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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 13 Number 2
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Skeptic magazine, vol 13, no 2

Cover Story
Richard Dawkins

Dawkins v. Collins Debate
A skeptical analysis of the Time magazine debate between Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins
by Gary J.Whittenberger
The Skeptic’s Chaplain
Richard Dawkins as a
Fountainhead of Skepticism
by Michael Shermer
Two reviews of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion
What a Friend
We Have in Dawkins
Plus a sidebar:
Two Paths to Skepticism by Norman Levitt
The Science Delusion
by Deepak Chopra
An Elemental Impulse
Religion is so Powerful that Even Soviet Antireligious Policy Failed
by Paul Gabel
Who Designed That?
Creationism’s Doubts About Intelligent Design
by Tom McIver


Pooches May be Smarter Than We Think
by Jason Loxton


The Secret Behind
“The Secret”
What is Attracting Millions
to the “Law of Attraction”?
by Ingrid Hansen Smythe
Solomon’s House
The Deeper Agenda of the New Creation Museum in Kentucky
by Stephen T.Asma

The Future of Science

Science Will Never Explain Everything — That is Why it is So Useful! by Robert Ehrlich
The End of Science Revisited
The Case for Incrementalism
in the Future of Science
by Mordechai (Moti) Ben-Ari


Why This Universe?
Toward a Taxonomy of
Possible Explanations
by Robert Lawrence Kuhn
The Science of Friendship
Where Evolutionary
Psychology Fails
by Mark Vernon

Junior Skeptic

Evolution Part 2 —
Frequently Asked Questions
written by Daniel Loxton; illustrations by Daniel Loxton and Jim WW Smith
Is Nature too perfect to have evolved? How do we know that evolution happened? If apes evolved into humans, why are there still apes? Where are the missing links? How do new species come about? Has anyone ever seen something evolve? Are there human footprints with dinosaur footprints? Are dinosaurs still alive in Africa? Do we know how life started? How could something as complicated as eyes evolve? What about religion? What’s wrong with the famous “March of Progress” illustration?


Mammoth in the Garden
Why Harmonizing Science and Religion is a Strong Human Need
reviewed by Paul Gross
  • The Creationist Debate:
    The Encounter Between the
    Bible & the Historical Mind
    by Arthur McCalla
  • Creatures of Accident:
    The Rise of the Animal Kingdom
    by Wallace Arthur
  • The Language of God:
    a Scientist Presents
    Evidence for Belief
    by Francis S. Collins
Measuring the Deity
reviewed by Warren Allmon
  • The Measure of God.
    Our Century-Long Struggle to Reconcile Science and Religion. The Story of the Gifford Lectures.
    by Larry Witham
  • Before Darwin.
    Reconciling God and Nature
    by Keith Stewart Thomson
God’s Mind &
Alice’s Restaurant
reviewed by James N. Gardner
  • The Trouble with Physics:
    The Rise of String Theory,
    the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next
    by Lee Smolin
  • Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law
    by Peter Woit
Dover, Pennsylvania:
The Battle for Our Children

reviewed by Tim Callahan
Monkey Girl
by Edward Humes
Conspicuous by His Absence
reviewed by David Ludden
God: The Failed Hypothesis —
How Science Shows that
God Does Not Exist
by Victor J. Stenger

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

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