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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 12 Number 4
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 12, no 4

Cover Story

9/11 Conspiracy Theories
The 9/11 Truth Movement
in Perspective
by Phil Molé
What Demolition Experts
Say About 9/11
Is there evidence that explosives caused the collapse of the world trade center buildings as many conspiracy theorists claim?


The Day Without Yesterday
Is intelligent design
really like big bang theory?
by John Farrell
The Ball Lightning Conundrum
by William D. Stansfield;
as Fortuneteller
by Marlene Dobkin de Rios


’Twas Brillig…
Psychics Prosecuted —
Never Saw it Coming
by James Randi
Anatomy of a Fallacy
Fallacy of the Golden Mean
by Charles Lambdin
The SkepDoc
Keeping an Eye on
Alternative Medicine by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Big Lie Lie: Why a Warning about “Disinformation” is itself a Form of Disinformation by George Case

Junior Skeptic

Alien Abductions Part 2
written and illustrated
by Daniel Loxton
March of the Elephants — no fact too large to be ignored; “Repressed” and “Recovered” Memories; The Mystery of Hypnosis; False Memories; Three Types of Recovered Memory Therapist; Cherry Picking the Best Parts; Motives: Are They Lying? Are They Mentally Ill?; Who Gets Abducted?; Scars, Missing Pregnancies, Implants; the Bottom Line


Prayerful Science
More on the Relationship
Between Prayer & Healing
by Brian Ragle
UFO Report, Real Mind Reading, Britons & Psychic Powers, Drink & See Fewer Gorillas
Facilitated Communication
& the Power of Belief

How Time Magazine Got it Wrong
by Lawrence Norton


Longevity: Three Views
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, M.D.;
Anti-Aging Medicine: The Hype and the Reality, edited by S.Jay Olshansky, Leonard Hayflick, and Thomas T.Perls;
Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being by Andrew Weil, M.D
all three reviewed by Harriet Hall
The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
by Will Eisner
reviewed by Howard Schneider
“One of You Will Betray Me”
The Gospel of Judas, Television and book. Commentary by Bart Ehrman and Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer, and Gregor Wurst (Eds.)
reviewed by Tim Callahan
The Word of the Lord?
Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
reviewed by Tim Callahan
Lonesome George:
The Last Animal on Earth
Lonesome George: The Life and Loves of a Conservation Icon
by Henry Nicholls. reviewed by Michael Shermer
Is Lonesome George
Really Lonesome?

by Frank Sulloway
Broken Spells
Breaking the Spell:
Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
by Daniel Dennett
reviewed by James N. Gardner
In the Beginning
was the Word
The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism by Ralph W. Hood, Jr., Peter C. Hill, and W. Paul Williamson
reviewed by David Ludden
Hardwired for Good
Hardwired Behavior:
What Neuroscience Reveals
About Morality
by Laurence R. Tancredi
reviewed by Kenneth W. Krause
Humility, Charity & Hope
Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe by Erik J. Wielenberg
reviewed by Robert R.Lavieri
It Won’t Be Long Now
The Evolution-Creation Struggle
by Michael Ruse.
reviewed by Michael Shermer
Not Believing In Belief
Natural Atheism by David Eller
reviewed by Kenneth W. Krause


Al Gore’s Opinions, Prayer Study, Societal Health Study
Artificial Intelligence
A.I article Complaints;
Don’t Bet on A.I.
Deepak Chopra —
Keep Science & Faith Separate
Addressing Dr. Chopra’s
“five points”
Paranormal Pooches
“Bad science! Bad, bad science!”; Do Dogs Think?
Environmental Wars Forum
Flipping too Late; Shermer has Flipped; Editorial Dictates;
Eco Freaks; Left Wing Politics;
Nuclear Power; Choose Incentives;
Beware of Regulatory Policies; Crichton/Stossel Arguments
Flawed Survey
on Orthodox Jews
What Orthodox Judaism Really Is; Survey Question Flaws

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Detecting Baloney

Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic) by Deanna and Skylar (High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA)

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

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