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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 21 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 21, no 3 (cover)

Special Section: Is Pornography Bad For You?

How Porn Is Messing with Your Manhood
by Philip Zimbardo, Gary Wilson and Nikita Coulombe
Skeptical of Porn Skeptics
A Response to Zimbardo, Wilson, and Coulombe
by Marty Klein
On the cover: Design by Ástor Alexander, with William Bull and Pat Linse.


Who Invented Science?
A Review of The Invention of Science A New History of the Scientific Revolution, by David Wootton
reviewed by Chris Edwards
Science and the Creation of the Modern Mind
A Review of The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind, by A.C. Grayling.
reviewed by Chris Edwards
Heaven Is Not For Real
A Review of The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life after Death, edited by M. Martin and K. Augustine.
reviewed by Sebastian Dieguez
When Scientific American Put Psychics to the Test
A review of The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, by David Jaher.
reviewed by Michelle E. Ainsworth


The SkepDoc
Hazards of Herbal Medicine: Lessons from Aristolochia
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
What is Sexual Orientation?
by Carol Tavris


Did a Teenager Discover an Ancient Mayan City on Google Earth?
The Tale of the Ancient Maya and a Canadian Teenager
by David S. Anderson
Paleo Diets and Utopian Dreams
by Adrienne Rose Johnson
Does AA Work?
Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-Step Programs, and What We Really Know About Substance Abuse Treatment by Cathy J. Bogart
The Clash of Eschatologies
The Role of End-Times Thinking in World History
by Phil Torres
Nightmares from the Id
The Neurophysiology of Anomalous Psychological Experiences
by James Allan Cheyne
Terror Attacks that Never Were
Poison Gas Attack Myths in History and Recently on Afghan School Girls
by Robert E. Bartholomew, Stephanie Lockery, and Abdul Fattah Najm

Junior Skeptic

Mammoth Mysteries! Part One

In the pages of Junior Skeptic, we often look at “wild and wooly” mysteries—but today we mean that literally. In this issue we’ll explore the hidden history of mammoths and mastodons! The elephant family tree has had many oddly shaped branches. There once existed elephants with four tusks or even tusks shaped like shovels. But fossils of mammoths and mastodons weren’t just surprising—they changed science forever! Indeed, the discovery of these great shaggy prehistoric beasts overturned our understanding of the entire world. How did that happen? Let’s find out!

By Daniel Loxton. This issue’s cover features a digital painting by Daniel Loxton.

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