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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 14 Number 4
Table of Contents

Psychology of the Scam

Fooled by Ponzi (and Madoff)
How Bernard Madoff Made Off with My Money, or Why Even an Expert on Gullibility Can Get Gulled
by Stephen Greenspan

Features

’Twas Brillig…
Double Blind, Satan’s UFO,
Failed Prophecies by James Randi
The SkepDoc
What to Eat: Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants
by Harriet Hall, M.D.

News

Misleading by Petition
What is the Global Warming Consensus? by Gary J.Whittenberger
A Skeptic Visits Noah’s Ark
Evolution and Creationism
in England by Michael Shermer
Math & Marriage
Does Gay Marriage Decrease Straight Marriage by Barrett Brown

Forum

Letters
Value of L; The Magnetic Randi; Darwinian Misadventures in the Humanities; The Meaning of the Resurrection; Are NDEs Real?
New Revisionism Forum
A Defective Look at World War II; World War II Moral Equivalency; Just War and Unjust Killing; Don’t Knock Constitutional Monarchy

Junior Skeptic

The Art of Cold Reading
  • Magic Tricks
  • Common Misconceptions About How Cold Reading Works
  • How Cold Reading Really
  • Works: Classic Tricks
    of Cold Reading
  • Five Golden Rules to Block
    a Cold Reading

adapted from Ian Rowland’s book The Full Facts of Cold Reading.
art by Pat Linse and Daniel Loxton, cover by Daniel Loxton

Articles

Gulf War Syndrome
or Gulf Lore Mythology?
by Harriet Hall, M.D., The Skepdoc
Positively Misguided
The Myths & Mistakes of the
Positive Thinking Movement
by Steve Salerno
How to Think About Scientific Claims
A Study on How Non-scientists Evaluate Science Claims by Ralph M. Barnes, Audrey L. Alberstadt, & Lesleh E. Keilholtz
The Origin of Eden
by Tim Callahan

Reviews

A Prosecutor Takes
on the JFK Assassination
Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi
reviewed by Sheldon M. Stern
Darwin’s Tiny White Box
Microcosm: E coli and the New Science of Life by Carl Zimmer
reviewed by Tauriq Moosa
Klaatu Gort Redux
A review of the remake of a classic film The Day the Earth Stood Still reviewed by Michael Shermer
Secrets, Secrets, Secrets
The Secret History of the World:
As Laid Down by the Secret Societies
by Mark Booth reviewed by Barrett Brown
The God in our Brains
Did Man Create God? Is Your Spiritual Brain at Peace with Your thinking Brain? by David E. Comings reviewed by Tim Callahan
Secular Sunshine
The Secular Conscience:
Why Belief Belongs in Public Life

by Austin Dacey reviewed by Kenneth W. Krause
Evolution on Edge
The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism
by Michael Behe reviewed by Robert K. Eberle
The Power of Belief
The Power of Belief Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science
by Robert L. Park reviewed by Michael Shermer
Jesus the Christian
How Jesus Became Christian
by Barrie Wilson reviewed by Tim Callahan

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