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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 26 Number 4
Table of Contents

Skeptic Magazine 26.4 (cover)


Stupid Videos & Marketing Ploys
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Environmental Conspiracies
Why do conspiracy theorists believe natural events are intentionally manipulated?
by Mick West
“You Can’t Say That!”
by Carol Tavris


Operation Crystal Ball
The Conjurer’s Conundrum: My Life in Magic & Skepticism
by Jamy Ian Swiss


Misunderstanding Free Will
(Which We Don’t Have)
by David Reeve & Dennis Middlebrooks

Special Investigation

Penguin Paradox
Serious Skeptical Lessons from an Apparently Silly Story
by Daniel Loxton

Cover Story

Cover & cover story illustrations by Izhar Cohen
Havana Syndrome Hysteria and the Great Wild Goose Chase
Classified documents reveal that Havana Syndrome is very likely a psychogenic illness and not a sonic attack by foreign actors
by Robert Bartholomew


Vexed by the Un‑Vaxxed
Why collective action problems like ending the pandemic are soluble if we understand the underlying motivations of vaccine hesitancy
by Michael Shermer
Misunderstanding Vaccines
by David Zeigler
Why Would God Create the Universe?
by Joseph Grcic
Distorting Darwinism
Evolution can shed light on the human condition. But skepticism is needed when bleak claims are declared from the armchair.
by Ilari Mäkelä
Electrohypersensitivity as a New Psychological Disorder
by Sébastien Point


Imperfect Journey
Review of Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity by Charles Seife
reviewed by Chris Edwards
Deception & Self Deception
Reviews of Mysteries & Secrets Revealed: From Oracles at Delphi to Spiritualism in America by Loren Pankratz and The Conjurer’s Conundrum: My Life in Magic & Skepticism by Jamy Ian Swiss
by Michelle Ainsworth
Review of The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in Eighteenth-Century England by Ian Keable by Michelle Ainsworth
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