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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 23 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 23, no 1 (cover)

Cover illustration by Pat Linse

Special Section: Evil, Theism, and Atheism

Answering the Hard Question
“You’re an Atheist?! How Do You Find Meaning and Morality in Life if There Is No God?”
by Ralph Lewis
God, Heaven, and Evil
A Renewed Defense of Atheism
by Ken Levy
The Devil’s Mark
The Evaluation of Evil, the Measurement of Morality, and the Statistical Significance of Sin
by Robert Stern
Whence Cometh Evil?
The Concept and Mechanics of Natural Evil
by George Salis
Virtuous Reality
Why Right and Wrong Seem Real: a Critique of Moral Realism
by Douglas J. Navarick
Tearing Down Mr. Hume’s Wall
A Response to Moral Realism Skeptics
by Michael Shermer

Special Section: Freud and His Legacy

Why Freud Matters
Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and the Skeptical Humanist Tradition
by Raymond Barglow

Columns

The SkepDoc
Hope and Hype for Alzheimer’s
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
I, Too, Am Thinking About Me, Too
by Carol Tavris

Reviews

The Wizardry of Freud
A review of Freud: The Making of an Illusion, by Frederick Crews
reviewed by Margret Schaefer

Articles

Brazilian Cancer Quackery
by Natalia Pasternak Taschner
The “Sonic Attack” on U.S. Diplomats in Cuba
Why the State Department’s Claims Don’t Add Up
by Robert E. Bartholomew
I Am Not an Alien!
Understanding Human Skeletal Variation
by Elizabeth Weiss
Updating the Software and Hardware in Educational Practice
A Way Forward for Science and Mathematics Education
by Chris Edwards

Junior Skeptic

The Incredible Claims of Pet Psychics

Have you ever wished you could ask your dog what she’s really thinking? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a genuine twoway conversation with your cat, hamster, or turtle? There are people who claim to have the ability to do just that. “Pet psychics”—sometimes called “animal communicators”—say that they can speak with all sorts of animals using telepathic powers. They charge money to read animals’ minds and tell the owners what those animals supposedly said. Many pet psychics also claim they can locate lost pets, heal their illnesses, and even communicate with pets who died long ago. Are these claims realistic? Let’s find out!

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

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