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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 26 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic Magazine 26.3 (cover)


The SkepDoc
Dietary Supplements and Deception
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
When Conspiracists Psychoanalyze
by Mick West


Thought Experiments
What Good are they, Anyway?
by Chris Edwards
Expert Bullshit Detection
by John V. Petrocelli


On the cover: painting by Ástor Alexander. The big questions—are we alone? And if not, what does it mean?
U.S. Government Says UFOs are “Real”
An Analysis of the 60 Minutes Investigation
by Mick West
Are UFOs and UAPs Ordinary, Extraordinary Terrestrial, or Extraordinary Extraterrestrial Phenomena?
by Michael Shermer


Anti-Vaccination in the Age of COVID-19
Dangerous Pseudoscience Doubles Down
by Raymond Barglow & Margret Schaefer
5G Conspiracy Theories and Other Popular Delusions
by Sean Kelly
The Paradox of Free Will
by Dennis Middlebrooks
Inequality: Why Women?
A Plausible Sociocultural Explanation for the Persistence and Universality of Gender Inequality Over Thousands of Years
by Dolores Newton and Jefferson M. Fish
How Science Works (and Why Pseudoscience Fails)
by Steve Sobel
Pandemic Politics
How 2020 Impacted Americans’ Social and Political Attitudes
by Anondah Saide, Kevin McCaffree, and Marshall McCready

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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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