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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 8 Number 1
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Skeptic magazine, vol 8, no 1


’Twas Brillig…
Uri Geller & the Moving Compass Trick; Also: So Long Doug
by James Randi
For Entertainment
Purposes Only
Why aren’t there more
women in skepticism?
by Sheila Gibson
Dumbth News from
This is True
by Randy Cassingham
Deconstruct This!
by Steven T. Asma
The Heat of the Soul
Thermodynamics and the Mind/Body Problem
by William E. Lee III
The Grand Old Man
of Evolution
An Interview with Evolutionary Biologist Ernst Mayr
by Michael Shermer
and Frank J. Sulloway
Nonzero & Nonsense
Group Selection, Nonzerosumness, and the Human Gaia Hypothesis
by David Sloan Wilson


Chicken Soup for the Evolutionist’s Soul
Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, by Robert Wright
reviewed by Michael Shermer
Watching the Watchdogs
The Watchdogs: A Close Look at Anti-Racist “Watchdog” Groups,
by Laird Wilcox
reviewed by Frank Miele
Hocus-Pocus History:
What if FDR Knew About Pearl Harbor?
Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor, by Robert B. Stinnett
reviewed by Richard Morrock

Junior Skeptic

How Charles Darwin Discovered the History of Life
by Pat Linse, cover illustration by Tim Callahan
The Madman of Magic
Magic Galapagos Island Snake Eggs; Darwin’s Invisible Mouse
by Bob Friedhoffer


E-Scams: Too Good
To Be True
by Nick Gerlich
Lectures at Caltech
Boo!; The Mars Man; A History of Heaven — Dante to the Internet; Urban Legends: Too Good to Be True
World Famous Museum of Questionable Medical Devices
Americans Continue to Doubt Evolution; The Changing Religious Landscape; The 2000 Gallup & Barna Polls; Virgin Ice Cream; Noah’s Flood in the Black Sea?
Cult Mass Suicide/Homicide
Jonesboro/Heaven’s Gate Replay?
by J. Gordon Melton
ABC Pays Damages to Psychic Network; Recovered or False Memories?

Special Section:
Race & Sports

Race & Sports
Jon Entine’s Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We Are Afraid to Talk About it
by Frank Miele
Breaking the Taboo
Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re No Longer So Afraid to Talk About it
by Jon Entine
Totem & Taboo
The Myth of Race in Sports
by John Hoberman
The Final Taboo
Race Differences in Ability
by Vincent Sarich
Blood, Sweat & Fears
Why Some Black Athletes Dominate Some Sports and What it Really Means
by Michael Shermer

Special Section:
Voodoo Science

Perpetuum Mobile
The Dream of Infinite Free Energy by Robert Park
Attention Deficit Disorder
Good Science or Good Marketing? by Jonathan Leo
Conventional or Alternative Healing?
by Samuel Homola, D.C.


The Whole World Isn’t Crazy; Reading Between the Biblical Lines; Former Sai Baba Member Speaks Out; Judaism as Group Selection; Three Brains Not Better Than One; Sagan, Randi, and Mary Jane; Christian Science is Metaphysics Not Quantum Physics; For Whom Bell’s Theorem Tolls; XXX-Files; ESP and PSA; Genetic v. Social Engineering; Keep an Open Mind on the Great Pyramid as a Power Plant
Thought Field
Therapy Debate
Thinking Through Thought Therapy; Ear Today, Gone Tomorrow; Callahan replies to Swenson

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