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STARTING WITH THE TERRIBLE TWOS, when toddlers hear the word “No” on a regular basis, people don’t like to be told they can’t do something. They often believe government regulations interfere with their rights. The government requires vaccinations for school attendance; parents complain that they should be able to make their own decisions about whether to vaccinate their children. The government requires that drugs be approved by the FDA before marketing; desperate patients dying of cancer complain that regulations are preventing them from getting the one new treatment that just might save their life.

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WHY IS THERE SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING? COLUMNS The SkepDoc: Health Freedom, Right to Try, and Informed Consent, by Harriet Hall, M.D. • The Gadfly: Do You Have Traits or Are You a Type? by Carol Tavris • SPECIAL SECTION ON TACTICS FOR DISCUSSING CONTENTIOUS ISSUES Personhood and Abortion Rights: How Science Might Inform this Contentious Issue, by Gary Whittenberger • How to Teach Evolution to Religious Students, by Surat Parvatam • The Arguments for Creationism and the Arguments for Evolution: A Study in Contrasts, by Ralph M. Barnes • Meeting Our “Enemies” Where They Are: The Advantage of Understanding Your Adversary’s Arguments, by Andrew Cooper-Sansone ARTICLES The Grandest of Questions Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? by Michael Shermer • Reports of Mysterious Attacks on U.S. Diplomats Continue: Separating Fact from Fiction by Robert E. Bartholomew • The God Damners: The Now Not-so-New Atheism by Michael Cohen • Quackery in America: An Inglorious and Ongoing History, by Morton Tavel, M.D. • What Is It like to Be a Human? by Colin McGinn REVIEWS Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress • The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution • The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will • SCAM: So-Called Alternative Medicine • Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life • The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are JUNIOR SKEPTIC Secrets of the Ouija Board, by Daniel Loxton

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COLUMNS
Health Freedom, Right to Try, and Informed Consent
Do You Have Traits or Are You a Type?
Ástor Alexander is a figurative illustrator and painter.
ARTICLES
Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
Separating Fact from Fiction
The Now Not-so-New Atheism
An Inglorious and Ongoing History
For those who do not closely follow philosophy, this
SPECIAL SECTION TACTICS FOR DISCUSSING CONTENTIOUS ISSUES
How Science Might Inform this Contentious Issue
IN A STUDY CONDUCTED AT A PUBLIC COLLEGE IN THE United
The Arguments for Creationism and the Arguments for
The Advantage of Understanding Your Adversary’s Arguments
REVIEWS
A Review of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Reviews of The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution by Charles S. Cockell, and The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will by Kenneth R. Miller
Review of SCAM: So-Called Alternative Medicine by Edzard Ernst
A review of Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are by Alan Jasonoff
JUNIOR SKEPTIC
Today we will dim the lights and gather around an object
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