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Current Issue:
Volume 20 Number 1

Skeptic magazine, vol 20, no 1 (cover)




Artificial Intelligence: Benevolent or Malevolent?
Reviews of The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, by Michio Kaku, and Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, by James Barrat
reviewed by George Michael
The Thinking Atheist Confesses
A review of Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason,
by Seth Andrews
reviewed by Donald R. Prothero
Proof and God
A review of Why Science Does Not Disprove God,
by Amir D. Aczel
reviewed by Glenn Branch

Junior Skeptic

Journey Inside the Fantastical Hollow Earth

Could unknown civilizations rule undiscovered realms deep underground? Might prehistoric beasts stalk through jungles far below our feet? These ideas have long inspired writers of science fiction and adventure stories. For example, the 2009 animated film Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was based on them. But for some people the “Hollow Earth” is more than just a make-believe story. How did people find their way into such a fantastic belief?

by Daniel Loxton

Special Section:

A Skeptic’s Guide to the War on Terror
by Richard E. Wackrow
Myths of Terrorism
by Michael Shermer
Religion, Violence,
and Terrorism
An Empirical Evolutionary Study
by Kenneth Krause


The SkepDoc
Colloidal Silver, Smurfs,
and Ebola
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
The Gadfly
The Persistent Myth
of the Mad Genius
by Carol Tavris


The Legend of the
Falling Beast
Cow Tipping’s Surprising Origins by Pat Linse
Clever Hans
What a Horse Can Teach Us About Self Deception
by Thomas E. Heinzen, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Susan A. Nolan
The Demon Test: Possessed
of Problems
by Rachel Ammirati, Stuart T. Hendrick, and Scott O. Lilienfeld
The Biological and Psychological Basis of Horror
by Stephen T. Asma
The Rain Fakirs
The Rain Fakirs How Con Men Used Pseudoscience to Exploit the Drought of the 1890s by Peter Olausson
Quantum Cure-All
or Quackery?
Can Superpositions of Quantum Consciousness Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Nonlocal Potentiality?
by Jérémie Harris


Pandemic Pandering
A Special Report on
Special Pleading
by Kyle Sanders

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