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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 25 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic Magazine 25.1 (cover)

Cover Article

Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories
by Michael Shermer


Meditation as Ideology
by Kathy Schultheis
Meditations on Meditation
A Scientific and Clinical Perspective
by Jefferson M. Fish


Leaving the Garden
A review of The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry by S. Joshua Swamidass
reviewed by Tim Callahan
Ten Years Away…And Always Will Be
A review of Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans by Melanie Mitchell
reviewed by Peter Kassan
It’s Magic
A review of The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art by Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer
reviewed by Michelle Ainsworth
Houdini Lives
Reviews of The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski; and Houdini: The Life and Times of the World’s Greatest Magician by Charlotte Montague
reviewed by Michelle Ainsworth


The SkepDoc
The Fountain of Youth & Other Anti‑Aging Myths
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
How Would You Design a “Code of Conduct”?
by Carol Tavris


Apples and Oranges, Ants and Humans
The Misunderstood Art of Making Comparisons
by Mark W. Moffett
The Phantom Drone Scare
Drone Sightings in the Midwest — But Rule Out the Mass Hysteria Explanation
by Robert Bartholomew
Biological Beauty
An Adaptive Illusion
by Victor S. Johnston
Monopoly & Monopolies
What Board Games Teach Us About Capitalism and How to Modify It
by Jonathan Kay
Integrative Cancer Care Below the Bar of Science
by Michael Stefanek and Christina D. Jordan
Can We Ever Explain It All?
Eight Key Points from World History
by Chris Edwards
Countless Counterfeits
A New Logically Fallacy?
by David Kyle Johnson

Junior Skeptic

Are You Eating Fake Food?

Everybody eats food. Along with air, water, and shelter, food is a basic human need. Food is the most important thing we buy, and we can’t choose not to. We can’t survive without food! Almost no one in our culture is able to grow or forage for all of their own food. Even people who live on farms still buy ingredients for cooking and baking. Foods such as flour, sugar, and cheese need to be processed. Other foods come from far away places, such as tropical fruit, seafood, salt, spices, coffee, or tea. That means we have to rely on products sold in stores. But what happens when people sell food that isn’t what it’s supposed to be? Let’s find out!

by Daniel Loxton

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