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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 12 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 12, no 3


Orthodox Jews & Science
An Empirical Study of Their Attitudes Toward Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Modern Geology
by Alexander Nussbaum
Whose Final Hour?
The Problem of Naive Egocentric Catastrophism in Doomsayers and Catastrophists
by Mordechai (Moti) Ben-Ari
Who Really
Discovered America?
The Solutrean Hypothesis is the Latest in a Long Line of Theories About the Discovery of the New World
by Jason Colavito
Paranormal Pooches
Is There Any Evidence in Support of Claims that Dogs Have Special Powers Beyond Those of Other Mammals?
by April Pedersen
Misquoting Einstein
A Statement Attributed to Einstein, Praising the Church’s Response to Nazism, Isn’t What it Claims to Be
by William C. Waterhouse
Skepticism in the Classroom
A High School Science
Teacher in the Trenches
by Phil Molé


The Supernatural on TV
by Jason Colavito


Underwhelmed by Evolutionary Psychology; Skeptical of Freakonomics; The Real Mary of Magdala; Natural Selection Cannot Explain All Life; A Challenge to Intelligent Design; Separation of Church & Science & State
Artificial Intelligence Forum:
A.I. Skepticism Long Overdue
Flying Artificial Intelligence; Cybernetic Axiom
Skeptical of A.I. Skepticism
Artificial Intelligences in Operation Today; Don’t Give Up On a Young Field; The Conclusion was Disappointing; Illusion of Intelligence is What Matters; Don’t Set Limits; Brain Model May Not Be Necessary
Cholesterol Forum Continued
For Cholesterol Skepticism
by David Caskey, M.D.
Against Cholesterol Skepticism
Potentially Dangerous Information; A Very Complex Pathological Process
by Harriet Hall, M.D.


’Twas Brillig…
Million Dollar Excuses;
Dutch Psychic Caught Cheating;
Sylvia Browne & the Virginia Miners; From the JREF Museum
by James Randi

The Great Debate

Chopra v. Shermer
Gadflies Without a Sting:
The Downside of Skepticism

by Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP
The Power of Positive Skepticism:
A Reply to Chopra

by Michael Shermer

Junior Skeptic

Alien Abductions part I
The Invasion Begins; Thinking Errors About Causes; The Invention of Flying Saucers; Outrageous George Adamski; Betty and Barney Hill; Enter the Greys; A Scientific Study; Close Encounters Influence; Missing Time; Budd Hopkin’s Legacy; Whitley Strieber’s Million Dollar Story; The Groovy Professor
by Daniel Loxton


Randi’s Heart Condition
Was Psychic Sylvia Browne Right?
by Bryan Farha

Special Section

Prayer & Healing
The Verdict is in and
the Results Are Null
by Michael Shermer
Religion & Behavior
Are You Healthier, Happier
& More Moral if You’re Religious?
by Andrew Bernardin
Religious Belief
& Societal Health
New Study: Religion Does
Not Lead to a Healthier Society by Matthew Provonsha


Believing in Belief
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, by Daniel C. Dennett
reviewed by Michael Shermer
Faith v. History
The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave, edited by Robert M. Price and Jeffery Jay
reviewed by Tim Callahan
What Galileo Wrought
Galileo’s Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition, edited by Gardner Dozois
reviewed by John C. Snider
Dershowitz’s Rights
& Wrongs
Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origin of Rights, by Alan Dershowitz
reviewed by Kenneth W. Krause
Divine DNA
The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes,
by Dean Hamer
reviewed by William Olkowski
Science on a Sweatshirt
Just a Theory: Exploring the
Nature of Science, by Moti Ben-Ari
reviewed by David Ludden

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Detecting Baloney

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The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

For a class project, a pair of 11th grade physics students created the infographic shown below, inspired by Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit: a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills.

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Wisdom of Harriet Hall

Top 10 Things to Know About Alternative Medicine

Harriet Hall M.D. discusses: alternative versus conventional medicine, flu fear mongering, chiropractic, vaccines and autism, placebo effect, diet, homeopathy, acupuncture, “natural remedies,” and detoxification.

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Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Understanding the difference could save your life! In this superb 10-part video lecture series, Harriet Hall M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods.

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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

This free booklet reveals 10 myths that explain why terrorism is not a threat to our way of life or our survival.

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

The Top Ten Strangest Beliefs

Michael Shermer has compiled a list of the top 10 strangest beliefs that he has encountered in his quarter century as a professional skeptic.

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

Who believes them? Why? How can you tell if they’re true?

What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and can you tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

Mind altering experiences are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be dangerous…

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

Top 10 Myths About Evolution (and how we know it really happened)

If humans came from apes, why aren’t apes evolving into humans? Find out in this pamphlet!

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Learn to be a Psychic in 10 Easy Lessons

Learn to do Psychic “Cold Reading” in 10
Easy Lessons

Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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The Yeti or Abominable Snowman

5 Cryptid Cards

Download and print 5 Cryptid Cards created by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton. Creatures include: The Yeti, Griffin, Sasquatch/Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Cadborosaurus.

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