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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 9 Number 1
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 9, no 1


’Twas Brillig…
May the Schwartz Be With You
by James Randi
Seeking a New Fulcrum
Parapsychology and the Need to Believe in a New Transcendence
by David Brin
Velikovsky at Fifty
Cultures in Collision on
the Fringes of Science
by David Morrison
The New Atlantis & the Dangers of Pseudohistory
by Garret G. Fagan and Chris Hale
The Pinker Instinct
An interview with Steven Pinker
by Michael Shermer

Junior Skeptic

Did We Go to the Moon?
Analyzing the Fox Network TV show “Conspiracy theory: Did We Land on the Moon?”
by Pat Linse
The Madman of Magic
How Preconceived Ideas
Can Fool You
by Bob Friedhoffer

Cover Story
Anthropology Wars:
Who Are We?

The Shadow of Caliban
An Introduction to the Tempestuous History of Anthropology by Frank Miele
the Yąnomamö
Science as a Candle in the Darkness of the Anthropology Wars
by Michael Shermer
Requiem for a Controversy
Whatever Happened to
Margaret Mead? by Paul Shankman
Whence the “Noble Savage”
by Patrick Frank


Polls Show Paranormal Beliefs on the Rise, Evolution Belief Declines
Larry King Live, Media Integrity & Meeting the Psychic Challenge
by Brian Farha
Monkey Man Delusion Sweeps India
by Robert B. Bartholomew


Athena Stopped Time, Not God; Skeptical Tolerance; The Wise Men Were Astrologers; Sports in Black and White; Skeptical Emancipation; Diamond’s Warning; Skeptical Environmentalism
Teaching Creationism Will Just Confuse Students; ID Creationists Twisted Logic; ID Creationists Have Proven Nothing
Special Section:
Testing Mediums
Who is “pretending” — John Edward or James Randi?; Randi and the Usual Suspects; Randi Responds

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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

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Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

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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)

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