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the new issue of Skeptic magazine featuring
a special section on Medical Controversies

  • Do Vaccines Cause Autism? We Examine the Scientific Evidence
  • Secondhand Smoke Laws:
    are they justified? Pro & Con
  • Is Using Animals in Mediucal Experiments Now Outdated?
  • Scientific Disputes: A Case Study of the Origins of AIDS
  • The Trouble with Psychiatry & When to Be Skeptical of Medical Research

Also…

  • Frans de Waal Rebuts the recent New Yorker article on Bonobo Chimps
  • James Randi v. Sam Harris

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Skepticality: The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine
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Daniel Loxton, Editor, Junior Skeptic, in his studio “Skeptic North”

Where Do We Go From Here?

Who is the watchdog for paranormal scams and mistakes if we won’t do it? This week, Daniel Loxton (editor of Junior Skeptic) offers his own personal perspective on the future of skepticism as a movement. Presented as an original full-length audio article (also available as a text article here, in PDF format), his op-ed essay argues that the search for a “new skepticism” is misguided—and that the early titans of skepticism had it right in the first place.

Then, Derek & Swoopy sit down with Daniel to talk about the skeptics paradox: that so many people feel exhausted and fed up by the paranormal, at the very time that the most exciting new developments—from podcasts to conferences to community—are firmly focused on our core paranormal concerns.

Has classic skepticism run its course? According to Daniel, we’re only now getting ready to start.

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Three New Richard Dawkins DVDs
available now at Shop Skeptic

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Root of All Evil? The Original Program (composite detail of DVD cover)

Root of All Evil? The Original Program
including bonus commentary and Q&A

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A beautiful new digital transfer from the master, with new artwork and special features. In this two-part documentary, Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins examines how religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth. The program takes you to some of the world’s religious hot-spots, both in America and the Middle East. Dawkins meets with religious leaders and their followers, as well as scientists and skeptics to examine the power of religion. Interviews with former Pastor Ted Haggard, the novelist Ian McEwan, the former Bishop of Oxford, and others offer valuable insights into the global impact and consequences of faith in the 21st century.

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Root of All Evil? The Uncut Interviews (detail of DVD cover)

Root of All Evil? The Uncut Interviews

This DVD collection showcases eight raw and uncut interviews from the original tapes for the Root of All Evil? documentary, allowing the viewer a rare vantage point into these revealing exchanges. This 3-DVD set include interviews with:

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Growing Up in the Universe (detail of DVD cover)

Growing Up in the Universe

Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

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Michael Shermer reveals The Real Secret

Forbes magazine contacted Skeptic publisher and Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer to participate in their series of columns on success strategies in business and in life. Given the popularity of such self-help blockbusters as The Secret, Forbes asked Shermer to offer his take on how a scientist might evaluate such claims.

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