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PLUNGE INTO FANTASY

Strategy board games like Risk were complicated enough for most people. But some advanced players wanted games that simulated battles more accurately and in greater detail.

Wargaming became a serious hobby. Wargamers learned the complex games that had been invented to train military officers. And because they loved their hobby, they invented ways to improve the games they played. For example, some experimented with adding specific characters into their games, such as the mayor of a town near a battlefield.

Others turned to fantasy. Wargames often recreated battles from history. But the battles in the games could turn out very differently than actual historical events. That was part of the fun. Since the games were already imagining alternate versions of history (“What if the other side won?”), there was no reason why the players couldn’t imagine other fantastic “what if” details just for the fun of it.

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BEHE’S LAST STAND COLUMNS The SkepDoc: Is Low-Dose Radiation Good for You? The Questionable Claims for Hormesis, by Harriet Hall, M.D. • The Gadfly: Define Your Terms (or, Here we Go Again), by Carol Tavris ARTICLES Making Gasoline from Water: John Andrews and the Invention of a Legend • Online Gaming: A Virtual Experiment in the Dark Side of Human Nature • Duped by Data Mining • How Science Will Explain and Fix Fake News • The Cult of Falun Gong: A Dance Troupe and Victimhood Raises Big Money • The Opioid Epidemic Misunderstood • Why the Human-Centered View Has Not Served us Well • Behe’s Last Stand: The Lion of Intelligent Design Roars Again • Straw Man on a Slippery Slope: The Case Against the Case Against Postmodernism • A Disproof of God’s Existence REVIEWS Reviews of: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure; The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake; Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits; Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post- Facts, and Fake News; Hoax: A History of Deception: 5000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies; Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War Over Anthropology JUNIOR SKEPTIC Quest for the Truth about Dungeons and Dragons

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COLUMNS
Is Low-Dose Radiation Good for You? The Questionable Claims for Hormesis
Define Your Terms (or, Here we Go Again)
ARTICLES
John Andrews and the Invention of a Legend
A Virtual Experiment in the Dark Side of Human Nature
DATA MINING INVOLVES RANSACKING DATA AND searching
THE INSTANT, GLOBAL SPREAD OF INFORMATION through the
How this Group Raises Big Money Using a Dance Troupe and its Own Victimhood
DRUG OVERDOSE IS NOW THE LEADING CAUSE OF death for
“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s
The Lion of Intelligent Design Roars Again
The Case Against the Case Against Postmodernism
THE TRADITIONAL DEFINITION OF GOD CREDITS HIM WITH
REVIEWS
A Review of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
A review of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake, by Steven Novella with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein.
A review of Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits by Benjamin Radford
Reviews of Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post- Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young and Hoax: A History of Deception: 5000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies by Ian Tattersall and Peter Nevraumont
Review of Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War Over Anthropology by Peter Hempenstall.
Michelle E. Ainsworth holds an MA in history. She enjoys
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