Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 31.4
July / August 2007
Addressing the Crucial Issues of Stem-Cell Research
Review of The Stem Cell Controversy: Debating the Issues 2nd Edition by Michael Ruse and Christopher A. Pynes.
An Effective, Positive Approach to Teaching Critical Thinking
The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning about Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims. By Lewis Vaughn.
A Call to Be Heeded
by Peter Lamal
Review of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior. By Lee McIntyre.
by Costas J. Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi
Two physicists examine features of popular myths regarding ghosts, vampires, and zombies as they appear in film and folklore.
by Gary Posner
The epic legal wranglings between "psychic detective" Noreen Renier and skeptic John Merrell may have finally come to an end.
CSI Executive Council Members Meet in D.C., Speak on Restoring Scientific Integrity
by The Editors
Members of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's Executive Council and others spoke on "Restoring Scientific Integrity" at...
The Earth and Stars in the Lunar Sky
One argument by proponents of the Apollo-hoax theory is the lack of stars in photographs from the lunar surface.
In March, I started receiving calls that the L.A. Zoo had hired a feng shui practitioner to help design their new monkey habitat
The Fingerprint Controversy
Astonishingly, one of the most trusted forms of forensic evidence, fingerprint identification, has yet to be validated.
First They Came for Darwin, Then They Came for Copernicus and Galileo…
A recent mass mailing was sent to thousands of addresses in California asking "Have Scientists Been Wrong for 400 Years?"
I notice that people tend to go to extremes. This is most likely to occur when they don’t understand something.
Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming
The second installment of our presentation of a position paper issued by CFI's new Office of Public Policy in Washington DC.
Hope for the Future, and Early Reaction on Global Warming
I just got back from talking with some of the world's brightest high-school students. It's enough to restore faith in...
Islam’s Troubled Relationships with Science
by Harry Eagar
Review of An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam. By Taner Edis.
Is Dawkins Deluded? When Scientists Talk About Religion
By some accounts, 2006 was the year atheists struck back. Three books in particular made headlines across the world...
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Responses to Volume 31.2, Science, God, and (Non)Belief
Little Audrey: The Life and Death of a ‘Victim Soul’
by Joe Nickell
A milestone in supernatural claims has been reached: Audrey Santo—the brain-damaged girl in Worcester, Massachusetts...
Might Fright Cause White?
Can hair turn white overnight, from stress or from fright?
by The Editors
Most of our grandparents didn't attend college, so it would be surprising if today's generation didn't outscore previous ones.
In a poll taken in 1998, only 7 percent of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences said they believed in a personal God.
Peru’s Ancient Mysteries
by Joe Nickell
Peru, like all the Americas, was relatively recently settled. A succession of native cultures flourished in various regions...
The PhD Degree and Biblical Fundamentalism
Is it appropriate to award a PhD degree in a natural science to a fundamentalist candidate who is committed to believing the...
Philadelphia Psychics Shut Down, Then Allowed to Reopen
In April 2007, citing a state law banning fortune-telling for profit, Philadelphia's Department of Licences and Inspections...
A continuing-education workshop titled "Coming to Our Senses: Psychic Events in the Lives of Clinicians and Clients"...
The Quest for the ‘Real’ Robin Hood
Once upon a time, there lived in Sherwood Forest a wronged noblemand whose lands, home, and woman had been stolen and who had...
Stem Cells: President Bush Vows to Protect One-Celled People
The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act passed the senate 63 to 34, but President Bush promeses a veto.
Spasibo. It means thank you. I know only a few words Russian, but what little I do know I learned about twenty years ago.
The Two-Months Argument for Parapsychological Research
by Jesper Jerkert
In the perennial debate between parapsychologists and critics, some arguments are recycled in a seemingly endless fashion...
Why I Burned a BIble
by Joe Szimhart
The day that my issue of the Skeptical Inquirer titled "Science, God and (Non)Belief" arrived, I burned a Christian Bible.
Why Religion and Medicine Don’t Mix
Review of Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine. By Richard P. Sloan.