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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 41.5

Volume 41.5

September/October 2017

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Bigfoot as Big Myth: Seven Phases of Mythmaking

Bigfoot as Big Myth: Seven Phases of Mythmaking

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Feature

The hairy man-beast known as the “Sasquatch” or “Bigfoot” is now ever present in North American culture. Supposedly a throwback to our evolutionary past, it is an “ape-man” version of us just as the little-bodied, big-headed, humanoid extraterrestrial is a futuristic one.

A Consistently Erroneous Technology

A Consistently Erroneous Technology

by James Randi
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

A Magician in the Lab

The evidence is just so much against this technology, it’s difficult to believe how long it has existed as a supposedly valid notion.

Evolution in the College Classroom: Facilitating Conversations about Science and Religion

Evolution in the College Classroom: Facilitating Conversations about Science and Religion

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

The Science of Science Communication

As surprising as this might sound, the unfortunate reality is that in many high schools across the country evolution is often avoided or covered superficially as part of a crammed science curriculum, taught by teachers who are underqualified and poorly supported.

Teaching Skepticism: How Early Can We Begin?

Teaching Skepticism: How Early Can We Begin?

by Scott O. Lilienfeld
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Special Report

I trust that I need not persuade readers of Skeptical Inquirer that in today’s world of post-truth, alternative facts, and rampant pseudoscience, critical thinking—reasoning that helps to compensate for our biases—is needed now more than ever.

A Brilliant Climate Collaboration

A Brilliant Climate Collaboration

by Robert Ladendorf
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Review

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles

Predatory Journals: Write, Submit, and Publish the Next Day

Predatory Journals: Write, Submit, and Publish the Next Day

by Ramzi Hakami
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Special Report

Predatory journals can be defined as “publications [that take] large fees without providing robust editorial or publishing services.” They usually “recruit articles through aggressive marketing and spam emails, promising quick review and open access publication for a price.

The Politicization of Scientific Issues

The Politicization of Scientific Issues

by Jeanne Goldberg
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Feature

It is paradoxical that in populations supportive of science and democracy scientific issues have become politicized to the degree that objective evidence is ignored or rejected in favor of “alternative” opinions.

The Fakery of Electrodermal Screening

The Fakery of Electrodermal Screening

by Stephen Barrett
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Feature

Souped-up galvanometers are being used to assess people’s health and determine what they supposedly need. Tests expose them as preposterous, and government agencies should stop their use.

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The Fallacy Fork

by Maarten Boudry
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Feature

Why It’s Time to Get Rid of Fallacy Theory

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A History of Physics Worth Fifty-One Thousand Words

by Celestia Ward
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Review

Drawing Physics: 2,600 Years of Discovery from Thales to Higgs by Don S. Lemons

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Houdini’s Remarkable Female Detective

by Terence Hines
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Review

Houdini’s ‘Girl Detective’: The Real-Life Ghost-Busting Adventures of Rose Mackenburg Compiled and Introduced by Tony Wolf

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Australia’s Storied Ghosts

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Investigative Files

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The Monster of Florence: Case Closed? The Terrifying Story of the Most Infamous Ritual Murders in It

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Notes on a Strange World

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P-Hacker Confessions: Daryl Bem and Me

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

Behavior & Belief

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Orbs as Plasma Life

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.5, September/October 2017

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