Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 38.4
by Scott O. Lilienfeld and Rachel Ammirati
The widespread assertion that the world would be better off without religion is a reasonable hypothesis. Yet data suggest that skeptics should attach no more than a modest level of probability to it.
by Harriet Hall
The medical ethics principle of autonomy justifies letting competent adults reject lifesaving medical care for themselves because of their religious beliefs, but it does not extend to rejecting medical care for children.
by Ryan Shaffer
The modern practice of witch hunting in India includes violence and beliefs that have led to the torture and murder of alleged witches. State governments and rationalist groups are trying to address the problem but face big obstacles.
If religious believers had a better understanding of scientific methodology and nonbelievers had a better understanding of its parallels with religion, they could have more meaningful discussions with each other.
It is for a literary endeavor, perhaps no less valuable than his scientific work, that Dr. Paul Offit is the 2013 recipient of the Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking.
by Joe Nickell
Here we look at a few of the unusual incidents that some have called “miraculous,” although none has been accepted as such by the Catholic Church.
Like many public controversies, the debate can be better informed by scientific evidence; however, there is no legitimate scientific controversy over the safety of GMOs.
In continuing our discussion on “mystery” paintings from the past: a special place is held by paintings that are said to hold hidden meanings—especially when they do.
The Secular Are Skeptics: The Worldviews of Today’s University Students
by Barry A. Kosmin
Raelism: Christianity for the Space Age
by Mark Rubinstein
Thermal Imaging: Cold Hard Facts or Just Hot Air?
Science and Religion: New Questions and Issues
The Epistemology of Thought Experiments, Part 2
MUFON Jumps the Shark
Childhood Obesity, Fast Food, and the Overstuffed Elephant in the Room
Did Television Introduce Anorexia to Fiji?
The Brain and Religious Belief: Analysis Disappoints
A review of The Believer’s Brain, by Kenneth M. Heilman and Russell S. Donda