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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 2 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 2, no 3


Holocaust Denial; Allen, Randi at Caltech; Skeptic in Supermarkets; Creationists’ Latest Strategy Countered; Where Your Membership Money Goes; Randi Supernova; CBS Not Thwarted by Hoax; “Protocols” Forgery; SETI Program Ended; Gallo Vindicated; Should Science be Censored?; Silicon Psychic; Murder Blamed on Witchcraft; The Millennium — 7 or 8 Years Away?; Lives of a Biology Watcher; What Jesus Really Said; Every Time a Bell Rings; A Dickens of a Lady; Embassy for E.T.; What is a Humanist?; Supreme Court Denies Atheists


Satanic Smoke; Geller Cutlery; Skeptical Thought Control; Elvis Called Me; The Science of Santa; Christianity Not Founded by a Jew, Larue Responds; Scientific Ignorance and Arrogance, Rothman Responds; Babbage Not Top 12; Freethinkers and Charismatic Paranoids; Debunking Ayn Rand; Rand Not an Absolutist?; The Shermer “Phenomena(on)”; By Any Other Name; Truth — the First Casualty?; Hanging on to the First Amendment; Meeting the Test; Welcome to Our Offices; Asking the Right Questions; Not an Idiot


Desperately Seeking Sanity
Science and Anti-Science,
by Gerald Holton
reviewed by Thomas McDonough
Scenes from the Books of Life
Deconstruction as a Form of Skepticism:
Scenes From Deep Time,
by Martin Rudwick and
The Book of Life,
by Stephen Jay Gould
reviewed by Michael Shermer

Special Section:

Sun Goes Down in Flames
The Jammal Ark Hoax
by Jim Lippard
The Incredible Mysteries
of Sun Pictures
by David Bloomberg
Flood Myths & Sunken Arks
Who Needs to Believe
in Noah’s Ark and Why? by Gerald Larue


How Do You Explain That?
How Thinking Goes Wrong
by Michael Shermer
Skeptic Lite
Elvis Impersonators — Is It Genetics, Environment, or in the Stars? by Peter Huston

Special Section:
The Mind

An Epidemic of Accusation
The Chaos of Witch Crazes and their Modern Descendants
by Michael Shermer
Recovered Memory Therapy & False Memory Syndrome
by John Hochman
Misplaced Trust
A First Person Account of How My Therapist Created False Memories
by Laura Pasley
Facilitated Communication
Mental Miracle or Slight of Hand?
by Gina Green
The Illusion of
Science in Psychiatry
by Carol Tavris
Diagnoses are Not Diseases
A Skeptical Analysis of Psychiatry by Thomas Szasz
Epigones of Orgonomy
The Incredible History of William Reich and his Followers
by Joel Carlinsky
UFO’s, Cloudbusters, Conspiracies, and Paranoia in William Reich’s Psychotherapy
by Richard Morrock
UFO’s, Cloudbusters, Conspiracies, and Paranoia in William Reich’s Psychotherapy
by Richard Morrock
Sex, Brains & Hands
Differences in How Women and Men Think
by Diane Halpern

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