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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 22 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 22, no 1 (cover)

Special Section: Skeptic’s Science Dialogues

Bill Nye in Conversation with Michael Shermer
edited by Alexander Pietrus-Rajman


The Stealth Determinism of Westworld
A Review of the television series Westworld
reviewed by Stephen Beckner
Back to the Future and Forward to the Past
A Review of Time Travel: A History, by James Gleick
reviewed by Chris Edwards
Cosmic Consciousness and the Ptolemaic Principle
A Review of You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why it Matters, by Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos
reviewed by Leonard Mlodinow and Michael Shermer
Science International
A Review of Courting Science: Securing the Foundation for a Second American Century, by Damon V. Coletta
reviewed by David Priess
Conjuring Magic
Two books on the history of magic: Conjuring Asia: Magic, Orientalism and the Making of the Modern World, by Chris Goto-Jones; Making Magic: Religion, Magic, and Science in the Modern World, by Randall Styers
reviewed by Michelle Ainsworth


On the cover: Bill Nye portrait by Ástor Alexander
The SkepDoc
Functional Medicine
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
The Multi-headed Hydra of Prejudice
by Carol Tavris


Miracle Water
Why Zamzam Water is Not a Valid Medical Treatment
by Michael Telias
Lone Wolf Terrorism
The Convergence of Mental Illness, Marginality, and Cyber Radicalism
by George Michael
Torturing Data in the Name of Nonsense
by Gary Smith
Mass Hallucinations and Shoddy Journalism
by Robert E. Bartholomew
What Would it Take to Change Your Mind?
by Peter Boghossian
ET v. Earth Pathogens
by Tim Callahan
Trouble in the Multiverse
by Peter Kassan

Junior Skeptic

An Easy Guide to Baloney Detection

In this special issue of Junior Skeptic we’ll learn many valuable tricks for sorting truth from nonsense. We need them! We’re bombarded by claims every day of our lives. Friends tell us stuff. Labels and advertisements make claims about products. Books and websites make claims about the world. TV and YouTube channels show us amazing sights and tell us astonishing stories. But some of the things we hear sound too good to be true. How do we tell the difference between fact and baloney? Let’s find out!

By Daniel Loxton. This issue’s cover features a digital illustration by Daniel Loxton with Samantha May. Modeling provided by Vika M-S.

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