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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 9 Number 2
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 9, no 2

Cover Story
The Environment:
How Bad Off Are We?

The Future of Life:
The Solution
An excerpt from Edward O. Wilson’s The Future of Life
The Real State of the World
by Bjørn Lomborg
Skeptical of the
Skeptical Environmentalist
A review of The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World, by Bjørn Lomborg. reviewed by David Pimentel


’Twas Brillig…
Sylvia Browne, John Edward, the Maharishi Yogi, Bad Astronomy, and more…
by James Randi
Number Manipulation
The Not ‘So Spooky’ Tim McVeigh
by Bryan Farha
Skeptical Sayings
Wit and Wisdom from Skeptics Past and Present
edited by Michael Shermer
On the Fringes of Credibility
The Boundary Question Between Science and Non-Science
by Frank Trocco
Nine Crazy Ideas in Science
by Robert Ehrlich


The New Look; Pondering Skepticism; A Senior Junior; The Crackpot Committee; Romancing Science; A Step in Time (Joshua’s missing day); Beyond Intelligent Doubt; Science and Atheism are Not Synonymous; Pigliucci Responds; Must Read Skeptic Books; Another Possible Location for Atlantis?
Special Section: On Miele’s “Caliban” & “Complexity”
Complexity Chart is Bogus!; Frank Miele Replies; Darwin to Dawkins to Gould; Frank Miele Replies. A Complex Story; Chaotic Complexity.
Special Section: Larry Arnhart’s “Evolution & the New Creationism”
Faith in Falsehood is False Faith; Laws Not Necessarily Divine; Behe’s Black Box and Arnhart’s Proposed Compromise; Why the Universe is Nowhere and Has No Cause
Special Section: Tim Callahan’s “The Triumph of Christianity”
Christianity’s Secret of Success, Callahan Responds

Junior Skeptic

The “Magician’s Force”
How to trick someone into thinking that you have the power to predict the future!
by Bob Friedhoffer


Rape, Sex & the Research of Evolutionary Psychology
A review of A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion, by Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer
reviewed by Massimo Pigliucci
Alas Poor Evolutionary Psychology: Unfairly Accused, Unjustly Condemned
A review of Alas Poor Darwin: Arguments Against Evolutionary Psychology, by Hillary Rose and Steven Rose reviewed by by Robert Kurzban
Darwin Redux
A review of Darwin: A Norton Critical Edition, by Philip Appleman
reviewed by Betty McCollister

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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

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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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
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Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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