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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 29.2

Volume 29.2

March / April 2005

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‘Stupid Dino Tricks’: A Reply to Hovind’s Web Response


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by Greg Martinez
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Follow-up

Response to Ken Hovind's criticism of the author's article in Sketpical Inquirer

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Bin Laden Dead, Powell President? Psychics’ Predictions for 2004 Missed Big Time


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by The Editors
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

News & Comment

Osama bin Laden died of kidney disease. Saddam Hussein was shot to death. Fidel Castro died.

The Bizarre Columbia University ‘Miracle’ Saga Continues


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by Bruce Flamm
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Follow-up

Follow up to the author's investigative article on the Columbia University study

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Blundered Predictions in 2004: A Sylvia Browne Review


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by Bryan Farha
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

News & Comment

Sylvia Browne is one of the best-known alleged psychics in the world and has been popularized mostly by talk-show hosts...

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Comforting Thoughts about Death That Have Nothing to Do with God


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by Greta Christina
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Forum

If you don't believe in God or an afterlife; or if you believe that the existence of God or an afterlife are fundamentally...

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Defense of an Old Earth a Peculiar Blend of Christianity and Science


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by Timothy H. Heaton
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Review

Review of A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy. By Hugh Ross.

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Do Extraordinary Claims Really Require Extraordinary Evidence?


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by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Thinking About Science

Carl Sagan had a rare gift for making clear rather abstruse ideas.

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Evolution and Evidence


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

From the Editor

Evolution is exceptionally successful as the scientific explanation of observed changes over time in the living world...

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The Glaring Garret Ghost


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by Mark Durm
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Feature

Since 1878, the horror-stricken face of Henry Wells has supposedly glared from the garret window of the Pickens County...

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Holy Grilled Cheese?


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

News & Comment

A Hollywood, Florida, couple received $28,000 when they auctioned a reputedly ten-year-old grilled cheese sandwich bearing...

Hyperbole in Media Reports on Asteroids and Impacts

Hyperbole in Media Reports on Asteroids and Impacts


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by David Morrison
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Feature

Media reporting on asteroid impact-related science frequently exaggerate the uniqueness and significance of new research.

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Intuition: The Case of the Unknown Daughter


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Investigative Files

In the fall of 2003, my life was transformed by the news that I was the father of a beautiful, thirty-six-year-old daughter.

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Letters to the Editor


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by The Editors
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Letters to the Editor

Responses to the November / December 2004 Skeptical Inquirer, Bacteria and Ulcers...

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Moonshine: Why the Peppered Moth Remains an Icon of Evolution


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by Matt Young and Ian Musgrave
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Feature

The peppered moth evolved a dark form in response to soot covering its habitat during the industrial revolution. Or did it?

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New Government Peer Review Leaves Cold Fusion Still Out in the Cold


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

News & Comment

A new government peer review of scientific claims for cold fusion has left the matter pretty much where it was fifteen years...

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NMSR’s Best and Worst of 2004 Awards


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by Dave Thomas
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

News & Comment

It's time once again for the New Mexicans for Science and Reason's Annual Awards.

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PBS Premiers NOVA ScienceNow


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by The Editors
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

News & Comment

The Public Broadcasting System has begun a new science-magazine program that's spun off from the network's popular series, NOVA.

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Psychic Detectives Fail in the Real World but Succeed on TV


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

News & Comment

Charles Capel was last seen alive May 20, 2004, the night before he wandered away from his home in Oxford Township in Ohio.

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Ringing False Alarms: Skepticism and Media Scares


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Feature

The American public gets from its news media a steady stream of "wake up calls" to panic over— daily or weekly alerts of...

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Scientists and the Election


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by Ralph Estling
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Forum

Science never is, was never meant to be, a democracy. Majority consensus cannot determine whether Earth revolves around the...

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A Voice of Reason in the Midst of the European Witch Hunts


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by James M. Wood
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Review

Review of Cautio Criminalis, or a Book on Witch Trials. By Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld.

Was a Quack Doctor Jack the Ripper?

Was a Quack Doctor Jack the Ripper?


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by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Notes on a Strange World

In the search for the identity of Jack the Ripper, a recent discovery has attracted the attention of Ripperologists worldwide.

One Longsome Argument

One Longsome Argument


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by Dennis R. Trumble
Volume 29.2, March / April 2005

Feature

By any objective measure, the evolution of species ranks among the most successful scientific theories ever.g