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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 16 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 16, no 3 (illustration
by Pat Linse)

Special Section/Cover Story on Islam/the Qur’an

The Mythic Origins
of the Qur’an
by Tim Callahan
Imams, Fatwas, Jihads and Jews— Sense and Nonsense about Muslims and the Middle East.
An Interview with R. Stephen Humphreys
by Frank Miele
Muslim Creationism and the Curious Case of Harun Yahya
A look at a High-profile Muslim Creationist and his Christian Friends In the U.S.
by Marc Carrier


Bob White’s Great UFO Artifact Mystery—Solved
Sometimes All it Takes is Finding the Right Expert by Pat Linse, with Ean Harrison


The SkepDoc
Aspartame: Safe Sweetener or Perilous Poison?
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
Automatic Writing:
Write or Wrong? by Karen Stollznow
’Twas Brillig…
Talking to Dead Celebrities and Psychic Polaroid Photographs by James Randi


Stephen Hawking’s Other Controversial Theory
Model Dependent Realism
in The Grand Design
by Chris Edwards
Why People Do Not
Understand Evolution
An Analysis of the Cognitive Barriers to Fully Grasping
the Unity of Life by Andrew Shtulman
Extraterrestrial Aliens
Friends, Foes, or Just Curious?
by George Michael
Precognition or
Pathological Science?
An Analysis of Daryl Bem’s Controversial paper “Feeling the Future”
by Nicolas Gauvrit


Myths About Fat and
What to Do About It
Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It by Gary Taubes. reviewed by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Science and the
Is/Ought Problem
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values by Sam Harris.
reviewed by Massimo Pigliucci
The Myth of a
Postmortem Domain
Life After Death: The Evidence
by Dinesh D’Souza.
reviewed by Robert K. Eberle


Gould’s Real Contribution; The Real Hypatia; Sports Dominance Mystery; Religion and Violence Reconsidered

Junior Skeptic

The Kraken!
  • Hollywood’s Ultimate Monster
  • Ancient Tentacles Stir
  • The Island That Is A Monster
  • The Scandinavian Kraken
  • The Kraken Rises
  • Truth and Fiction
  • Meet the Kraken
  • Squid Expert Dr. Steve O’Shea

Written by Daniel Loxton. Cover by Jim WW Smith, interior art by Daniel Loxton and Jim WW Smith.


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