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Skeptic magazine vol. 14 no. 1 (cover)

vol 14 no 1: GLOBAL WARMING
the new issue of Skeptic magazine on newsstands now

in this issue…
  • Global Warming Skepticism & the Problem with Predictions
  • • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Skepticism
  • • How We Know Global Warming is Real
  • • How to Save the Planet
  • • Last Chance to Win Randi’s Million
  • • Houdini Conducts a Séance
  • • King Kong & Loch Ness — a Surprise Connection
  • • Anthropologists Not Skeptical Enough
  • • What’s Wrong with Broadcast Journalism?
  • What’s So Great About Dinesh D’Souza
  • • The Best Damn Evolution Book Period!
  • • Paul Davies’ Cosmic Jackpot
  • • Science Wars II: Norman Levitt v. Steve Fuller

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Free Junior Skeptic Icons
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Junior Skeptic icons

Tired of the same old folder icons on your computer? Why not organize files the way we do at the Junior Skeptic studio: custom Junior Skeptic icons!

Developed by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton for his personal file management, a set of seventeen of these exclusive icons is now available for you to use at home — just for fun, and completely free.

If you’re a Mac OS X user, download the set as a Zip archive. It should uncompress as a Mac folder containing the icons (formatted as ready-made Mac folders), plus instructions for applying the icons to your own folders.

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Skepticality: The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine

Eugenie Scott in front of the Federal Building United States Court House

Eugenie Scott talks Expelled

The contentious pro-Intelligent Design film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is now in its second week of wide release, and the controversy is far from over. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Dr. Eugenie Scott about her participation in Expelled, her thoughts on seeing the film — and the “Expelled: Exposed” website, created by the National Center for Science Education (where Dr. Scott serves as the Executive Director).

Beyond the Expelled frenzy, Dr. Scott talks about her work with the NCSE, the future of science education, and what the average person can do to improve the public perception and understanding of science.

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Dr. Gregory Benford

Dr. Gregory Benford will be speaking on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm

our next lecture …

Beyond Human:
Living with Robots & Cyborgs

with Dr. Gregory Benford & Dr. Elisabeth Malartre

Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech

Concepts once purely fiction — robots, cyborg parts, artificial intelligence — are becoming part of everyday reality. Soon robots will be everywhere, performing surgery, exploring hazardous places, making rescues, fighting fires, and handling heavy goods. After a decade or two, they will be as unremarkable as computer screens are now in our offices, airports, and restaurants. Cyborgs will be less obvious. These additions to the human body — rebuilt joints, elbows, and hearts — are mostly inferior now. Soon we will cross the line between repair and augmentation, probably first in sports medicine and cosmetic alterations, then for anyone who wants to make a body perform better and last longer than it ordinarily could. Controversy will arise, but it will not stop our desire to live longer and be stronger than we are. Benford and Malartre are not afraid to speculate or to focus closely on surprising things already possible and being done…

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Important ticket information

Tickets are first come first served at the door. Sorry, no advance ticket sales. Seating is limited. $8 Skeptics Society members & Caltech/JPL Community; $10 General Public.


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Detecting Baloney

Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic) by Deanna and Skylar (High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA)

The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

For a class project, a pair of 11th grade physics students created the infographic shown below, inspired by Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit: a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills.

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Wisdom of Harriet Hall

Top 10 Things to Know About Alternative Medicine

Harriet Hall M.D. discusses: alternative versus conventional medicine, flu fear mongering, chiropractic, vaccines and autism, placebo effect, diet, homeopathy, acupuncture, “natural remedies,” and detoxification.

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Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Understanding the difference could save your life! In this superb 10-part video lecture series, Harriet Hall M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods.

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

The Top Ten Strangest Beliefs

Michael Shermer has compiled a list of the top 10 strangest beliefs that he has encountered in his quarter century as a professional skeptic.

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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 can you tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

Mind altering experiences are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be dangerous…

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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!

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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.

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