Volume 16 Number 4, Winter 2003

Volume 16 Number 4, Winter 2003Features

The Need For Open-Minded Scepticism

Rupert Sheldrake replies to David Marks

Power, Arcana, and Hypnobabble
Martin Parkinson reflects on the attractions of NLP

Organised Religious Faith … Why?
Douglas George tackles some of the structures and assumptions of religion





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 The Parking Lot is Full
Pictures from Hilary Evans’ Paranormal Picture Gallery

Book reviews

The Scientist, the Madman, the Thief and their Lightbulb by Keith Tutt
A Devil’s Chaplain (Selected essays) by Richard Dawkins
The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living by Fritjof Capra
Everything You Know is Wrong: the Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies by Russ Kick (Editor)

Love and Eugenics in the Late Nineteenth Century by Angelique Richardson

News and comment

Julia Nunn and Chris French

Skeptical Stats
A column based on the observation that sometimes statistics don’t lie – they’re just plain crazy…

Hits and Misses
Mars is frowning upon us
Astrology needs to be true
Not the minority report
Real women see psychics

How to be too skeptical without really trying
Where do the clippings go?

Wendy M Grossman

Philosopher’s Corner
Julian Baggini

Rhyme and Reason: Casting the first stone . . .
Steven Donnelly

From Michael Heap
Chairman of the Association for Skeptical Enquiry

Letters from our readers
Defusing diffusion
How should we judge scientists?
Another kind of scepticism?