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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 17 Number 2
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 17, no 2 (cover)

Cover Story

How We Know
Global Warming is Real
and Human Caused
by Donald R. Prothero Cover photo: A massive crack across Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier will produce a giant iceberg of about 350 sq. miles (900 square k). Credit: NASA/ GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

Special Section on
Perception Self-Deception

The Real Foo Fighters
A Historical and Physiological Perspective on a World War II Aviation Mystery by Jeffery A. Lindell
Talking to the Dead,
Listening to Yourself
An Empirical Study on the Psychological Aspects of Interpreting Electronic Voice Phenomena
by John E. Buckner V and Rebecca Anders Buckner
Sleep Paralysis
A Personal Odyssey into an Apparently Paranormal Experience
by Heidi Love


The SkepDoc
Energy Medicine and Fantasy Physics: How Real Physics Has Been Kidnapped by Alternative Medicine Practitioners
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
Life on the Psychic D List: Look for Rebecca Rosen to Join the A-List of Media-Savvy Mediums
by Karen Stollznow
’Twas Brillig…
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Christopher Hitchens, Cancer Quackery, and James Van Praagh by James Randi

Special Section on
Evidence-Based Medicine

Depression Treatment
What Works and How We Know
by Bruce E. Levine
Sensory Integration
and Autism
Science or Pseudoscience?
by Courtney Allyn Polenick and Stephen Ray Flora


Three Skeptics are Rightly Skeptical of Numerology, but There May Be Something Special About the Number
by Scot Morris
Shroud of Turin Redux
Have Italian researchers finally proven the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin? by Daniel Loxton
A Universe From Nothing?
A Conversation with
Lawrence Krauss
by Andrew Zak Williams


As Far As Her Eyes Can See
Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, by Lisa Randall. reviewed by Michael Shermer
Where the Substance
Really Isn’t
Where the Conflict Really Lies, by Alvin Plantinga. reviewed by Tim Callahan
The Soul of Consciousness
Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness, by Nicholas Humphrey.
reviewed by Robert L. Martone
The Father of “Jurassic Park”
Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through Time, by Richard Milner, with an Introduction by Rhoda Knight Kalt.
reviewed by Donald R. Prothero

Junior Skeptic

The Mighty Moa!
  • Of Dinosaurs and Birds
  • New Zealand: A land of Birds
  • Great Designs Evolve Alike
  • Where Did All the Moas Go?
  • The Moas Revealed
  • The Case for the Moa
  • Have Moas been Spotted Alive?

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


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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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