Skeptic (Altadena, CA)

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

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 3, Spring

Bad Language: Automatic Writing: Write or Wrong?
THERE ARE MANY NAMES AND CLAIMS of Automatic Writing. Also known as Spirit Writing, Trance Writing, Direct Writing, Autography or Psychography, some believe there is a paranormal explanation; that this is when the ghost writers really are ghosts. Others...
Bob White's Great UFO Artifact Mystery-Solved! Sometimes All It Takes Is Finding the Right Expert
A PSYCHIC WAS TAKING PHONE CALLS ON a late night radio show. His next caller was clearly upset--you could hear the fear in his voice. "I think I might be possessed" he confessed. "When I drive at night the street lights often turn off as I approach....
Extraterrestrial Aliens: Friends, Foes, or Just Curious?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS, THE SETI (SEARCH FOR Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project has searched for evidence of alien civilizations and has even sent messages into space with the intention of communicating with intelligent sentient...
Islam: Imams, Fatwas, Jihads and Jews-Sense and Nonsense about Muslims and the Middle East: An Interview with R. Stephen Humphreys
R. Stephen Humphreys is a Professor of History and Islamic Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who has traveled extensively across the geographic crossroads we term the Middle East and its neighboring continents of Europe and...
Muslim Creationism and the Curious Case of Harun Yahya: A Look at a High-Profile Muslim Creationist and His Christian Friends in the U.S
IN 2O07 SEVERAL UNITED STATES CONGRESSMEN, educators and scientists each received a weighty parcel postmarked in the UK. (1) It contained a book entitled The Atlas of Creation, a Muslim creationist attack on evolution authored by someone called Harun...
Precognition or Pathological Science? an Analysis of Daryl Bem's Controversial "Feeling the Future" Paper
RENOWNED EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST DARYL BEM recently published an astonishing article in the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (an online version is available now: http://dbem.ws/ FeelingFuture.pdf) entitled "Feeling the Future:...
Stephen Hawking's Other Controversial Theory: Model Dependent Realism in the Grand Design
IN THE NEW BOOK BY STEPHEN HAWKING AND Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design, the authors manage to give a detailed historical summary of mathematics and physics, explain tile complexities of various mathematical models and theories that relate to the...
The Kraken!
HELLO! I'm Daniel, the Editor of JUNIOR SKEPTIC. Welcome to our look at the legend of the terrifying, tentacled monster called the kraken. Foreshadowed by writers in Classical Greece and Rome, the kraken grew in Medieval stories into a monster...
The Mythic Origins of the Qur'an
EVER SINCE 9/11 AMERICANS HAVE GROWN EVER more interested in the origins and beliefs of Islam, most notably the contents of its holy book, the Qur'an. If we are, indeed, facing a "clash of civilizations" as the ensuing conflict between Islam and the...
The SkepDoc: Aspartame: Safe Sweetener or Perilous Poison?
ASPARTAME IS A LOW CALORIE SUGAR substitute marketed under brand names such as Equal and Nutrasweet. It is a combination of two amino acids: L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine. It is available as individual packets for adding to foods and it is a...
'Twas Brillig ... Talking to Dead Celebrities and Psychic Polaroid Photographs
Talk to a Dead Celebrity! SYLVIA BROWNE HAS YET ANOTHER book out. That this one has certain magical aspects to it is apparent on the cover, as Sylvia seems to have undergone an enchanted transformation, losing at least 30 years! The book is Afterlives...
Why People Do Not Understand Evolution: An Analysis of the Cognitive Barriers to Fully Grasping the Unity of Life
IN 2005, THE PARENTS OF SEVERAL STUDENTS ATTENDING Dover High School in Dover, Pennsylvania, sued the Dover Area School District over their decision to require high school biology teachers to read a statement alerting their students to the existence...