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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 10 Number 3
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Skeptic magazine, vol 10, no 3


’Twas Brillig…
The Oregon No-Vortex
by James Randi
Demon Haunted Times
Parents Complain:
Harry Geller Ban Out of Control
by Brandon Muller
Blame it on the Jews
Anti-Semitism and the History of Jewish Conspiracy Theories

Evolution & Design Section

A Devil’s Chaplin
by Richard Dawkins
Towards a Theology
of Evolution?
Humans were inevitable on Earth, but are we alone in the cosmos? by Simon Conway Morris
Inevitable Humans?
Or Hidden Agendas?
A review of Life’s Solutions: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe by Simon Conway Morris. reviewed by Donald R. Prothero
Unmasking Darwin’s Cathedral
It’s Not Just About Religion. A review of Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion & The Nature of Society, by David Sloan Wilson
by Peter A. Corning
Is God in the Equations?
A review of The Emergence of Everything by Harold J. Morowitz
by Joe Cuchiara

Junior Skeptic

The Bermuda Triangle
written and illustrated
by Daniel Loxton
What Is the Bermuda Triangle?; What’s the Case For the Triangle? (Classic cases; Wild Theories!: A Closer Look!); Why Things Really Disappear in the Triangle.
The Vanishing Dollar Bill
by Bob Friedhoffer


New Resource Guide for Debunking Astronomical Pseudoscience; Infrasound as a Possible Source of Sensations of the Paranormal; Cell Phones and Ghosts; Biologists Produce Position Statement on Alternative Medicine, by L.A. Chotkowski, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ig Nobel Prizes Awarded
The Big “Bright” Brouhaha
An Empirical Study on an
Emerging Skeptical Movement
by Michael Shermer


Belief & the Nature
of the Divine
A review of Beyond Belief:
The Secret Gospel of Thomas
by Elaine Pagels.
reviewed by Tim Callahan


“Time Travel”Fictions: Andrew Bernardin Responds to Critics; Roswell Aliens Not Anthropomorphic Dummies (But Not Aliens Either); More Lost Discoveries Nonsense; From Christian to Skeptic; From Muslim to Skeptic
Is the Universe Acausal,
and Does God Exist?
The Nostradamus of Comics!
Or the “Byrne Curse”
The Science of Stephen Wolfram Forum

Evolution & Creationism

Expanding Universe
Linguistics may be the fundamentalist’s backdoor into the public education system
by L. Kirk Hagen
Macroevolution & Microcreationism
Another flaw in Intelligent Design Creationism…
by David Eller
Wiccans v. Creationists
An Empirical Study of How Two Systems of Belief Differ
by Raymond A. Eve
Who Made It?
The Isaac Newton Orrery Story: Another Mythic Tale Misused by Creationists
by Tom McIver

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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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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

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Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (paperback cover)

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

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