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contributors

Emily Rosa, Erika Antisdale, Cathie Walker, Sheri Kinney, Bob Friedhoffer, and Pat Linse

introduction

In this issue of Junior Skeptic, science award winning nine-year-old Emily Rosa tells about how she got the idea to test Therapeutic Touch for a Science Fair project. With only $10 worth of materials and a good knowledge of the scientific method she discovered the truth behind an unusual medical treatment and became the youngest person ever to get research results published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Bill Nye is right; science can be fun!

in this issue

Emily Rosa and Friend
  • What is therapeutic touch?
  • Are gamblers lucky? 
  • Eight-year-old Erika Antisdale reports from Las Vegas.
  • What is the probality that certain numbers will come up when you roll a pair of dice?
  • Science websites that make the grade.
  • Easy tests you can do yourself.
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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

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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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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

This free booklet reveals 10 myths that explain why terrorism is not a threat to our way of life or our survival.

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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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Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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5 Cryptid Cards

Download and print 5 Cryptid Cards created by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton. Creatures include: The Yeti, Griffin, Sasquatch/Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Cadborosaurus.

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