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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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