: Skeptical Inquirer magazine
Volume 28, Number 6
Bacteria, Ulcers, and Ostracism?
H. Pylori and the Making of a Myth
Medicine’s purported ostracism of the discovery of
H. pylori has achieved a mythological quality. But it isn’t true. After appropriate initial scientific skepticism, the hypothesis was accepted right on schedule.
Science and the Public
Is Science Making Us More Ignorant?
The attempt to integrate basic cultural beliefs with the scientific outlook calls for a new interdisciplinary academic field. Such a field could contribute to the debate over public literacy in science and help
motivate public support for science.
Why SETI Is Science and
UFOlogy Is Not
A Space Science Perspective on Boundaries
Understanding the differences between science and
pseudoscience is a fundamental critical thinking skill but often isn’t as easy as it sounds. Using SETI and UFOlogy as case studies, a space scientist examines what is meant by science and why some highly speculative ideas are part of the scientific mainstream while others are not.
Blind Spots, Brain Maps, and Backaches
A New Chiropractic Delusion
A new test that measures the size of the blind spot to detect altered brain function and correct it with
chiropractic adjustments is a house of cards built on flawed logic and one unbelievable experiment.
Stupid Dino Tricks
A Visit to Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land
Young-earth creationist Kent Hovind has built a dinosaur-filled theme park in the Florida panhandle and claims to prove that evolution is bunk. A visit there shows that it is definitely a fantasy land.
Explaining the Plagues of Egypt
The Ten Plagues of Egypt, as told in the Book of Exodus, can be easily explained. Or maybe not. . . .
Senate Intelligence Committee Highlights Need for Skeptical Inquiry
The Path to Discovery and the Impact on Culture
News and Comment
- Russian Reports Add New Twist to Old Tunguska UFO Myth
- French Group Tests Man’s Claims to Sense a Person’s Presence
- Nobelist Francis Crick Mourned
- New Details Emerge About Psychic’s Airline Bomb Threat Tip
- Prayers, Psychics Fail to Find Missing Women
- Fortuneteller Allowed at Fair Despite Law
- Well, Larry—You’ve Done It Again
- APS’s Bob Park Elected a CSICOP Fellow
- Psychic Sylvia Browne Once Failed to Foresee Her Own Criminal Conviction
- David Morrison Named 2004 Sagan Medalist
Thinking About Science
And the Mechanism Is . . .
Tunguska 1, Roswell 0
Notes on a Strange World
The Secrets of Rennes-le-Château
Doubt and About
A Call for Attention to Climate Change
My Wife—and the Dialectics of External Historicity
Science Best Sellers
Letters to the Editor
Mapping Human History:
Discovering the Past Through Our Genes
By Steve Olson
The Exodus Case: A Scientific Examination of the Exodus Story—And a Deep Look into the Red Sea
By Lennart Möller