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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 41.4

Volume 41.4

July/August 2017

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A Good Analysis of Bad UFO Information

A Good Analysis of Bad UFO Information

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Review

Robert Sheaffer is one of the—if not the—world’s top experts on the subject of unidentified flying objects and claims of extraterrestrials, and he shares that knowledge in his new book Bad UFOs.

An Investigation of the Missing411 Conspiracy

An Investigation of the Missing411 Conspiracy

by Kyle Polich
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

In his “Missing411” series of books, author David Paulides claims that people are going missing from U.S. national parks under unusual circumstances and the National Park Service is obstructing attempts to investigate. What are the facts?

The March for Science

The March for Science

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

The Science of Science Communication

Partisan protests put public trust in scientists at risk.

JonBenet Murder Mystery Solved? (Not by Psychics)

JonBenet Murder Mystery Solved? (Not by Psychics)

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

The death of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey went unsolved for two decades. 
Psychics were worse than useless, but the author’s proposed solution resulted from evaluating the best evidence.


The Farce Known as ‘FC’

The Farce Known as ‘FC’

by James Randi
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

A Magician in the Lab

James Randi addresses the sham of ‘Facilitated Communication’

The Phoenix Driveway Ghost

The Phoenix Driveway Ghost

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Ben Radford explains a strange mist found in a Phoenix woman’s driveway.

‘Psychic Detective’ Noreen Renier: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from a Grieving Family

‘Psychic Detective’ Noreen Renier: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from a Grieving Family

by Gary Posner
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Newly obtained recordings provide a unique opportunity to assess the sessions of a genuine “psychic detective” police case.

Murder by Darkness: Does Mammoth Cave’s Specter Harbor a Secret?

Murder by Darkness: Does Mammoth Cave’s Specter Harbor a Secret?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Investigative Files

Joe Nickell solves the case of an unlikely ghost, hidden in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave

Why We Often Get Risks Wrong

Why We Often Get Risks Wrong

by Terence Hines
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Review

Geoffrey Kabat debunks elusive health risks in his new book.

Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs?

Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs?

by Philip J. Senter
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Feature

To support their claim that humans and dinosaurs coexisted, numerous antievolution publications—including grade-school science textbooks—assert that dragon legends were inspired by human encounters with fire-breathing dinosaurs. Here’s why that’s unrealistic.

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Did Australia’s Aborigines See Plesiosaurs? Yes–in a Children’s Book

by Philip J. Senter
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

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The Danger of Chromotherapy

by Sébastian Point
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

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Maria Konnikova Wins CSI’s Balles Prize in Critical Thinking for The Confidence Game

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Special Report

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The Fires of Creationists, and Rallying for Science

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

From the Editor

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The Monster of Florence: Case Closed?

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Notes on a Strange World

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Can Anything Save Us from Unintended Consequences?

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Behavior & Belief

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The Bigfoot Obsession

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.4, July/August 2017

Review