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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

Feature

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

Feature

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.

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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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

Review

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

Feature

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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

Public Debate, Scientific Skepticism, and Science Denial

by Stephan Lewandowsky, Michael E. Mann, Nicholas J.l. Brown, and Harris L. Friedman
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Feature

How can scientists navigate highly polarized public controversies and how can the public’s legitimate demand for involvement be accommodated without compromising the integrity of science?

Science vs. Silliness for Parents: Debunking the Myths of Child Psychology

Science vs. Silliness for Parents: Debunking the Myths of Child Psychology

by Stephen Hupp, Amanda Stary, and Jeremy Jewell
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Feature

Parents and students struggle to distinguish between pseudoscience and evidence-based ideas in child psychology. This study sampled the beliefs of 163 students and 205 parents on topics related to parenting and development.

Skepticism, at Heart, Is Not Partisan

by Craig A. Foster
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Commentary

Skeptics cannot support political claims that are simply at odds with reasonable interpretations of the existing evidence. However, they should, when speaking as skeptics, stop short of denigrating an entire political viewpoint.

Survey Shows Americans Fear Ghosts, the Government, and Each Other

Survey Shows Americans Fear Ghosts, the Government, and Each Other

by Carrie Poppy
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Special Report

The issues of paranormal and conspiracy claims, which have long been the focus of our work at Skeptical Inquirer, are finding new, interesting connections with these broader issues of how fear—especially irrational fear—works.

Claims of Chi: Besting a Tai Chi Master

Claims of Chi: Besting a Tai Chi Master

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Investigative Files

Tai chi is a shortened form of taiji quan, “Supreme ultimate boxing.” Conceived centuries ago as a martial art, it is now also practiced—as “Taoist tai chi”—as an exercise technique…

Ten Practical Tactics to Unravel the Uncanny

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Notes on a Strange World

The plural of anecdote is not evidence.

The Superbug Crisis: False Beliefs about Antibiotics Are a Global Threat

The Superbug Crisis: False Beliefs about Antibiotics Are a Global Threat

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

The Science of Science Communication

Each year at least 2 million Americans battle serious bacterial infections that are resistant to one or more antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die annually as a direct result of those infections.

Ghost Hunters in the Dark

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Why do ghost hunters look for ghosts at night with the lights off?

Activismo escéptico de abajo hacia arriba

by Michael Marshall, translated by Alexandro Borgo.
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

La desventaja inevitable que tiene un movimiento sin sede central es la falta de un representante para manejar el activismo y dirigir el entusiasmo en actividades eficaces contra la pseudociencia, mientras que los grupos locales concentran sus energías en las actividades locales.

Cómo me involucré en el mundo escéptico

by Susan Gerbic, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

Yo era extremadamente crédula e ingenua. No tenía a quién preguntarle y la Guerra Fría estaba en su esplendor.

Bigfoot and I: Reflections on Forty Years of Skepticism

Bigfoot and I: Reflections on Forty Years of Skepticism

by Eugenie Scott
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

Every physical anthropologist secretly wishes that Yeti and Bigfoot were real.

My Personal Odyssey in Skepticism

My Personal Odyssey in Skepticism

by Harriet Hall
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

It changed my life. I had already rejected religion after reading atheist writings, but I was still open to belief in UFOs, ESP, and all sorts of other weird things, simply because I had never come across anyone who questioned those beliefs.

From Tiny Acorns…

From Tiny Acorns…

by Christopher C. French
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

Back in the early 1980s, I believed in quite a number of paranormal claims. In my defense, back then skeptical critiques of parapsychology were even rarer than they are now, and all the books I used in preparing the lecture were uncritically pro-paranormal.

Spreading Skepticism

by Wendy M. Grossman
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

This goes to the heart of what, for me, skepticism is about: things we can test.

