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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 18 Number 4
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 18, no 4 (cover)

Cover Articles:
Alien Evidence

Ancient Alien
Evidence Examined
by Chris White
A Flood of Nonsense
The Myth of a Universal
Flood Myth by Tim Callahan
Scientific Geology v.
“Flood Geology”
by Donald Prothero
Cover: “We call it ‘the Wheel’!” Illustration by Anna Maltese

Special Section:
Diagnosing the DSM

Controversies in Psychiatric Diagnosis: What is a Mental Disorder?
And When Are Irrational
Beliefs Delusional? by Ralph Lewis, M.D.
Diagnosing Dissociation
Or Why Measuring Multiple Personalities Doesn’t Work by Robert Stern
& Michael McDonald

Junior Skeptic

Ping-pong Planets
and Velikovsky

What if everything scientists have discovered about the history of the Earth—the evolution of life, the ice ages, the movements of the continents, all of it—was completely wrong? And what if that was just the tip of the iceberg? What if the planets of our solar system had often careened out of their orbits like wrecking balls, bringing catastrophe to the cultures of the ancient world—and then humanity forgot that it happened? Could any of that be true? Let’s find out!

By Daniel Loxton. Interior art by Daniel Loxton with Jim WW Smith. This issue’s cover, by Daniel Loxton, features traditional pen and ink drawing with digital color.


Bigfoot or Baloney?
Confessions of a Bigfoot Hunter by Jonathan Blais
The New Satanic Panic
Witch Hunting in
the Internet Age by Mike Moran
To Understand the Universe
A Conversation with Astrophysicist Sean Carroll by Hector Trujillo
Still Unsafe
Why the American Medical Establishment Cannot Reduce Medical Errors by Philip Levitt, M.D.
The Life and Death of Tycho Brahe—A Cautionary Tale from Science History
by Kyle Sanders


’Twas Brillig…
A Sign of the Times: Astrology, Astronomy and Where Science and Pseudoscience Overlap by James Randi
Bad Language
A Maze of Myths:
The Winchester Mystery House
by Karen Stollznow
The SkepDoc
Uncertainty in Medicine
by Harriet Hall, M.D.


Stephen Meyer’s
Cambrian Follies
A review of Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, by Stephen Meyer.
reviewed by Donald Prothero
Inside the Psychic Mind
A review of Psychic Blues,
by Mark Edward
reviewed by John Rael
Food For Thought
A review of Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal by Melanie Warner.
reviewed by Kenneth W. Krause
Free Tilly!
A review of Blackfish, a film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
reviewed by Donald Prothero
The 10,000-Hour Rule Debunked
A review of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein.
reviewed by Michael Shermer
Bigfoot Skepticism is
Alive and Well
A review of Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero.
reviewed by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Debunking Plantinga
A review of Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga.
reviewed by William S. Moore
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