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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 17 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 17, no 3 (cover)

Cover Story

Is Ours a Christian Civilization?
by Tim Callahan Cover photo: George Washington’s legendary prayer at Valley Forge—updated. Art by Pat Linse. Thanks to Eduard Pastor, Gingi Yee, and David Patton for help with photo reference.

Special Section:
Are We Alone?

The Glare of Other Suns
An Inside Look at How Astronomers are Searching
for Extrasolar Planets by Apurva Narechania
The Flake Equation
Estimating the Number
of People Who Have
Experienced the Paranormal
by Michael Shermer
The Physics of UFOs
How Realistic is it for Spacecraft to Travel Interstellar Distances to Earth?
by Michael K. Gainer


The SkepDoc
Multiple Personality Delusions
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
Possessed Possessions
by Karen Stollznow
’Twas Brillig…
Celebrating the Reason Rally by James Randi

Junior Skeptic

Mokele Mbembe
  • Genuine Sea Serpents
  • Sauropods Revealed
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Fossils, Fortunes, and Fame
  • Birth of a Media Legend
  • Earlier African Dinosaur Legends?
  • Dinos Everywhere!
  • The Story Comes Together
  • “All Who Ate of it Died”

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

Special Section
On “Nothing”

Out of Nothing?
The Genesis Creation Myth is Not Unique
by Tim Callahan
What Rocks Dream About
The Non-Existence of Nothing
by Christopher Sirola
Nothing is Negligable
Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing
by Michael Shermer


Trolley Trouble
Why We Should be Skeptical of Moral Cognition Testing Based on Hypothetical Situations
by Chris Edwards
Fetus Food
Another Urban Legend Busted by Tina Dupuy
Facilitated Communication: A Long-Debunked Pseudoscience Makes a Surprising Return
by L. Kirk Hagen
Science, Skepticism and Democracy
by Brian Vroman
The Neuroscience of Changing Minds
by Eric Prichard and Stephen Christman
Einstein’s Razor
Making Scientific Models as Simple as Possible But Not Simpler is Difficult To Do
by Alex Woronow


How the World Swerved Toward Science
A review of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,
by Stephen Greenblatt. reviewed by Matthew F. Ainsworth
Mind Matters
A review of Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter, by Terrence Deacon. reviewed by Sam Mackintos
Making Room for Religion
A review of Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science,
by Michael Ruse.
reviewed by Paul J. Cech
What’s it Like to be a Brain?
A review of Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist, by Christof Koch.
reviewed by Ueli Rutishauser
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