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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 42.6

Volume 42.6

November / December 2018

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Essential Oils: One Weird Workshop

Essential Oils: One Weird Workshop


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by Susan Gould
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Special Report

Nothing prepared me for the workshops my colleagues and I were required to attend this past winter.

The Salton Sea Flat Earth Test: When Skeptics Meet Deniers

The Salton Sea Flat Earth Test: When Skeptics Meet Deniers


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by Jim Underdown
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Commentary

Today, skeptics fight not only false assertions and misinterpretation of facts but also a fundamental distrust of science and a deep-seated paranoia about reputable institutions lying to the entire culture.

Arkansas’s White River Monster: Very Real, but What Was It?

Arkansas’s White River Monster: Very Real, but What Was It?


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by Joe Nickell
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Investigative Files

Can we finally solve the mystery?

The Ecomodernists

The Ecomodernists


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by Matt Nisbet
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

The Science of Science Communication

A New Way of Thinking about Climate Change and Human Progress

Diving into the VAERS Dumpster

Diving into the VAERS Dumpster


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Reality is the Best Medicine

Fake News about Vaccine Injuries

How We Believe

How We Believe


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by Harriet Hall
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Review

Beliefs guide all our thoughts and behaviors, from brushing our teeth to voting for a particular political party.

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UFO Identification Process


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by Joe Nickell and James McGaha
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

There is a wide variety of natural explanations for things we see in the sky that are easy to misinterpret.

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UFOs: Why Humanoid Aliens? Why So Varied?


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by Eric Wojciechowski
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

UFOlogy is replete with varying descriptions of UFOs and their occupants—so much so that concluding an alien intelligence is piloting them goes against the more logical and reasonable conclusion that the only intelligence behind the phenomenon is the human brain itself.

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Those Supposed Aliens Might Be Worms


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by David Zeigler
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Many believe life on alien planets would likely include intelligent humanoids, and much of science fiction uses this idea. Based on what we know of evolution on Earth, there is really no basis for this belief; however, one supportable prediction for alien lifeform would be worms.

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Arthur J. Cramp: The Quackbuster Who Professionalized American Medicine


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by Robert Blaskiewicz and Mike Jarsulic
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Feature

How a pioneering physician at the American Medical Association fought medical fraud on a national scale in the early twentieth century.

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Grand Illusions and Existential Angst


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by Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Feature

Natural illusions have impeded civilization’s progress toward enlightenment for millennia. Here’s an inventory of a few prominent illusions that have had a tenacious grip on our collective wisdom.

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Thoughts on Visiting Darwin’s Home, Down House


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by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Commentary

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Autism Wars: Science Strikes Back


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by Stuart Vyse
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Behavior & Belief

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Channeling Ancient African Wisdom—or Not


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by Benjamin Radford
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Skeptical Inquiree

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When Psychics Come Under Control of Organized Crime


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by Wendy Grossman
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Review

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A Detailed Primer in Fighting Wildlife Crime


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by Bob Ladendorf
Volume 42.6, November / December 2018

Review