Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 32.1
January / February 2008
Born to Believe
by David Ludden
Review of Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief. By Lewis Wolpert.
The chiropractic profession is resisting changes that will establish it as a back-pain specialty...
Council of Europe Approves Resolution against Creationism
On October 4, 2007, the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly approved a resolution recommending...
Creationism, Catastrophism, and Velikovsky
Catastrophism is a tenet of biblical fundamentalism (creationism). Immanual Velikovsky was a neocatastrophist...
Dangerous Ideas on the Loose
Review of What is Your Dangerous Idea? Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable. Edited by John Brockman.
The frontal assault on religion by Richard Dawkins and others may mark a new chapter in the warfare of science with theology.
by U. Kutschera
In contrast to evolutionary biology, homeopathy is a closed, dogmatic system of fixed rules.
Difficulty in Debunking Myths Rooted in the Way the Mind Works
This phenomenon may help explain why large numbers of Americans incorrectly think that Saddam Hussein was directly involved...
by Joe Nickell
Most "flying saucers" are eventually identified as planes, balloons, meteors, or other objects, or even as illusions or hoaxes.
Haunting Evidence Follow-Up: TV Psychic Detectives Fail Again
How many of the ... cases featured in the first season of Haunting Evidence did the team solve? Not a single one.
How to ‘Haunt’ A House
When a terrified family sought information about the ghosts they believed haunted their home, they found only...
Is Intelligent Design Creationism?
The fossils produced by the paleontologist make a compelling case because they are of the appropriate morphology...
The Legend of the Pied Piper
It is 1284, and the little German town of Hamelin is infested by a plague of rats. In desperation, the mayor advertises for...
by The Editors
Abstracts of recent books of interest to skeptics.
Follow up to the September/October 2007 News and Comment item by Bruce Pendergast
A Painful Legal Case is Resolved in Favor of Open Inquiry
I hope everyone will read Carol Tavris's report in this issue on the resolution of a legal case that threatened...
The Science of Chemistry
I have an inquiry about Internet dating and relationship Web sites. At least one claims in its advertising to use science to...
by Bruce Thyer and Gary Whittenberger
There is no scientifically credible evidence that chiropractic treatment can alleviate high blood pressure or arthritis...
Stalking the Nutty Notions
There are more crackpot "spritual," "medical," "theraputic," and "healing" schemes out there than you can shake a talisman at.
Unrivaled Acumen, Communitarian Passion
Review of The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould. Edited by Steven Rose.