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4 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From $3.75 per issue 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…

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Skeptic  |  24.1  


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

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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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I like that even no scientists (like me) can read the articles. Reviewed Monday, December 7, 2020
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keeping me saner
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My father used to write for the Skeptic. I just can't seem to get into the writing anymore. Reviewed Sunday, September 6, 2020
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I still miss moderated comment in the form of letters to the magazine. Reviewed Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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Excellent and balanced coverage of a wide variety of topics Reviewed Sunday, March 8, 2020

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The SkepDoc Is Low-Dose Radiation Good for You? The Questionable Claims for Hormesis BY HARRIET HALL, M.D. FOR MOST PEOPLE, RADIATION IS VERY scary. You can’t see it; you may not know if you’ve been ...
The Gadfly Define Your Terms (or, Here we Go Again) BY CAROL TAVRIS MANY YEARS AGO, when my husband first told me he loved me, I sat up and asked him, “What exactly do you mean by that?” Clearly, you can ...
Making Gasoline from Water John Andrews and the Invention of a Legend BY DAN PLAZAK WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE STORY. The inventor of a cheap gasoline-from-water process mysteriously disappears, after having been (pick one) bought o...
Online Gaming A Virtual Experiment in the Dark Side of Human Nature BY JOHN GLYNN EVERY AGE HAS ITS OWN FORM OF STORYTELLING, AND video gaming appears to be a defining narrative of today’s culture. Most of us grew ...
Duped by Data Mining BY GARY SMITH The photo for this illustration is of the Alabama Hills in California. It was taken by David Patton. DATA MINING INVOLVES RANSACKING DATA AND searching for patterns, without b...
How Science Will Explain and Fix Fake News BY DAVID COWAN THE INSTANT, GLOBAL SPREAD OF INFORMATION through the Internet clearly benefits us as individuals and as a civilization. But the Internet can also be wielded to spread disinformation, ...

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