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Volume 42.3

May / June 2018

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Progressophobia: Why Things Are Better Than You Think They Are

by Steven Pinker
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Feature

Intellectuals dislike the very idea of progress. Our own mental bugs also distort our understanding of the world, blinding us to improvements in the human condition underway globally—and to the ideas that have made them possible.

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Trauma and Taboo: Traumatic Memories Are Alive and Well and Eating Your Innards Out

by Robert Stern
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Percival Lowell and the Canals of Mars

by Matthew J. Sharps
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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The ‘canals’ of Mars don’t exist, and they never did; yet they were repeatedly reported and defended as scientific realities by many great astronomers. Why?

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The Curious Question of Ghost Taxonomy

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Sorry, ‘Theistic Science’ Is Not Science

by Brian Bolton
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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The 1849 Balvullich Ice Fall

by Randall J. Osczevski
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Why Did We Call Prince Charles Foolish and Immoral?

by Edzard Ernst
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Flat-Earth Anxieties Reflect Misplaced Priorities

by Craig A. Foster
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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A Doctoral Dissertation on a Geocentric Flat Earth

by Yaël Nazé
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Special Report

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Why We Can’t Acknowledge Progress

by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

From the Editor

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Navy Pilot’s 2004 UFO: A Comedy of Errors

by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Investigative Files

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Does the Vatican Hold a Painting of a UFO?

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Notes on a Strange World

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William James and the Psychics

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Behavior & Belief
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The Case of the Curious Christmas Light

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

Skeptical Inquiree

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New and Notable

by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Letters to the Editor

by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Take a Wish Foundation

by Ian Harris
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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The Last Laugh

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The Fortieth Anniversary of E.O. Wilson’s On Human Nature

by Reviewed By: Paul Brown
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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On Human Nature: Revised Edition with New Preface by E.O. Wilson

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Following Disgraced Doctor Andrew Wakefield

by Reviewed By: Robert Ladendorf
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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The Pathological Optimist A film by Miranda Bailey

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Scientific American Collection on the Science about Controversial Issues

by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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Reconsidering Monsters

by Reviewed By: Joseph R. Stains
Volume 42.3, May / June 2018

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The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast