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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 6 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 6, no 3


The Terms of the Debate
A Review of Waco: The Rules of Engagement, a Documentary Film
by Keith Jeffries
“Experts” Declare UFOs Need Closer Look; What Happened to Madalyn Murray O’Hair?; Completing the Copernican Revolution
Four Days On Planet Randi
by Sheila Gibson
Science Talk With Michael Shermer; Religion = Lower Blood Pressure

Special Section

Why Professors
Believe Weird Things
Sex, Race, and the Trials of the New Left
by Norman Levitt
When Scholars Know Sin
Alternative Religions and Their Academic Supporters
by Stephen A. Kent
and Theresa Krebs
What Are They Good For?
A Critique of Memetic Approaches
to Information Processing
by James W. Polichak
The Snake Oil of the 90s?
by Tana Dineen
Facilitated Communication
in America
Eight Years and Counting
by Brian J. Gorman


Embracing Uncertainty; Corporate Consent; Confessions of a Former Psychic; When You’re Dead, You’re Dead; Follow the Money; Conspiracy Central; Wilson’s Evolution; Geller on Geller’s Powers
The Case for Yoda
by Andrew Harter
Graduate Record Exam
The GRE as Fringe Science; Another Look; Oldfield Responds; GRE Measures Test Taking Skill; Fake GRE Words?
Memetic Monotheism
by Aaron Lynch


’Twas Brillig…
The True Believers
by James Randi
Dumbth News from
This is True
by Randy Cassingham
A Mind Out of Body
An Interview With Skeptical Parapsychologist Susan Blackmore
by Michael Shermer
Is God Dead?
Why Nietzsche and Time Magazine Were Wrong
by Michael Shermer


The Follies of Forecasting
The Fortune Sellers: The Big Business of Buying and Selling Predictions, by William A. Sherden & John Wiley
reviewed by Matthew Ainsworth
The Functional
Equivalent of God
Looking At the Cosmos
and Seeing God
The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God,
by Hugh Ross
reviewed by Victor J. Stenger
Ordinary People With a
Not-So-Ordinary Problem
Alien Abductions,
by Peter Brookesmith
reviewed by Jeffrey B. King
The Other Forbidden Fruit
The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible,
by Jonathan Kirsch
reviewed by Tim Callahan
The God of Deep Waters
All About Adam and Eve: How We Came to Believe in Gods, Demons, Miracles & Magical Rites,
by Robert J. Gillooly
foreword by Ashley Montagu
reviewed by Tim Callahan
All That Glitters Isn’t Gold
The Gold of Exodus: The Discovery of the True Mount Sinai,
by Howard Blum
reviewed by Tim Callahan

Junior Skeptic

by Andrew Harter
Do You Believe In Magic?
A Junior Skeptic Tests The Quadro Gollball Finder
by Shoshana Cohen
Junior Skeptic Explores the Real Magic Behind Crystals
by Amanda Chesworth
Junior Skeptic Book Review
How Things Work. The Nature Company Discoveries Library,
by Hugh Boss
reviewed by Victor J. Stenger

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