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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 21 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 21, no 1 (cover)


The SkepDoc
Who’s Crazy Now?: DSM-5 and the Classification of Mental Disorders
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
The Delicate Dilemma of Defining Rape
by Carol Tavris


Advocatus Diaboli—the Devil’s Advocate
A review of Red Team: How To Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, by Micah Zenko.
reviewed by David Press

Junior Skeptic

Haunted Houses

In this issue we’ll summon our courage, light a candle, and venture inside the ancient horror of haunted houses. Imagine walking dark hallways, peering into abandoned rooms. We strain to recognize unfamiliar shapes in the shadows. A cold draft stirs the cobwebs; outside, wind moans through the trees. We climb creaking stairs up into the unknown. Ahead of us, we — wait, did you hear something? Were those…footsteps? Our skin prickles with fear and tension. Breathless, trembling, we call into the darkness, “Is somebody there?”

By Daniel Loxton. This issue’s cover features a digital painting by Daniel Loxton. Reference modeling provided by Isabella Loxton. Thanks to classical folklorist Debbie Felton for research notes.


by Maria Konnikova
ON THE COVER: Photos by Ed Pastor. Photo illustration by Ed Pastor and Pat Linse.


America’s Stonehenge
Did Highly Developed Europeans Build a Sophisticated Astronomical and Religious Monument on the American East Coast MoreThan 3000 Years Ago? by Gert Jan van ’t Land
The Great ET Paradox: Why We are Likely to Find Them Before They Find Us
Is Star KIC 8462852 a Sign of an Extraterrestrial Civilization? by George Michael
Hurricane Strikes as Divine Retribution
An Empirical Test
by Robert Warren and M. J. Olejniczak
Ruins of Empires
Thomas Jefferson, Constantin-Francois Volney, and the Separation of Church and State by Thomas Christian Williams
Winning the Vaccination War in California
by Raymond Barglow and Margret Schaefer
Prophet Without Honor
Francis Galton and the Birth of Behavioral Genetics by Robert G. Goldstein, MD
When Cops Kill: An Insider’s Perspective
by Daniel DeLeon
Guns and Games
The Relationship Between Violent Video Games and Gun Crimes in America by John Glynn
More on Morals: On Science and Morality
  • Deontologists are Covert Consequentialists by Sam Harris
  • Expanding Science to Include Morals by Michael Shermer
  • Clarifying Confusions
Alligators in the Sewers!
by Robert E. Bartholomew
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