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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 23 Number 3
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Skeptic magazine, vol 23, no 3 (cover)

Special Feature: The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon

Have Archetype—Will Travel
The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon
by Michael Shermer
Jordan Peterson’s Endeavor
by Jonathan N. Stea
Thought Crimes
Jordan Peterson and the meaning of the Meaning of Life
by Stephen Beckner

Junior Skeptic

Astral Projection

In the pages of Junior Skeptic, we often discover that incredible-sounding paranormal claims are, in truth, fake mysteries—misleading stories told by tricksters to fool people. Today we’ll try to solve a genuine mystery! It’s a fact that millions of people all over the world have had the bizarre experience of feeling that they temporaily left their bodies behind. During these out-of-body experiences (OBEs), people feel that the thinking, feeling part of themselves has somehow floated free as a spirit. Some people even report that they have looked down from the ceiling to see their own bodies! How can this be? What is really happening? Let’s find out!

This issue’s cover is a digital painting by Ástor Alexander.


Cover illustration: Mother Nature by Pat Linse
The SkepDoc
Beware Stem Cell Clinics that Offer Untested Treatments
by Harriet Hall, M.D.

Special Section: Science & Morality

Getting Real About Right and Wrong
by Clay Farris Naff and Andy Norman
No, Being Religious Will Not Save You from Suicide
by Jesse Bering
Lessons from Behavioral Science in a Warzone
How Reason, Skepticism, and Compassion Can Win Hearts and Minds
by John Kirbow
Moral Philosophy and its Discontents
Can science determine moral values? An Exchange with Massimo Pigliucci, Michael Shermer, and Kevin McCaffree
You Kant be Serious
Utilitarianism and Its Discontents
by Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer on Utilitarianism, Deontology, and “Natural Rights”
by Massimo Pigliucci
Science and Morality: A Response to Massimo Pigliucci
by Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer on Moral Philosophy, Second Round
by Massimo Pigliucci
Are Human Rights Natural Rights?
by Kevin McCaffree


Facilitated Communication Redux
Persistence of a Discredited Technique
by Steve Sobel, M.D.
The Mystery of Elite Religious Scientists
A Cognitively Impenetrable Illusion
by John C. Wathey
Five Questions About Human Errors for Proponents of Intelligent Design
Adapted from Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
by Nathan H. Lents

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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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