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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 12 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 12, no 1

Cover Story

Mythbusters Exposed
How a Special Effects Crew Opened the Most Important New Front in the Battle for Science Literacy
by Daniel Loxton


’Twas Brillig…
On the Soapbox: Tom Cruise; Sylvia Browne Talks to the Animals (on the other side); Creationism at the Tulsa Zoo; Cellular Quackery
by James Randi


Mind, Brain, & Consciousness
The Skeptics Society 2005 Conference
by Lee Traynor
A Skeptic Goes to
an Exorcism
by Lee Traynor
The Woodstock of Evolution
The World Summit on Evolution, held in the Galápagos Islands, revealed a science rich in history and tradition, data and theory, as well as controversy and debate.
by Michael Shermer


Skeptical Opinions
Where the Absence of Evidence is Confirmation of the Claim.
by Brian K. Pinaire
An Argument Against Bigfoot; Required Blind, Double Good; Animal Subjects and Double Blind Studies; Not Skeptical Enough; Collapse Collapses on the Evidence; If “Mind” is a Myth, What About “Person”?; Why Derrida Matters; Do African Americans See Black or White Aliens?; The Truth is Out There … About 9/11
Cholesterol Forum
Cholesterol Skepticism; Disease Kills Kids, Not Cholesterol; Cholesterol Constraints
Shakespeare Authorship Forum
How Do We Know Shakespeare? Let Me Count the Ways; The Case for Shakespeare: The End of the Authorship Question; Shakespeare in the World.

Special Section:
Evolutionary Psychology

Sex, Jealousy & Violence
A Skeptical Look at
Evolutionary Psychology
by David J. Buller
Evolutionary Psychology
is Here to Stay
A Response to Buller
by Frank Miele


Doubting Dr. Dino
Kent Hovind’s $250,000
Challenge Met
by Adam Kisby
The Faustian Bargain of
David Irving by Michael Shermer
Ezekiel’s Spaceships
by Tim Callahan
What Biased Media?
The Right, Left, and Center of
the American Press
by George Case


Design Inc.
A review of Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?
by Michael Ruse.
reviewed by Michael Shermer
Elementary Evolution
Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution by Steve Jenkins.reviewed by Susan Haines
God the Father
The Psychological Roots of Religious Belief: Searching for Angels and the Parent-God by M.D. Faber.reviewed by Kenneth W. Krause
What the Numbers
Can Reveal
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.reviewed by Michael Shermer
The Big Bang’s Steady State
Conflict in the Cosmos: Fred Hoyle’s Life in Science by Simon Mitton.reviewed by James N. Gardner
The Evolution of Literature
The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative. Edited by Jonathan Gottschall and David Sloan Wilson.reviewed by David Michelson
The Pentagon’s Psychic Friend’s Network
The Men Who Stare at Goats
by Jon Ronson. reviewed by Michael Shermer
What Evolution Isn’t:
Five reviews by Lee Traynor
What Darwin Didn’t Know
by Geoffery Simmons
The Case for a Creator
by Lee Strobel
Origins of Life
by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross
The Design Revolution
by William A. Dembski
Uncommon Dissent
Edited by William Dembski
reviews by Lee Traynor

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

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