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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 15 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 15, no 3

Psychiatry, Psychology
and the Mind

The Top Ten Myths of Popular Psychology
by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry L. Beyerstein
Prognosis Negative
Psychiatry and the Foibles of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V (DSM-V)
by John Sorboro, M.D.
The Mind is Not a Kludge
by Leonid Perlovsky
The Psychic Industry
Selling the Trade of Trickery
to the Next Generation
by Ryan L.A. Shaffer


The SkepDoc
A Skeptical Look
at Screening Tests
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
’Twas Brillig…
How to Convince People
You Are Psychic by James Randi
Bad Language
Instant Language,
Just Add Software by Karen Stollznow


Coma Man Media Hoax
“Communication” by Coma Man is just “ideomotor” Ouija Board effect by Michael Shermer
The Beverly Hills Battle for Evolution (Against Intelligent Design)
Prothero/Shermer v. Meyer/Sternberg


  • Harriet Hall, M.D., the Skepdoc on Placebos Don’t Cure Anything;
  • When Religions Go Bad;
  • Don’t Throw Out Positive Psychology With the Bathwater;
  • Christianity and the
    Southern Cross;
  • I Could Be Wrong About God, Could You?


Swine Flu Vaccine Fearmongering
by Harriet Hall, M.D., the Skepdoc
Oh, the Horror! Why Skeptics Should Embrace the Supernatural in Fiction
by Jason Colavito
The Trashing of
Margaret Mead
How Derek Freeman Fooled Us All
by Paul Shankman
The Dangers of First Contact
The Moral Nature of Extraterrestrial Intelligence and a Contrarian Perspective on Altruism
by David Brin
Magic, Skepticism & Belief
An Empirical Study on What Magicians Believe About the Paranormal
by Peter M. Nardi


Tribute: Norman Jay Levitt 1943–2009
by Michael Shermer
Science: A Four Hundred Page Hissy-Fit
Science: A Four Thousand Year History by Patricia Fara
reviewed by Norman J. Levitt
Drowning Toads by
20-something Naturalists
Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin’s South America, by Eric Simons. reviewed by Darryl E. Brock
Science & Morality
Render Unto Darwin: Philosophical Aspects of the Christian Right’s Crusade Against Science, by James H. Fetzer reviewed by Harriet Hall, M.D

Junior Skeptic

The Cottingley Fairies
  • Fairies Photographed; The Girls Behind the Fairies: Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright; “I Go to See the Fairies”;
  • The Plot Develops;
  • The Cottingley Cameras;
  • The Second Photo;
  • The Next Three years;
  • Edward Gardner;
  • From Sherlock Holmes … to Fairies?; Conan Doyle; Doyle’s Spiritualism;
  • The Last of the Fairy Photos;
  • Media frenzy;
  • The Aftermath; The World’s Greatest Hoax?; Should He Have known?;
  • Psychic Silliness;
  • Fed Up With Fairies;
  • The Next 60 Years;
  • Randi v. Fairies;
  • Confessions;
  • Frances and the Fairies;
  • The Bottom Line.

by guest writers Jillian Baker and Jason Loxton with Daniel Loxton. Cover Art by Daniel Loxton. Art by Daniel Loxton and Jim WW Smith


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