Skeptic (Altadena, CA)

Magazine promoting scientific method, critical thinking and the skepticism of the paranormal and superstition.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring

Did We Land on the Moon?
WERE THE MOON LANDINGS ACTUALLY A GIGANTIC HOAX? Was the film footage of the astronauts walking on the Moon simply one of the most expensive movies ever made? Fox TV's show "Conspiracy Theory" presented the claims of several authors who say they...
Forum Letters
Athena Stopped Time, Not God I respond to Samuel Larson's short rebuttal of NASA's "discovery" of missing time in SKEPTIC 8-4. The story is an obvious hoax perpetrated by fundamentalist Christians. NASA knows perfectly well that the missing time is...
I Was Brilling
May the Schwartz Be With You It won't stop. Dr. Gary Schwartz of the University of Arizona is the current darling of the media, who eagerly report his belief in mediums and stick him in front of cameras to allow him to bury himself in wild claims,...
Larry King Live, Media Integrity, and Meeting the Psychic Challenge
THE MARCH 6, 2001 EDITION OF CNN's Larry King Live was dedicated to examining "psychics," a program inspired in part by a Time magazine article written by Leon Jaroff that questioned the claim made by John Edward, host of the Sci-Fi channel's program...
Monkey Man Delusion Sweeps India
DURING THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF MAY 2001, residents in the vicinity of New Delhi, India, were alarmed by waves of reports of sightings and attacks by a mysterious creature dubbed in the Indian media as "the monkey man." Encounters were reported almost...
Polls Show Paranormal Beliefs on the Rise, Evolution Belief on the Decline
June 8, 2001. Gallup News Service. For the full report go to http://www.gallup.com/poll/releases/pr010608.asp. The Gallup polling service has released its latest audit of what Americans believe about the paranormal and the results show that the...
Requiem for a Controversy
Whatever Happened to Margaret Mead? WHEN A CONTROVERSY is young, everyone is riveted. But what happens as controversy ages and becomes more complicated? Who remains interested? In the recent controversy over Patrick Tiemey's Darkness in El Dorado...
Seeking a New Fulcrum
Parapsychology and the Need to Believe in a New Transcendence LET ME ADMIT FROM THE START that I have a murky and conflicted relationship with the quaint concept of "psi". On the one hand, trained as a physical scientist, I find little to admire...
Spin-Doctoring the Yanomamo
Science as a Candle in the Darkness of the Anthropology Wars THERE IS A MAXIM anthropologists often cite about the geopolitics of diplomacy and warfare among indigenous peoples: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. In reality, of course, the maxim...
The New Atlantis
And the Dangers ot Pseudohistory WHERE DID CIVILIZATION COME FROM? Since the original publication of Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods in 1995 there has been a remarkable revival in speculative or "alternative" answers to this basic question....
The Pinker Instinct
AS I SAT DOWN TO INTERVIEW Steven Pinker, the 46-year old Professor of Psychology in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, I suddenly realized that I had not bringed my notes. Fortunately, he holded my attention such that I did not...
The Shadow of Caliban
An Introduction to the Tempestuous History of Anthropology IN 1607 A SAILOR NAMED Andrew Battell returned to England from imprisonment in Portuguese Africa, bringing with him tales of new worlds and half-man, half-beast monsters we now know to...
Velikoysky at Fifty
CULTURES IN COLLISION ON THE FRINGES OF SCIENCE IN 1950, DR. IMMANUEL VELIKOVSKY published Worlds in Collision (WIC), [1] a remarkable book that boldly challenged the fundamental tenets of a wide number of academic fields. Velikovsky, a psychoanalyst...
Whence the "Noble Savage"
PRIMITIVE HUMANS living in peace and harmony with one another and in balance with nature is an idea in Western society that dates back to at least the 18th century. At that time the French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau described humans in a tribal...