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Volume 22 Issue 4 & Volume 23 Issue 1: Double Issue

The Skeptic Vol 22.4-23.1

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Features:

Simon Singh & Edzard Ernst on The First Quackbusters
Edzard Ernst on The New College of Medicine
Andy Wilson on How to Take an Overdose
Mahlon Wagner on Therapeutic Touch
Luke Mason on Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
Alan Henness
on The Nightingale Collaboration
Richard Wiseman
on the first experiment into eyewitness testimony
Jason Braithwaite
on Magnetic fields, hallucinations and anomalous experiences
Klaus Schmeh
on hidden messages in the bible
An anonymous author
on claims of recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse
George Wells
on Christianity and evolution
Chris French
interviews Richard Wiseman about magic, parapsychology and scepticism
Benjamin R
adford on spotting faulty reasoning
Nathalie N
ahai reviews TAM London 2010

Also:

Editorial; Chris French & Deborah Hyde
Hits and Misses; Mark Williams on abandoning rational thought: how trial by tape measure can lead to a death sentence, food tubes in Croydon, American ownership of the internet, psychics being unable to predict the lottery,
and militant secularism (featuring a contribution from Andrew Copson). Also featuring Lizzie Rogers on the BHA Census Campaign, Liam Proven's Questival review and Matthew Smith on becoming a million dollar psychic.
Skeptic at Large; Wendy Grossman on what
should sceptics do
Philosopher's Corner; Julian Baggini on Foreign Aid and the Morality of Giving
Reasonable Doubt; Chris French on publication bias
Through a Looking Glass Darkly; Mike Heap on Addressing the Needs of Professionals
Galileo's Doughnuts; Mark Duwe on Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
Skeptical Stats; Mark Williams with the observation that sometimes statistics don’t lie - they’re just plain crazy
Focus On; exploring The Association for Skeptical Inquiry
Cover art from Neil Davies, Crispian Jago and Chris Fix

Humour

SpriteSprite, by Donald Rooum, the ongoing saga of an ethereal being who has the misfortune to fall for a confirmed skeptic.
Cartoons by Tim Pearce and Andrew Endersby
Pictures from Hilary Evans’ Paranormal Picture Gallery
Bible stories illustrated by Barbara Griffiths

Book Reviews

Richard Wiseman's Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there, reviewed by Deborah Hyde
Colin Wilson's Beyond Belief: Twenty year's research into the paranormal; reviewed by Mark Newbrook
Richard Wiseman's 59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot; reviewed by Kylie Sturgess
Michael Jawer & Marc Micozzi's The Spiritual Anatomy of emotion: How feelings link the brain the body and the sixth sense; reviewed by
Ray Ward
Michael Brooks' 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The most intriguing scientific mysteries of our time; reviewed by Ray Ward
Ronald Fritze's Invented Knowledge: False history, fake science and pseudo-religions; reviewed by Mark Newbrook
Scott Lilenfeld, Stephen Jay Lynn, John Ruscio & Barry L Beyerstein's 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Sharrering widespread misconceptions about human behaviour; reviewed by James Munroe

Letters from our readers

George Wells on Pope Benedict and 'Newmania'
Steuard Campbell with More on the JFK Assassination
Ray Ward replies to Steuart Campbell
Barbara Gleve on being Irritated by Supersense

Volume 22 Number 1, Spring 2009

The Skeptic Vol 22, No 1 Spring 2009

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In Volume 22, Issue 1 (Spring 2009):

Relaunch Issue

Features

James Randi interview (Video here).
On mortality, Project Alpha, Peter Popoff and more...

Jon Wainwright and Bernard Carr ask:
Can science accommodate psychic experience?

Wendy Grossman on 21 years of The Skeptic
An examination of the past and possible future of the magazine

Also features details of the new Editorial Advisory Board including: James Randi, Richard Dakwins, Paul Kurtz, Stephen Fry, Derren Brown, Brian Cox, Robin Ince, Tim Minchin, Elizabeth Loftus, P.Z. Myers, Simon Singh, Susan Blackmore, Ray Hyman and David Colquhoun.

