Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 42.2
March / April 2018
by Harriet Hall
Consciousness is not a nonphysical phenomenon. It is an evolved user-illusion, “a system of virtual machines that evolved, genetically and memetically, to play very special roles in the ‘cognitive niche’ our ancestors have constructed over the millennia.”
The War on Science, Anti-Intellectualism, and ‘Alternative Ways of Knowing’ in 21st-Century America
by H. Sidky
The decades-long academic assault on science has bewildered the American public about the role and function of science, promoted anti-intellectualism, and politically empowered purveyors of supernaturalism and paranormal beliefs.
Drug Therapy Hype: The Misuse of Data
There are several flagrant examples of hype from cancer and cardiac therapy. The drugs Avastin and Opdivo, which have serious problems, have been greatly overhyped.
Twenty-One Reasons Noah’s Worldwide Flood Never Happened
by Dr. Lorence G. Collins
Here’s a geologist’s critical analysis of false percep- tions held by many creationists about the origin of the Grand Canyon and the age of the Earth.
Colin Wilson’s Idiosyncratic Literary Legacy
by Brett Taylor
Rather than creating a glorious new literature of pos- itive art, Colin Wilson delivered an odd mix of dodgy philosophy, pulp novels, and paranormal studies— the latter often downright silly.
CSICON Las Vegas 2017
Short Takes from CSICON 2017
Hawking ‘Ghosts’ in Old Louisville
by Joe Nickell
Ambassadors for Science
by Matt Nisbet
Do Superstitious Rituals Work?
by Stuart Vyse
Just Asking Questions
David vs. Whatsisname
by George Hrab
Strange Songs from the Fringe
by Brian Regal