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Special Section:
The Multiverse

Fine-Tuning and
the Multiverse
by Victor J. Stenger
Quantum Immortality and
the Many Lives of Schrödinger’s Cat
Forget the Afterlife— Some Physicists Think You Might Already Be Immortal by Jérémie Harris

Columns

The SkepDoc
Music Hath Charms But
“Sound Healing” Hath Nonsense
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
Speaking the Same Language? Dolphin Communication Research
by Karen Stollznow
The Gadfly
The Negative Side of
Positive Psychology
by Carol Tavris

Junior Skeptic

Photographing Phantoms—
Part Two

Shortly after it was invented by the slippery Mr. Mumler and his wife, other photographers said they too could capture ghosts on film. Why did so many people believe these claims? If any spirit photographs were genuine—could we tell? And with tricksters trying to fool people, how could folks detect photographic fakery?

by Daniel Loxton

Humor

What to Expect When You’re Skeptical and Expecting
by Kyle Sanders

Articles

ON THE COVER: The Multiverse. Photography by Ed Pastor. Photo illustration by Pat Linse.
The Health of Nation
An Empirical Study on the Effects of Religion and Economic Policy by Gregory Paul
On Miracles
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
It’s Not in Your Blood
Exploring Claims that Blood Type and Personality Are Linked by Rebecca Anders Buckner and John E. Buckner V
Strange Tales from
the Classroom
From Demonic Possession to Twitching Epidemics and Itching Frenzies—The Extraordinary History of Mass Hysteria in Schools by Robert E. Bartholomew
The Shroud of Turin
in the 21st Century
Dating the Shroud Need Not Be Complicated or Controversial by Scott Hippensteel

Special Section:
Changing Minds

Science v. Intuition
Why it is Difficult for Scientific Knowledge to Take Root by Andrew Shtulman
Draw Them A Picture
How Skeptic Activists and a Cartoon Kept Quacks Away
from Infants by Linda Rosa
Changing Long Held Beliefs
Scientific Evidence for Evolution and Climate Change Might be More Readily Accepted by Conservative Groups if Presented as Public Health Issues by Shawn K. Stover

Reviews

Discovering Your Inner Fish, Reptile, and Monkey
A review of Your Inner Fish, a Three-Part PBS Documentary.
reviewed by Donald Prothero
What’s it Like? The Science
of Scientific Analogies
A review of Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking,
by Douglas Hofstadter
and Emmanuel Sander.
reviewed by Chris Edwards

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