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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 5 Number 2
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 5, no 2


’Twas Brillig…
Things Do Get Exciting
by James Randi
Gray Matters
The Origin of the “Gray”
Alien Archetype
by John Adams
Bill Gates Profits
from Alien Technology
The True Meaning of Roswell
by Daryl Lease
A Skeptic Crashes in Roswell
by Nick Gerlich
15 Myths of Science
Lessons of Misconceptions and Misunderstandings from a Science Educator
by William F. McComas
Skepticism & Credulity
Finding the Balance Between Type I and Type II Errors
by Bill Wisdom


Roswell Mystery Man Surfaces; Alien Copyrights?; Case Closed or Reopened?
Skeptics Celebrate Society’s 5th Anniversary at 1997 Caltech Conference
Skeptics 1996 Dumbth Award
by Randy Cassingham
Fuzzy Thinking; End of Science?; Queer Science; The Disappearance of God; Skeptic Expands in Canada, Weird Things on Bestseller List; Skeptic Web Page Accolades; Scientists’ Beliefs in God; An Experimental Analysis of Therapeutic Touch by Emily Rosa; A Deathbed Confession by the Guru of Death & Dying; Turin Shroud May be Older Than Carbon-14 Tests Say; Darwin CD Web Site Correction; Australian Ark Trial Verdict Goes Against Evolutionist; The Dark Side of Oz; How to Induce a Near-Death Experience; Negative NDEs; Bad Writing Contest Winners; Freedom of Fortunetelling; Mexico’s Subway Virgin Mary; IHO Joins ASU in the Search for Human Origins; The Ultra-Orthodox Don’t Dig Archaeological Digs.


Darwinism — Never Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll!
The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation, by Matt Ridley; Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals, by Frans de Waal; Bonobo: the Forgotten Ape, by Frans de Waal & Frans Lanting; Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence, by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson
reviewed by Frank Miele
Keeping a Skeptical Eye
on Extremists
American Extremists: Militias, Supremacists, Klansmen, Communists, and Others, by John George and Laird Wilcox; Crying Wolf: Hate Crime Hoaxes in America, by Laird Wilcox
reviewed by Frank Miele


Self-Correcting Religion; True Memories of Abuse; Therapeutic Touch Clarification; JFK Conspiracy Not Impossible
Readers Respond
to Ecology Issue
Income-to-Cost Debunks Simon; Calling the Kettle Black; Overhunting Hypothesis Myth
Juilian Simon Interview
A Triumph of Journalism; Skeptics’ Statist Slant; Privatize Everything; Miele Responds; Appalled by Lack of Skepticism; Hat and Horns — “It’s a Jersey Thing”; A More Appropriate Prop?
Gish Responds to Critique;
Arthur Replies to Gish

Special Section:
The God Question

The Power of
the Meme Meme
Religion as a Meme Suggests How a Science of Memetics Illuminates Human Evolution
by Susan Blackmore
O Ye of Little Faith
Cracking the Bible Code and Other “Proofs” of God
by Michael Shermer
The Annotated Gardner
An interview with Martin Gardner — founder of the Modern Skeptical Movement
by Michael Shermer
Einstein’s God
Just What Did Einstein
Believe About God?
by Michael R. Gilmore
The Question All
Skeptics Are Asking
Do Recent Discoveries in Science Offer Evidence for the Existence of God? by Bernard J Leikind
Whatever Happened
to Atheism?
by Lawrence Hyman
A New “Proof”
of God Emerges
Does Induction Presume the Existence of the Christian God?
by Michael Martin
Graves, Graham & God
A Personal Odyssey Through
Rural American Religions
by Laurie Johansen
The Case Against Immortality
by Keith Augustine

Books in Brief

Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality, by Jared Diamond; Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Media, by Elaine Showalter; Dinosaur Lives: Unearthing an Evolutionary Saga, by John R. Horner; Beyond Science, by John Polkinghorne; Beyond the Cosmos: What Recent Discoveries in Astronomy and Physics Reveal About the Nature of God, by Hugh Ross; The Inflationary Universe, by Alan H. Guth; The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe(s) Report, by Timothy Ferris; Skywatchers, Shamans, and Kings: Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power, by E.C. Krupp; After God: The Future of Religion, by Don Cupitt; Conjuring Science: Scientific Symbols and Cultural Meanings in American Life, by Christopher P. Toumey; Rebirth of the Goddess: Finding Meaning in Feminist Spirituality, by Carol P. Christ; Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition, by Stuart A. Vyse; Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium, by Carl Sagan; T. Rex and the Crater of Doom, by Walter Alvarez; The Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare, by Jack Raso
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