The Skeptics Society & Skeptic magazine


Skeptic Magazine, Volume 6 Number 4
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 6, no 4


’Twas Brillig…
The Matter of Dowsing
by James Randi
Dumbth News from
This is True
by Randy Cassingham
Critical Thinking
by Steven T. Asma
All Duct Out in
the Name of Science
The Eighth First Annual Ig Nobel Awards Provides Extraordinary Proof that Science Can Be Fun
by Sheila Gibson
The Lost World
of Jack Horner
An Interview With the World’s Most Famous Dinosaur Digger
by Michael Shermer
The Myth of the Miraculous Survival
by Tim Callahan

Special Section:

Tragedy on Elm Street
Facts and Fictions in
the JFK Assassination
by Nick Gerlich
Case Still Open
Skepticism and the
Assassination of JFK
by Arthur and Margaret Snyder


True Origins of CSICOP; Evolution Returns to Arizona; Entropy is Evolution’s Engine; Swiss None too Swift; Darwin Awards Insensitive; Disturbing Questions; Waco: Rules of Engagement: Not Skeptical Enough; Holohoax is Shoah Business
More Voices of
JFK Conspiracy
The JFK Head Shot;
Assassination Science
Do You Believe in God?
A Forum Exchange
Fear Religion, Not God; Apathetic A-Religious Ex-Atheist; Whose God?; An Irrelevantist; Ask God About Neutrino’s Mass; Defensible Non-Theism; Neighbor’s God Not Valid God; God and Non-Fat Ice Cream; The Wrong God Question
The Case For & Against God: A Forum Exchange
The God of Randomness: A Reply to Bruce Mazet’s “A Case For God”; A Reply to Massimo Pigliucci’s “A Case Against God”; Massimo Pigliucci Replies
Eye Color is Irrelevant
for Psychic Claims
Ray Hyman Replies to Uri Geller


Skeptic in Germany; Acupuncture and Depression; The 16 False Memories of Sybil; Gulf War or Lore Syndrome?; Spontaneous Pig Combustion?; A Little Fish in a Big Bible Pond; Fringe or Frontier Science?; Crisis in Philosophy?; So Help Me Who? New German Cabinet Swears off God; Alternative Medicine Taught in Half of Medical Schools; Belated Correction; Scientific Basis For Dracula
Dawkins Sandbagged by Australian Creationists
by Barry Williams
Coming Forward to
Question the Skeptics
Gillian Brown Responds
to Barry Williams

Book Review Debate

The following articles are a special debate on group selection and the evolution of altruism
As They Would Do to You
Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, by Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson
reviewed by Robert Trivers
The Golden Rule
of Group Selection
Reply to Robert Trivers’ review of Unto Others
by David Sloan Wilson and Elliott Sober
Think for Yourself
Trivers replies to Sober and Wilson

Junior Skeptic

Are Aliens Among Us? How to Ask Questions About UFOs and Other Cosmic Things
by Amanda Chesworth
Abducted by Aliens
A True Story
by Michael Shermer
Psychic Math!
by Arthur Benjamin
How to Fake UFO Photos
by Shoshana Cohen, Pat LInse, Tyson Gilmore and Devin Ziel


The Evidence of
Things Not Seen
A review of Madame Blavatsky’s Baboon by Peter Washington
reviewed by Thomas M. Disch
Alternative Thinking
A review of Barrie Cassileth, Ph.D. The Alternative Medicine Handbook: The Complete Reference Guide to Alternative and Complementary Therapies
reviewed by Carol Tavris, Ph.D. and Avrum Bluming, M.D.
The Fingerprints
of Graham Hancock
Worlds in Collision Meets Chariots of the Gods — a review of the television series Quest for The Lost Civilization
reviewed by Jerry Goodenough
It’s Magic!
A review of The Art of Magic, by Carl Waldman and Joe Layden with Jamy Ian Swiss
reviewed by Matthew Ainsworth

Get eSkeptic

Be in the know!

Subscribe to eSkeptic: our free email newsletter and get great podcasts, videos, reviews and articles from Skeptic magazine, announcements, and more in your inbox twice a week. It’s free. We never share your address. Unsubscribe any time.

Sign me up!

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.

FREE PDF Download

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.

FREE Video Series

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.

FREE PDF Download

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.

FREE PDF Download

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?

FREE PDF Download

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…

FREE PDF Download

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!

FREE PDF Download

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.

Copyright © 1992–2022. All rights reserved. | P.O. Box 338 | Altadena, CA, 91001 | 1-626-794-3119. The Skeptics Society is a non-profit, member-supported 501(c)(3) organization (ID # 95-4550781) whose mission is to promote science & reason. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Privacy Policy.