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For over thirty years, The Skeptical Inquirer has steadfastly championed science and reason and been the leading voice for reliable scientific examination of the paranormal and other questionable claims popularised by the media and mass culture. In this new collection of outstanding recent articles, editor Kendrick Frazier has selected some of the best writing on topics of current interest. Among the highlights are: "A Skeptical Look at September 11th", which prompted a drove of responses (many angry) and was selected by Richard Dawkins for the Best Science and Nature Writing of 2003; Carl Sagan's final question-and-answer piece on the topic of science and skeptical inquiry; Ann Druyan's beautifully expressed "Science, Religion, Wonder, and Awe"; NASA scientist Stuartiordan's excellent appraisal of the scientific evidence for global warming, which prompted much critical response and led to another follow-up article; Five articles on the evolution vs. intelligent design controversy; Two physicians' articles that strongly defend the value of vaccinations and critique the anti-vaccination movement. Other distinguished contributors include Mario Bunge, Martin Gardner, Paul Kurtz, Chris Mooney, Stephen Pinker, Ray Hyman, Joe Nickell, and many others. A total of thirty-seven stimulating articles explore science and sceptical inquiry, public controversies, and investigating pseudoscientific claims. This excellent collection is a must for scientists, educators, sceptics, and everyone concerned about scientific literacy.
Kendrick Frazier is editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, former editor of Science News, and the editor of four previous collections, including Encounters with the Paranormal and Science Confronts the Paranormal. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Table of Contents
|Science and Skeptical Inquiry|
|Science and the Public: Summing Up Thirty Years of the Skeptical Inquirer||p. 19|
|In Defense of the Higher Values||p. 34|
|Ann Druyan Talks about Science, Religion, Wonder, Awe ... and Carl Sagan||p. 38|
|Carl Sagan's Last Q&A on Science and Skeptical Inquiry Supplemented with Ann Druyan's "The Great Turning Away"||p. 48|
|Can the Sciences Help Us to Make Wise Ethical Judgments?||p. 65|
|Science Wars: Science and the Bush Administration||p. 78|
|Do Extraordinary Claims Really Require Extraordinary Evidence?||p. 81|
|The Fallacy of Misplaced Rationalism||p. 84|
|Critical Inquiry and Public Controversies|
|"We Find That Intelligent Design Is Not Science": Excerpts from the Dover Federal Court Ruling on Intelligent Design Introduction by Kendrick Frazier||p. 91|
|The "Vise Strategy" Undone: Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District||p. 99|
|Four Common Myths About Evolution||p. 113|
|Only a Theory?: Framing the Evolution/Creation Issue||p. 124|
|Is Intelligent Design Creationism?||p. 130|
|The Memory Wars||p. 133|
|AIDS Denialism vs. Science||p. 139|
|Global Climate Change Triggered by Global Warming||p. 150|
|The Global Warming Debate: Science and Scientists in a Democracy||p. 170|
|A Skeptical Look at September 11th: How We Can Defeat Terrorism by Reacting to It More Rationally||p. 173|
|Strong Response to Terrorism Not Necessarily a Symptom of Fallacious Statistical Reasoning or Human Cognitive Limitations||p. 182|
|The Anti-Vaccination Movement||p. 185|
|Vaccine Safety: Vaccines Are One of Public Health's Great Accomplishments||p. 195|
|Warning: Animal Extremists Are Dangerous to Your Health||p. 198|
|Predator Panic: A Closer Look||p. 206|
|The Case for Decentralized Generation of Electricity||p. 213|
|Understanding Pseudoscience, Investigating Claims|
|The Philosophy behind Pseudoscience||p. 235|
|The Columbia University "Miracle" Study: Flawed and Fraud Supplemented with: Third Strike for Columbia University Prayer Study: Author Plagiarism||p. 252|
|Anomalous Cognition: A Meeting of the Minds||p. 268|
|Anomalous Cognition? A Second Perspective||p. 275|
|The PEAR Proposition: Fact or Fallacy? Supplemented with: PEAR Lab Closes, Ending Decades of Psychic Research||p. 281|
|Gary Schwartz's Energy Healing Experiments: The Emperor's New Clothes?||p. 290|
|Testing Natasha||p. 298|
|"Dr." Bearden's Vacuum Energy||p. 311|
|Lessons of the "Fake Moon Flight" Myth||p. 315|
|Magnet Therapy: A Billion-dollar Boondoggle||p. 318|
|Oxygen Is Good-Even When It's Not There||p. 323|
|Undercover among the Spirits: Investigating Camp Chesterfield||p. 329|
|How to "Haunt" a House||p. 338|
|The Devious Art of Improvising, Lessons One and Two||p. 348|
|A Patently False Patent Myth-Still!||p. 357|
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