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SKEPTIC MAGAZINE 20.4

Unlike other renowned scientists, Robert Trivers has spent time behind bars, drove a getaway car for Huey P. Newton, and founded an armed group in Jamaica to protect gay men from mob violence.

In this issue 20.4 of Skeptic magazine we present an excerpt from Trivers’ memoir, Wild Life: Adventures of an Evolutionary Biologist. In the entertaining tradition of Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman, Trivers tells us in his inimitable voice about the inimitable life behind the revolutionary science.

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JUNIOR SKEPTIC

Physically bound inside each and every issue of Skeptic magazine is Junior Skeptic: an engagingly illustrated science and critical thinking publication for younger readers (and the young at heart).

Flying Saucer “Space Brothers” from Venus!? (issue 57)

In this issue we’ll hear tales from a man who said he met flying saucer travellers—human beings from Venus and several other planets! Amateur astronomer George Adamski became famous in the 1950s for photographs of objects he said were alien spaceships. His stories only got wilder from there. He claimed he befriended saucer people, rode in their spaceships, and even attended a meeting on Saturn. His books about these adventures became a public sensation. But what was the truth behind Adamski’s storytelling? Find out in this issue of Junior Skeptic!

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The Quotable Feynman (& His Van)

Michelle Feynman will discuss the life and legacy of her father: Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman. Physicist Seamus Blackey will bring Feynman’s van, newly restored and recently featured on The Big Bang Theory, so you can get your photograph taken with the famous vehicle featuring Feynman diagrams. And, joining us will be special guest Dr. Leonard Mlodinow, physicist and author of Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life and The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos.

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So … Who ARE You Gonna Call?

Daniel Loxton considers four arguments for the value of scientific skepticism’s core focus on pseudoscientific and paranormal claims.

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The Plane Truth: Noted Skeptic’s Newly Published (Posthumous) Book About Flat Earth Theories

Bob Schadewald was the leading skeptical authority on the history of flat-Earth advocacy. Now the book he left unfinished has been prepared and published online.

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4 Comments »

4 Comments

  1. Daniel Tesfazghi Ghebrmedhin says:

    Shalom,
    I don’t like to judge me in my choice before knowing my reason.

  2. Daniel Tesfazghi Ghebrmedhin says:

    Shalom,
    “All I know is that I know nothing or any thing at all.”
    “I don’t like to judge me in my choice before knowing my reason.”
    ” extraordinary things requires transcendental or supernatural proof as opposed to worldly viewpoints .”
    “Net Neutrality”
    “Positive Neutrality.”
    “Diversity and Multiculturalism “

    • Mal says:

      Hi Daniel, not sure what you’re saying. Are you saying supernatural things cannot be explained from worldly viewpoints? Are you saying there are supernatural proofs?

  3. Loren Petrich says:

    I liked that introduction to George Adamski in Junior Skeptic. It seems to me that he and at least some other 1950’s UFO contactees believed in a Solar-System version of Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets, complete with similar techno-utopianism.

    So was at least some of it George Adamski believing what he wanted to believe?

    This reminds me of a Mormon leader once arguing that Joseph Smith could not have made up the Book of Mormon, because near the end of his life, he got a lot of consolation from it. He likely made the whole thing up, but he could well have come to believe in it.

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