Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 38.6
by Harriet Hall
Supporters of alternative medicine and purveyors of quack remedies love to criticize conventional medicine and science. They keep repeating the same tired arguments that are easily rebutted. This handy guide will help skeptics answer common criticisms from doctor-bashers.
The popular online dating site eHarmony claims that its matching methods are both successful and scientific. But a closer look at the evidence suggests otherwise.
Research continues to find that violent video games play a negligible role in societal violence. But the politics of a culture war won’t let the idea go.
A medium made a seemingly impressive guess about a hummingbird on a national television talk show. A follow-up investigation finds it not so striking after all—for the birds, in fact.
by John Eades
Norman Mailer coined the word factoids to describe facts that have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, but once they do appear they are accepted without question. Some global warming deniers are especially fond of them.
by Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera
Research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that specific psychological processes contributed directly to the maintenance of paranormal apocalyptic beliefs, even after the apocalypse did not occur.
44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments . . . and Harriet Hall’s Rebuttals
Lessons of a Landmark PK Hoax
Era of the Flying Saucers
by Joe Nickell
JAL 1628: Capt. Terauchi’s Marvelous ‘Spaceship’
The Amazing Randi’s Most Extraordinary Escape, Part 1
Vegetable Oil or Snake Oil? The Pseudoscience of ‘Oil Pulling’
The Great Freethinker We Owe A Big Debt
A review of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby
A Walk on the Other Side
A review of The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science by Will Storr
Reading, Writing, Math, and Panic in the Schools
A review of Mass Hysteria in Schools: A Worldwide History Since 1566 by Robert Bartholomew with Bob Rickard