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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 25 Number 2
Table of Contents

Skeptic Magazine 25.2 (cover)

Cover Article

Giving the Devil His Due
by Michael Shermer


The SkepDoc
Electronic Screen Syndrome: Is It Real?
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
Travels Within the Feminist Divide
by Carol Tavris


Ptolemy Revisited
The Return of Earth-Centered Cosmology
by Donald Prothero


MKULTRA: The CIA’s Shadowlands
A review of Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control, by Stephen Kinzer
reviewed by John Lisle
Who Watches the Watchers’ Watchers?
A Review of Conspiracy Theories & The People Who Believe Them, edited by Joseph E. Uscinski
reviewed by Michel Jacques Gagné
Why Estrogen Matters
A Review of Estrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Women’s Well-Being and Lengthen Their Lives—Without Raising the Risk of Breast Cancer, by Avrum Bluming and Carol Tavris
reviewed by Marty Klein


Claims About a Government “UFO Program”
How Much is True
by Robert Sheaffer
Religious Intolerance, Witchcraft, Superstition, and Underdevelopment in Africa
by Williams C. Iheme
Ark of Absurdities
Creationism Comes to Brazil
by Heslley Machado Silva
The Mystery of Göbekli Tepe: A New Chapter in History
by Robert Adam Schneiker
What’s to be Gained Through Rationality?
by David Zeigler
Where and Why Science and Religion Conflict
by David Kyle Johnson
Bullshit and its Detection
The Conditions Under Which Common, Everyday Bullshit is Most Likely to Emerge
by John V. Petrocelli

Junior Skeptic

The Howling Horror of Werewolves!

In this issue of Junior Skeptic, we will dare to track down some of the most ferocious beasts from movies and myth—werewolves! These savage shapeshifters have inspired tales of terror for centuries. People didn’t always believe that werewolves were make-believe creatures. For hundreds of years werewolves were feared as an all too deadly threat. Farmers huddled near guttering candles at night, terrified that bloodthirsty beasts prowled just outside the door. Soldiers hunted werewolves. Accused werewolves were captured and punished. Amazingly, witnesses have even reported werewolf sightings in modern America! How can that be? 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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