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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 41.6

Volume 41.6

November/December 2017

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Pizzagate and Beyond: Using Social Research to Understand Conspiracy Legends

Pizzagate and Beyond: Using Social Research to Understand Conspiracy Legends


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by Jeffrey S. Debies-Carl
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

It is tempting to dismiss events such as last year’s “Pizzagate” shooting as the work of disturbed or unintelligent people, but social research provides an opportunity to explain the seemingly absurd episode and perhaps help avert future tragedies.

Becoming Fantastic: Why Some People Embellish Their Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales

Becoming Fantastic: Why Some People Embellish Their Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales


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by Eric Wojciechowski
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Conspiracy Theories and Incredible Tales

To increase excitement into what is perceived as a normal, uneventful life, some people create their own personal myths of adventure and accomplishment. These are not just exaggerations of real events, and such narratives can be in the realm of the fantastic.

Ten Questions (and Answers) about Teaching Evolution

Ten Questions (and Answers) about Teaching Evolution


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by Bertha Vazquez and Christopher Freidhoff
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Feature

A high school biology teacher asked the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science (a division of the Center for Inquiry) a series of questions about teaching evolution. Bertha Vazquez, director the foundation’s Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), answered.

Critical Thinking and Parenting: How Skepticism Saved My Special Needs Kid From Certain Death

Critical Thinking and Parenting: How Skepticism Saved My Special Needs Kid From Certain Death


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by Amy Frushour Kelly
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Feature

You are a skeptic, and your child has autism. How do you react?

Hollywood Curse Legends

Hollywood Curse Legends


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by Brett Taylor
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Feature

There are many myths behind movie lore concerning jinxes and mysterious deaths, but a closer look reveals these curses to be attributable more to publicity and rumor than to the supernatural.

The Roswell Incident at 70: Facts, Not Myths

The Roswell Incident at 70: Facts, Not Myths


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Special Report

The seventieth anniversary of the so-called Roswell Incident came and went this past summer with a refreshing lack of fuss.

Before Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, There Was Dan Q. Posin

Before Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, There Was Dan Q. Posin


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Pioneer physicist and science popularizer Dan Q. Posin saw the power of television for education and inspiration. Almost lost to history, his history has new relevance today.

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Is Eating Vegetables Truly Safe?


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by Craig A. Foster
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Commentary

An Examination into Contemporary Anti-Vaccination Arguments

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Mystery of Mollie Fancher, ‘The Fasting Girl,’ and Others Who Lived Without Eating


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Investigative Files

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A Great and Fortuitous ‘Find’!


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by James Randi
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

A Magician in the Lab

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The Conspiracy of the Fairies


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by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Notes on a Strange World

Moving Science’s Statistical Goalposts

Moving Science’s Statistical Goalposts


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

In 1989, Ralph Rosnow and Robert Rosenthal, two well-respected experts on statistical methods in psychology, wrote the following memorable line: “We want to underscore that, surely, God loves the .06 nearly as much as the .05”. For researchers in psychology, this was an amusing statement.

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Editing the Human Germline


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by Kenneth W. Krause
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Science Watch

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Legitimizing Woo


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

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Food Evolution


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by Celestia Ward
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Review

A Pictorial Film Review

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Loch Ness Solved — Even More Fully!


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Review

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The Martin Gardner Correspondence with Marcello Truzzi


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by Ray Ward
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Review

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Truth to Power on Climate


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.6, November/December 2017

Review