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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 24 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 24, no 1 (cover)


The SkepDoc
Is Low-Dose Radiation Good for You? The Questionable Claims for Hormesis
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
Define Your Terms (or, Here We Go Again)
by Carol Tavris


Making Gasoline from Water
John Andrews and the Invention of a Legend
by Dan Plazak
Online Gaming
A Virtual Experiment in the Dark Side of Human Nature
by John Glynn
Duped by Data Mining
by Gary Smith
How Science Will Explain and Fix Fake News
by David Cowan
The Cult of Falun Gong
A Dance Troupe and Victimhood Raises Big Money
by David Silverman
The Opioid Epidemic Misunderstood
by Raymond Barglow
Why the Human-Centered View Has Not Served us Well
by David Zeigler
Behe’s Last Stand
The Lion of Intelligent Design Roars Again
by Nathan H. Lents
Straw Man on a Slippery Slope
The Case Against the Case Against Postmodernism
by Steven Beckner
A Disproof of God’s Existence
by Colin McGinn


Coddling Untruths
A review of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.
reviewed by Anondah Saide and Kevin McCaffree
How to Know What’s Really Real
A review of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake, by Steven Novella with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein.
reviewed by Harriet Hall, M.D.
What Are Ghosts, Anyway?
A review of Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits, by Benjamin Radford.
reviewed by Daniel Loxton
Reviews of Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, by Kevin Young, and Hoax: A History of Deception: 5000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies, by Ian Tattersall and Peter Nevraumont.
reviewed by Michelle E. Ainsworth
The Mead-Freeman Controversy 4.0
A review of Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War Over Anthropology, by Peter Hempenstall.
reviewed by Paul Shankman

Junior Skeptic

Quest for the Truth about Dungeons & Dragons

In this issue of Junior Skeptic we’ll sharpen our pencils, pick up our magical swords, and dare to delve into mazes of mystery. We’ll roll the dice and imagine couragous heroes doing battle with evil monsters. Millions of people have enjoyed fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). Fans discover the joy of storytelling and take epic journeys into the imagination. But critics have claimed that D&D is dangerous. According to them, the game can drive players insane. Criminals have sometimes blamed D&D for their crimes. Other writers claim that the game lures innocent children to become Devil worshippers. Could any of this be true? Let’s find out!

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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