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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 17 Number 4
Table of Contents

Cover Articles

CAM for Cancer: Preying on Desperate People?
by Harriet Hall, M.D., the Skepdoc Cover art by Pat Linse.
The Reality Distortion Field
Steve Jobs’s Modus Operandi of Ignoring Reality is a Double-edged Sword by Michael Shermer

Special Section:
Who’s in Charge?

Free Will and
Autonomous Will
A Physicist’s Perspective on
How We are Accountable for
Our Actions by Victor J. Stenger
The New Science
of Neuroethics
by Massimo Pigliucci


The SkepDoc
Barefoot in Sedona: Bogus Claims About Grounding Your Feet to Earth Promote Medical Pseudoscience
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
Deliver Us From Bob Larson
by Karen Stollznow
’Twas Brillig…
So Many Wonders… by James Randi

Junior Skeptic

Dark Secrets of the
  • Ancient Schemer, Ancient Skeptic
  • Portrait of a Con Artist
  • Trustworthy Sources?
  • Oracles
  • Hatching a God
  • Revealing Glycon
  • Networks of Spies
  • More Scammer Secrets
  • Tricks and Troubles
  • Testing the Oracle

Written by Daniel Loxton.
Cover by Daniel Loxton.
Interior art by Daniel Loxton
and Jim WW Smith.


Did Native Americans Discover Europe in 60 BCE?
by Jason Colavito
Mrs. Jesus?
No Joke: New Archaeological Find Points to a Married Christ, But is it True? by Tim Callahan
How To Be a Skeptical
News Consumer
by Donna L. Halper
Glossolalia Meets
Why speaking in Tongues Persists in Charismatic Christian and Pentecostal Gatherings
by Scott Semenyna
and Rodney Schmaltz
Academic Obfuscations
The Psychological Attraction of Postmodern Nonsense by Jim Davies
God’s Problem
An Interview With Howard Bloom, author of The God Problem: How a Godless
Cosmos Creates

by Frank Miele


Bogus, Bunk, and B.S.
A Review of 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True,
by Guy P. Harrison. reviewed by Peter Boghossian
How the Blind Watchmaker Made Eyes
A Review of Evolution’s Witness: How Eyes Evolved,
by Ivan R. Schwab. reviewed by Donald R. Prothero
Eden Sought
A Review of Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden, by Brook Wilensky-Lanford.
reviewed by Glenn Branch
One Nation, Another Religion?
Two Reviews: Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans, by David Niose. Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion, by Alain de Botton.
reviewed by Rachel Pridgen
Of Miracles and Magisteria
A review of God and the Folly of Faith, by Victor Stenger.
reviewed by Richard Morrock


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

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