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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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