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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 14 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 14, no 1

Cover Story

A Climate of Belief
The claim that anthropogenic CO2 is responsible for the current warming of Earth climate is scientifically insupportable because climate models are unreliable
by Patrick Frank
How We Know
Global Warming is Real
The Science Behind
Human-induced Climate Change
by Tapio Schneider
Turning Around by 2020
How to solve the
global warming problem
by William Calvin
The Hydrogen Economy
Savior of humanity or
an economic black hole?
by Alice Friedemann


Skull Island, Canada
Could one of histories most famous films have inspired two of our most enduring monster legends?
by Daniel Loxton


Altered States of Consciousness; Ape Language and Consciousness; Neuroscience Psychobabble; von Daniken Debunked
No Victory in
the Textbook Wars
by Glenn Branch
SkepDoc’s Ill Tone
by Ralph G.Walton, MD
SkepDoc Harriet Hall Replies


A Reconstruction of Houdini’s Famous Show Exposing Séance Fraud
by Steven E. Rivkin
Journalist Bites Reality!
How broadcast journalism is flawed in such a fundamental way that its utility as a tool for informing viewers is almost nil
by Steve Salerno
In Belief We Trust
Why anthropologists abandon skepticism when they hear claims about supernatural beliefs
by Craig T. Palmer, Kathryn Coe, and Reed L.Wadley


’Twas Brillig…
Last Chance to Win the Million-Dollar Challenge; Magnetic Therapy
by James Randi
The SkepDoc
Detox Quackery:
from Footbaths to Fetishism
by Harriet Hall, M.D.


What the Fossils Say
— In Spades!
Evolution: What the Fossils Say
and Why It Matters

by Donald R. Prothero
reviewed by Tim Callahan
What’s So Great
About Dinesh D’Souza?
What’s So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D’Souza reviewed by Tim Callahan
Jackpot or Crackpot?
Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe is Just Right for Life by Paul Davies
reviewed by Sid Deutsch
The Painful Elaboration
of the Fatuous
Science v. Religion: Intelligent Design and the Problem of Evolution by Steve Fuller
reviewed by Norman Levitt
Steve Fuller Responds to Norman Levitt’s Review
Levitt Responds to
Steve Fuller’s response

Junior Skeptic

Dragons! written by Daniel Loxton;
illustrations by Daniel Loxton
The Dragons of Babylon and the Evil Mother Tiamat; Egyptian Serpents; Greek Dragons; Dragons in the Bible; The World Serpent of the Norse; Chinese Dragons and the Magic of Dragon bones; Where Does the Idea of Dragons come from?; Fossil Dragons, Instinct, and Imagination

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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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