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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 42.5

Volume 42.5

September / October 2018

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The God Engine

The God Engine


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by James Alcock
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Belief in the supernatural develops as a natural consequence of the way our brains work, so it should be no surprise that religion is both pervasive and enduring.

Biological Reasons Young-Earth Creationists’ Worldwide Flood Never Happened

Biological Reasons Young-Earth Creationists’ Worldwide Flood Never Happened


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by Lorence G. Collins
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

Like the geological evidence, biological evidence demonstrates that a worldwide flood never happened 4,350 years ago, as young- Earth creationists believe.

On the Set of Cosmos’s Season Two

On the Set of Cosmos’s Season Two


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Special Report

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey aired in 2014 to much acclaim.

From the Spectral to the Spectrum: Radiation in the Crosshairs

From the Spectral to the Spectrum: Radiation in the Crosshairs


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by Jeanne Goldberg
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

Public attitudes about radiation, shaped by a rich history of mythology from biblical times to the modern events of Chernobyl and Fukushima, impact personal lives and decisions, but they also have global existential implications.

The Care and Feeding of the Vagina

The Care and Feeding of the Vagina


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Column
Special Section

The Case That CAM is Unethical

The Case That CAM is Unethical


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Review

CAM exploits patients, including physical damage, mental distress, financial loss, and harm to third parties.

An Early ‘Monster’ with an Older History

An Early ‘Monster’ with an Older History


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by Terence Hines
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Review

In cryptozoological terms, the Jersey Devil doesn’t have the cachet of the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, or even the chupacabra.

A Telepathy Investigation

A Telepathy Investigation


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by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Column
Notes on a Strange World

Sound reading,” as this technique is called, is a classic trick of mentalists who wish to simulate telepathy phenomena.

Multi-Level Menace

Multi-Level Menace


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by Denise Sutherland
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

Multi-level marketing companies use subtle influence techniques to capture and influence recruits—and you are at risk.

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I’ve Got Algorithm. Who Could Ask for Anything More?


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by Peter Kassan
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Feature

The news has been filled with discussions of the so-called algorithms of Facebook and other software giants. Originally, the word algorithm had a precise meaning, but more recently it has been used to elicit undeserved respect—and perhaps to avoid deeper scrutiny.

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Ghostly ‘Black Monk’ or Random Tourist?


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by Kenny Biddle
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Special Report

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We Need a Paradigm Shift in Science Advocacy


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by Gregg Davidson, Carol Hill, and Ken Wolgemuth
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Commentary

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Why Belief is So Powerful


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by csicop.org
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Column
Editorial

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Outside the Box: Solving Diverse Mysteries


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Column
Investigative Files

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Why are Millennials Turning to Astrology?


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Behavior & Belief
Column

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Caught Between the Possible and the Paranormal


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Column
Skeptical Inquiree

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Climate Fundamentals: NOVA’s ‘Decoding the Weather Machine’


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by David Morrison
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Review

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This is Your Brain on Social Media


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.5, September / October 2018

Review