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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 7 Number 3
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Skeptic magazine, vol 7, no 3


AOL Poll on Prayer & Healing; Religion Prize Largest in the World; Mummies & Skeptics at Caltech
A Skeptic in the Trenches
A Skeptical Firewalk;
A Skeptical Mindbender
Pollen Analysis
on Shroud of Turin
Noreen Renier’s Latest “Psychic Sleuth” Triumph
by Gary P. Posner
“Five Year Plan” to “Remove” Radioisotope Dating
Science Meets Pseudoscience
The 1999 International Conference On Science and Consciousness by Bob Minick
News of the End of the World; World Survives the End — Nostradamus Wrong Again
Something to Crow About
The Center for Millennial Studies Third Annual Conference Bats a Thousand story and photos by Sheila Gibson
A Millennial Contract
by Gary Wilson


Donation Request; Knowledge Filters are Organic; Another Dracula Myth; Thou Shall Not Test the Lord; Death Is Not Funny; The Pain of Hypnosis; An Intelligence Officer Considers Conspiracy Theories
Evolution of Credulity Debate
Credulous of Credulity; Is Parejko Joking?; Parejko Responds
The God Forum Continues
God as a Defense Mechanism; Agnostic in Principle; Atheist in Practice
More On JFK
Posner and Gerlich No Skeptics; Lone Gunman? Maybe So!
FC Forum Continues
Still Awaiting Answers on FC: Gorman Responds to Crossley
PR Industry & Science Debate
Siano is Painfully Correct; A Well-Tempered PR Industry; Siano’s Leftist Bias; Brian Siano Replies

Junior Skeptic

How to Make A Monster;
The History of Halloween;
Gallery of Useful Ghosts;
Fake Séance Stunts by Pat Linse, Michael Gilmore,
and Amanda Chesworth
Dealing With Fear
by Michael Gilmore
Ghost Fingerprints
by Amanda Chesworth
The Madman of Magic
How to Haunt a House by Bob Friedhoffer
Do it Yourself Alien Autopsy
by Emily & Linda Rosa


Something Happened on
the Way to the Millennium
End-Time Visions:
The Road to Armageddon?

by Richard Abanes
reviewed by Brian A. Wooters
Everything You Wanted to Know About the End of the World
The End of the World:
An Annotated Bibliography
by Tom McIver
The Farce Beneath
the FACE of Creationism
The FACE that Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution,
by Hank Hanegraaff,
foreword by Phillip E. Johnson
reviewed by Tim Callahan
For Hate or Money?
Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
by Gerald Posner
reviewed by Richard Morrock
Physician as
Priest and Counselor
Medicine in the English Middle Ages,
by Faye Getz
reviewed by Harry K. Ziel, M.D.
Plucked in Space
Little Green Men,
Christopher Buckley

reviewed by David Pitt
The Fearful
Angels of Our Nature
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things,
by Barry Glassner
reviewed by Michael Shermer
The Big Med 10
Medicine’s 10 Greatest Discoveries,
by Meyer Friedman, M.D. and Gerald W. Friedland, M.D.
reviewed by Harry K. Ziel, M.D.
How Herbs Work
Physician’s Desk Reference
For Herbal Medicine

reviewed by Harry K. Ziel, M.D.


’Twas Brillig…
Randi Comments…
by James Randi
Dumbth News
From This is True
by Randy Cassingham
The Enlightenment
by Steven T. Asma
Sun, Stand Thou Still
Let Myth be Myth &
Science be Science
by Tim Callahan
The Making of
A Freud Skeptic
An Interview with Frederick Crews
by Todd Dufresne
What’s Wrong with Extremism in Politics
The Tortoise and the Hare
Meet at the Millennium
by Lawrence Hyman

Special Section:

That’s All Folks!
It’s the End of the World … Again
by Daryl Lease
Apocalypse Never
The Search for Immortality as Millennial Phenomena
by Alex Herd
The Alpha and the Omega
The Creation and the End in
Biblical Eschatology
by Tom McIver
The Fire That Will Cleanse
Millennial Meanings and
the End of the World
by Michael Shermer
(book excerpt)
Celestine Profits
A Critical Analysis of James Redfield and The Celestine Prophesy
by By Phil Molé

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