Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 32.5
September / October 2008
The Amazing Randi Strikes Again
The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was the site of the sixth Amaz!ng Meeting, James Randi's more-or-less annual...
Alien Peeping Tom—Film at Eleven
The world was startled on May 28 when a Denver man claimed he was going to show a video of a "living, breathing alien."
CSI’s Robert P. Balles Award Goes to New York Times Science Writer Natalie Angier
by Nathan Bupp
CSI presents its third Balles award to Angier for The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
by Matt Nisbet
In April, as the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed premiered in more than a 1,000 theaters across the country...
by Stephen Ray Flora and Sarah Elizabeth Bobby
Millions of people are being told they have a severe psychiatric disorder and are being prescribed antipsychotic medication.
The Brain on Justice
Justice, fairness and the efficient distribution of resources do not seem at first the sort of topics that should interest...
Corporate Self Interest and Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression
An American corporation has pressured the FDA to pursue its expensive and unproven Vagus Nerve Stimulation device for depression
by Ray Hyman
Who attends these gatherings? What takes place? How do they serve as a tribute to this remarkable man?
Exposing Popular ‘Let’s Pretend’ Fantasies
Review of Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms by Robert M. Price
Finally, Sylvia Browne’s Final Tour
Visitors to Salt Lake City usually make the pilgrimage to the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...
A review of the book by CSI fellow Joe Nickell
Hoax Led to Polygamist Sect Raid
False reports can have serious consequences. Time and resources spent on hoaxers and liars are diverted from real crime victims.
The hot, still night was illuminated by a full moon. The two shadowy figures moving along the empty road wondered if this...
Letters to the Editor
by The Editors
Responses to Volume 32, Issue 3
by Joe Nickell
Remote sentinels on rocky shores, lighthouses have been called "America's castles." Certainly, they are places of scenic...
No Safe Level? Science and Seconhand Smoke
by David Appell
Are the dangers of secondhand smoke being exaggerated by anti-smoking groups?
by Joe Nickell
Of the twentieth century's two most famous stigmatics, both were suspected of fraud, but Pio went on to be canonized in 2002.
Psychic’s False Sex Abuse Claim Threatens Family
Psychics are wrong about things all the time; that's no news to our regular readers...
Redoing the Math on Nuclear Energy
Nuclear Energy Now: Why the Time has Come for the World's Most Misunderstood Energy Source by Herbst and Hopley
A special afterword to Hyman's report
The Sweet Spirit Sounds of Rosemary Brown
Whatever happened to Rosemary Brown, who claimed to take down dictation from Liszt, Schubert, and other dead composers?
A Trio of Questionable Medical Treatments
The three articles under the theme "Questionable Medical Treatments" in this issue delve into problems with modern medicine...
The Truth About Brain Science
Our brains are very small when we're babies, grow throughout childhood, reach their maximum size at about age fourteen...
We’re Wrong More Than We Think
by Harriet Hall
Review of On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not by Robert Burton, MD
by Harriet Hall
An ad for a weight-loss product falsifies its own slogan by printing outright lies.
An astronomer tries to counter misinformation on the Internet about a supposed rogue planet and an impending catastrophe.