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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 8 Number 3
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 8, no 3

Special Section:
Chaos Theory

A Quick & Dirty
Guide to Chaos Theory
Three Race Horses &
Four Hobby Horses
by Frank Miele
Chaos & Complexity
Should We Be Skeptical? by Massimo Pigliucci
How Nature Self-Organizes
Active Walks in Complex Systems
by Lui Lam
Contingencies & Counterfactuals
What Might Have Been
& What Had to Be
by Michael Shermer


‘Twas Brillig…
John Edward and the
Art of Cold Reading by James Randi
For Entertainment
Purposes Only
Fresh Fish: Trawling For the Truth Behind the Bumper Battle Known as the “Fish Wars” by Sheila Gibson
A Moment of Clarity
by Steven T. Asma
Talking Back(wards)
A Test of the Reverse Speech Hypothesis: Are Listeners able to Detect the Emotional Content of Backward Speech? by William Langston & John Chris Anderson
Deviance, Psychiatry
and Cultural Relativism
by Robert Bartholomew
Humans, History
& Environments
An Interview with Jared Diamond
by Michael Shermer
A Bang or a Whimper
Cosmology at the Beginning of a New Millennium
by Ronald Ebert


Future Foundation Symposium
by Frank Miele
Race & Sports Symposium
Skeptic Lite
New Theory: God Did It!
by Edward K. Lankford
The Skeptics Society’s Festschrift in Honor of Stephen Jay Gould
Richard Milner’s Musical Tribute; Over 700 Festschrift Particpants Meet, Mingle and Celebrate On the Caltech Campus; Festschrift Speakers; Batting 300 — Gouldian Stats


Woo Woo Science
The Living Energy Universe, by Gary Schwartz and Linda Russek
reviewed by Marc Berard
Darwin for Liberals
A Darwinian Left: Politics, Evolution, and Cooperation, by Peter Singer
reviewed by David Bloomberg
Who Was Jesus?
Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium, by Bart D. Ehrman
reviewed by Tim Callahan
Confessions of
a Disagreeable Man
The Sokal Hoax: The Sham That Shook the Academy, edited by the editors of Lingua Franca
reviewed by Norman Levitt
The Truth About
Good Stories
The Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story, by Jan Harold Brunvand reviewed by David Bloomberg


Can Governments Really Keep Secrets?; Religion Can Kill; Skeptics Overstep Their Ganzfeld Bounds; Roger Callahan Evasive on Thought Field Therapy Results; Wolves in Academic Clothes
Race & Sports Forum
The Secret of Kenyan Runners; White Sprinters; Hoberman’s Critique of Entine Off the Mark; Hoberman Responds
FDR & Pearl Harbor Forum
FDR and Pearl Harbor; Skeptic is Gullible about FDR Conspiracy Theories; Richard Morrock Responds
Attention Deficit Disorder
Ritalin Not Approved for Children; FYI, ADD is a Disease; Leo’s Reasoning Misleading; Jonathon Leo Responds
Chiropractic Forum
Critiques of Dr. Homola; Dr. Homola Responds

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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.

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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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