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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 39.4

Volume 39.4

July/August 2015

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A Brief History of Scientific Celebrity

A Brief History of Scientific Celebrity

by Declan Fahy
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Feature

Science is personified by a handful of articulate, media-savvy scientists who stimulate new thinking, 
drive scientific controversies, enhance public understanding, mobilize social movements, 
and shape policy. To millions, these scientific celebrities are the public face of science.

Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience

Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience

by Stephanie Savage​
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Feature

A skeptic sees no light at the end of the tunnel when she falls into a six-week coma and nearly dies.

ADVERLYING: Disliking Advertising from an Informed Perspective

ADVERLYING: Disliking Advertising from an Informed Perspective

by Steve Cuno
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Feature

Some accusations levied against advertising are undeserved. But then, some are deserved, though perhaps not in ways you may have heard or assumed. Meanwhile, not a few bad apples engage in a heinous advertising tactic that goes largely unnoticed.

No Reason to Believe That Sykes’s Yeti-Bear Cryptid Exists

No Reason to Believe That Sykes’s Yeti-Bear Cryptid Exists

by Ronald H. Pine and Eliécer E. Gutiérrez
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Special Report

Sykes, named “Cryptozoologist of the Year 2013” according to the blog CryptoZooNews, seems to be gaining more and more prominence and respect among cryptozoologists. However, certain of his pronouncements seem highly dubious to his fellow scientists; he has reached some embarrassingly incorrect conclusions, and a number of his statements as to his credentials are thought to be misleading.

Homeopathy ‘Unsupported, Ineffective, Dangerous’: CFI Testimony to FDA

Homeopathy ‘Unsupported, Ineffective, Dangerous’: CFI Testimony to FDA

by Michael De Dora
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Commentary

The full text of invited testimony by the Center for Inquiry at the April 20, 2015, hearing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on “Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating the FDA’s Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century.”

The Return of Facilitated Communication

The Return of Facilitated Communication

by Terence Hines
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Review

Review of The Horse That Won’t Go Away: Clever Hans, Facilitated Communication, and the Need for Clear Thinking by Thomas E. Heinzen, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Susan A. Nolan

The Mystery of TJIPETIR

The Mystery of TJIPETIR

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Notes on a Strange World

Mysterious rectangular rubber-like blocks, with the enigmatic word TJIPETIR engraved into them, have been washing up for the past few years on the beaches of northern Europe.

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Do We Really Want to Believe in UFOs?

by Klaus Brasch
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Feature

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Treemonisha: Scott Joplin’s Skeptical Black Opera

by Bruce A. Thyer
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

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Today’s Celebrity Scientists

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

From the Editor

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Dillinger’s Ghost

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Investigative Files

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UFO Conspiracies at the UFO Congress

by Robert Sheaffer
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Psychic Vibrations

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Diet-Heart: A Hypothesis in Crisis? Part 3: The Modern Macronutrient War Rages On

by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Science Watch

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Ethical and Effective Curse Removal

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Skeptical Inquiree

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Skepticism through Stick Figures

by Russ Dobler
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Review

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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Psychology and Psychotherapy: How Much Is Evidence-Based?

by Harriet Hall
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Review

Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Side of Science and Therapy by Tomasz Witkowski and Maciej Zatonski

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At Last a Photo of the Soul?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 39.4, July/August 2015

Review

Image of a Spirit by Paul Williams