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The Skeptic Vol 24.1

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Features

Jane Goldman: the skeptic and writer shares her love of skepticism and the supernatural with editor Deborah Hyde.

Nelson Jones: looks at the big-game sightings on the savannahs of England in 'Catflap'.

Phillip Stott and Toby Murcott delve into scientific philosophy, to discover the sceptical thinking that isn’t in 'Scepticism and Science'.

Kathryn Harkup kicks off a new 'science of the supernatural series' with 'Zombies are People Too'

Dean Burnett ponders the fashionable misuse of neuroscience in 'Neuropseudoscience'

Gijsbert Stoet and David Geary review the stereotype threat theory in 'Why Are There Fewer Women Working in Science & Technology?'

We have a brilliant four page pull-out poster, Crispian Jago's 'Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense'

Plus all the regular features, reviews and columns from Chris French, Wendy Grossman, Michael Heap, Mark Duwe and Mark Williams.

The Skeptic Vol 24.2

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Flying Saucers From Moore’s?
Was our most famous TV astronomer also a practical joker? On the cover, Steuart Campbell and Christopher Allan mark the recent passing of Patrick Moore.

Is your myth up for renewal this month? 
Use the handy chart to sign up for your new one with Crispian Jago's latest centrefold.

Beautiful Science
Danny Rees looks at the doomed historical attempts to quantify human allure.

The App-aritions are Coming
Hayley Stevens goes ghost-hunting with a smartphone.

The First Cut
Marianne Baker examines our attitudes to circumcision and wonders if we have a blind spot with male genital mutilation.

Sett Theory
Philip Stott tells us how culling badgers is nearly impossible.

Does stress make you fat?
Alexandra Johnstone and John Menzies pick out the science from the tabloid headlines.

The Psychology of Ghosts and Hauntings
In the latest in our Science of the Supernatural series Prof Chris French looks at Factors that might lead people to believe they had seen a ghost.

Plus all the regular features, reviews and columns from Chris French, Wendy Grossman, Michael Heap, Mark Duwe and Mark Williams.

The Skeptic editorial team is delighted to present an interview with Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou who, on the BBC's Bible's Buried Secrets, managed to illuminate the document by putting it into its historical context. You'll see how the Prof and our editor share a taste for gruesome folklore!

Crispian Jago has been busy, as usual: this issue, he's produced a version of his brilliant Conspiracy Theory Flowchart for us. Glasgow GP Margaret McCartney has charted the changes in medical culture by reference to the inimitable Sir Lancelot Spratt and Tessa Kendall has looked at primatologist Frans de Waal's latest book to consider the degree to which morality is intrinsic to human beings. Alan Duval wonders whether our species' beliefs about god/s are actually impressions of ourselves 'through a glass darkly' and we look at The Sleep Paralysis Project, using art to illuminate that common and widely misunderstood human experience.

Special announcement: we have a new legal column, which will be contributed by Geoff Whelan of GMSS and QEDcon, and Helen Dale of skepticlawyer.com.au. Geoff kicks off this issue with thoughts on the legal practicalities of prosecuting psychics.

This, plus all the usual columns, cartoons and extras.

The Skeptic Vol 24.3

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Features

Prof. Francesca Stavrakopoulou
TV's Biblical Scholar talks Bibles and beliefs

Who won the 'Ockhams'?
Award Night at QED 2013

The Sleep Paralysis Project
The quintessential uncanny experience, rendered into art

Uncertainty
A GP explores certainty and statistics in medicine

Crispian Jago's
Conspiracy Theory Flowchart

Behaving Like Animals?
Frans de Waal on the origins of human ethics

Reflections of the Divine
The human mind and the seeds of spirituality

Plus all the regular features, reviews and columns from Chris French, Wendy Grossman, Michael Heap, Mark Duwe and Mark Williams.

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