Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 31.1
January / February 2007
In remembrance of Carl Sagan, a noted planetary scientist and colleague recalls Sagan's contributions to planetary research.
Bigfoot, Pluto and ?
by Chris Volkay
If we could eliminate religious insanity, what person would fly a plane into a building, or blow himself up in a pizza parlor?
The Devious Art of Improvising, Lesson Two
Both Henning and Wilson were staring, quite curious to see how Randi would escape from such an impossible situation.
CBS's popular Friday night drama uses mathematics, reason, and rationality to help the FBI solve major crime mysteries.
One of the strangest books ever written about modern physics was published in 2002, and reprinted two years later.
Energy Department Will End Most Polygraph Testing
After years of controversy, ranging from complaints from national labs' scientists to a critical National Academy of Sciences...
Evolutionary Epistemology, Anyone
Wittgenstein wrote that "Darwin's theory has no more to do with philosophy than any other hypothesis in natural science."
The Flashlight of the Gods
Now that the crashed saucers seem to have replaced alien abductions as the "gold standard" of UFOlogical excitement...
It’s CSI Now, Not CSICOP
by Kendrick Frazier and the Executive Council
CSICOP's name has been shortened. The Executive Council of CSICOP has formally adopted a shorter name for the organization...
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Responses to the September/October 2006 Skeptical Inquirer
Mass Hysteria at Starpoint High
by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford
Though mass hysteria is alive and well in the twenty-first century, it remains an unpopular diagnosis.
Men of the Cosmos
It seems entirely fitting that our cover article in appreciation of Carl Sagan is written by David Morrison.
Michigan Supports Evolution, Rejects ID for Science Classes
by The Editors
Add Michigan to the list of states that have given intelligent design the bum's rush. Michigan's state Board of Education...
Moscow Roundtable Discusses False Science in Russia
Within the framework of the 2006 CFI/Amherst/CFI/Moscow International Summer School, a roundtable discussion was held on...
by Joe Nickell
Mankind's imagination has always been excited by the possibilities of unknown regions.
New Directions for Skeptical Inquiry
by Paul Kurtz
CSICOP has reached an historic juncture: the recognition that there is a critical need to change our direction.
New Report Casts Doubt on Gulf War Syndrome
A study recently published by the National Academy of Sciences casts doubt on the reality of Gulf War Syndrome...
Pep Talk: How to Get Rid of the Energy You Don’t Need
Health-related energy ideas readily move from thermodynamics into pseudoscience, and sometimes right into the paranormal.
Pluto/Planet Roundtable Now Online
by The Editors
If, like many educators, you are not quite sure what to do in your own work about the recent definition of planet...
Smart Scientists on Intelligent Thought (If Not Design)
by Matt Young
Review of Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement. Edited by John Brockman.
"Have you heard about the claim that a person's sol can be weighed?"
Strange Visions: Haloes, Dust Storms, and Blood on the Walls
Unusual events within the eye such as the tearing of retinal capillaries or the detachment of intraocular structures may...
The Art of Persuasion in Politics (and Science)
Advocating for science is more important than ever. Funding for many scientific endeavors is being reduced.
UCS Releases Science Idol Calendar
The Union of Concerned Scientists, in response to the many ways in which "government science is being censored, manipulated...
The ‘Vise Stragegy’ Undone: Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District
Here's an inside look at the first legal case testing intelligent design, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District
World Trade Center Illness: Manufactured Mass Hysteria
Starting in early 2002, firefighters who responded to the WTC on that awful day the previous september began reporting...