Skeptic (Altadena, CA)

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

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 2, Winter

A Universe from Nothing? A Conversation with Lawrence Krauss
IN HINDSIGHT I COULDN'T HAVE CHOSEN A WORSE TIME TO interview the renowned cosmologist Lawrence Krauss. With his newly released book A Universe From Nothing adorning the New York Times bestseller list, the man of the moment had become the man with...
Bad Language: Life on the Psychic D List: Look for Rebecca Rosen to Join the A-List of Media-Savvy Mediums
REBECCA ROSEN IS AN UP-AND-COMING psychic medium. Like Sylvia Browne, Rosemary Altea, James Van Praagh and John Edward before her, she's on her way to joining the A-list of media-savvy mediums. With a few new tricks up her sleeve, Rosen may soon achieve...
Depression Treatment: What Works and How We Know
FOR PEOPLE SATISFIED WITH THEIR STANDARD depression treatments, debunking myths about them may be troubling. Many depressed people, for example, report that their antidepressants have been effective for them, and they sometimes are enraged to hear...
How We Know Global Warming Is Real and Human Caused
REALITY MUST TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER PUBLIC RELATIONS, FOR NATURE CANNOT BE FOOLED.--RICHARD FEYNMAN On January 27, 2012, the Wall Street Journal ran an Opinion Editorial written by 16 people who challenge the evidence of human-induced climate change....
Sensory Integration and Autism: Science or Pseudoscience?
SENSORY INTEGRATION THERAPY (SIT) IS A controversial practice that is commonly used to treat children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), other developmental and learning disorders, and functional behavior problems. Although SIT has been researched...
Shroud of Turin Redux
SKEPTICS ARE SOMETIMES IMPATIENT with discussions of seemingly quaint paranormal claims. ("What, Bigfoot--again?") But the great lesson of paranormal history is that it is a wheel: no matter how pass6 or fringe a claim may sound, it is almost guaranteed...
Sleep Paralysis: A Personal Odyssey into an Apparently Paranormal Experience
SKEPTICS ARE FAMILIAR WITH DIFFERENT SLEEP anomalies that help explain the various psychological experiences that people have that are often attributed to supernatural, paranormal, or even extraterrestrial causes. Hypnagogic (just after falling asleep)...
Talking to the Dead, Listening to Yourself: An Empirical Study on the Psychological Aspects of Interpreting Electronic Voice Phenomena
PUBLIC INTEREST IN CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS of paranormal phenomena has recently increased, in part due to a number of television shows purporting to show scientists at work investigating haunted locations. Most of us have seen footage of ghost hunters...
The Mighty Moa!
HELLO! I'm Daniel, the Editor of JUNIOR SKEPTIC. Today we'll learn the story of some amazing animals! The Flightless moa birds of New Zealand were among the largest birds ever to exist. They evolved striking similarities to other animals From...
The Real Foo Fighters: A Historical and Physiological Perspective on a World War II Aviation Mystery
Death of the Ball Turret Gunner From my mother's sleep I fell into the State, And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze. Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life, I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. When I died they...
The SkepDoc: Energy Medicine and Fantasy Physics: How Real Physics Has Been Kidnapped by Alternative Medicine Practitioners
WORDS FROM PHYSICS, SUCH AS "ENERGY:' "frequency," "fields," and "quantum," used to be respectable, well-defined concepts used in the clear light of science by real physicists to study how the world works. In recent years they have been kidnapped,...
Three: Skeptics Are Rightly Skeptical of Numerology, but There May Be Something Special about the Number 3
IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT COVERAGE IN SKEPTIC about the number 19--some of it serious, some lighthearted--I would like to stand up for the number three. I think that a case can be made that three is the most psychologically significant of all numbers--that...
'Twas Brillig ... the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Christopher Hitchens, Cancer Quackery, and James Van Praagh
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I WAS VERY, VERY, SADDENED WHEN I learned that Christopher Hitchens had left us after only 62 years of a brilliant, dedicated life. Before I type one more word, I'll point out that those angry, frustrated, hateful, frightened,...