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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 19 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 19, no 3 (cover)

Special Section:
The Multiverse

Fine-Tuning and
the Multiverse
by Victor J. Stenger
Quantum Immortality and the Many Lives of Schrödinger’s Cat
Forget the Afterlife— Some Physicists Think You Might Already Be Immortal
by Jérémie Harris


The SkepDoc
Music Hath Charms But
“Sound Healing” Hath Nonsense
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
Speaking the Same Language? Dolphin Communication Research
by Karen Stollznow
The Gadfly
The Negative Side of
Positive Psychology

by Carol Tavris

Junior Skeptic

Photographing Phantoms — Part Two

Shortly after it was invented by the slippery Mr. Mumler and his wife, other photographers said they too could capture ghosts on film. Why did so many people believe these claims? If any spirit photographs were genuine—could we tell? And with tricksters trying to fool people, how could folks detect photographic fakery?

by Daniel Loxton


ON THE COVER: The Multiverse. Photography by Ed Pastor. Photo illustration by Pat Linse.
The Health of Nation
An Empirical Study on the Effects of Religion and Economic Policy
by Gregory Paul
On Miracles
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
It’s Not in Your Blood
Exploring Claims that Blood Type and Personality Are Linked by Rebecca Anders Buckner and John E. Buckner V
Strange Tales from
the Classroom
From Demonic Possession to Twitching Epidemics and Itching Frenzies—The Extraordinary History of Mass Hysteria in Schools
by Robert E. Bartholomew
The Shroud of Turin
in the 21st Century
Dating the Shroud Need Not Be Complicated or Controversial
by Scott Hippensteel

Special Section:
Changing Minds

Science v. Intuition
Why it is Difficult for Scientific Knowledge to Take Root
by Andrew Shtulman
Draw Them A Picture
How Skeptic Activists and a Cartoon Kept Quacks Away
from Infants by Linda Rosa
Changing Long Held Beliefs
Scientific Evidence for Evolution and Climate Change Might be More Readily Accepted by Conservative Groups if Presented as Public Health Issues
by Shawn K. Stover


Discovering Your Inner Fish, Reptile, and Monkey
A review of Your Inner Fish, a Three-Part PBS Documentary.
reviewed by Donald Prothero
What’s it Like? The Science of Scientific Analogies
A review of Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking,
by Douglas Hofstadter
and Emmanuel Sander.
reviewed by Chris Edwards

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Detecting Baloney

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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Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Understanding the difference could save your life! In this superb 10-part video lecture series, Harriet Hall M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods.

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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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Learn to be a Psychic in 10 Easy Lessons

Learn to do Psychic “Cold Reading” in 10
Easy Lessons

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

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The Yeti or Abominable Snowman

5 Cryptid Cards

Download and print 5 Cryptid Cards created by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton. Creatures include: The Yeti, Griffin, Sasquatch/Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Cadborosaurus.

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