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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 25 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic Magazine 25.3 (cover)

Cover Article

Science and Race
What We Really Know by Guy P. Harrison

Columns

The SkepDoc
Wear a Mask, But Act as If It Doesn’t Work
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
The Pope and Mussolini: A Parable for Our Time
by Carol Tavris

Special Section: Afterlife Concepts

Faked Death Stories and Resurrection Myths
by Mike Moran
The Resurrection and Its Uncertainties
by Tim Callahan
Hell to Pay
How Religions Use the Threat of Punishment to Terrify, Manipulate, and Control Believers
by David Barash

Reviews

Primitivism Redux
A review of Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress, by Christopher Ryan
reviewed by Gabriel Andrade
Woke Gone Wild
A review of The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, The Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies, by Robert Boyers
reviewed by Frank S. Robinson

Articles

Wicked Games
Lance Armstrong, Forgiveness and Redemption, and a Game Theory of Doping
by Michael Shermer
The Fragile Circle of Faith
Finding Meaning and Purpose Without Religion
by Andrew Cooper-Sansone
Respecting Nature, Respecting People
A Naturalist Model for Reducing Speciesism, Racism, and Bigotry
by Mark W. Moffett
Melville at the Googolplex
What Moby-Dick Can Teach Us About the Current Crisis
by Kathleen Schultheis
Is Science Amoral?
by William E. Magnusson

Excerpt

The Hollow Earth
If You Thought the Flat Earthers Were Out There, Wait Until You Read About Those Who Think the Earth Is an Empty Sphere Filled With Wonders
by Donald Prothero

Junior Skeptic

Plagued by Nonsense: Pandemics Throughout History—How Mistakes, Fakes, and Missing Facts Make Epidemics Worse

In this issue of Junior Skeptic we’ll confront one of humanity’s scariest enemies: epidemic disease. Are we brave enough to face this horror? You bet we are! We’ve done it every day during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid is new. Other diseases have plagued our ancestors since ancient times. Mighty civilizations have been devastated by the invisible invaders we call “germs.” But people are not helpless! Over centuries, we learned how to fight back against disease. Our strongest weapons are science and critical thinking. However, germs have a powerful ally: misinformation! How do ignorance and bad ideas help the germs win—and what can we do about that? Let’s find out!

by Daniel Loxton

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