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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 3 Number 4
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Skeptic magazine, vol 3, no 4


’Twas Brillig…
An Adventure in Asia, or, How a Cultural Gap Can Lead to Total Misunderstanding by James Randi
The Clicker Culture
How that Handy Little Gadget has Changed the Evening News by Teller
Teller Talks About Ghosts
The Day I Met the Wizard
Oz Comes to Kansas written and illustrated by Eric Nauert
“First of All, Do No Harm”
A Recovered Memory Therapist Recants — An Interview With Robin Newsome by Mark Pendergrast
Darwin’s Dangerous Disciple
An Interview with Richard Dawkins by Frank Miele
Love Thy Neighbor
The Evolution of In-Group Morality by John Hartung
The Question All
Skeptics are Asking
Can a Cat Be Simultaneously
Alive and Dead? by Bernard Leikind


Alien Autopsy Film; Skeptics on Oprah; Milk Miracle Makes Masses Mental; More Skeptical Award Winners; Scientology Loses Judgement in Internet Case; In Search of Feynman’s Van; Space Alien Gets 20 Years; “Alien” Professor Not Censured by Harvard; Skeptics Society Survey; Want to End Entropy? — Join the Extropians!


Bell Curve Letters
The Bell Curve Tolls For Round Three; J. Philippe Rushton Responds; The Pioneer Fund Replies; It's Always Good to Know Who's Buying the Drinks; Here's to the Pioneers!; Skeptic Bias?; Richard Lynn Replies; Halpern Replies to Lynn; On Halpern and Heritability; Halpern Replies to Lilienfeld; The Flaw in Sarich’s Ointment; What Is In a Definition?; Sarich Replies; Bell Curve Blaze a Little Fire; Revisionist Has A Somewhat Different Dream
Other Forum Letters
A New Age Battlefield Souvenir; Pseudoscience Kills; Schmoozing With Psychic Friends; Light Bulb Baby Food; Ramtha Speaks English?; Singapore Needs Skeptics; Born Skeptical; Hal Lindsey Not Representative; Loch Ness Photo Proof; Good Science and Bad; Duesberg Deserves a Hearing; AIDS Absolutes; Kudos to Harris; Conspiratorial Thinking Caused by Serotonin?; Revisionism Revised

Special Section:

Is There Really a Cosmological Crisis?
If the Stars are Older than the Universe Then We Have a Serious Problem
by Rick Shaffer
Velikovsky’s Believe it or Not
Some Basic Claims of Velikovsky
written and illustrated by Pat Linse
Velikovsky Still in Collision
by Ev Cochrane
An Antidote to
Velikovskian Delusions
by Leroy Ellenberger
Velikovsky’s Place
in the History of Science
A Lesson on the Strengths and Limitations of Science
by Henry H. Bauer
Can Science Prove God?
Frank Tipler’s The Physics of Immortality is the Latest in a Long Line of Attempts to Unite Science and Religion
by Bernard Leikind
A Cosmological Dialogue
Caltech Cosmologist Kip Thorne Discusses the Physics of Immortality with Tulane Cosmologist Frank Tipler
Hope Springs Eternal
Dr. Tipler Meets Dr. Pangloss
by Michael Shermer
Physics’ Balls &
Schrödinger’s Kittens
Just Because our Treasured Theories of the Sub-Atomic World Work Does Not Necessarily Mean they are Revealing the Ultimate Truth About What Goes on Inside Atoms
by John Gribbin

Books in Brief

Books on Physics & Cosmology Discussed in the Special Section on Cosmology
Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy, by Kip S. Thorne; God and the Astronomers, new and expanded edition by Robert Jastrow; The Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology, God, and the Resurrection of the Dead, by Frank J. Tipler; The Big Bang Never Happened: A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe, by Eric J. Lerner; The Faith of a Physicist: Reflections of a Bottom-Up Thinker, by John Polkinghorne
Additional Books on
Physics & Cosmology
Encyclopedia of Cosmology: Historical, Philosophical, and Scientific Foundations of Modern Cosmology, edited by Norriss S. Hetherington; In The Beginning: The Birth of the Living Universe, by John Gribbin; The Physics of Star Trek, by Lawrence M. Krauss & foreword by Stephen Hawking; Dark Matter, Missing Planets, & New Comets: Paradoxes Resolved, Origins Illuminated, by Tom Van Flandern
Books of General
Skeptical Interest
Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery by Martin Gardner; Hitler and the Occult, by Ken Anderson; Morality In Our Age, An Audio Cassettes Series from Knowledge Products, narrated by Cliff Robertson and Robert Guillaume; A Celebration of Humanism and Freethought, by David Allen Williams; Artful Science: Enlightenment Entertainment and the Eclipse of Visual Education, by Barbara Maria Stafford

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