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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 11 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 11, no 1

On the Cover

“UFOs in art.” For more examples of UFOs in art not covered in this issue go to the author’s website.

Cover Story

The Art of Imagining UFOs
The Search for Images of Spaceships in European Paintings Provides an Important Lesson for All Paranormal Enthusiasts
— Do Your Homework
by Diego Cuoghi


’Twas Brillig…
Replicating the Real Thing: UFOs, Photographs & the Burden of Proof
by James Randi
Demon Haunted Times
Researcher Claims to Have
Found Star Wars Galaxy
by Brandon Muller

World Report

The Physician-Shaman
Early Origins of
Traditional Chinese Medicine
by Donald Mainfort
Legends of the Dogon
Belief in a Long-Solved
Mystery Resurfaces
by Liam McDaid
The Mass Suicide
of the Xhosa
A Study in Collective Self-Deception
by Steve Kowit
Enchanted Flim Flam
A Skeptical View of Puerto Rico,
the Enchanted Island
by Lucas Montes-Valentín
Salt, Toothpaste & the CIA
Conspiracy Theory in
Contemporary Indian Society
by Allan D. Polak
A Skeptical Look at African Witchcraft and Religion
by Leo Igwe

Junior Skeptic

The Loch Ness Monster
written by Daniel Loxton.
Illustrated by Daniel Loxton
and Jim WW Smith
The 70-year Hunt; The Monster and the Saint; The Modern Nessie Story; Mackay & Spicer Sightings; Shaggy Dogs & Hippo Tracks; The Surgeon’s Photo; The 1930s; Nessie’s 1950 comeback; Full Scale Investigations; Underwater Photography; Sonar; Plesiosaurs; The Bottom Line.


Strange Fish:
Charles F. Berlitz.
by L. Kirk Hagen
The Texas Textbook Wars
by L. Kirk Hagen & Lisa Morano
Can Quantum Physics
Explain Consciousness?
by Wade Novin
Cryonics Redux:
Is Vitrification Viable?
by Kevin Miller
Think Skeptically,
Act Locally
50 Things You Can Do
to Encourage Critical Thinking
by Andrew Mayne


Design, Agency, Baloney
A review of Unintelligent Design
by Mark Perakh. reviewed by Paul R. Gross
Dawkins, Darwin & the Devil
A review of A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love by Richard Dawkins. reviewed by William Harwood
May Minerva Awake You
Satire, Post 9/11
A review of The Holy Land
by Robert Zubrin. reviewed by Wayne Lutz
Big Foot Con
A review of The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story by Greg Long. reviewed by Daniel Loxton
Blood & Passion
A review of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, and an analysis of Who Really Killed Jesus
reviewed by Tim Callahan
The Imperial Faith
A review of God Against the Gods by Jonathan Kirsch.
reviewed by Tim Callahan
Cracking the Da Vinci Code?
A review of The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown.
reviewed by Tim Callahan


Einstein’s Learning Disability; What Great Timing!; Newton Out of Time in Orrery Story; Thanks from a Christian; Creation, Evolution & God; Constantine; What About the Palestinians?; Skeptical of Teaching Skepticism Data; Still Room for Quantum Doubt
Creationism Forum
More Attention To Deism; Creationist Continuum as a Tactic; Linguistic Creationists.
Evolution Issues Forum
Group Selection & Religion; Breaking the Naturalistic Mold; Creationist Morris (Simon Conway, not Henry)
Low Carb Diet Forum
Johnson Ignores Experimental Results; The Skinny on Cholesterol; What About Hunger?
Free Will Forum
Free Will & Determinism Compatible?; Emergent Phenomena

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