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Volume 20 Number 2

Skeptic magazine, vol 20, no 2 (cover)

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ON THE COVER: Dr. Carl Hart, neuropsychopharmacologist and expert on the effects of drugs on human behavior. Photo by Eileen Barroso.
The SkepDoc
Smokey the Bear Medicine
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
How to Make Young Kids Smarter
by Carol Tavris


Flawed Geniuses in Film
Film Biographies: Stephen Hawking: The Theory of Everything, and Alan Turing: The Imitation Game
reviewed by Donald Prothero
The Use and Abuse of Mirror Neurons
A Review of The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition, by Gregory Hickok
reviewed by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Wonderful Science
A Review of A Scientist in Wonderland: A Memoir of Searching for Truth and Finding Trouble, by Edzard Ernst
reviewed by Harriet Hall, M.D.
God’s Lawyer
A Review of Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith, by Mark Lanier
reviewed by L. Kirk Hagen
Willpower and
Won’t Power
A Review of The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control, by Walter Mischel
reviewed by Michael Shermer
In the Belly of the Beast
A Review of Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Front Lines, by Jason Rosenhouse
reviewed by Donald R. Prothero
Stranger than Fiction
A Review of of the HBO Documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
reviewed by Donald R. Prothero


Who Speaks for Earth?
The Current Controversy over METI: Messaging to Extra Terrestrial
by David Brin
Can Emotions Affect Matter?
Testing Masaru Emoto’s Hypothesis that Emotions Change Nature
by Nicolas Gauvrit and Stanislas Francfort
Heaven Only Knows
Near-Death Experiences and the Problem of Account Incongruence
by Cory Markum
Where Drug Myths Die
An Interview with Carl Hart
by Felipe Nogueira
Putin’s Rasputin
Meet Aleksandr Dugin, Mystical High Priest of Russian Fascism
by Robert Zubrin
Placebo, Are You There?
by Jean Brissonnet; translation by Harriet Hall, M.D.
What Parents Need
Not to Know
Eight Myths of Child Development
by Stephen Hupp and Jeremy Jewell
What Does “Supernatural” Mean, Anyway?
by Michael Shermer
The Diet-Heart Hypothesis
The Contested Roles of Fats and Carbohydrates in Heart Disease
by Kenneth W. Krause
A Psychologist’s Innumeracy
A Guide to Recognizing Pseudo-mathematics in the Social Sciences
by Eric C.Prichard

Junior Skeptic

Journey Inside the Fantastical Hollow Earth: Part Two

In this issue of Junior Skeptic, we’ll dig down further into wild and wonderful claims that there are secret worlds inside our planet, hidden beneath our feet. We learned last issue that the “Hollow Earth” began as a quirky but serious proposal by astronomer Edmond Halley, back in the earliest dawn of the scientific age. This idea was then promoted by eccentric thinkers such as John Cleves Symmes, who believed the interior could be entered through vast holes at the unexplored North and South Poles. But what happened when exploration and increasing scientific knowledge left these speculations behind?

by Daniel Loxton


The Problem With Facts
Why the Law of Gravity is False
by Kyle Sanders

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