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A MODERN MYSTERY

Supernatural stirrings in dark, abandoned places…. Stories of this type are very familiar to us from books, movies, and television shows. The idea that some places can be “haunted” by spirits of the dead may seem hair-raisingly spooky. Or, perhaps it strikes you as silly and sort of old fashioned—an idea from an earlier, more superstitious time. Sure, ghosts linger on in scary storytelling. But we’ve all also heard, “There’s no such thing as ghosts!” Didn’t society leave ghost beliefs behind when we outgrew fears of warlocks and werewolves? Or do some people today still feel there are places that are haunted by phantoms?

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CONFIDENCE SCAMS EXCERPT: The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for it Every Time; ARTICLES: America’s Stonehenge: Did Highly Developed Europeans Build a Sophisticated Astronomical and Religious Monument on the American East Coast More than 3000 Years Ago?; Is It ET?: Is Star KIC 8462852 a Sign of an Extraterrestrial Civilization?; Hurricane Strikes as Divine Retribution—An Empirical Test; Ruins of Empires: Thomas Jefferson, Constantin-Francois Volney, and the Separation of Church and State; Winning the Vaccination War in California; Prophet Without Honor: Francis Galton and the Birth of Behavioral Genetics; When Cops Kill: An Insider’s Perspective; Guns and Games: The Relationship Between Violent Video Games and Gun Crimes in America; More on Morals: On Science and Morality (1) Deontologists are Covert Consequentialists, (2) Expanding Science to Include Morals, (3) Clarifying Confusions; Alligators in the Sewers! COLUMNS: Who’s Crazy Now?: DSM-5 and the Classification of Mental Disorders; The Delicate Dilemma of Defining Rape; REVIEW: Red Team: How To Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy by Micah Zenko reviewed by David Priess; JUNIOR SKEPTIC: Haunted Houses; Earliest Ghost Stories; Ghostly Evolution
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