Regular columns & contents

Editorial; Chris French & Lindsay Kallis on 21 years of The Skeptic and short details of the Sense About Science campaign.
Hits and Misses; Mark Williams on the GOD channel, internet cancer & subliminal suggestion, newly proposed animal experimentation legislation, and the disclosure of UFO-related documentation
Skeptic at Large; Wendy Grossman on Can a robot really do science?
Philosopher's Corner; Julian Baggini on moral obligation & social action
Through a Looking Glass Darkly; Mike Heap on Free Will
Galileo's Doughnuts; Mark Duwe on astronomy and space storms
Skeps and the City; Tracy King on Sceptical Stereotypes: The Bearded Male
Reasonable Doubt; Chris French on Radio 4 exorcism
Doubt and About; Jon Cohen on Passing on Passover
The Donni Position; Jon Donni on psychic disclaimers
Science and Romance; Lindsay Kallis on history, modern science and religion
Skeptical Stats; Mark Williams with the observation that sometimes statistics don’t lie - they’re just plain crazy

Humour

SpriteSprite, by Donald Rooum, the ongoing saga of an ethereal being who has the misfortune to fall for a confirmed skeptic.
Cartoons by Tim Pearce
Pictures from Hilary Evans’ Paranormal Picture Gallery

Book Reviews

Snake Oil Science: the Truth about Complementary and Alternative Medicine; by R Barker Bausell, reviewed by Ray Ward
The Tiger That Isn’t: Seeing Through a World of Numbers; by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot, reviewed by Michael Hutton

Letters from our readers

Reflections on scepticism; from John Roberts

Volume 22 Issue 2: Parapsychology: Dead or Alive?

The Skeptic Vol 22, No 1 Spring 2009

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In Volume 22, Issue 2:

Features

Susan Blackmore interview:
On parapsychology, rationalising negative results, memes, Zen and consciousness...

Ray Hyman, Richard Wiseman, Caroline Watt and Chris Roe:
An eleven page argument about
The Demise of Parapsychology and whether it is still a worthwhile field for research

Lewis Jones on Basava Premanand (1930-2009)

Phil Plait, former President of the James Randi Educational Foundation:
On The Amaz!ng Meeting: London and the future of international events.

Regular columns & contents

Editorial; Chris French & Lindsay Kallis
Hits and Misses; Mark Williams on Simon Singh and chiropractic, misleading advertising, computer marked examinations, and an update on newly proposed animal experimentation
Skeptic at Large; Wendy Grossman on Fact Checking within the media
Philosopher's Corner; Julian Baggini on The Enemy of my Enemy and logical fallacies
Through a Looking Glass Darkly; Mike Heap on public health and the cost of professional consultancy
Reasonable Doubt; Chris French on Shirley Ghostman
Skeps and the City
; Tracy King on Celebrity Scepticism
Galileo's Doughnuts; Mark Duwe on The Day I Saw a Ghost
The Donni Position; Jon Donni on Psychic Joe Power
Skeptical Stats; Mark Williams with the observation that sometimes statistics don’t lie - they’re just plain crazy
Focus On; exploring Voice of Young Science, a division of Sense About Science

Humour

SpriteSprite, by Donald Rooum, the ongoing saga of an ethereal being who has the misfortune to fall for a confirmed skeptic.
Cartoons by Tim Pearce
Pictures from Hilary Evans’ Paranormal Picture Gallery

Book Reviews

The Realm Beyond; by Rosemary Altea, reviewed by Jacqui Farrants
Big Ideas: The Essential Guide to the Latest Thinking; by James Harkin, reviewed by John Radford
Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All; by Rose Shapiro, reviewed by Tessa Kendall

Letters from our readers

Steuart Campbell critiques Ray Ward on JFK
Hilary Evans on Street Lamp Interference
Duncan M. Butlin criticises The Skeptic
Michael Marshall thanks The Skeptic
Rupert Sheldrake on James Randi and talking heads
James Randi responds to Rupert Sheldrake
Chris French responds to Rupert Sheldrake and James Randi

References for articles in this issue can be found here.

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