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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 37.5

Volume 37.5

September/October 2013

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Stardust, Smoke, and Mirrors: The Myth of the Mad Genius

Stardust, Smoke, and Mirrors: The Myth of the Mad Genius


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by Judith Schlesinger
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Feature

The myth of the mad genius began with a misinterpretation of Plato’s “divine madness” and has since gathered support and credibility because of public fascination, media distortion, and enthusiastic pseudoscience.

The Psychic Defective Revisited: Years Later, Sylvia Browne’s Accuracy Remains Dismal

The Psychic Defective Revisited: Years Later, Sylvia Browne’s Accuracy Remains Dismal


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by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Feature

An update of our “Psychic Defective” analysis examines developments in eleven cases Sylvia Browne made predictions about, explores a new reading, and scrutinizes her other failed predictions about the papacy and American politics.

Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel

Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel


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by LaRae Meadows
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Feature

Europe’s diphtheria outbreaks in the 1940s provide a sobering context for modern anti-vaccination claims.

Has Global Warming Stopped?

Has Global Warming Stopped?


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by David Morrison, John R. Mashey, and Mark Boslough
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Special Report

The latest public confusion about climate change involves an apparent slowing of the rise of global temperatures. What is the reality concerning this putative temperature ‘plateau’?

Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry

Dr. Oz’s Questionable Wizardry


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by Joe Schwarcz
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Forum

Miracles are pretty rare events. Except on television’s Dr. Oz Show, where they appear with astonishing frequency.

Bigfoot Lookalikes: Tracking Hairy Man-Beasts

Bigfoot Lookalikes: Tracking Hairy Man-Beasts


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Investigative Files

Over my years as a skeptical cryptozoologist, I have looked for real, natural lookalikes to explain various reported “monsters.” Are there animals that might be mistaken for Bigfoot?

The Mysteries of Leonardo

The Mysteries of Leonardo


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by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Notes on a Strange World

Leonardo da Vinci not only epitomizes genius and creativity, but he is also one of the most sought-after sources of mysteries, both real and invented.

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How News about ESP Research Shapes Audience Beliefs


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by Paul R. Brewer
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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Electrocuting Parasites: Cutting Edge Pseudoscientific Technology


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by Thomas Patterson
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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NCCAM Responds to ‘Nurturing Non-Science’ Article


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by Alyssa Cotler
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Follow-up

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Authors Reply to NCCAM Response


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by Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian D. Engler
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

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Wildly Wrong, Psychics Shouldn’t Get a Free Pass


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

From the Editor

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Truth, Part I


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by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Thinking About Science

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You Can’t Possibly Be Sirius!


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by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Psychic Vibrations

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Obesity Redux: A Response to Readers


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by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Science Watch

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Did Psychic Visions Locate Missing California Boy?


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Skeptical Inquiree

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The Wonder of Creation Astronomy


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by Pierre Stromberg
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Review

A review of Wonders Without Number: Created with Purpose or Conceived in Chaos? by David Rives

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A Dangerous Blending of Nazi Fact and Fiction


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by Peter Huston
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Review

A review of The Nazi Occult by Kenneth Hite

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A Fundamental, Costly Error


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by Peter Lamal
Volume 37.5, September/October 2013

Review

A review of The Marvelous Learning Animal: What Makes Human Nature Unique by Arthur W. Staats