Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 30.4
July / August 2006
Alien Autopsy Hoax Revealed—Again
Many people have seen the black-and-white film showing the supposed postmortem examination of one of the extraterrestrials...
‘Alien Rains’ of Kerala Not So Alien after All
Since January 2006, news headlines the world over have advanced the claim that extraterrestrial microbes rained down on India.
The Big Sleep or Just a Nap?
Review of Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. By Mary Roach.
Body of Evidence
Reviews of books by Gillian Bennett and Jacqueline Simpson.
Center for Inquiry Opens in India
by Austin Dacey
Jawaharlal Nehru, the founder of modern India, famously called its mills and dams "temples of modern India."
Dinosaur Adventure Land Slated for Demolition
Flamboyant young-earth creationist Kent Hovind may see his lucrative creationist theme park Dinosaur Adventure Land...
Evolution’s Radical Future?
Review of The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. By Ray Kurzweil.
Explanatory Frameworks and Investigative Exposés
For every issue of SI we try to provide a nourishing variety of material. First, there's the variety of types of material...
Florida Psychic Jailed for Fraud
Linda Marks, a self-proclaimed psychic who worked out of a Florida storefront pled guilty to three counts of wire fraud...
Governor Snubs Kentucky Academy of Science About Intelligent Design
by David Ludden
Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher recently snubbed the Kentucky Academy of Science in a discussion about whether I.D. should...
For years, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were friends. One was an arch-skeptic while the other was a true believer.
The Internet: A Shining Beacon of Truth
Where have all the UFOs gone? In recent months, three widely read articles have been published by thoughtful observers...
When Paul Kurtz brought us to Buffalo 30 ago to found CSICOP, the nation was awash in what he called "The New Irrationalisms."
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Responses to Skeptical Inquirer 30.2, Cyberterrorism: Hoaxes Hackers and Policymakers
A Lively Guide to Resisting Bogus Reasoning
by Mark Durm
Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders.
by Bruce Flamm
About a billion dollars a year is now spent on "magnet therapy," which is claimed to eliminate many symptoms and diseases.
One Big STEP: Another Major Study Confirms That Distant Prayers Do Not Heal the Sick
by Bruce Flamm
For almost a decade, investigators at six academic medical centers including Harvard and the Mayo Clinic have been working...
The Philosophy behind Pseudoscience
by Mario Bunge
Every intellectual endeavor, whether authentic or bogus, has an underlying philosophy.
Please Pass the Globster
"What is a globster and where can I find one?"
by Joe Nickell
Around the world are found mysterious artifacts, crystal skulls that many New Age enthusiasts believe possess mystical powers.
Saving a Disenchanted World with Astrology?
Review of Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. By Richard Tarnas.
Science Is for Sale (And It’s Not Only for the Money)
by Ragnar Levi
Until all types of threats to scientific integrity are discussed and handled more effectively, they jeopardize the validity...
A Sweedish Professorship in Parapsychology
by Jesper Jerkert and Sven Ove Hansson
When the Danish margarine manufacturer Poul Thorsen died in 1962, he had recently bequeathed a large sum of money for...
When Philosophy Matters
Philosophy is often accused of being out of touch with reality, the esoteric pursuit of a vanishing academic elite that...
Why Great Thinkers Sometimes Fail to Think Critically
Why did two great thinkers, Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred Russel Wallace, believe in spiritualism and other paranormal claims?
by Paul Quincey
Feynman's "least-action" approach to quantum physics shows that it is just classical physics constrained by a simple mechanism.
The Wrong Stuff: Men’s Magazine’s Psychic Columnist
While popular women's magazines have for decades featured regular astrology columns, magazines aimed at the men's market have...