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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 1 Number 2
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 1, no 2

Articles

Hume’s Maxim
The Use and Abuse of Statistics in the “Real World”
by Judith Grabiner

News

Campus Outreach Program; Discounts and Rates; Host Needed; Physicist in the White House?; Steve Allen to Speak; Entropy; ‘Holy Grail Discovered’; Black Holes; T.M.; Winker Sightings; Acupuncturists and Chiropractors Fined; Secular Alcohol Treatment; Greenhouse Doubts; Laws of Robotics; Randi-Geller Update; UFO Info

Special Section:
Cryonics

The Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Dead
by Steven B. Harris
Cryonics: Reaching
for Tomorrow
by Michael Darwin & Brian Wowk
Basic Questions & Answers
About Cryonics
From Alcor Life
Extension Foundation
Can Science Cheat Death?
Cryonics, Altered States & the Quest for Transcendence by Michael Shermer

Forum

Forum Topic; Skeptics Forum Meeting at Caltech; Letters

Reviews

Galileo, Gould, Transcendental Meditation, JFK Assassination, Conspiracy Theories Freud; Catastrophic Catastrophes; Science in Western Culture by Paul V. McDowell
& Michael Shermer

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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

The Top Ten Strangest Beliefs

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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

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

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