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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 24 Number 2
Table of Contents

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

For those seeking a sound scientific viewpoint


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