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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 39.1

Volume 39.1

January/February 2015

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Why Do People Believe in Gods?

Why Do People Believe in Gods?

by Gary M. Bakker
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Feature

… And Ghosts, Angels, Demons, Fairies, Goblins, and Other Imagined Conspiracies?

Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation

Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation

by Preston R. Bost
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Feature

Where do conspiracy beliefs come from? Recent behavioral research suggests that they do not reflect pathology or lazy thinking but may instead come from normal, rational minds.

Sylvia Browne’s FBI File: Examining Her Alleged Detective Work and a Federal Criminal Investigation

Sylvia Browne’s FBI File: Examining Her Alleged Detective Work and a Federal Criminal Investigation

by Ryan Shaffer
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Special Report

Recently obtained FBI files shatter Sylvia Browne’s insinuation that she had a relationship with federal law enforcement and show that the only interest the agency had in Browne was investigating her for fraud.

Monster Catfish: Investigating a Whopper

Monster Catfish: Investigating a Whopper

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Investigative Files

There are different versions—folklore at work—regarding the origins of both the giant fish and the old photo. Some say the picture is genuine, while others insist that it is not.

The Trent UFO Photos—‘Best’ of All Time—Finally Busted?

The Trent UFO Photos—‘Best’ of All Time—Finally Busted?

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Psychic Vibrations

Once again, farmer Paul Trent’s famous UFO photos from McMin­nville, Oregon, are a hot topic in UFOlogy.

The Amazing Randi’s Most Extraordinary Escape, Part 2

The Amazing Randi’s Most Extraordinary Escape, Part 2

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Notes on a Strange World

So, how did The Amazing Randi escape not only from the cell that kept him a prisoner but also from the building of the police station in Valleyfield Quebec? Here is the ingenious solution devised by Randi.

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Modern Geocentrism: A Case Study of Pseudoscience in Astronomy

by Matthew P. Wiesner
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

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Flaw and Order: The Science and Mythology of Criminal Profiling

by Laurence Miller
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

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In Defense of Useless Math: Why the New Common Core Isn’t As Liberating As It Seems

by Dale DeBakcsy
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Commentary

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Why We Believe: New Research, New Understanding

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

From the Editor

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The False Memory Syndrome

by Martin Gardner
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Martin Gardner Centennial

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Science and Skepticism, the Big Picture

by Massimo Pigliucci
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Thinking About Science

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Diet-Heart: A Hypothesis in Crisis? Part 1: From Proposal to Paradigm to Policy

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Science Watch

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The Cockington Church Ghost Photo

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Skeptical Inquiree

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Historical Revisionism in Tim’s Vermeer

by Eve Siebert
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Review

A review of Tim’s Vermeer, Directed by Raymond Teller. Written by Penn and Teller.

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Bigfoot or Big Fraud?

by Rob Boston
Volume 39.1, January/February 2015

Review

A review of Sasquatch for Sale: Death, DNA, and Duplicity by Michael Greene