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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 24 Number 2
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Skeptic magazine, vol 24, no 2 (cover). Satan Rebuked by Jesus. Illustration by Pat Linse after a drawing by German painter Johann Michael Ferdinand Heinrich Hofmann (1824-1911). Many of the iconic images of the life of Christ still popular today are based on Hofmann's work.


Pterosaur Thunderbird
The Origin of a Fake Native American Legend with an Anti-Evolution Agenda
by Philip J. Senter
Conversations with My Dead Mother
Why We See Signs and Omens in Everyday Events
by Jesse Bering
Is Cousin Marriage Dangerous?
by Gabriel Andrade
Therapeutic Touch Redux Twenty Years After the “Emily Event”
Energy Therapies Live on Through Bad Science
by April Bleske-Rechek, Katie Paulich, and Keith Jorgensen
What Can Science Learn from Religion?
Steven Pinker on Religious Beliefs and Rituals
edited by Michael Shermer
Becoming Fantastic
Why People Embellish Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales of UFOs and Other Phenomena
by Eric Wojciechowski
1984 in 2019
The New Privacy Threat from China’s Social Credit Surveillance System
by John Glynn


The SkepDoc
Laser Therapy: Hope or Hype and Hokum?
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
The Sisyphean Challenges of Skepticism or, Start By Disbelieving
by Carol Tavris

Special Debate Section

Is the Reality of Evil Good Evidence Against the Christian God?
Notes from a Debate on the Problem of Evil
by Michael Shermer
Is the Reality of Evil Good Evidence Against the Christian God?
A Response to Michael Shermer’s Affirmative Answer
by Brian Huffling


American Atlantis
A review of America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization, by Graham Hancock
reviewed by Jason Colavito

Junior Skeptic

The Cardiff Giant: One of America’s Greatest Hoaxes

In this issue of Junior Skeptic we’ll tell a story of gigantic proportions! Once upon a time, America buzzed with claims that the remains of a giant had been dug up from a field in New York state. It was over ten feet tall and made entirely of stone. Amazed onlookers said this was the fossilized body of a colossal human being. Could this be true? Was America once home to a lost race of giants? Or was this a whopper too big to swallow? 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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