Pensar claramente sobre el cáncer

Pensar claramente sobre el cáncer

by Harriet Hall, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 40.2, March/April 2016

Review

Cuando a la gente se le diagnostica cáncer, se vuelve vulnerable y se desespera. Buscan información y esperan encontrar libros de recetas de cocina, relatos milagrosos, medicina alternativa y “curas prohibidas” respecto del cáncer.

A Glimpse Backward—and Forward—at Skepticism’s Big Tent

A Glimpse Backward—and Forward—at Skepticism’s Big Tent

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

I have yet to have a person name an occupation or hobby that doesn’t have some angle into pseudoscience or paranormal claims.

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CSICon 2016: Las Vegas

by csicop.org
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Conference Report

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The John Maddox Prize Nomination for Elizabeth Loftus

by Chris French
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Special Report

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Let Your Questioning Start with Wikipedia

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Forum

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‘UFO Disclosure’ Fizzles Again in 2016

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Psychic Vibrations

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The Delectable Myths of Healthy and Healthier Obesity

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Science Watch

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The Scientist and the Philosopher

by James E. Alcock
Volume 41.2, March/April 2017

Review

How I Got Hooked on the Skeptical World

by Susan Gerbic
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

I was extremely gullible and naive, had no one to ask, and the Cold War was in full swing.

The Day the World Changed . . . for Me

The Day the World Changed . . . for Me

by Richard Saunders
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

When I was twelve years old, UFOs were real.

Skeptical Activism from the Bottom Up

by Michael Marshall
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Feature

The inevitable downside to a movement with no center is a lack of a figurehead to drive activism and direct enthusiasm into effective pursuits, meaning opportunities to counter pseudoscience directly and publicly sometimes pass by, with local groups focusing their energies on their own local activities.

Dispelling Demons: Detective Work at The Conjuring House

Dispelling Demons: Detective Work at The Conjuring House

by Joe Nickell
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Investigative Files

I analyzed the Perrons’ claims of demonic activity and showed that they were consistent with the effects of strong winds, misperceptions, schoolgirl pranks, vivid dreams, simple suggestion, role-playing, and other factors.

Winning the Vaccine War

Winning the Vaccine War

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Hint: Focus on Community-Based Strategies and Avoid Denigrating Parents.

Superstition Masquerading as Science

by Rachel Ammirati, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Dean McKay
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Special Report

“As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession”

Michael Mann and the Climate Wars

Michael Mann and the Climate Wars

by Mark Boslough
Volume 40.6, November/December 2016

Interview

Physicist and CSI Fellow Mark Boslough interviewed noted climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann, who spoke at CSICon Las Vegas.

Promote Reason, Prevent Climate Catastrophes: Let’s Get ’Er Done

by Bill Nye
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

We must employ critical thinking and our powers of reason to recognize the problems of global climate change, play the hand we are being dealt, and get to work.

What Science Is and How and Why It Works

by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

“Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.”

Why Skepticism?

by Steven Novella
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

I have come to understand that scientific skepticism is a weird beast that is often difficult to understand, especially from the outside.

Science and Skepticism

Science and Skepticism

by Lawrence M. Krauss
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

These are the times that try men’s souls.” This was true when Thomas Paine uttered these words, and they remain true today.

How Can Skepticism Do Better?

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

We must begin to develop more effective means of disseminating the fruits of our labors to individuals who are skeptical of our skepticism.

Authority and Skepticism

by Daniel C. Dennett
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

Feature

One of the unwelcome side effects of the mostly wonderful democratization of knowledge that has been ushered in by the age of the Internet is that we are losing consensus on what to consult when settling a bet.

The Science Literacy Paradox

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 40.5, September/October 2016

The Science of Science Communication

Why really smart people are often the most 
biased in their opinions…

Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled after All These Years

Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled after All These Years

by Raymond Barglow and Margret Schaefer
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Feature

Had stem-cell research received the political support that it merits, it would probably have arrived by now at effective treatments for a number of severe chronic diseases.

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Creationism in Europe

by Stefaan Blancke
Volume 41.1, January/February 2017

Feature