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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 4 Number 1
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Volume 4, number 1

Skeptic magazine, vol 4, no 1


’Twas Brillig…
The “High-Tech” Dowsing Stick Meets the Irresistible Challenge
by James Randi
A Walk Through Earth History: All Eight Thousand Years
A Trip to the Institute for Creation Research Museum of Creation and Earth History by Tom McIver
The Question all
Skeptics are Asking
What is the Ant, Sir?
by Bernard Leikind


Stimulating and Provocative; Critical and Self-Critical; Scant Flame of Reason; Where’s My Heroes?; Not Alone in Skepticism; Never This Excited; Beacon on the Horizon; Aura and Disorder; Journalistic Ethics and the Pioneer Fund; Sex Abuse; Velikovsky a Catastrophe; Velikovsky No Benefit; A Reminder to Us All; Schrödinger’s Cat and the Law; John Lennon Backwards; Dr. Tipler Meets Dr. Azimov?; Cannot Resist Comment; Bell Curve Stripped of Rhetoric; Jack Raso Responds
Church of Scientology Responds
Repressed Memory Reversal
In-Group v. Universal Morality Forum Discussion
Tending the Religious Garden; Before You Throw Out The Religious Bathwater; The Torah and the Yamamano — A Rabbi Replies to Hartung; Rotten Oranges in the Crate; Throw the Baby Out, Draw New Bathwater — Hartung Responds


Hidden History,
Hidden Agenda
The Hidden History of the Human Race, by Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson
reviewed by Bradley T. Lepper
Who Needs Satan?
The Origin of Satan,
by Elaine Pagels
reviewed by Clayton J. Drees
A Curious Dialogue with God
The Final Superstition: A Critical Evaluation of the Judeo-Christian Legacy, by Joseph L. Daleiden
reviewed by Tim Callahan


1996 Skeptic Conference on Evolutionary Psychology and Humanistic Ethics; $500,000 Psychic Challenge; Skeptic magazine website “4-Star”/Top 5%; Orange County Treasurer Used Astrologer, Psychic in Billion Dollar Disaster; Skeptics Learn the Meaning of Halloween; Skeptics Magic Castle Party a Magical Experience; Members of Solar Temple Order Found Dead; Presidential Candidate Reveals Creationist Belief; More Blows Against Repressed Memory Claims; Jehovah’s Witnesses Abandon End of World Prediction; 6-Year-Old Boy Named Reincarnated Buddhist Monk; Darwinian Politics; Solar Eclipse Still Retains Magical Awe; Clinton Says Roswell Crash Not a Spaceship; Talkshow Experts Get 3% Time; Pentagon Spends $20 Million in Psychic Research; Sony Funds ESP Lab; Freud Museum Exhibit Protest; Global Village Idiot Award; Carlos Castaneda’s Comeback

Special Section:
Evolutionary Psychology

The (Im)moral Animal
A Quick and Dirty Guide to Evolutionary Psychology and the Nature of Human Nature
by Frank Miele
Sociology as Alchemy
The Problem of Deleting Darwin from the Study of Society
by Frank Salter
Moving Beyond
Just-So Stories
Evolutionary Psychology
as Protoscience
by Harmon R. Holcomb
How the Human Got its Spots
A Critical Analysis of the Just-So Stories of Evolutionary Psychology
by Henry D. Schlinger Jr.
The Imperial Animals
25 Years Later
An Interview with Lionel Tiger and Robin Fox
by Frank Miele
An Urchin in a Haystack
An interview with
Stephen Jay Gould
Gould’s Dangerous Idea
Contingency, Necessity, and
the Nature of History
by Michael Shermer
How Dangerous is Darwin?
by Michael Ruse

Books in Brief

The Masters Revealed: Madame Blavatsky and the Myth of the Great White Lodge, by K. Paul Johnson; The Anomalist, edited and published by Patrick Huyghe and Dennis Stacy; Science Frontiers and Biological Anomalies, edited and compiled by William R. Corliss; Dinosaur in a Haystack, by Stephen Jay Gould; A History of Hypnotism, by Alan Gauld; Alternative Realities: The Paranormal, the Mystic and the Transcendent in Human Experience, by Leonard George; Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion: An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural, edited by Arthur Lehmann and James Myers; The Book Your Church Doesn’t Want You to Read, edited by Tim C. Leedom; Charles Darwin: Voyaging Volume 1 of a Bibliography, by Janet Browne
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