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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 16 Number 4
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 16, no 4 (illustration
by Pat Linse)

Special Section on
UFO & Alien Beliefs

Pulp Fiction UFO
How the Idea of UFOs Originated by Armando Simon
Roswell, Aliens & Belief
Who Believes that Aliens
Landed at Roswell?
by Frank Borzellieri

Special Section on Precognition

Precognition or
Pathological Science?
An Analysis of Daryl Bem’s Controversial “Feeling the Future” Paper by Nicolas Gauvrit
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
How the Science of Sleep
Explains “Precognitive” Dreams
by Richard Wiseman

Special Section on Apologetics

What’s So Great About Kant?
A Critique of Dinesh D’Souza’s Attack on Reason by Michael Dahlen
God’s Quarterback
A Critique of Theologian
William Lane Craig
by Kenneth Grubbs
Rough-Tuned Universe
How the “Fine-tune” Argument of Creationists Works Against Them
by Christopher Sirola


The SkepDoc
Complexities of Antioxidants
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
Healing and Harming Sounds
by Karen Stollznow
’Twas Brillig…
Trying to Give Away
a Million Dollars by James Randi


What Is the Most Effective?
The Debate Between Confrontational Activism v. Educational Outreach
by Daniel Loxton
Quacks & Quakes
by Donald Prothero
The Blind Leading the Blind
How Creationists Edit Themselves and Their Peers
by Ralph M. Barnes and
Rebecca A. Church


The Immortalist
Transcendent Man: A Film About the Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil reviewed by Michael Shermer
Alien Planets & Life
Strange New Worlds
by Ray Jayawardhana
reviewed by Justin Trottier
Superstition in the U.S.
Paranormal America
by Christopher D. Bader, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph O. Baker
reviewed by Anondah Saide
Among The Cadavers
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and The Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr
reviewed by Stephen Beckner
The Physics of Atheism
The Fallacy of Fine Tuning: Why the Universe is Not Designed for Us
by Victor Stenger
reviewed by Andrew Zak Williams
Does Being Right Matter?
Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—And How to Know When Not to Trust Them by David H. Freedman.
reviewed by David H. Voelker

News & Forum

2011’s Record Tornado Season
by Donald Prothero

Junior Skeptic

Fossil Fakes Part 1
  • Hoaxes of the Ancient World
  • Hydrarchos—Gigantic Fossil Reptile, or Gigantic Fake?
  • Did a Famous Hoaxer Make One of the Most Important
  • Genuine Fossil Discoveries of All Time?
  • Pseudofossils and Deliberate Fossil Fakes
  • A Tale of Two Birds: The Archaeoraptor Fiasco
  • A Tale of Two Birds: Archaeopteryx “Hoax”?

Written by Daniel Loxton and Jason Loxton, with special contribution from Adrienne Mayor. Cover by Jim WW Smith and Daniel Loxton


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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

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

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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

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

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