Race

A Hard Look at How We See Race


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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. Law enforcement officers across the country are taking note.

Daryl Bem and Psi in the Ganzfield

Daryl Bem and Psi in the Ganzfield


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by Susan Blackmore
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Feature

The most serious implication is that Daryl Bem, a famous and well-respected psychologist, has been guilty of “an unethical manipulation of data in search of statistical significance” to support claims of the paranormal.

Myths and Secrets of the Colosseum

Myths and Secrets of the Colosseum


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by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Notes on a Strange World

The Flavian Amphitheater, better known as the “Colosseum,” is the largest and most majestic amphitheater of ancient times. It is the second most visited monument in the world (after the Great Wall of China), and in 2007 was included among the new seven wonders of the modern world.

Yes, We Do Need Experts

Yes, We Do Need Experts


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.1, January/February 2018

Behavior & Belief

Many people praise the explosion of news sources we have at our disposal today. More is better, right? Unfortunately, no.

Pizzagate and Beyond: Using Social Research to Understand Conspiracy Legends

Pizzagate and Beyond: Using Social Research to Understand Conspiracy Legends


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

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

It is tempting to dismiss events such as last year’s “Pizzagate” shooting as the work of disturbed or unintelligent people, but social research provides an opportunity to explain the seemingly absurd episode and perhaps help avert future tragedies.

Becoming Fantastic: Why Some People Embellish Their Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales

Becoming Fantastic: Why Some People Embellish Their Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales


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by Eric Wojciechowski
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

To increase excitement into what is perceived as a normal, uneventful life, some people create their own personal myths of adventure and accomplishment. These are not just exaggerations of real events, and such narratives can be in the realm of the fantastic.

Ten Questions (and Answers) about Teaching Evolution

Ten Questions (and Answers) about Teaching Evolution


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

Feature

A high school biology teacher asked the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science (a division of the Center for Inquiry) a series of questions about teaching evolution. Bertha Vazquez, director the foundation’s Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), answered.