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Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 41.3

Volume 41.3

May/June 2017

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Los campos electromagnéticos ¿pueden crear fantasmas?

by Ben Radford, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

Si usted está seguro de que los fantasmas son reales (y no el producto de alucinaciones inducidas por CMEs), no hay lógica ni razón alguna para usar un dispositivo para detectar dichos CMEs.

Surviving the Misinformation Age

Surviving the Misinformation Age

by David J. Helfand
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

For ourselves and our society, survival in the current era requires adopting scientific habits of mind.

Statin Denialism

Statin Denialism

by Harriet Hall
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

The benefits of statins far outweigh their risks, but public perception has been skewed by alarmist misinformation from statin denialists.

Vaccines, Autism, and the Promotion of Irrelevant Research: A Science-Pseudoscience Analysis

by Craig A. Foster and Sarenna M. Ortiz
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

Proponents of the vaccination-autism link have created a bogus scientific debate by providing lists of studies that supposedly support their claims but are actually either questionable or irrelevant. We identify this as a relatively new pseudoscience tactic: the promotion of irrelevant research.

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi, Part 2

Still ‘Amazing’: A Conversation with James Randi, Part 2

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Interview

You were asked how to treat a friend who ardently believes in the paranormal. You said, “Be kind. Be kind. They believe because they need to believe. Be compassionate.”

Some Queensland Mysteries

Some Queensland Mysteries

by Joe Nickell
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Investigative Files

Strange mysteries may be found almost anywhere, but they seem especially plentiful and interesting in Australia.

The Return of the Fairies

The Return of the Fairies

by Massimo Polidoro
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Notes on a Strange World

“In this case, the gnome is seen as a guardian of nature, just like our Corp is recognized as the environmental protector.”

It Just Never Stops ...

by James Randi
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

A Magician in the Lab

Any nonsense that powerful people such as Oprah Winfrey choose to promote is featured as fact, quackery is extolled, and pseudoscience is flaunted in news media rather than on pulp magazine racks.

The Mindfulness Movement

The Mindfulness Movement

by Matt Nisbet
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

The Science of Science Communication

How a Buddhist Practice Evolved into a Scientific Approach to Life…

Can Electromagnetic Fields Create Ghosts?

Can Electromagnetic Fields Create Ghosts?

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Skeptical Inquiree

If you are sure that ghosts are real (and not the product of EMF-induced hallucinations), there is no logic or point in using a device to detect those EMFs.

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Helping Teachers Teach Evolution in the United States

by Bertha Vazquez
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

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Everything You Know about Being Rh-Negative Is Wrong

by D. Ellen K. Tarr
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Feature

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Fake News and Fake Science in the Age of Misinformation

by Kendrick Frazier
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

From the Editor

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Science and History Get Personal

by Michael Booth
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Forum

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Your Unlearning Report

by Stuart Vyse
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Behavior & Belief

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Research into Astrology Made Accessible

by Ivan W. Kelly
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Review

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Understanding Manufactroversies

by Glenn Branch
Volume 41.3, May/June 2017

Review