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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 22 Number 4
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Skeptic magazine, vol 22, no 4 (cover)

ON THE COVER: “Campus Craziness”—inspired by a poster promoting the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the mid 60s–70s. On the original poster the student destroys symbols of Western culture and religion.

Special Section: The New Science Wars

Special Section Introduction
No Barriers to Inquiry
by Michael Shermer
I Am Not a Racist, And So Are You
An Unauthorized Peek at the Great Shaming Taking Place at an Institution of Higher Learning Near You (and Other Fireside Tales)
by Stephen Beckner
Radically Wrong in Berkeley
by Raymond Barglow
When Science Becomes the Enemy
by Marc J. Defant

Special Section: Biology & Behaviour

Canine Cognition
Did dogs become smarter through domestication? An interview with Dr. Brian Hare
by Felipe Nogueira
Bird Brains
Are crows as intelligent as some scientists claim?
by Patrik Lindenfors
What Biology Can Teach Us About Crime and Justice
by Nathan H. Lents and Lila Kazemian


The SkepDoc
Diet Sodas: Are the Dangers in the Chemicals or the Headlines?
by Harriet Hall, M.D.


A review of How UFOs Conquered the World: The History of a Modern Myth, by David Clarke
reviewed by Terence Hines
Virtual Violence
A Review of Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong, by Patrick M. Markey and Christopher J. Ferguson.
reviewed by Terence Hines


Gary Taubes and the Case Against Sugar
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
From Camelot to Conspiracy
Memory, Myth, and the death of JFK
by Michel Jacques Gagné
Now Playing at a Cartesian Theater Near You
Dualism Returns
by Peter Kassan

Junior Skeptic

Ghost Ships

Today we’re leaving safe shores far behind, and sailing out over the waves in search of the sea’s eeriest mysteries. Imagine the ocean at night, a thousand miles from the nearest city light. Imagine cold salt wind on your face, sails overhead, a creaking deck beneath your feet. Suddenly a shadow looms out of the darkness, masts and tattered sails silhouetted against the sky. Your crew shouts in alarm, spinning the wheel to avoid a collision. A strange ship slides by. It is silent and empty, without a living soul on board. Passing like a phantom, it vanishes into the night. What just happened? Can tales of ghost ships be explained?ke fictional movie zombies actually exist in the real world? Let’s find out!

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


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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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