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Humor

Genetic Park: Engineered Crops Run Amok on a
Tycoon’s Island
by Kyle Sanders

Reviews

The Forces of Inequality
A review of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty.
reviewed by Burt Stillar
Atheist Spirituality Hits
the Big Time
A review of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion,
by Sam Harris
reviewed by Sigfried Gold

Junior Skeptic

Flat Earth?! The Convoluted Story of a Flatly Mistaken Notion

Imagine if someone were to ask you, “What shape is the Earth?” It’s likely you’d answer “round,” or describe our world as a ball (or globe or sphere) in space. I would too! But what if you met someone who insisted that the Earth is nothing like a ball, but instead is as flat as a pancake? How could they possibly defend such a peculiar notion? And are there really people who believe this?

by Daniel Loxton

Cover Articles

ON THE COVER: The Garden of Eat’n’. Illustration by Ástor Alexander.
What Science Knows (and Does Not Know) About Diet and Nutrition
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
An Evolutionary and Functional Perspective on Chronic Disease
by Kenneth W. Krause

Columns

The SkepDoc
Decoding Food Labels
by Harriet Hall, M.D.
Bad Language
A Blessing in Disguise
by Karen Stollznow
The Gadfly
Does AA Work?
by Carol Tavris

Articles

“Chemtrail” Fail
Are Contrails Really Toxic Chemicals Sprayed by a Secret Conspiracy? by Donald R. Prothero
A Rare and Beautiful Thing
by Daniel Loxton
A Whole Lot of Nothing
Tales of a Cosmological Argument by Jérémie Harris
Thinking Critically About Psychology’s Classic Studies
Revisiting Studies by Milgram, Harlow, Mischel, Sherif and Others and What They Mean Today
by Carol Tavris
How to Lie with Statistics
by Gary Smith

Special Section:
Changing Minds

The Core Conflict Between Creationism and Evolution
Do Unique Definitions of “Science” and “Proof” Allow Creationists to Disregard Evidence of Evolution? by Ralph M. Barnes
Why is Critical Thinking
So Hard to Teach?
by Kevin McCaffree and
Anondah Saide

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