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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 11 Number 2
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 11, no 2


’Twas Brillig…
The Wizards of Oz: Skeptics at the Observatoire Zététique Conduct an Exemplar Investigation
by James Randi
Demon Haunted Times
Alien Committee Pulls Plug
on Abduction Research
by Brandon Muller


The Tea Leaves of Sports Talk
Finding Meaning
in Random Sequences
by Andrew Bernardin
Confessions of a Former Alternative Health Journalist
by Clare Bowerman
Who Lost the Middle Ages?
What’s Behind the Attempt to Impose A “New Chronology”
on History?
by Jason Colavito
Spirit Photography
How Early Spiritualists Tried
to Save Religion by Using Science
by Paul Firenze


Dogon Mystery Still Unsolved; Liam McDaid Responds; God Not Disproven by Science; Science Literacy v. Scientific Reasoning Ability; Diagnosing Role Models.
Issues Forum
The Reason Creationism Won’t Go Away; Fair and Biased; Paul Gross Replies; Evolutionists are Politically Left of Center; L. Kirk Hagen and Lisa Morano Respond; Towards a Theology of Evolution?
Environmental Issues Forum
A Whale of a Sound; Jennifer Jacquet Responds; Pesticides and Cancer: The Dialogue Continues
Low Carb Diet Forum
A Response to the Criticisms of
The Skinny on Fat by Patrick Johnson: The Skinny on Cholesterol
Cryonics Forum
Cryonics Revived:
Vitrification Unjustly Vilified
A Frozen Future?
Cryonics as a Gamble
by Gregory Benford
Historical Jesus Forum
Who Killed Jesus?
Tim Callahan Replies

On the Cover

Cover art by Pat Linse, Art Director for Skeptic magazine. Inspired by the art of Australian Aborigines.

Cover Stories

The Almost Blank Slate
Making a Case for Human Nurture
by Henry D. Schlinger
The Revival of Human
Nature ≠ The Denial of Human Nurture
Toward a Consilient Science
of Human Behavior
by Frank Miele


Dembski, Darwin & Devils
A Review of three books:
The Design Revolution by William Dembski; God, the Devil & Darwin, by Niall Shanks; Darwinism, Design, & Public Education by John A. Campbell and Stephen Meyer.
reviewed by Jason Rosenhouse
Intentional Deception: Intelligent Design’s
Wedge of Creationism
A review of Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, by Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross. reviewed by Bruce Grant
Is There Really a 67% Probability that God Exists?
A review of The Probability of God: A Simple Calculation That Proves The Ultimate Truth by Stephen D. Unwin. reviewed by Craig Waterman
A Stunning Chronicle
of Unbelievers
A review of Doubt: A History, by Jennifer Michael Hecht. reviewed by Tim Callahan
Did Women’s Blood
Lead to Men’s Blood Lust?
A review of Sex Time & Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution by Leonard Shlain. reviewed by Tim Callahan

Junior Skeptic

Bigfoot Part One:
Dawn of Sasquatch
written and illustrated
by Daniel Loxton
Ogres; Native Folklore and J. W.Burns— the Father of the Sasquatch; Native Eyewitnesses; The Legend Begins: A Star is Born; The Makeover: Sasquatch Becomes an Ape; Albert Ostman: Kidnapped; The Jacko Legend; The Bluff Creek Tracks: The Birth of Bigfoot; Ray Wallace; The Patterson Film; Bob Heironimus: The Man In the Suit.

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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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