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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 18 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 18, no 1 (cover)

Cover Articles:
Can Anything Be Done
About Mass Shootings?

The Mass Murder Problem
by David Hillshafer
The Sandy Hook Effect
Preventing Highly Improbable Mass Murders Like That at Sandy Hook Elementary School is Impossible, But There Are Things We Can Do to Decrease Violence by Michael Shermer


The SkepDoc
Myths about Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
Climate Cold Reading: Meteorological Myths of Farmer’s Almanacs
by Karen Stollznow
’Twas Brillig…
A Skeptic in Court, Part I by James Randi

Junior Skeptic

Ghostbuster Girls!
  • An Uphill Battle;
  • Speaking with the Dead?;
  • Mary Sullivan;
  • Fight for the Right to Vote;
  • Police Pioneers;
  • Detective Sullivan v. Psychics;
  • Psychic Crackdown;
  • Unlikely Alliance;
  • Medicine and the Law: Feminist Trailblazers Battle Each Other;
  • Career Debunker;
  • The Work Goes On.

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


The McStegosaur Myth
Creationists’ Claim that Live Stegosaurs Roamed Medieval Ireland by Phil Senter
The Devil and Don Decker
Rain Boy Poltergeist—Case Solved by Robert E. Bartholomew
and Joe Nickell
Cracked Earth and
Crackpot Ideas
by Donald R. Prothero
The Making of a Modern Myth
Edward Leedskalnin’s Coral Castle
by Peter Hancock
The Sense of Being Stared At
An Empirical Test by Jeffrey M. Lohr, Thomas G. Adams, Michael Schwarz, and Robert E. Brady


A Gentle Journey through the Truth in Rocks
A Review of The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood, by David R. Montgomery.
reviewed by Donald R. Prothero
Are We Really Alone?
A Review of Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet is Unique, by John Gribbin. reviewed by George Michael
The Evolution of Evolution
Three Reviews: Darwin’s Ghosts:The Secret History of Evolution, by Rebecca Stott. American Genesis: The Evolution Controversies From Scopes to Creation Science, by Jeffrey P. Moran. Darwin the Writer, by George Levine.
reviewed by Jason Rosenhouse
Foundation of a Founder
of Evo-Devo
A Review of Once We All Had Gills: Growing Up Evolutionist in an Evolving World, by Rudolf A. Raff.
reviewed by Donald R. Prothero
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