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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 13 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 13, no 1

Cover Story

A Voyager in the Cosmos
An Interview with Ann Druyan
by Michael Shermer
Science, Religion &
Human Purpose
A Cosmic Perspective
by Robert Zubrin
Conversations with Carl
An excerpt from
Conversations with Carl
by Tom Head
The God Hypothesis
An excerpt from The Varieties of Scientific Experience
by Carl Sagan
Tributes to Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan’s Vision
by Freeman Dyson
Carl Sagan and Edward Teller
An Uneasy Alliance Over
Defending the Earth

by David Morrison
Carl Sagan & the Search for ET
by Tom McDonough
Leaving a Demon-Haunted World
by C. Pearson Solen
Popular and Pilloried
by Gregory Benford
The Sagan File
by Joel Achenbach
Our Place in the Universe
by Bill Nye “The Science Guy”


Deities for Atheists
Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials, by George Basalla reviewed by Michael Shermer
Of Scholars, Scrolls
& Mushrooms
John Marco Allegro: The Maverick of the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Judith Anne Brown
reviewed by Tim Callahan
If God Could Talk
What Would he Say?
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis S.Collins
reviewed by Robert K. Eberle


Déjà vu in the Lab; Attention Paradox; Amygdala-driven Emotions
Pluto Downgraded
by Liam McDaid
Jews for Darwin
Evolution, Intelligent Design
& Orthodox Judaism
by Nathan Aviezer
Was Louis Pasteur
by John Cross


The Gospel of Food
The Myth of the Doctrine of Naught
by Barry Glassner
The Origin of Superstition, Magical Thinking & Paranormal Beliefs
An Integrative Model
by Marjaana Lindeman
and Kia Aarnio


’Twas Brillig…
Bad Vibrations and
Magical Thinking
by James Randi
The SkepDoc
Don’t Let Them Hoodia-Wink You; Bunkum reigns in weight loss pills and bad back devices
by Harriet Hall, M.D.


Darwin as a Straw Man; Ball Lightning; Still Skeptical of Global Warming
Mordechai Ben-Ari’s Catastrophism Forum
Catastrophe in the Making; What About Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
George Case Opinion & Commentary Forum
Governments Do Lie:
Systemic Bias in the Mass Media
Longevity Forum
Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman defend their book Fantastic Voyage, Live Long Enough to Live Forever; Harriet Hall replies

Junior Skeptic

Evolution Part 1
written and illustrated
by Daniel Loxton and Jim WW Smith
Asking the Big Question; The Greeks and the Middle Ages; Key Discoveries Set the Stage: Extinction, and Deep Time; What Darwin Learned on His Voyage; Artificial Selection; Surplus Population and Struggle; Natural Selection; Descent with Modification; Is DNA like a Blueprint or a Recipe?; Mutation; Why Evolution is Like “Pimp My Ride”; Survival of the Fittest; The Limits of Evolution; Good Enough is Good Enough; The Majesty of Life

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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
Easy Lessons

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

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