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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 38.5

Volume 38.5

September/October 2014

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Josh Zepps with Ann Druyan: Cosmos, Carl Sagan, and Culture

Josh Zepps with Ann Druyan: Cosmos, Carl Sagan, and Culture

by Josh Zepps
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Feature

We present a condensed version of an earlier interview about Ann Druyan’s experience with the first and the new Cosmos series by Josh Zepps for our Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast.

The Rhetoric of Extraordinary Claim

The Rhetoric of Extraordinary Claim

by Peter J. Marston
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Feature

Although unfamiliar to many skeptics, rhetorical analysis can provide a useful complement to the traditional critical thinking approaches that comprise the “skeptic’s toolbox.”

An Introduction to Homeopathy

An Introduction to Homeopathy

by Harriet Hall
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Feature

A brief guide to a popular alternative system of remedies based on a nineteenth-century concept that has no scientific validity.

Discovery’s Mountain of Mystery Mongering: The Mass Murdering Yeti

Discovery’s Mountain of Mystery Mongering: The Mass Murdering Yeti

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Special Report

A much-hyped two-hour Discovery Channel “documentary” delved into a decades-old pseudo-mystery known as the Dyatlov Pass incident in which nine Russian skiers died under unclear circumstances in the Ural Mountains.

Bigfoot at Mount Rainier?

Bigfoot at Mount Rainier?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Investigative Files

In October 2013, led by a professional guide, I visited Mount Rainier and its vicinity, the locale of numerous alleged sightings, track discoveries, and photographs of the elusive creature.

Crop Circles: A Not-So-Convincing Case

Crop Circles: A Not-So-Convincing Case

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Skeptical Inquiree

Unlike other mysterious phenomena such as psychic powers, ghosts, or Bigfoot, there is no doubt that crop circles are real. The real question is what creates them.

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Kendrick Frazier Asks Ann Druyan about the New Cosmos

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

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Runaway Hysteria: The Toyota Panic, with the Federal Government’s Seal of Approval

by Michael Fumento
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

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The Cosmos Odyssey of Ann Druyan

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

From the Editor

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Evidence in Science

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Thinking About Science

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Carl Sagan, Laurance Rockefeller, and UFOs

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Psychic Vibrations

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The Amazing Randi Story: Why James Randi Deserves a Biography

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Notes on a Strange World

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The Uncomfortable Science of Athletic Achievement

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Science Watch

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How to Be Less Dumb

by Daniel Grassam
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Review

You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself by David McRaney

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The Rendlesham UFO Incident: A Study in Folly

by James McGaha and Joe Nickell
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Review

Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World’s Best-Documented UFO Incident by Nick Pope

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A Skeptical Linguist Looks at American Beliefs

by Mark Newbrook
Volume 38.5, September/October 2014

Review

God Bless America! Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States by Karen Stollznow