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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 11 Number 4
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Skeptic magazine, vol 11, no 4


’Twas Brillig…
John of God: ABC’s Primetime Live Special About A Brazilian “Healer” Falls Far Short of Investigative Journalism
by James Randi
Demon Haunted Times
God Offers Human Race on eBay
by Brandon Muller

Junior Skeptic

Six Slick Tricks
& the Science Behind Them
The Antigravity Tube
The Dissolving Coin
The Mystical Marble
How To Force A Card
Will the Stars Match?
The Obedient Wand
by the Madman of Magic,
Bob Friedhoffer


The Da Vinci Code Cult
A Critical Look at Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code
by Robert Sheaffer
Ernst Mayr Tribute:
by Frank J. Sulloway
Gender Differences
& the 80-Hour Work Week
by Susan Carol Losh
Testing Prayer
by E. J. Behrman
Darwin & Design Conference
by Robert Camp
Philosopher Jacques Derrida 1930–2004
by L. Kirk Hagen


Collapse Predicted in 1974; Hormone Replacement Myths and The Real Truth About Cholesterol; Intelligent Design and Polytheism
Race & Sex
Race and Race Differences are Real; Sarich and Miele Respond to Lemme
Science & the Bush Administration
Neutral letters; Positive letters; Negative Letters; Krider Responds
Nature-Nurture Forum
Blind Men with An Elephant: Nature and Nurture Revisited As Blank Snakes; Genetic Preparedness Does Not Equal Genetic Determinism; Nurturing Nature; The Triplets of Nature and Nurture

Special Section

The Dream World of William Dembski’s Creationism
by Mark Perakh
Creationism’s Holy Grail
The Intelligent Design of a Peer-Reviewed Paper
by Robert Weitzel


Close Encounters of
the Facial Kind
Are UFO Alien Faces an Inborn Facial Recognition Template?
by Frederick V. Malmstrom
Tilting Pictures
& Fruitless Pursuits
How to Test for A Supernatural Occurrence
by Sam Shuster
The Truth Is Out There … Way Out There
Three Major Patterns of Conspiratorial Thinking
by George Case
How the Human
Got its Mind
Debunking the Last Great Myth
in Psychology
by Henry D. Schlinger


Required Reading
The Skeptic’s Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions & Dangerous Delusions by Robert Todd.
reviewed by William Harwood
Super Size This!
The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos. reviewed by Patrick Johnson
Faith, Facts & the Resurrection of Jesus
The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright. reviewed by Carl Stecher
The Key to the Universe
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose. reviewed by Michael Shermer
In the Blink of An Eye
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. reviewed by Michael Shermer
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Inventing Superstition: From the Hippocratics to the Christians by Dale B. Martin. reviewed by Michael Shermer
When Death Comes Knockin’
Who Ya Gonna Call? Facing Death: Epicurus and His Critics by James Warren. reviewed by David Voron
Seek & Ye Shall Find
The God Code: The Secret of Our Past, the Promise of Our Future by Gregg Braden. reviewed by Harriet Hall
The Great Race Debate
The Reality of Human Differences by Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele.
Review I:
Race: No Such Thing
… or is There?
by Paul R. Gross Review II:
The Adaptionist Yardstick
Rethinking the Social Implications of Sarich’s and Miele’s Fast-Track Micro-Evolution. by Alondra Oubré

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