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4 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From $3.00 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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Skeptic  |  24.2  


THE EXISTENCE OF EVIL AND GOD

COLUMNS
The SkepDoc: Laser Therapy: Hope or Hype and Hokum?, by Harriet Hall, M.D. • The Gadfly: The Sisyphean Challenges of Skepticism or, Start by Disbelieving, by Carol Tavris

ARTICLES
Pterosaur Thunderbird: The Origin of a Fake Native American Legend with an Anti- Evolution Agenda • Conversations with My Dead Mother: Why We See Signs and Omens in Everyday Events • Is Cousin Marriage Dangerous? • Therapeutic Touch Redux Twenty Years After the “Emily Event”: Energy Therapies Live on Through Bad Science • What Can Science Learn from Religion? Steven Pinker on Religious Beliefs and Rituals • Becoming Fantastic: Why People Embellish Already Accomplished Lives with Incredible Tales of UFOs and Other Phenomena • 1984 in 2019: The New Privacy Threat from China’s Social Credit Surveillance System


SPECIAL DEBATE SECTION
Michael Shermer v. Brian Huffling: Is the Reality of Evil Good Evidence Against the Christian God?

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Graham Hancock’s “America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization” reviewed by Jason Colavito

JUNIOR SKEPTIC
The Colossal Case of the Cardiff Giant: One of America’s Greatest Hoaxes
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The SkepDoc Laser Therapy: Hope or Hype and Hokum? BY HARRIET HALL, M.D. I love to watch TV reality shows about veterinarians. There are quite a few of them now. My favorite is “The Incredible Dr. Po...
The Gadfly The Sisyphean Challenges of Skepticism or, Start By Disbelieving BY CAROL TAVRIS I RECENTLY RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM a colleague asking me to sign a petition at change.org, protesting a grant of...
Pterosaur Thunderbird The Origin of a Fake Native American Legend with an Anti-Evolution Agenda BY PHILIP J. SENTER PTEROSAURS BECAME EXTINCT OVER 60 MILLION YEARS ago. Nevertheless, anti-evolution authors often suggest th...
Conversations with My Dead Mother Why We See Signs and Omens in Everyday Events BY JESSE BERING Shortly after my mother died, I began to experience certain events that challenged my otherwise skeptical beliefs about the afterlife. To ...
Is Cousin Marriage Dangerous? BY GABRIEL ANDRADE HOW CAN ONE FORGET THE DUELING BANJOS OF Deliverance? A group of urbanites goes deep into Georgia where they encounter hillbillies. One of the friendlier urbanites tries to ...
Therapeutic Touch Redux Twenty Years After the “Emily Event,” Energy Therapies Live on Through Bad Science BY APRIL BLESKE-RECHEK, KATIE PAULICH, AND KEITH JORGENSEN IN 1998, 11-YEAR OLD EMILY ROSA CAUSED A NATIONAL sensatio...

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