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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 8 Number 4
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Skeptic magazine, vol 8, no 4


Lessons From Kansas
Its citizens woke up, fought back, and won. Will you be ready if the creationists take over your schools?
by Sheila Gibson
by Randi Cassingham
An Amazing Life
An interview with James “The Amazing” Randi
by Michael Shermer
Bigger than Fire?
A scientific examination of Randell Mills’ “Hydrino” Theory by Aaron J. Barth
Time’s Arrpws
Point Both Ways
The View From Nowhen
by Victor J. Stenger


Impossible Evolution? Another Physicist Challenges
Darwin Mathematics and Evolution, by Fred Hoyle reviewed by Massimo Pigliucci
Metaphors for the Masses
Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century, by Howard Bloom reviewed by Michael Shermer
The Design Detectives
Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology, by William A. Dembski and The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism, by Phillip E. Johnson reviewed by Jason Rosenhouse
No Devil in the Lettuce
Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism, by Robert T. Pennock reviewed by Wolf Roder
The Evolution Wars
Defenders of the Truth: The Battle for Science in the Sociobiology Debate and Beyond, by Ullica Segerstråle; The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics, by Robin Marantz Henig; The Riddled Chain: Chance, Coincidence, and Chaos in Human Evolution, by Jeffrey K. McKee. reviewed by Michael Shermer
A Perfect 10
Tales of the Rational: Skeptical Essays About Nature and Science, by Massimo Pigliucci reviewed by Amanda Chesworth
The Stealth Creationists
Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong, by Jonathan Wells. Reviewed by David Ussery reviewed by David Ussery

Special Section:
ID — The New Creationism

Evolution and the New Creationism: A Proposal for Compromise
Intelligent design theory is wrong, but teaching it will strengthen students’ understanding of science by Larry Arnhart
Whence the Flood Waters?
The Rise and Fall (and Likely Return) of the Pre-Flood Water Canopy by Tom McIver
The Triumph of Christianity
Why a Small Apocalyptic Cult Overwhelmed its Powerful Roman Rivals by Tim Callahan
A Connecticut Yankee
in God’s Court
Mark Twain’s Covert War
with Religion by Gary Sloan


Science in America
Knowledge About Science & Technology; Interest by Sex, Education Level; Self-Assessed Knowledge; “Attentive” Public Policy; Understanding Scientific Inquiry; Science & the Media; Communication Barriers; An Ill-Informed Public; What Should Be Done?; Belief in the Paranormal.
The Crackpot Index®
by John Baez
NASA Discovers Bible’s “Missing Day” … Not!
by Samuel Larson
Skeptics Discover the New Creationism; Skeptics Deceived; Michael Shermer on Politically Incorrect; The Top Recommended Skeptics Books; “Cosmos” Returns; From Ann Druyan and Joe Firmage

Junior Skeptic

The Search for Atlantis
Atlantis of the internet; Plato; Atlas!; What Plato wrote; Legends that turned out to be real; Where was Atlantis?; Best bet for a real Atlantis; Mystical Atlantis; Weird Geology; Atlanteans; Utopias; Puzzle
by Pat Linse
The Madman of Magic
The Vanishing Line
by Bob Friedhoffer


Race & Sports Forum
Entine Responds to Critics
Selfish Genes Forum
by Bob Hutton
Chaos Forum
Fractal Meanings; Pigliucci Responds to Blumenfeld
Science & Religion Forum
In Defense of Scientific Skepticism, by Steven Novella, MD; Pigliucci Responds; Transcendence Without Religion; A Skeptical Society; Water into Wine; But What if Life Has No Meaning?; What in God’s Name?; Asimov’s Test of God; Six Billion Gods; Us v. Them; ID = Who?; A Damn Interesting Question; Pascal in Peoria; What Matters at the End of the Day; Skepticism v. Smugness; God as Testable Hypothesis; What it Means to Be Human

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