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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 15 Number 4
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 15, no 4 (cover art by Jim WW Smith, Daniel Loxton and Pat Linse)

News & Cover Story

Worlds in Collision Redux
Velikovsky was Wrong, but New Research Indicates that Worlds Do Occasionally Collide by Liam McDaid
Climate Skeptics v.
Climate Deniers
by David Brin

Special Section:
Health Hype

The Disappearing Male
A Pinch of Science, a Pound of Speculation on the Alleged Disappearance of Males by Harriet Hall, M.D., the SkepDoc
The Longevity Myth: Are We Really Living Longer? Or is the Headway Mostly Hype?
by Steve Salerno
Do Cell Phones
Cause Cancer?
by Bernard Leikind

Special Section:
Teaching Stratagies

Teaching By doing
Turning a Biology Curriculum Upside Down by Clark Lindgren
A Magician in the Classroom
Using Magic and Mentalism
to Teach Skepticism by Paul Goodin

Special Section:
The Non-Religious

The Stigma of Being
an Atheist
An Empirical Study on the
New Atheist Movement and
its Consequences by Tom Arcaro
The Rise of the Nones and the Growth of Religious Indifference
by James Allan Cheyne


The SkepDoc
Boost My Immune System?
No Thanks!
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
Not-so-Linguistic Programming by Karen Stollznow
’Twas Brillig…
Those Damn Magic Sticks: The ADE 651 Bomb Detector Blows Up Under Scrutiny by James Randi


The $1 Million Dollar Challenge
by Greg Thompson
Testing Astrological Predictions About Sex, Marriage, and Selfishness
by Charles S. Reichardt
Truth v. Truths
An Enduring Dilemma for Skeptics
by William M. Gardner


Freakonomics Redux
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner reviewed by P.J. Rooks
Why Do Women Have Sex? Here’s Why
Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between), by Cindy M. Meston and David M.Buss
reviewed by Victoria Bekiempis
Is There Not Grandeur
in this View?
The Greatest Show on Earth,
The Evidence for Evolution
by Richard Dawkins reviewed by Kenneth Grubbs
God is Love
The Evolution of God,
by Robert Wright reviewed by P. J. Rooks
The Mythbusters
of Psychology
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior, by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio,
and Barry L. Beyerstein reviewed by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Good News … Again?
The Reason for God: Belief
in an Age of Skepticism
by Timothy Keller reviewed by Kenneth Grubbs

Junior Skeptic

Top Ten Busted Myths
  1. Newspaper Horoscopes
  2. Dowsing
  3. Moon Landing Hoax
  4. Homeopathy
  5. The Loch Ness Monster
  6. The 10% Brain Myth
  7. The Bermuda Triangle
  8. The Skull of Doom
  9. Roswell UFO Crash
  10. Ghost Orbs

Written by Daniel Loxton. Art by Daniel Loxton and Jim WW Smith


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The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

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

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

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