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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 35.5

Volume 35.5

September/October 2011

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Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part One: An Alternate Reality

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part One: An Alternate Reality


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by Kenneth Feder, Bradley T. Lepper, Terry A. Barnhart, and Deborah A. Bolnick
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Feature

The Lost Civilizations of North America documentary is one in a long line of failed attempts to populate America’s ancient past with the denizens of lost tribes, lost cities, and, as its title indicates, lost civilizations.

The Haunted Brain

The Haunted Brain


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by Richard Wiseman
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Feature

Reports of alleged ghostly activity tell us a great deal about the innermost workings of our brains.

The Perpetual Quest

The Perpetual Quest


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by Dimitry Rotstein
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Feature

How to make a perpetual motion device and live to tell about it.

The Life and Death of ‘Living God’ Sathya Sai Baba

The Life and Death of ‘Living God’ Sathya Sai Baba


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by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Special Report

Sathya Sai Baba, a living god for nearly forty million people, died in April. He had a nine-billion-dollar organization and religious centers throughout the world. Who was Baba? Why was he thought to be a god?

In Search of the Emerald Grail

In Search of the Emerald Grail


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Investigative Files

Il Sacro Catino, “The Holy Basin,” is one of the most famous embodiments of the legendary “Holy Grail,” and I was able to study both it and its legend there in the fall of 2009, attempting to resolve some of the mysteries and controversies concerning it.

Selling Stem Cell Hype

Selling Stem Cell Hype


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by Steven Novella
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

The Science of Medicine

Stem cells have tremendous potential, and they will likely be playing an increasing role in medical therapies over the next twenty years. But reality has yet to catch up with the hype.

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An Ambitious, Hopeful Response to 9/11


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by Charles M. Wynn Sr.
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Commentary

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When the Shrinks Ignore Science, Sue Them


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by James D. Herbert and Richard Redding
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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Engineering Truth


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by Robert Blaskiewicz
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Special Report

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Pastafarian Quatrains


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by Jonathan C. Smith
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Forum

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Why Belief Always Comes First


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Review

A review of The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer

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Eight Impediments to Rationality


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by Peter Lamal
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Review

A review of Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole by Stephen Law

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A Flawed Attempt to Reconcile Religion and Science


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by Jim Clark
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Review

A review of The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions by Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins

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A Modern Fable about Science and Religion


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by Joe Szimhart
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Review

A review of The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory by Mark Laxer

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Who Really Wants Reliable Scientific Information?


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

From the Editor

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The Myth of Chastity Belts


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by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Notes on a Strange World

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On Miracles–Again


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by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Thinking About Science

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Commie Nazi Saucer Crashed at Roswell


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by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Psychic Vibrations

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Dowsing: Dubious, Discredited, and Dangerous


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

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