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9/11 Conspiracy issue
available now

Skeptic magazine, Volume 12, Number 4 (cover)

In this issue of Skeptic magazine, Phil Molé puts the 9/11 Truth Movement in perspective and demolition experts examine the arguments of conspiracy theorists. Also, you’ll get James Randi on psychics, the SkepDoc on alternative medicine; a critique of Michael Behe’s Big Bang defense of Intelligent Design; and an anthropologist’s first hand experience on the function of fortune telling in an impoverished society. Plus: who are the people who say they were abducted by aliens?, artificial intelligence, prayer & healing, the ball lightning conundrum, and 3 views of anti-aging. Reviews of The Gospel of Judas, Lonesome George, Conservation Icon; Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, by Daniel Dennett The Evolution-Creation Struggle, by Michael Ruse; Misquoting Jesus, by Bart Ehrman, and more…

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Zimmerman’s “Faulty Intelligence” CD (cover detail)

Zimmerman’s “Faulty Intelligence” CD (cover detail)

Three Roy Zimmerman CDs
available now at shop skeptic

Roy Zimmerman has been writing satirical songs for twenty years. He’s shared the stage with George Carlin, Bill Maher, Kate Clinton, Dennis Miller, Sandra Tsing Loh, kd lang, Andy Borowitz, and Paul Krassner, and played a series of shows swapping songs with The Pixies’ Frank Black.

Zimmerman founded and wrote all the material for the satirical folk quartet The Foremen, who recorded for Warner Reprise throughout the nineties. As a solo artist, he’s released five albums, the latest of which is Faulty Intelligence. “I hope it gets good reviews,” he says, “but mostly I hope it gets denied under oath by Karl Rove.”

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Skepticality: The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine
Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson (Skepchicks founder)

Cheesecake (and Beefcake!)
in Support of Critical Thinking?

Dr. Phil Plait (photo by Emrys Miller)

The Bad Astronomer himself, Dr. Phil Plait, at last year’s Amazing Meeting

Quick — what do pin-up photos of famous skeptics and the James Randi Educational Foundation’s The Amazing Meeting conference have in common? Why, this week’s episode of Skepticality, of course!

Skepticality correspondent David Federlein interviews Skepchick founder (and head volunteer) Rebecca Watson about the 2007 Skepchicks and Skepdudes calendars. The proceeds from these popular, good-natured calendars provide financial assistance to inspired independent applicants for projects “furthering science and reason.”

Then, Derek & Swoopy talk to Bad Astronomy’s Dr. Phil Plait about his own revealing 2007 Skepdude photo. Phil — hopping with excitement about the swiftly upcoming Amazing Meeting 5 in fabulous Las Vegas — also shares his glowing memories from last year’s conference.

Plus: a sneak peak at next episode’s MythBusters interviews!

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also of interest…

Shermer with his Philip J. Klass Award

Dr. Shermer admiring his Philip J. Klass Award. (photograph by Nelson Davis Jr.)

Double accolades for Why Darwin Matters

In October 2006, during a book tour for Why Darwin Matters, the National Capital Area Skeptics presented to Michael Shermer the Philip J. Klass award for outstanding contributions in promoting critical thinking and scientific understanding.

Also last month, the Kansas City Star named Why Darwin Matters on its list of 100 noteworthy books chosen by The Star’s literary panel.

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Lecture at Caltech now available on DVD

Michael Shermer’s lecture at Caltech on the topic of Why Darwin Matters is now available at shop skeptic on DVD, VHS, and other audio visual formats.

In this lecture, Dr. Shermer defuses objections to the theory of evolution by examining what it really is, how we know it happened, and how to test it. He discusses what science is, demonstrating clearly how and why creationism and Intelligent Design are not science. Then, he builds a powerful case for evolution as the scientific theory that most closely parallels the Christian model of human nature and the conservative model of free market economics. Once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, Michael Shermer provides readers with an insider’s guide to the evolution-creation debate, and why science should be embraced by people of all beliefs.

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Detecting Baloney

Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic) by Deanna and Skylar (High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA)

The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

For a class project, a pair of 11th grade physics students created the infographic shown below, inspired by Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit: a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills.

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Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Understanding the difference could save your life! In this superb 10-part video lecture series, Harriet Hall, M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods. The lectures each range from 32 to 45 minutes.

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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

This free booklet reveals 10 myths that explain why terrorism is not a threat to our way of life or our survival.

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

The Top Ten Strangest Beliefs

Michael Shermer has compiled a list of the top 10 strangest beliefs that he has encountered in his quarter century as a professional skeptic.

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Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (paperback cover)

Who believes them? Why? How can you tell if they’re true?

What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and why do they tend to proliferate? Why does belief in one conspiracy correlate to belief in others? What are the triggers of belief, and how does group identity factor into it? How can one tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

Do you know someone who has had a mind altering experience? If so, you know how compelling they can be. They are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be dangerous…

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

Top 10 Myths About Evolution (and how we know it really happened)

If humans came from apes, why aren’t apes evolving into humans? Find out in this pamphlet!

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Learn to be a Psychic in 10 Easy Lessons

Learn to do Psychic “Cold Reading” in 10
Easy Lessons

Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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