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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 10 Number 4
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 10, no 4

Cover Story

The Skinny on Fat
A Skeptical Evaluation of the
Atkins and Other Low Carb Diets
by Patrick Johnson


’Twas Brillig…
The Amazing Speaking Machine
of Sir David Brewster
by James Randi
Demon Haunted Times
New “Isn’t Round” Theory
Demands Equal Time
by Brandon Muller
The Pleasure of
Finding Things Out
Why Scientists Do Science
by John Gribbin
Charioteer of the God
H.P. Lovecraft and the
Invention of Ancient Astronauts.
by Jason Colavito
Zeno’s Paradox & the Problem of Free Will
by Phil Molé
The Skeptic Meets C.S.I.
(Crime Scene Investigation)
How Far Should Artistic License Go?
by Erich Goode

Education Myths

Educating Believers
Research Demonstrates that Courses in Skepticism Can Effectively Decrease Belief in the Paranormal
by Michael J. Dougherty
Was Einstein
Learning Disabled?
Anatomy of a Myth
by Marlin Thomas
The Creation-Evolution Continuum
How To Avoid Classroom Conflicts. A Solution to the Dangers of Teaching Evolution in Public Schools
by Eugenie Scott
The Ten Percent Solution
Anatomy of an Education Myth
by Jeremy E. C. Genovese

Junior Skeptic

King Tut’s Curse
written and illustrated
by Daniel Loxton
The Teenage King; The Hidden tomb; The Quest For the King; The Tomb of King Tut; The Excavation; Who Was Tutankhamen?; 1923; Was King Tut Murdered?; The Mummy’s Curse; Examining the Curse Legend; The Bottom Line
The Cartesian Lie Detector
by Bob Friedhoffer


Sham Magnets as Effective
as the “Real Thing”
Science Literacy &
Belief in the Paranormal
An Empirical Test by Travis J.Ryan, Jessica Brown, Angela Johnson, Colin Sanberg, and Megan Schildmier
Sonar Ban Sounded Good
A Skeptical Analysis
by Jennifer Linn Jacquet
Hamlet Revisited
How Evolution Really Works
by William Stansfield
Paranormal & God
Belief Survey Results


The Christian & the Atheist
A review of The Question of God: C. S. Lewis & Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, & the Meaning of Life by Armand M.Nicholi reviewed by Jeffrey Shallit
All You Need to Know
About the Origin of Life
A review of The Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overview by Iris Fry. reviewed by Massimo Pigliucci
God in the Brain
A review of Why God Won’t go Away: Brain Science & the Biology of Belief, by A.Newberg and E. D’Aquili. reviewed by Massimo Pigliucci
Theological Emergency!
A review of From Complexity to Life: On the Emergence of Life & Meaning edited by Niels Henrik Gregersen, reviewed by Norman Levitt
American Taliban
A review of Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America edited by Kimberly Blaker. reviewed by Peter Lloyd
A Different
Purpose-Driven Life
A review of The Purpose-Driven Life:What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
reviewed by Kevin D. Huddleston
Empress Helena’s
Big Adventure
A review of The Quest for the True Cross by Carston Peter Thiede and Matthew d’Anconia
reviewed by Tim Callahan


Reports of My Death…; Surgery, Transplants, & UFOs; Roswell Defended by B.D. Gildenberg; Constantine; Beyond Belief
Creation &
Evolution Forum
Skewed Study on Wiccans and Creationists; Raymond Eve Responds; Outraged at Conway Morris’s “Science”; Linguistic Creationists
Smarter or Dumber Forum
Smarter or Better at Test Taking?; Why Smart People Believe People are Getting Smarter
Do Pesticides Cause Cancer?
Another Skeptical Environmentalist Examines the Original Sources by Terence Hines

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

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