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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 32.2

Volume 32.2

March / April 2008

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Alien Ghosts at Roswell


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by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Psychic Vibrations

Can a pseudoscientific documentary be so insulting that even the cable channel planning to run it turns it down?

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Altercation with a (Criss) Angel


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by Jim Underdown
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

When NBC's new show Phenomenon began taping a mile from the Center for Inquiry/Los Angeles, our home grown...

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Bad Journalism Misleads Public about Psychics


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

Ada Wason and Mary Ellen Walters vanished, seemingly into thin air. The pair left their Warren County, Ohio, retirement home...

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Bark at the Moon


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Skeptical Inquiree

"My local newspaper runs a weekly column about planting flower and vegetable gardens by the phases of the moon and the signs..."

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Born Again, Inc.: Senate Investigating Six Prophets for Profit


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by Donna Danford
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

Tithe-happy evangelists and their luxurious lifestyles are once again facing scrutiny.

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CFI Attacks Dismissal of Texas Educator for Her Pro-Evolution Actions


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by The Editors
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

Scholars at CFI were dismayed that the Texas Education Agency forced an educator our of her job because she spoke in favor of...

China Gone Modern

China Gone Modern


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Feature

In the nearly 20 years since our last visit to China, the country has undergone a stunning economic and physical transformation.

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The Comic Pratfalls of Richard Roberts


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by Martin Gardner
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

In November 2007, Oral Roberts's singing son Richard, age fifty-nine, resigned as president of Tulsa's Oral Roberts University.

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Declaration Defends Europe’s Genetically Modified Maize


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by Michel Naud
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

In Europe, only one genetically modified plant variety is cultivated: the insect-resistant Bt GM maize.

Dennett: Teach Children All the Facts about their Religion


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Featurette

Daniel Dennett used his talk on the final morning of the China conference to call for an end to the indoctrination of children.

Entombed Alive!

Entombed Alive!


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Investigative Files

It is a horrifying concept: being buried—or walled-up—alive. Fears of such possibilities were once rife.

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The Force of Change in China


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

From the Editor

Our founder Paul Kurtz and I present two reports on China in this issue. They arise out of a stimulating world congress...

Gary Schwartz’s Energy Healing Experiments: The Emperor’s New Clothes?

Gary Schwartz’s Energy Healing Experiments: The Emperor’s New Clothes?


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Feature

Schwartz says his experiments reveal our natural power to heal based on our ability to sense and manipulate human energy fields.

Gell-Mann: Reality is Out There . . . and It’s Beautiful


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Featurette

In case you were wondering, there really is a reality out there independent of human observers.

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‘I Am Houdini! And You Are a Fraud!’


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by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Notes on a Strange World

Though it seems that everything has already been said and written about magician Harry Houdini, every now and then something...

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Natalee Holloway Disappearance Unsolved; Case Closed


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

Despite the efforts of searchers and psychics, police on Aruba closed the case on missing teenager Natalee Holloway.

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New Books


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by The Editors
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Abstracts of recently published books of interest to skeptics.

The New China and the Old

The New China and the Old


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by Paul Kurtz
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Feature

20 years of CSI and CFI interactions with China help reinforce Chinese scholars' efforts in boosting scientific understanding

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New National Academy Book Defends Evolution


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by The Editors
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

In January, the National Academy of Sciences issued a new, spirited defense of evolution in the form of an updated...

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Quoteworthy


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by The Editors
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

Recent quotes and observations

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Science Leaders, CFI Call for Science Debate among Presidential Candidates


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by The Editors
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

In December 2007, a coalition of scientists and science communicators began calling for a U.S. presidential debate devoted to...

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Ten Million Marriages: An Astrological Detective Story


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by David Voas
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Feature

The largest test of astrology ever undertaken shows that love has nothing to do with the stars— even though patterns...

The Strange Case of Frank Jennings Tipler


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by Martin Gardner
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Review

Review of The Physics of Christianity by Frank Tipler

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Toward a Consilience of Sciences and Humanities?


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by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Thinking About Science

In 1998, biologist Edward O. Wilson published a controversial book titled Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge...

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Tunguska Asteroid Size Downgraded by New Computer Simulations


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by The Editors
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

The explosion that caused such incredible forest devastation at Tunguska a century ago in Siberia may have been caused by...

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Two Meanings of ‘Faith’ Confuse Even Scientists


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by Robert L. Park
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

On the topic of laser physics, I would happily defer to Townes, but this is a matter of the English Language.

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Update News Notes


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by The Editors
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

News & Comment

Here are updates from the news related to the topics of some recent articles in the Skeptical Inquirer.

Let’s Keep Our Cool about Global Warming

Let’s Keep Our Cool about Global Warming


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by Bjørn Lomborg
Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Feature

Given the recent debate in our pages over global warming and climate change, we invited Bjørn Lomborg for his perspective