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Skeptic Magazine, Volume 9 Number 4
Table of Contents

Skeptic magazine, vol 9, no 4


’Twas Brillig…
Medical Quackery Down Under; Think of a Card; A Step in the Right Direction; Raining on Art Bell’s Parade; MEG Takes a Fall
by James Randi
French Follies
A 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Turns Out to be an Appalling Deception.
A review of the French best seller L’Effroyable Imposture,
by Thierry Meyssan
reviewed by L. Kirk Hagen
The Power of Coincidence
by David G. Myers
Two Shakespeares
A skeptical analysis of Shakespeare & his works reveals the real author
by Scott McCrea
What Do We Do
About Creationism?
Suggestions About How
to Change Peoples Minds
by Massimo Pigliucci


101 Reasons to Dig Deeper
A review of 101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History, by Gary Greenber
reviewed by Tim Callahan
A Late Defense
A review of Paul on Trial: The Book of Acts as a Defense of Christianity, by John W. Mauck. Foreword by Donald A. Hagner reviewed by Tim Callahan
Vanquished, but not Gone
A review of The Vanquished Gods: Science, Religion, and the Nature of Belief, by Richard H. Schlagel
reviewed by Tim Callahan
Plus Ça Change,
Plus C’est la Même Chose
A review of Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay reviewed by Liam McDaid

Cover Story

Stephen Jay Gould
Farwell Fossilface: A Memoir of Stephen Jay Gould
by Richard Milner
This View of Science:
Stephen Jay Gould as Historian of Science and Scientific Historian
by Michael Shermer


Paranormal Brain Chemistry
Paranormal Beliefs Linked to Brain Chemistry; Belief in Pseudoscience and the Paranormal Widespread
To Be or Not to Be a Weasel
How Evolution Works edited by Michael Shermer; letters from Sally Morem, Dennis Junk, Phil Molé, John Ståhle, Jack Sheldon, Ric Carter, Lawrence Chia, Phil Coffman, and Bryce M. Hand by Daniel Loxton

Special Section:
Explaining Miracles

Science & the Resurrection
Christ’s Alleged Resurrection — Experimental Evidence for an Alternative Hypothesis to Being Raised from the Dead by God by Michael A. Persinger
Parting Seas, Magic Stars
& Miracles
Can science explain
events in the bible? by Bruce Martin Wildish


On the Fringes of Credibility
Science and Skepticism; The Qualitative and the Quantitative; Digging for Meaning on the Fringes of Credibility
Hydro Theory Defended
Krell Machine — A Substitute for Religious Yearnings?; Correction; Who Designed the Designer?
Cognitive Catastrophes, Sheldrake Defends His Theory
I Think Therefore I Deduce; Heads I Win, Tails You Lose; Molé Replies; Rupert Sheldrake says Formative Causation Testable
Creationism; Black Confederates

Junior Skeptic

Sea Monsters
written and illustrated
by Daniel Loxton
Sea serpent Legends; Fossil Sea Monsters; Real Sea Monsters Alive Today; North American and European Monsters; Who Invented Caddy?; Cryptozoology; Best Evidence for a Real Caddy; The Psychology of Seeing; What Would Be True if Caddy Existed?
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