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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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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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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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Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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