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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 7 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 7, no 1


Rust on the Hinges of History: How Neither the Irish Nor the Jews Saved Civilization
How the Irish Saved Civilization, and The Gifts of the Jews, by Thomas Cahill
reviewed by Tim Callahan
How to Misuse Darwin And (Almost) Get Away With It
Darwinian Myths: The Legends and Misuses of a Theory , by Edward Caudill
reviewed by Massimo Pigliucci


“When Scholars Know Sin”
Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa!: J. Gordon Melton Responds; Kent and Krebs’ Skepticism Crosses the Line: Anson Shupe Responds; Let the Scholar Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone: James R. Lewis Responds; Clarifying Contentious Issues: A Rejoinder to Melton, Shupe, and Lewis by Stephen A. Kent and Theresa Krebs
Psychotherapy Debate
Confused By Dineen; Saintly Friends?; Preaching to the Skeptical Choir; There is No Baby in the Psychotherapy Bathwater: Dineen Responds
Facilitated Communication Defended
Rosemary Crossley Responds to Brian Gorman
Waco Skepticism
and Counterskepticism
Gifford Responds to Jeffries

Junior Skeptic

How have people tried to predict the future?; Patterns in science & patterns in superstition; When is fortunetelling a bad thing?; How fortunetelling really works; Texas students test astrology predictions
by Pat Linse, Michael Gilmore, and Andrew Harter
The Madman of Magic
Mad Magical Science Performance; Madman of Science: Magic and Perception
by Bob Friedhoffer


Faith-Medicine Connection Challenged; Millennial Fever Growing; Scientific Analysis of Kennewick Man to Begin; New Cult-Watch Group; Scientology’s Problems in Russia, Europe, & America; Bigfoot Busted by Buffs; Crop Circle Hoaxes; Psychic Scam Busted; Drug Dealer Says Psychic Told Him He Would Not Get Caught; Skeptics Enlightened & Entertained on False Memories, Witch Hunts, & Movie Monsters


’Twas Brillig…
An Address to Congressional Representatives at the Rayburn Building, Washington, DC, March 18th, 1999
by James Randi
Dumbth News from
This is True
The Skeptics Society
Annual Dumbth Awards
by Randy Cassingham
In the Trenches of
the Culture Wars
by Steven T. Asma
The Measure of a Woman
An Interview with Social Scientist Carol Tavris
by Michael Shermer
Fraud & Science
Reflections on the Baltimore Case
by Daniel J. Kevles
Complementary Alternative Medicine Boon or Boondoggle?
The Battle Between Allopathic Medical Care (TAM) system and the Complementary Alternative Medical Care (CAM) system
by Harry K. Ziel, M.D.
Christian Science & the
Perversion of Quantum Physics
by Robert L. Miller

Special Section:

Selection for Credulity
A Biologist’s View of Belief
by Ken Parejko
Legitimatizing Psychology’s
Prodigal Son
Re-considering Hypnosis
for the 21st Century
by Barry F. Seidman
Blue Smoke, Mirrors
& Designer Science
How the Public Relations Industry Compromises Democracy
by Brian Siano
The Game of Influence
Understanding the Hidden Dynamics of Communication
by David A. Brenders
The Knowledge Filter
Reality Must Take Precedence
in the Search for Truth
by Michael Shermer

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Art of the Skeptic

In celebration of Skeptic magazine’s 100th issue, we present sage graphic art advice for skeptical groups and a gallery of art reflecting more than 47 years of skeptical activism from Skeptic’s long time Art Director, Pat Linse

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.

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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.

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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

This free booklet reveals 10 myths that explain why terrorism is not a threat to our way of life or our survival.

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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.

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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?

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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…

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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!

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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.

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The Yeti or Abominable Snowman

5 Cryptid Cards

Download and print 5 Cryptid Cards created by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton. Creatures include: The Yeti, Griffin, Sasquatch/Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Cadborosaurus.

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