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4 issues per year Write Review From $3.50 per issue Skeptic magazine examines extraordinary claims, promotes science and reason, and serves as an educational tool for those seeking a sound scientific viewpoint.

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GIVING THE DEVIL HIS DUE: WHEN SHOULD SPEECH BE CENSORED?

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The SkepDoc: Electronic Screen Syndrome: Is It Real?, by Harriet Hall, M.D. • The Gadfly: Travels Within the Feminist Divide by Carol Tavris

ARTICLES
Giving the Devil His Due, by Michael Shermer • Claims About a Government “UFO Program” — How Much is True? • Religious Intolerance, Witchcraft, Superstition, and Underdevelopment in Africa • Ark of Absurdities: Creationism Comes to Brazil • The Mystery of Göbekli Tepe: A New Chapter in History • What’s to be Gained Through Rationality? • Where and Why Science and Religion Conflict • The Conditions Under Which Common, Everyday Bullshit is Most Likely to Emerge

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Ptolemy Revisited: The Return of Earth-Centered Cosmology

REVIEWS
Reviews of: Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control; Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them; Estrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Women’s Well-Being and Lengthen Their Lives—Without Raising the Risk of Breast Cancer

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The Howling Horror of Werewolves! by Daniel Loxton
Skeptic magazine examines extraordinary claims, promotes science and reason, and serves as an educational tool for those seeking a sound scientific viewpoint.

For over 25 years, Skeptic has been on the forefront of skeptical inquiry and groundbreaking science, publishing insightful articles on a vast number of subjects including: evolution, creationism, cults, revisionism, conspiracy theories, near-death and out-of-body experiences, mass hysterias, urban myths, altered states of consciousness, science vs. pseudoscience, fraud and hoaxes, history vs. pseudohistory, magic and the paranormal, the use and abuse of theory and statistics, medical and psychiatric claims, the scope and limitations of science and technology, gender and race issues in science, artificial intelligence, cultural influences on science and scientific influences on culture, the capacities and limitations of the human body, and many more…

Our editor-in-chief, Dr. Michael Shermer, has been called the most prominent skeptic in America. His numerous books and media appearances, as well as his 214 monthly columns in Scientific American have made Skeptic magazine a respected voice.

The magazine has been called “stimulating and provocative” by Carl Sagan, “clearly superior…gutsy” by Edward O. Wilson, and “the best journal in the field” by Stephen Jay Gould. The magazine includes lively and thought-provoking articles, debates, book reviews, and essays from leading scientists, scholars, investigative journalists, historians, professors, and teachers.

Bound within each issue of Skeptic is Junior Skeptic magazine. While written for younger readers, it provides an outstanding summary of classical paranormal topics, and is one of the favorite parts of the magazine for adults as well. Its editor, Daniel Loxton, recently won Canada’s prestigious Best Science Book Award for Young Readers.
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Below is a selection of articles in Skeptic 25.2.

The SkepDoc Electronic Screen Syndrome: Is It Real? BY HARRIET HALL, M.D. You may have noticed that children seem to spend a lot of time interacting with screens: cell phones, tablets, compute...
The Gadfly Travels Within the Feminist Divide BY CAROL TAVRIS In this exhausting era of polarized politics and the vengeful moralists who seek not only to bring down the other guy but also the guy ...
Claims About a Government “UFO Program” How Much is True? BY ROBERT SHEAFFER For more than two years an organization called To The Stars Academy (TTSA), founded by rock singer and Blink-182 front man Tom DeLonge, has sucked the oxyge...
Ptolemy Revisited The Return of Earth-Centered Cosmology BY DONALD PROTHERO The idea of a heliocentric solar system is most famously attributed to the Polish scholar Mikolaja Kopernika (we know him by the Latini...
Religious Intolerance, Witchcraft, Superstition, and Underdevelopment in Africa BY WILLIAMS C. IHEME Africa is a melting pot of different religions. Its present day belief systems are a combination of indigenous African religions that were practiced before the colonization of Af...
Ark of Absurdities Creationism Comes to Brazil BY HESLLEY MACHADO SILVA Conflict between science and religion remains widely discussed, especially in regard to sensitive topics such as the acceptance and teaching...

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