Skeptic: Examining Extraordinary Claims and Promoting Science Skeptic: Examining Extraordinary Claims and Promoting Science

top navigation:

section banner graphic
Share this page with friends online. Subscribe | Donate | Watch Our Lectures | Shop Our Store

Skeptic Magazine, Volume 11 Number 1
Table of Contents

On the Cover

“UFOs in art.” For more examples of UFOs in art not covered in this issue go to the author’s website.

Cover Story

The Art of Imagining UFOs
The Search for Images of Spaceships in European Paintings Provides an Important Lesson for All Paranormal Enthusiasts
— Do Your Homework
by Diego Cuoghi


’Twas Brillig…
Replicating the Real Thing: UFOs, Photographs & the Burden of Proof
by James Randi
Demon Haunted Times
Researcher Claims to Have
Found Star Wars Galaxy
by Brandon Muller

World Report

The Physician-Shaman
Early Origins of
Traditional Chinese Medicine
by Donald Mainfort
Legends of the Dogon
Belief in a Long-Solved
Mystery Resurfaces
by Liam McDaid
The Mass Suicide
of the Xhosa
A Study in Collective Self-Deception
by Steve Kowit
Enchanted Flim Flam
A Skeptical View of Puerto Rico,
the Enchanted Island
by Lucas Montes-Valentín
Salt, Toothpaste & the CIA
Conspiracy Theory in
Contemporary Indian Society
by Allan D. Polak
A Skeptical Look at African Witchcraft and Religion
by Leo Igwe

Junior Skeptic

The Loch Ness Monster
written by Daniel Loxton.
Illustrated by Daniel Loxton
and Jim WW Smith
The 70-year Hunt; The Monster and the Saint; The Modern Nessie Story; Mackay & Spicer Sightings; Shaggy Dogs & Hippo Tracks; The Surgeon’s Photo; The 1930s; Nessie’s 1950 comeback; Full Scale Investigations; Underwater Photography; Sonar; Plesiosaurs; The Bottom Line.


Strange Fish:
Charles F. Berlitz.
by L. Kirk Hagen
The Texas Textbook Wars
by L. Kirk Hagen & Lisa Morano
Can Quantum Physics
Explain Consciousness?
by Wade Novin
Cryonics Redux:
Is Vitrification Viable?
by Kevin Miller
Think Skeptically,
Act Locally
50 Things You Can Do
to Encourage Critical Thinking
by Andrew Mayne


Design, Agency, Baloney
A review of Unintelligent Design
by Mark Perakh. reviewed by Paul R. Gross
Dawkins, Darwin & the Devil
A review of A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love by Richard Dawkins. reviewed by William Harwood
May Minerva Awake You
Satire, Post 9/11
A review of The Holy Land
by Robert Zubrin. reviewed by Wayne Lutz
Big Foot Con
A review of The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story by Greg Long. reviewed by Daniel Loxton
Blood & Passion
A review of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, and an analysis of Who Really Killed Jesus
reviewed by Tim Callahan
The Imperial Faith
A review of God Against the Gods by Jonathan Kirsch.
reviewed by Tim Callahan
Cracking the Da Vinci Code?
A review of The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown.
reviewed by Tim Callahan


Einstein’s Learning Disability; What Great Timing!; Newton Out of Time in Orrery Story; Thanks from a Christian; Creation, Evolution & God; Constantine; What About the Palestinians?; Skeptical of Teaching Skepticism Data; Still Room for Quantum Doubt
Creationism Forum
More Attention To Deism; Creationist Continuum as a Tactic; Linguistic Creationists.
Evolution Issues Forum
Group Selection & Religion; Breaking the Naturalistic Mold; Creationist Morris (Simon Conway, not Henry)
Low Carb Diet Forum
Johnson Ignores Experimental Results; The Skinny on Cholesterol; What About Hunger?
Free Will Forum
Free Will & Determinism Compatible?; Emergent Phenomena


Richard Dawkins has been added to an already outstanding lineup of speakers for the May 29–31 Skeptics Society Conference!

get eSkeptic
our free newsletter

Science in your inbox every Wednesday!

eSkeptic is our free email newsletter, delivered once a week. In it, you’ll receive: fascinating articles, announcements, podcasts, book reviews, and more…

Popular Articles

Here are the articles that people have been sharing over the last few days.

Carbon Comic

Carbon Comic (by Kyle Sanders)

Carbon Comic, which appears in Skeptic magazine, is created by Kyle Sanders: a pilot and founder of Little Rock, Arkansas’ Skeptics in The Pub. He is also a cartoonist who authors Carbon Dating: a skeptical comic strip about science, pseudoscience, and relationships. It can be found at

Help the
Skeptics Society
at no cost to you!

Planning on shopping at Amazon? By clicking on our Amazon affiliate link, which will open the Amazon Store in your Internet browser, the Skeptics Society will receive a small commission on your purchase. Your prices for all products remain the same, yet you’ll provide essential financial support for the work of the nonprofit Skeptics Society.

See our affiliate links page for,,, and iTunes links.

FREE PDF Download

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?

FREE PDF Download

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…

FREE PDF Download

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!

FREE PDF Download

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Alternative Medicine

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Alternative Medicine

Topics include: chiropractic, the placebo effect, homeopathy, acupuncture, and the questionable benefits of organic food, detoxification, and ‘natural’ remedies.

FREE PDF Download

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.

Copyright © 1992–2015 Skeptic and its contributors. For general enquiries regarding the Skeptics Society or Skeptic magazine, email or call 1-626-794-3119. Website-related matters: Enquiries about online store orders: To update your subscription address: See our Contact Information page for more details. This website uses Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and AddThis tracking software.