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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 27 Number 1
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30 Years

2022 marks SKEPTIC’s 30th year in print, examining extraordinary claims and promoting science, since 1992. To celebrate this milestone, starting with issue 27.1, all issues going forward will be in full-colour, from cover-to-cover! Plus, Skeptic will now be printed on totally new paper stock, similar to National Geographic, Discover, and Scientific American. Though issue 27.1 is physically thinner than previous issues, it contains the same number of pages, with fewer ads, and therefore more content!

Skeptic Magazine 27.1 (cover)


Eyewitness Testimony
How to engage with people and accounts of extraordinary claims without evoking anger
by Mick West


Wild Psychotherapy
Untested and questionable methods of psychological advice and treatment
by Timothy C. Thomason


Remembering Edward O. Wilson
by Mark W. Moffett
Reminiscences of Edward O. Wilson
by Frank j. Sulloway

Transgender Articles

Cover illustration by Izhar Cohen
Trans Matters
An Overview of the Debate, Research, and Policies
by Lisa Selin Davis
A Transgender Controversy
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Trans Reality
“I Didn’t Know There Was Another Side”
by Carol Tavris
Trans Athletes & Conflicting Rights
Male-to-Female transgender swimmer Lia Thomas from the University of Pennsylvania is crushing the female competition. Is that her right? Is it right? No. Here’s why.
by Michael Shermer


The “Evolution” of Adam & Eve
by Nathan H. Lents
Nature’s God
Why Christians Should Accept the Theory of Evolution
by Larry Arnhart
WiFi Woes
The Rollout of 5G Reawakens Wireless Fear
by Raymond Barglow


Upending Civilization
A review essay on The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow
by Chris Edwards

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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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