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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 18 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 18, no 3 (cover)

Cover Article: JFK

JFK Conspiracy Theories at 50
How the Skeptics Got It Wrong and Why It Matters by David Reitzes
Cover illustration by Pat Linse
and Ed Pastor


’Twas Brillig…
Xenu Marches On… by James Randi
Bad Language
Kids of the Cloth: Child Preachers From Jesus to Marjoe
by Karen Stollznow
The SkepDoc
Scientology’s War on Medicine
by Harriet Hall, M.D.

Junior Skeptic


In this issue, we’ll look at the ancient legend of mermaids! For many centuries, tales have been told of fish-tailed people who live beneath the sea. Today, big-budget television specials claim that these stories are true. Could such creatures really exist? Or if these underwater beings are purely mythological, can we explain sightings of mermaids and the strange, mummified, fish-tailed bodies exhibited in museums? Let’s find out!

by Daniel Loxton. Interior art by Daniel Loxton and Jim Smith. This issue’s cover features a traditional oil on board painting by Corinne Elizabeth Garlick.


The Sovereign Citizen Scam
by Joseph Tsidulko
Tracking Science
The Origin of Scientific Thinking in Our Paleolithic Ancestors by Louis Liebenberg
Sylvia Browne Takes the Case!
by Ingrid Hansen Smythe
The Rejection of Reality
How the Denial of Science Threatens Us All by Donald Prothero
The Great Radium Craze
by Ray Sutera


Written in Our Genes…
And Our Atoms
A review of The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People, by Neil Shubin.
reviewed by Donald Prothero
Growing Up in
the Amityville Horror
A review of the flim My Amityville Horror. Directed by Eric Walter and Featuring Daniel Lutz, Laura DiDio, and Lorraine Warren.
reviewed by Trevor Fehrman
Of Martians and Media
A review of The Martians Have Landed: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford.
reviewed by Sharon Hill
A Case Study in
Confirmation Bias
A review of the flim Room 237, a documentary directed by Rodney Ascher, produced by Tim Kirk.
reviewed by Will Dowd
How to Think Like a Skeptic
A review of A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind by Robert Burton.
reviewed by Harriet Hall, M.D.
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